Sump Coffee Stout
Perennial Artisan Ales

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American Imperial Stout
4.44 | pDev: 6.31%
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Sump Coffee StoutSump Coffee Stout
Notes: Non-barrel aged Sump Stout. Imperial Stout blended with Sump Coffee.
Reviews: 237 | Ratings: 1,764 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.84/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. 2018 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and light legs.

S - Big aromas of dark chocolate fudge, roasted malts, light sweetness, however I did get some alcohol burn. The coffee is more acrid roast.

T - Taste is similar to the nose bright fudge and chocolate, tons of harsh alcohol notes. Almost black licorice flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body is a bit thin and sticky, harsh nose.

O - Overall this was a rather underwhelming stout...which confuses me as the barrel aged one years ago was really really good...unfortunate.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Dec 07, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade, shared with rudzud
Pours a smaller fizzy bubbly darker head with lower retention, good legs basically paints the glass, pitch black thick beer

Nose brings loads of fudge and coffee, roasty nutty coffee with lots of chocolate as well, dark chocolate cocoa, mild fruity undertones, light roasty notes, and touch of nougat

Taste rich dark malts, fudgey, dark chocolate, cocoa, layers of chocolate, little nougat marshmallow notes, a bit thin overall, lots of coffee, roasty malt and roasty coffee, with light nutty and fruity coffee, generic fruity flavors, alcohols is fairly hot, with tingly hot alcohol and a little fusel flavor, some bitter roast, chicory char thing

MOuth is fuller bod but a bit thin and watery feeling, very boozy hot tingly alcohol, medium to higher foamy carb

Overall a bit of, actually quite a bit of a let down. Nose was decent but taste brought tons of alcohol, decent coffee, but not much of a stout character, and a bit thin and watery, just pretty lame

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Dec 07, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 750ml bottle. 2018. Refigerated earlier; rested pre pour on counter for @ 1 hour. Still modestly chilly. As expected big Imp Stout. Usual suspects appearance wise for style and abv. Fragrant but still somewhat muted nose.
Flavor big with stout, dark chocolate and espresso. Dark fig and molasses shows up as beer warms. Slight harshness from the coffee roast. Slight crispness in feel; otherwise very deep and smooth. ABV pretty much hidden without burn. Nicely crafted big coffee stout that slightly lends OO positively to the bitter side of coffee and chocolate. Excellent.

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BillRoth from Maryland, Nov 22, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice coffee imperial stout, very good mouthfeel.
It's dark and complex but not overly heavy even if it hits you hard soon after you've tried it!

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4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sump is a big Stout. It's heavy, full of flavor, thick and sweet. It leaves a nice sugar coffee after taste that reminds me of the Swedish coffee/fika paus at

Swedish work. I think it is pretty good.

Look: black with a two to three inch thick mocca colored head. I am drinking from 1 liter mug.

Aroma: roasted malts, sweet coffee, chocolate

Taste: The taste is roasted malts, sweet coffee and some chocolate. Coffee with sugar is the dominant flavor.

Body/Overall: it is full bodied, viscous, and thick like oil.

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4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In my snifter the beer is a black color with just a film of tan head.
Aroma of roasted malt and faint coffee.
Coffee is more prominent in the taste, and lingers throughout. There is a little bit of chocolate.
Big-bodied sipping beer. Alcohol not at all apparent.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, May 19, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had a lot of coffee stouts and this beer hits all the right notes. Great feel and flavor, with an exceptional head on top. Would love to try the BA version.

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skiking70 from Maryland, May 09, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thick coffee colored head that doesn't stick around too long but is satiny and inviting.
Smell is reminiscent of figs and plums soaked in coffee that has sat since this morning. It's certainly more enticing than it sounds.
Taste leads with mocha and a chocolate cherry kind of note (the kind with booze on the inside). As it warms I am getting more subtle and lighter fruit notes, hints of apple/pear, white cherries, and even lightly floral notes along with the more typical charred/bitter roasty malt notes. The biggest downfall I see here is that the stale coffee in the aroma sort of builds on my palate in the taste and it doesn't work as well as it did in the nose. Still a very good coffee stout flavor.
Mouthfeel is excellent. I'm always appreciative of these huge beers when the brewers manage to keep them from becoming syrupy monsters. This is a big beer but it isn't motor oil or molasses
Overall this is a lovely beer. At 20$ for a 750 it isn't a terrible deal either. Not something I will necessarily keep on hand but I will certainly keep an eye out for it's release each year.

