Sump Coffee Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Sump Coffee StoutSump Coffee Stout

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of NicholasL
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark, mocha colored foamy head that sticks to the edges of the glass long after you pour. The beer itself is espresso black with a thickness that remains the sides of the glass.
S: Bitter dark chocolate and rich coffee
T: Delicious, succulent and smooth. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt with a hint of pepper on the back end.
F: Creamy, smooth, rich, and full bodied.
O: Excellent beer. Especially considering all the flavor packed into a non barrel aged beer. Would recommend it to any stout lover.

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Photo of argock
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Bottled on 01/26/17 on side of label.

A: Forboding black with frankly brown cap of fine-bubbled head with short retention but surprisingly several spots of lacing.

S: Coffee and tons of caramel with a spot of alcohol and some heavily roasted notes without being ashy

T: Huge flavor and pretty hot, I would like this better (probably) if this were more in the 8.5-9% range. Still a very decadent beer with espresso and semisweet and dark chocolate interlaced with a lot of caramel and finished off with a bit of raisin and some hefty roast as well. A little ash early when still cool, this fell away with warming. Moderately bitter and not a lot of yeast notes in big bold beer like this one.

M: Sumptuous and heavy without being syrupy, low carbonation.

O: I enjoyed Sump a lot but wish the heat was dialed down at least a little. All in all though, very enjoyable beer that I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a crowler into a Teku glass. A viscous motor oil dark brown color with a modest dark tan head. The foam settled quickly but left some nice tracks behind. Fresh coffee on the nose. Also toast, cocoa, raisins, and cherries. Bitter coffee on the palate, mixed with dark chocolate and roasty malt. A bit of char. Full-bodied and slightly sweet.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When roasted grain doesn't give you the coffee character that you're after, then go right to the source. Copious coffee additions lead Perennial's imperial coffee stout to taste more like coffee than actual coffee does.

Sump comes with a gentle mocha swath of foam that's layered upon an pitch black beer beneath. Roasted malt aromas flirt with burnt as the scent of charred toast, deep roast coffee, cocoa, scorched earth and campfire roll onto the nose. Toasted molasses, maple and caramel apply a light caress to the tongue before the brunt of roasted character comes charging in.

As the sweetness retreats on the middle palate, the savoriness of scorch soon pummels the tastebuds. Robust coffee notes take an over cooked demeanor along with an assertive flavor of roasted marshmallow, pecan, and pine. Burnt toast and cocoa powder turn bitter and even acrid as the beer's unnecessary bitterness carry a strong coffee-like acidity over the finish.

Full bodied and somewhat arid from the texture of ash that comes with the abundance of roast derived astringnecy that seems to plague the finish. Bitter and tannic, the beer's finish is abrasive on the throat as the textures of grapeseed join the character of burnt grain, bean and charred pine bitterness. A long and roasty aftertaste is dangerously smoky and peppery with little balance from sweetness or the coffee's more gentle attributes.

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Photo of LAp
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge cocoa notes. The nose on this beer is excellent (with even perhaps some unexpected notes of raspberry). The palate however is the truly unique component, with cocoa truffle notes predominating. Ultimately though this beer didn't blow me away. It was, nonetheless, an outstanding brew.

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Photo of Barnchaser
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coffee had great espresso flavor, smooth and not acidic. Very true to style. Nice dark brown head. Will try again. Not too boozy, alcohol was masked well.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber, 2017. I'm actually not a huge fan of coffee Stout's, even though I love coffee, but this one is quite good. Serious espresso roast flavors with some sweetness but cut by a bitter finish which makes it rather balanced. Very thick and mouth coating! Well done

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On draft

Jet black, tan head. Strong espresso aroma. Taste is more black coffee, roasty and chocolately. Mildly acidic. Extremely thick full bodied, coats the mouth. Overall very good.

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Photo of CHickman
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Haymaker, NYC, it pours pitch black with a small foamy brown head that faded slowly and left really good spotty lacing.

