Sump Coffee Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#283
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
1,698
pDev:
6.32%
 
 
Wants:
384
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398
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46
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Photo of Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

32oz growler into a snifter.

Pours a thick pitch black with a nice creamy head. Smell is big on coffee... a lot of coffee. taste is quite thick and has a real big and overwhelming coffee flavor and a good amount of bitterness. biggest stand out of this beer is the mouthfeel... it is super thick for a non barrel aged stout. exceptional feel.

overall a beer you want to drink at the end of a tasting or night because it will really overwhelm all the others with the coffee. thick mouthfeel is awesome.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Mean looking. Pitch black with a toffee colored 1 finger head with staying power. Coats the glass really well.

S- Fresh roasted coffee, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. A health dose of hazelnut that is an awesome twist that you don't normally come across. Smells like a coffee infused Abraxas. Nose is superb, like everything I have had from Perennial.

T- Coffee and chocolate again. While the nose seems more milk chocolate, the tastes comes off as more raw, bakers chocolate. Big and bold. Malty roasted goodness in a glass.

M- Feel really shines. Full, thick, and the creaminess really comes together well with the coffee.

O- Outstanding example of the style. One of my favs. Mouth feel is a true highlight.

$17 for a 750 ml

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Photo of jbwimer
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this up last night at a small share with a local BA and his wife. Even with pseudoSue, Sosus, and BBPt5 also being opened, this one was the highlight of the night. Reviewed from notes (and memory, considering I can't get this beer out of my head).

A- Oily black with a thin mocha head that doesn't last too long. Spotty lacing on the glass as I drink. This beer does have some legs, though. Which isn't surprising considering this beer clocks in at 10.5%.

S- This one is a coffee bomb. As soon as the bottle is opened, coffee and chocolate swarm the nostrils. And it smells of the finest, freshest coffee beans. Only coffee stout I remember having more coffee aroma is Peche Mortel, and that one was a hair too much for me. Sweet chocolates and a faint, creamy lactose aroma balance out the coffee. Simply divine.

T- Didn't think the taste would outdo the aroma... But I'm wrong sometimes, and this is one of those times. Coffee dominates on the front end, but is washed down by wonderful dark, bitter chocolate and roast. It's not a very complex, but my goodness, it is remarkable. I've seen in previous reviews that it is almost like coffee with creamer. I agree that there is a lactose influence, which lends itself to more balance in the flavor. But it's not a ton of creamer, by any means. The coffee is on display here. Just fantastic.

M- Perennial nailed it here. Low carbonation with a silky, viscous mouthfeel which I was not anticipating. Unbelievably smooth, with lingering coffee and bitter chocolate that coat the mouth and leave my lips a-smacking. It's stupid how smooth this beer is.

O- A phenomenal beer in all respects. Having had this once, I'm not satisfied. It leaves me wanting more. This is the best coffee stout I've ever had (that wasn't barreled). Actually, I can't help but wonder if a barrel would take away from this beer since it was so well done. Maybe, some day, I'll get the chance to find out. As for now, I recommend you find a way to get your hands on this beer.

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Dated 2/14, poured into a Perennial Artisan Ales Tulip.

The beer pours an intense black color, very oily and rich with a one finger high, caramel head that has moderate retention, settling into a very loose layer of film atop the beer that yields no lace. The aroma is bursting of coffee, bitter and roasted with dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramel and rich grains behind it, just a huge cup of coffee. The flavors are a bit more complex and showcase a larger variety of flavors, make no mistake, coffee still dominates the landscape with bitter dark chocolate right behind it, but there is a very pleasant fruit character, both berries and stone fruit, from the coffee beans, a nice sweet marshmallow character makes itself known along with caramel and strong malted grain. The brown sugar is definitely there as well along with some creaminess in the flavors that help round out the beer and help it to avoid being too sweet and too roasty, a nice middle ground. The mouthfeel is nice, a bit lively for my liking, the carbonation zips a bit but it coats the mouth well, and does have a richer texture which is well done. The finish is nice and soft, a bit creamy and very easy.

Verdict: A delicious coffee stout from Perennial that is almost as good as the barrel aged version. The coffee bean chosen was great, nice fruit character that isn't too roasty or bitter and brings out a nice complexity and balance of flavor. Definitely a beer worth seeking out.

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4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This literally pours like tar. Thick, gooey, sticky, used engine oil black brew. Head is freckled and cratered. Thick well coated lacing. Dang, this is a fantastic looking brew.

Holy freaking coffee and WELL PLACED hazelnut. Caramel, milk chocolate, yeasty... Chili caramel kick in backend.

Roasty, bready, chewy, toasted, slightly salty and peppery, tons of gooey caramel, kung-fu in a glass. Tons of milky chocolate with nicely roasted coffee. Hazelnut is very mild in flavor and is far from forced. Nothing over-the-top. True, and unique. Killer lighter carbonation and mild sweetness and next to zero piney bite.

This is a well rounded and even more well blended brew. It's almost as good as abraxas. Solid-ass brew. Highly recommended.

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Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 1,698 ratings