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3.3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle @ home, from January 2018. Pours like motoroil, thick and jet black. Dense dark brown head with a small layer retention. Strong aroma's of roasted coffee with additional sweetness, dark chocolate and a touch of red fruit. Retronasal follows this. Flavour is above moderate sweet with a little coffee sourness. Fairly strong alcohol feel. Full bodied. Oily mouthfeel, prickly carbonation. Long finish with roasted coffee and drak chocolate. Not nearly enjoyed within the recommended 60 days after bottling, but still delicious. Lives up to its reputation.

This review was for the first part of the bottle.

Unfortunately, upon pouring the rest, it turned out to be a completely undrinkable muddy mess. Literally thick as mud, extremely bitter, to the point of non-digestible, and at bottom the of the bottle I found a layer of glutinous jelly. I'm sure this is not how it's supposed to be, and I will give it another try if I get the chance, but until that time, I have to grade down my rating considerably.

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Arjen from Netherlands, May 04, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Anthracite coal black body; relatively thin yet dense and creamy light tan head. Light notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Big cocoa flavor with some coffee bitterness; suggestion of esters; excellent bitterness; mildly boozy. Heavy body; soft, thick and chewy; some alcohol warmth; semi-sweet with a slight dry edge.

I held off a bit before drinking this one, so I don't know if a fresher version would have a bolder aroma to it. But make no mistake, the taste and mouthfeel are exquisite. It delivers a rich and dense sensory experience, exploding with luxurious dark malt goodness. Despite a hefty ABV, the booziness is pretty well tamed and lets the mark malts and coffee do most of the talking. A most righteous coffee imperial stout!

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beergoot from Colorado, Apr 29, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark roast coffee, fudge, just a little heat, and a tinge alcohol on the nose. When it warms the alcohol scent disappears completely. The taste follows exactly with a slight hint of the alcohol on the back of the pallet that continues to warm the gullet on the way down. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, fudgy, and finishes dry exactly like coffee should. Overall it’s great

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4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with two fingers of mocha head.
Smells of dark roast, coffee, chocolate.
Taste follows, chocolate fudgy, coffee, roasty malts.
Full body, silky, good carb levels.
Overall an excellent coffee stout.

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4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Rich, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, smooth, semi sweet, sticky malts, with a boozy kick. Robust coffee bean, malty, boozy nose. Black, opaque, tan head with multi rings of latticed lace. Full body.

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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

01/22/18 release. Bottle recommends drinking within 60 days for ideal coffee flavor and aroma.

Appearance - Pours like hot motor oil, black, thick and viscous , with a dark tan, half finger width head. Fair retention before dying down to a mostly barren surface with an island of suds in the center and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing, but none expected.

Smell - Fudgy chocolate, maple, caramel, lesser coffee and a hint of molasses.

Taste - Follows the nose. Deep and dark with sensual flavors. Fudgy chocolate, dark caramel, maple sweetness,

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Thick but silky and creamy smoothness before a slightly dry and sticky finish.

Overall - Really tasty. Nice depth. I'm thinking next time I need to find me a bottle within 60 days of release to get the full coffee flavor experience.

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TheSixthRing from California, Apr 18, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - More attractive than most Stouts, and it's hard to pin it down to any specific reason. Black as coffee death. Warm hugs of lacing cling to the glass, with a rich, brown foam. Fuck yes.
S - Jesus Tap-Dancing Coffee Christ. I have no words - like a combo of heavenly espresso beans, chocolate and roasty beer.
T - Not as outstanding as the smell, but still one of the BEST tasting coffee stouts I've ever had.
F - Kidding me? Velvet meets carbonation, without making you bloaty. The one downside is night-time wakey-wakey. WORTH IT.
O - Yeah, probably the best coffee stout I've enjoyed at this ABV. Outstanding. TRY IT.

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eppCOS from Colorado, Mar 08, 2019
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4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, creamy, mocha-colored head. Smell is dominated by lightly roasted, caramel malt and coffee aromas, as well as hints of the spices that come with them, like cinnamon and coriander, and a rich chocolate fudge note. Taste follows the nose, with a great balance of lightly roasted, caramel malt, coffee and chocolate fudge and notes of cinnamon, coriander, vanilla, licorice, toffee and a certain earthy/musty character. Finishes bittersweet, with a medium bitterness and some notes of roasted malt and coffee lingering in the aftertaste. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with a rich body and light/medium carbonation.