Smells roasty with deep rich dark chocolate and fudge leading the way, followed by burnt black coffee, coffee grinds, molasses, cocoa powder, ash and more chocolate. Some herbal and pine notes peek through but they're dominated by the chocolate with accents of coffee and Whoppers candy.

Tastes just like it smells but with more char and coffee bitterness. I get some light vanilla and brownie batter which cuts the sweetness and lets the burnt coffee be the star of the show. A lot smoother than it should be for a beer over 10% ABV, it's thick but slides down easy with no booze bite. I love coffee beers and will seek this out again.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour with deep, dark brown head. Decent retention/lacing. The aroma is superb for a coffee stout. Very coffee forward, big dark roast/espresso notes. Some chocolate and earthiness. Taste is fantastic, not as overpowering on coffee as the nose suggests. Huge fudgy chocolate, coffee, and earthiness. Slight bittering hops on the finish. Full body, low carbonation, balanced & dry finish. First time with this brew & extremely impressed. Unquestionably among the best coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of Nimbus_
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Nearly black. A finger of creamy, dark brown head starts on top, but it quickly dissipates.

Smell: Tons of coffee. Roasted malts are there too, but subdued by the coffee. There is also a tiny bit of booze, but it didn't last as I drank more and more.

Taste: Delicious. Lots of coffee, just like the smell. The roasted malts are there too. Surprisingly I got a little bit of dark fruit too, mostly just fig and raisin flavors. The boozy flavor comes out more too. It's definitely a 10.5% brew.

Feel: Heavy, slightly oily, sort of coats the back of the tongue. Very light on the carbonation, and doesn't finish as dry as I expected it to, which is nice. Definitely not a beer you are going to chug, but balanced enough to make it a very drinkable imperial stout.

Overall: I really liked this beer. I think it has all the makings of a good coffee stout, and even though it is a heavy brew, I was glad it was still drinkable despite the high ABV.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very nice and tempting dark brown head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a nice ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is also pretty nice looking as an opaque dark chocolate black with a slightly brown hue to it. It's actually very nice to look at.

The smell and taste are pretty good with the variety of notes that come from the coffee. The beer has a bitter dark chocolate note that mixes very well with the coffee. The brewery definitely made a good choice with this one. The coffee definitely gives off a nice moderate maple note and strong pecan taste. There is a bit of caramel there but it easily gets lost among the other notes.There are also burnt coffee notes that add a nice burniness to it.

The feel is pretty good and a slight step above the average imperial stout feel. The beer has a heavy body and slightly thin and syrupy with just the right amount of carbonation to it. There is also a slight burn to it.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely worth seeking out for the cold weather. The notes are very unique and are strong enough to be appreciated.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with two inches of dark brown head. Tons of
Coffee throughout, chocolate covered espresso beans, milk and dark chocolate, tossed malts, Toasted and burnt notes. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall I liked this; one of the better coffee stouts I've had in a while.

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Photo of jeffreed61
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the most recent bomber release, less than 1 month old. Poured around 50 degrees. Stupid coffee nose. Feels and tastes like a piece of chocolate melting on your tongue, then more coffee to finish. Beautiful.

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Photo of Prager62
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml with no date recently released at Binny's Beverage Depot poured in a 14oz. stout glass for the review.

Look- Pours a thick, black as night oil leaving a small finger of creamy mocha colored foam. It slowly settles to a thick ring around the glass with moderate lacing left behind.

Smell- Robust fresh brewed coffee along with some dark chocolate.

Taste- Huge coffee up front, slightly sweet dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruit and wood.

Feel- Thick and oily, but rather creamy with a slight tingle to the palate.

Overall- Wow! This is how a stout should look, taste and feel. The coffee addition is extra goodness in this wonderful dessert. It's a touch sweeter than I would prefer, but that's splitting hairs. I've heard about this beer for years and I'm ecstatic I finally scored one.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 bottle poured fresh into a glass.

