Prodigal | Perennial Artisan Ales

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4.25/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prodigal is an imperial oatmeal milk stout with a massive fudge and roast malt character. It’s a foundation for some of our favorite stouts, now here to stand on its own adorned with only a handful of cacao nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans to round out the edges.

Added by Luscious_Malfoy on 02-09-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
116
pDev:
6.59%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
22
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Jcarriglio
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peterpunk15
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atomicnemesis
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzy
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow, this really did pour thick af. Coming out slower than motor oil, this fills to stark tar black and slowly builds a formidably dense and creamy mocha head that recedes gradually to a smooth blanket with a curled collar.

Smell is airy roasted malt, chocolate malt balls and Tootsie Roll with hints of raspberry chocolate sticks and peanut.

Taste is nutty roast with tangy vanilla that brings hints of nougat and fudge before a bitter, almost piney light roast coffee comes out in the finish.

Feel, too, is super thick and viscous, feeling like it's about to coat your teeth like hot fudge on a cold sundae. Carbonation takes a minute to surface through this body but is present with a slight tingliness. Finish is semi-dry, slightly sticky with a faint sting on the tail end.

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Photo of rdoggg
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering a quarter of the middle. The aroma is of a massive dose of oatmeal, dark chocolate, lactose, and vanilla. I'm tasting a complex blend of dark chocolate, oatmeal, lactose, and vanilla. The mouth is oily and thick.

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Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pants678
2.67/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Black with brown lacing

Dark fruit from the bottle, all roasted malt from the glass.

Vanilla can't cover the pervasive metallic taste. Not desserty. Some sweet dark fruit but doesn't give you what Expedition Stout does.

Viscosity's not right.

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Photo of jtk21351
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft, Barrel Chest & Wine, Roanoke, VA.

Dark black pour with a nice two finger head of tan foam that settles nicely into the glass. Some spotty lace is left in its wake.

Charred, roasted malt nose. Burnt toast rings true, with dark roast coffee, oak, and hints of dark chocolate.

Milky, roasty, chocolate flavors. Fudgy, creamy, and with a great vanilla backbone that mellows out the flavors nicely.

Creamy, milky, mouthfeel. Great weight, low, soft carb.

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Photo of Damian
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 750 ml 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased at Red Apron Butcher, Fairfax, VA
02 26 18
Served in a tulip

Super dense and oily, near pitch black appearance. The viscous body was capped by a barely-there, mocha colored film that quickly transformed into a small, clingy ringlet. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma had an old school, imperial stout-like character to it. Big roasted malt presence. Moderately sweet. Some chocolate notes were apparent. Nice mix of both bitter dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. Bit of vanilla and sweet cream too. Hint of booze. As the beer sat, more sweetness appeared. Chocolate brownie batter came to mind.

The flavor profile was also indicative of a traditional imperial stout. Super bold and roasty with loads of charred, bitter grains. Unlike the nose, I picked up hardly any sweetness. Burnt espresso notes appeared in the center. The beer finished with more heavily roasted malt character, dry graininess, boozy heat and bitterness. I might go so far as to call this beer astringent. On the second pour, the roast mellowed slightly and some dark chocolate notes came forth.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the most impressive aspect of the beer. It was medium-full bodied for the style. Super creamy and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

In a world filled with adjunct-infused pastry stouts that drink like liquid candy, I can definitely appreciate a more traditional take on the style. This beer, however, seemed to lack refinement. While this might serve as a fantastic base for Perennial’s barrel-aged offering, on its own it came across as rather rough around the edges.

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Photo of mothman
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage. Tan head at first but fades. Thick oil black. Leaves legs. You can tell this is the base for some of their ba stouts.

Lots of fudge and chocolate. Some roasted malts. Reminds me of a thicker expedition. Some marshmallow flavor. A bit of coffee bitterness. A little sweetness. Licorice and molasses. Really solid.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an extremely good stout but a little bit heavy.

Look: black, very foamy, very thick mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little bit of coffee, milk/lactose.

Feel: full body, a bit fizzy, it's creamy.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J_Mueller
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobinLee
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large brown foamy head. Aroma of rich chocolate notes with some light roasted malt and residual sugar notes is very enticing. Taste is similar to fudge with rich black chocolate notes, some residual sugar notes and light roasted malt. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Massive oatmeal stout that retains lots of drinkability.

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Prodigal from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 116 ratings