I had this at 13 months old and there was still a good amount of coffee left in it, although I could imagine this being more of a coffee bomb fresh. However, I actually rather liked the balance of earthy/spicy coffee and rich milk chocolate fudge in its current state, which is complemented by a perfect balance of sweet and bitter/roasted notes. Just a fantastic overall balance with some very nice, although perhaps not too intense, coffee notes and super-rich chocolate. I would say that the chocolate probably slightly outweighs the coffee at 13 months old and I'm not sure if that's the idea behind this stout, but I couldn't care less personally as I rather like it this way. Absolutely sublime, rich and creamy mouthfeel as well, leaving the whole glass covered in a film of lace. Certainly one of the best non-barrel-aged stouts I've had. Does turn a bit floral/hoppy as it warms though, I would suggest not letting this warm up TOO much before consuming, especially if you're planning on drinking the whole bomber by yourself.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice coffee, chocolate and caramel hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice coffee, chocolate and caramel flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced and silky coffee Stout

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VABA from Virginia, Jan 27, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - 1-finger mocha head atop a black body.

S - vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate.

T - tons of tasty, medium cold-brewed coffee with a vanilla shot. Semi-sweet melted chocolate, nut butter, roast. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body with average carb.

O - delicious.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Jan 26, 2019
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5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Traded for this in my quest to tick all of the top 250. When the calculations changed, it dropped out. While it may be out, it should be in. All day. Easily better than several I have had that are in.

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JLK7299 from North Carolina, Dec 09, 2018
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5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A deep earthy coffee stout to be enjoyed any time but is more delicious when the weather is cold. All around fantastic beer that meets all 5 categories with superb ratings.

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Momma_Knapp from Connecticut, Dec 09, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, perfectly inky black brew, topped with a strong, dark brown head. Excellent retention. The brew just looks thick while pouring.

Inviting nose: coffee, molasses, mild red grape notes, brown sugar, caramel, restrained roast. In the background - and I can't really identify why - I get notes of vanilla and maple syrup.

Flavor represents the nose fairly accurately. Though listed as an American Imperial Stout, there's some of the roasty bitterness of an RIS in here. Plenty of sweetness, but far from a dessert stout.

Toast covered in brown sugar and melted caramel, paired with a side of coffee and some red grapes. Surprising amount of roast on the second half, as compared to the much more restrained nose in that respect.

Thick and chewy on the palate. Still lively, and represents the 10.5% ABV almost perfect: it's easy to drink, without losing that "big beer" feel. You know this is potent, without ever hurting from the burn.

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Roguer from Georgia, Oct 07, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage, drinking at 1 year 9 months from bottling

L -- First off, this is a very dark beer. No light allowed through, even with 1,000 lumens pressed against the side of the glass. Quarter finger of beautiful mocha-colored head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention and decent lacing. Nice bottle shape, too: much easier to pour without the dreaded "glug, glug, glug"
S -- Dark chocolate, chili, light roast coffee, french toast, fig, vanilla. Quite decadent
T -- Dark roast coffee, fudge, coffee ice cream, prune, char, caramel, brown sugar, dark chocolate, booze, hint of chili heat in the back
F -- Thick and velvety. Big mouthfeel, minimal carb. Carb could maybe be upped just a hair to make the beer jump off the palate a little more, but I'm really splitting hairs here
O -- Very impressed by the freshness of the coffee character even after over a year in the bottle. This is an excellent coffee dessert stout, one of the best I've had


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Sep 06, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head. Aroma of floral coffee notes with light roasted malt notes and some black chocolate notes. Taste is a mix of floral coffee notes with no bitterness, some black chocolate notes and light residual sugar. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. World-class coffee stout.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Aug 04, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good enough, but underwhelming. Bright and sharp coffee flavor, but thin mouthfeel, and I would say an weak finish compared to other brews in this category. I would try the BA version but I can easily think of a dozen imperial stouts that are a cut above this one.

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bshefftz from California, Aug 02, 2018
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5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: 2018 vintage

This beer is the pinnacle of this style. Every brewery should be striving for a coffee stout like this. Beautiful complex coffee notes. Mocha, cappuccino. Amazing amount of rich chocolate. Think fine chocolate. There’s milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate. A touch of vanilla, toffee ,along with this bold pecan note that adds layers of depth to this already complex flavor profile. There is also a mild dark fruit presence, with a hand-full of acidic roasty bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and verges on chewy. Along with all of that there is a decadent creaminess that puts the mouthfeel over the top. Overall this is just stupid good. 100/100

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Masonz223 from Michigan, Jul 14, 2018
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