The pour is nice and thick with a slight tinge of red in the otherwise pitch black color. The smell is all coffee; a little acidic. Nothing special as far as coffee stouts go. The taste is much of the same. It is quite sweet with a powerful coffee flavor. There is a raisin after taste that lingers.

As far as coffee stouts go, it is pretty much run of the mill. The coffee is quite overpowering and I prefer something more balanced. It is a delicious brew that is drinkable, but it lacks depth and character. I'm a bit of a coffee snob and I prefer fresh coffee. Coffee in stouts just taste stale to me.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Delish brew, was about two years old and had rich coffee and chocolate aroma and taste present. Silky feel. Hope to get this one again.

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Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/2016 bottling

A: Pitch-black pour with a very dense and thinly-carbonated brown head. Excellent head retention but no sign of lacing.

S: Coffee, soy sauce and dark dark dark chocolate.

T: Mild coffee up front backed up by tons of sweet milk chocolate. Very light soy sauce in there too. Sweetness runs out in the finish, leading to a more bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavor now - lingering in the aftertaste forever. Maybe a little hint of anise in there.

M: Thick and smooth.

O: Nice coffee stout. Coffee flavor is a bit muted due to the age but it's still there and perhaps mingles better with all the roasted malt flavors. Thick and smooth too but no alcohol at all. Deceptive.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick and viscous midnight black with minimal brown foam that dissipates immediately and leaves behind an oily surface.

Aroma is straight up fresh brewed coffee and heavy roasted malt, with a bit of chocolate and caramel like sweetness.

Roasty goodness and fresh coffee washes over the palate leaving one thinking they are drinking a carbonated cold brewed coffee.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, slick, roasty, warming.

Overall, this brew is extremely enjoyable and a must try to any coffee fan.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted this on tap at Sovereign in Plainfield, IL.
A - Pours black like motor oil with a very attractive tan head
S - Straightforward coffee and chocolate aroma.
T - Flavor follows the nose. I'm getting coffee and dark chocolate. Big beer, some booze, go slow.
M - Low carbonation, mouth feel is incredibly soft and creamy.
O - This is a really good coffee stout but I was hoping for a little more complexity. That being said, i'm looking forward to my next glass.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While the taste fell just a bit short of what I had in my head, this is still an amazing smelling/looking/viscous beer. Hopefully it reels in my expectations a little for whenever I finally get to try Abraxas.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 into a snifter, the beer is jet black and oily thick, with a thin, wispy, light tan head. Aromas of rich roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and booze. Flavors of rich and robust coffee forward, heavily roasted with a kick of bittersweet chocolate to follow. Solid earthy backbone, with subtle char highlights. Smooth, velvety, and chewy, with a solid chocolate and coffee aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slick, and coating, with a bittersweet chocolate and coffee linger. Great beer.

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Photo of danh53
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and thick coming out of the bottle. No head at all. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds coming through on the nose. It smells rich, but not too complex. Taste is rich bakers chocolate and earthy coffee with vanilla and slight green pepper. Its a malt forward beer with sweetness, but the earthy, smoky coffee grounds balance it nicely. Full mouth feel, almost chewy, and despite the lack of head, the carbonation is there and moves the beer nicely across the palate. Coats the mouth and the coffee flavors build on the tongue as it goes along.

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Photo of Austin32
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Judging off of coffee alone it is probably the best coffee infused stout I have ever had. Rich velvety mouth feel and amazing coffee smell and flavor. See it.

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Photo of Mexi_locobarrel
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pourd into a snifter glass out of 22.oz bottle poured a thick motor oil black with a dark thin copper head that eventually faded out to no head within a min of being poured.

Smells of roasted expresso are at the up front of the sniff.

Taste like a fudge Chocolate coffee cake with velvet molasses syrup trim along the glass

Overall I rate this in my top ten non ba stouts I put it up
There with bomb, kbs it's a fine coffee stout! Can't wait to try out the ba version!

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