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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

yet another amazing beer from perennial, but the pour is a but off putting i think. it has so much yeast in it, i mean, my glass is basically cascading like a nitro, just with chunky tan yeast like a volcanic eruption, it never goes away, and adds a slightly unpleasant thickness to the bottom third or so of the bottle, definitely named well. heady and big though, hiding its alcohol well, and smelling like a ton of espresso and chocolate bits. the flavor is real chocolate forward, bakers bitter and sweet milk both, and the coffee is reserved for the finish, where it adds balancing bitterness as well as a richness not often seen in any style. oaty and thick on the body, its got a soapy lathered up texture that really flatters the flavor profile, its big and it holds up well with temperature and it drinks dangerously easy for how enormous it is. something to do with its softness i reckon. coffee is robust but not acidic, another success of sump. wish the yeast was just tamed a bit, i dont mind some of that, its part of the process, but this is almost disgusting to the unaccustomed. perennial can do no wrong by me right now though, and this is way up there with the best of the coffee beers out there.

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Photo of acurtis
3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a very black looking liquid, The head was dark brown as well. The smell of the beer is nicely balanced between the malt and the coffee. The taste has a good coffee profile to it along with some big chocolaty malt with some smoke in there too. The feel of the beer is very thick, borderline syrupy. Overall this beer is very good.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a collar of dark beige bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of cold brew coffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste has strong flavors of cold brew coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very coffee-forward beer, and tastes more like a coffee than a stout. It hides its alcohol very well. This would make for a good beer to start off the morning with.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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 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 oline73
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, the body is black and slightly viscous, with a steadily rising head of dark brown foam that expands to the rim and stops short of spilling over. Retention is ok, though the head fades after the first sip or two.

Big rich coffee aroma, roasty and nutty with charred malt and dark chocolate underneath.

Taste is very chocolatey, bittersweet and roasty, lingering dry bitter finish. Layers of dark chocolate and coffee, fudgy, rich and satisfying. Light vanilla and charred toast, creamy and smooth. Velvety feel with a light bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty tasty overall.

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Photo of zeff80
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a jet black color. It had a one-finger, brown head of bubbly foam. It smelled of coffee - big roasty coffee aromas with light chocolate notes. It tasted coffee and roasted malts. Really delicious blend of coffee and chocolate. It was crisp and smooth.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The coffee stout moniker might throw many off. The beer is so big and cherry that coffee gets lost, or at least very well incorporated, intro the beer. The flavor is driven by molasses and fudgey chocolate. There are savory notes, slightly reminiscent of soy sauce and mushrooms, but they stop sorry of being off putting. Appearance is excellent work the exception of a fast failing head that leaves no lacing.

In short, excellent but not coffee forward. Which is fine by me. The world is big enough for a wide variety of coffee stouts.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 1,709 ratings