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 Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Non-barrel aged Sump Stout. Imperial Stout blended with Sump Coffee.

Added by tpaetow on 02-21-2014

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Ratings: 1,709 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of Sk8sean86
2.03/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Desp59
2.52/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not into coffee stouts and this was a strong coffee flavor. Still drinkable though.

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Photo of Filabee
3.02/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at FFF Darklord party...This did not live up t oteh hype for me. The coffee flavor was almost not there.

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Photo of jegross2
3.04/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewing Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri. Sump takes the base beer for Abraxas, and enhances it with local coffee from Sump Coffee.

Score: 68

2014 vintage bottle served in a Fantome tulip and enjoyed on 03/25/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Black bodied with a finger and a half of dark khaki head that settles to a splotchy coating. Solid lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Reeks of "green", unroasted coffee and peanut butter. A bit vegetal, like a chili pepper without the heat. A little bit of chocolate too, but most of what I smell is just peanut butter and peppers. 2.5/5

Taste: None of the vegetal character is present in the taste. Nice roast and chocolate, a hint of peanut butter. Touch of metallic flavor as it warms too. On the colder side, it drinks fine. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Good viscosity, low carbonation. Light, roasty bitterness. Dry finish. 4/5

Overall: Barrel Aged Sump was light years better than this, as was Vanilla Sump. This leads me to believe that there was either something "off" about this bottle or the specific batch it came from.

Cost: $16.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of Danimal25
3.06/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a watery stout with coffee added.

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Photo of stakem
3.22/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thank you kindly Tim for sharing this one with me. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark khaki head.

The smell is earthy and roasty before opening up with something that smells like green bell peppers and minerals. The taste is sweet and malty with a earthy roasty bitterness to contrast and then, just like the nose warned, a vegetal taste of green bell peppers.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. I heard nothing but amazing things about this beer and honestly, it was a let down. Not sure if we had an off or dated bottle but I highly suspect the usage of lightly roasted coffee beans is to blame for the vegetal green bell pepper flavor. I wouldnt mind trying this beer again but I gotta be honest with my review based on this experience.

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Photo of AdrianC31
3.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 coffee beers in a row for this guy. I don't even drink coffee. Anyway, this one should be nice, if the comparisons to Speedway are accurate. 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A - Pitch black the way a stout should be. Dark dark brown head, just about half a finger. Dissipated somewhat slowly, but a pleasant brown halo is left around the glass. Beautiful.

N - There's something decidedly Russian about this stout and no so much American. Fine with me. Heavy on the bitter coffee, maybe too heavy for me. Much more than Speedway. And those Russian/English-style roasted malts that won't go away. Interesting.

T - Meh, too much coffee. Lots of coffee, not enough non-coffee. That's about all I get, besides the roasted malt. Too bitter for me.

M - Honestly a bit thin. The carbonation keeps it from being lifeless, but there's not a whole lot going on here.

O - You know, I just haven't been too impressed with Perennial so far. Abraxas didn't do it for me much either. I need to try some of their sours.

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Photo of cherche
3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lorenwhite7
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JFresh21
3.53/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one disappointed me. I absolutely love Abraxas and 17. There was an overwhelming burnt coffee flavor. I'm going to give this another try on tap to see if I taste a difference.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, Chicago, IL. Reviewed live on a phone; notes below are truncated. Cost was $10/10 oz. Expectations are high given this beer's high reputation.

No bubble show was noticeable as it was served.

HEAD: Rich tan colour with fantastic creaminess and froth. Retention, however, is lackluster - 1 minute. Rather scant. Leaves light uneven lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid jet-black. Perfectly to style. No yeast is visible.

Looks good for a coffee imperial stout. Looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Rich and dessert like, with plenty of sweetness from chocolate malts, dark/schwarz malts, and chocolate. There's a nice undercurrent of roasted barley, but (as seemingly always), I want more! Cream, multifaceted coffee character. Notes of Java, coffee roast, and cold brew suggest this is anything but your buddy's Folger's homebrew.

No hop notes, booze, or yeast (to style). Aromatic intensity is moderate. Suggests a balanced imperial stout with some really good constituent notes.

TASTE: Has a fantastic cacao nib presence that plays in perfect harmony with the nuanced cold brew coffee notes of Java, Subtle roast, and cream - wow. They really dialed in the one-two punch of coffee and chocolate.

The coffee roast helps keep it from coming off too sweet or dessert-like, but the sweetness from the chocolate malts and dark/schwarz malts definitely makes this a rich sipper if an imperial stout. Maybe a kiss of burnt sugars would mellow it out still further.

Subsidiary notes include Caramel. Hershey's syrup dominates the flavour profile. While it's well built for the style, depth and intricacy of flavour could be improved to make this still more vivid and expressive.

To style, there are no overt hop notes, yeast notes, or off notes. Alcohol warmth is restrained, but not unnoticeable.

TEXTURE: In spite of the Hershey's syrup presence, the mouthfeel is anything but syrupy or sticky, rich though the beer may be. Well-carbonated, full-bodied, and of high heft and weight on the palate, lending it a heavy filling presence on the palate that makes it a sipper, not a chugger. Aptly smooth and wet, but not slick. Anything but watery.

Nicely executed, complementing the flavour profile well.

OVERALL: If they really tinkered with this to get the balance perfect (bringing in more bitterness from roasted barley, coffee roast, burnt sugars, etc.), it could be truly great - or even world class, if intricacy and subtlety are also bettered. As-is, it's one hell of a tasty imperial stout and is definitely worth its high price tag to try once. A great winter beer with serious potential. Hat tip to the cats at Perennial.

High B-


On-draught @ Milk and Hops Chelsea.

Great balance. Good but not great coffee presence. More roast would help.

Low B / GOOD

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Photo of Artmcd88
3.63/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Halfbrother83
3.64/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jerry's Sandwiches in Andersonville.

A - Pours jet black with 2 fingers of dark toffee colored head

S - Very nice; rich bitter chocolate and fresh, very strong coffee grounds

T - Rich, bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, with notes of raisin and plum on the finish

M - Fairly thin bodied for such a complex beer, low, but appropriate carbonation

O - A pretty interesting stout, given the huge presence of the coffee characteristics. To me, a lot of coffee stouts fail to allow the coffee flavors to shine through, which is not the case at all with Sump. Glad I was able to try this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -17.6%
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 avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at The Answer Brewpub, poured into a snifter glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque texture. There was a thin, tan-colored, creamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: An okay, but not brilliant, aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of roasted malt (mostly in the finish), some coffee (not as much as expected), light dark chocolate notes, and light caramel notes. The aroma was promising, but the flavor is kind of disappointing. All the ingredients seem to be a little underpowered. Thin and sort of watery.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth aroma. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its good points, but it's a bit of a mess. Worth a look, though.

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Photo of dheldman
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmk82
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeuzeInTheHouse
3.71/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themind
3.72/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was excited about this beer! was decent. I was expecting an epic engagement with this highly rated coffee stout. This beer fell short a little for me, yea it was good, but not epic. The coffee is subtle, the taste had a bit of molasses as it was a little sweet. Overall I would buy again and revisit, but for now...its decent, nothing more.

Bottom Line: Decent brew

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.72/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep pitch black body with a little brown head. Smells roasty but doesn't jump out of the glass. The body is definitely thin. There's a nice light roast with some fruity coffee tones. This isn't a coffee bomb and it isn't very rich. It just missed the mark for me based on 17 and Abraxas. Had it on draft.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 2/2014.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and burnt coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid coffee presence all around.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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