Perennial Artisan Ales

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #390
Ranked #1,638
4.25 | pDev: 6.35%
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Notes: 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.
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm not quarantined, but I still have not been in any store since March 16 (it's now May 28). That's crazy for an American urbanite like myself. I have had curbside service and such, but no direct store contact. My good son similarly stopped and got curbside pickup on some great brews before he came over Memorial Day, and this was one of his purchases he left here. He's a good son, no?

It pours black with a nice head for a couple seconds, then almost none. The aroma is skunky booze water with a little roasty smell. Not really the most enticing on either look or smell.

The taste and feel are much better, even outstanding. Sweet, roasty malts complemented by hops and boozy tastes, and a smooth and somewhat creamy mouth feel make this an exceptional experience.

Recommended. It is a poor value (I think I avoided it many times due to the stupid high price). Other better stouts aren't this pricey.

May 29, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

De tercertiempocervezas. En copa Teku. Con almendras + pipas de calabaza. Jugando a Toki y luego a Skyland. Muy buena, con un perfil a leche muy rico y pleno, que invita a beber rapido pero su alto abv pronto hace acto de presencia y lo estropean. Geiser al servir

Mar 12, 2020
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Bruno74200 from France

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice imperial stout but I'm not sure the lactose is very of use in there. The vanilla and cocoa nibs are nice though.
It's all aroud quite balanced

Feb 18, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened the can and it fizzed over some, a bit surprising. Poured moderately hard into a snifter glass, resulting in a couple fingers of head that fizzed around the outside while slowly dissipating to nothing. Deep brown color. Smells of roasty malt and fudge, very enticing. Taste is similar with a not-too-intense fudge followed by roasty malt, thankfully not too bitter. Very unique and excellent taste. Medium to thick bodied with light carbonation. Excellent oatmeal stout, looking forward to finding this one again.

Feb 10, 2020
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MaximalC from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours like motor oil straight out of the can before precipitating a modest cap of mocha foam that recedes in short order. Robust aroma smells of baker's chocolate, hot cocoa, earthy hops, roasted malt, and a hint of toffee to boot.

The taste features burnt malt, dark chocolate, and booze up front, complemented by earthy, herbal hops and milk chocolate. Warming reveals notes of ash, molasses, raisins, and peanut shells. Heavy body and mild carbonation make for a still, leaden mouthfeel that pairs well with the bold flavor profile.

Overall, this is a bold, no-frills RIS that earns its stripes the old-fashioned way. The alcohol comes across a little fierce, but so does everything else, so that's a minor detractor. If you're looking for a thick, robust stout to smack you across the face, look no further.

Nov 24, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Gold Star Beer Counter, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark tan head that left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very chocolatey and has a lot of fudge-like flavors with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes strong, but nothing like something that is 11.5% abv. I liked all of the fudge flavors in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

Nov 21, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not far into the annual tasting, and this added to the strong start. Near black in color with a small cap of beige head. Roast grains with a hint of smokiness. Dark semi-sweet chocolate, anise, raisins, milk. Another great Perrennial stout.

Nov 08, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 11.58 (Including shipping and PA tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.724/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 9/12/19.
“BEST BY 03/04/20” clearly stamped on bottom of can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, still opaque. Very slight effervescence noted.
Head – Average - (Maximum 2.2 cm, aggressive center pour), dark tan/light brown, dense, short retention, diminishing to a 1.5 mm crown and no cap.
Lacing – None. No unexpected at 11.5% ABV.
Aroma – 3.5 – Very faint chocolate fudge.
Flavor – 4 – Follows the nose. Very faint chocolate fudge with the alcohol (11.5% ABV) flavor present on the aftertaste but not on the nose. Some mild gastric warming does occur. Vanilla is weakly present on the post-swallow exhale. No dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Full, creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this brew, it simply does not stand out from the Imperial Stout pack – it’s chocolatey and smooth (oats and lactose) but in general seems weak in the flavor department. The nose is very weak as well.

Sep 12, 2019
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branham1989 from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perennial Artisan Ales Prodigal 11.5 ABV. This Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout pours a dark brown almost jet black color with a half finger width dark chocolate colored head that dissipates quickly due to the high alcohol content and additions of vanilla bean and cacao nibs. The aroma is of dark roasted malts and rich fudge chocolate with undertones of molasses vanilla dark fruits like raisins dates and prunes. The flavor is very rich and sweet with the fudge chocolate and malts starting up front giving way to the molasses and vanilla along with those raisins and figs and prunes it doesn’t finish at all with bitterness making this stout very sweet. The mouthfeel is creamy and syrupy coating your palate letting it linger. 8.5/10

Sep 01, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a thick reddish mocha head that has fantastic staying power and beautiful lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and molasses. Flavor follows the nose, a bit sweet. Feel is thick and creamy. Overall a fabulous beer that I'm glad the "beer guy" at my local place talked me into. He said it's the base beer for Sump and Abraxas (not sure of that, but this is outstanding).

Aug 23, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin dark brown hue that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Big aromas of fudgy chocolate and lighter vanilla. There are flashes of metallIc and dark fruits as well as a light chalky note.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of fudgy chocolate before becoming very acrid and bitter. There is a light oat creamy flavour as well char. There is an almost a metallic note as well.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little creamy, however, the alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a rather underwhelming beer. Big metallic and dark fruit notes.

Serving Type: bottle

Aug 02, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a thick black creamy head, great retention, soapy lacing, long legs, pitch black

Nose is off, acrid, metallic and fruity, mild roast and char, some vanilla and dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, marshmallow nougat

Taste burnt cocoa, big roast and char, bitter tannin roasted malt, fair hot alcohol, boozy, little fusel, dried lactose, cocoa, vanilla, plenty of spice, bitter burnt roasty finish

Mouth is fuller bod, rich, over carbonated, a bit boozy

Overall messy, something went wrong here

Aug 02, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small glass from draught @ Zeezicht, Breda. Pours a pitch black colour and a beige/light brown head with a thin layer retention. Aroma's are sweet, chocolate and bit red fruit. Retronasal it's sweet, red fruit. Flavour os sweet, cocoa, fudge, roast. Full bodied. Long finish, roasted and moderate bitter.

Aug 01, 2019
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KidBeans from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A: Motor oil black and opaque with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Thick and syrupy when poured into the glass.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla are the predominant aromas. Some roasted character as well.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, toffee, and vanilla.

M: Full-bodied, chewy and dense. Long finish. Medium carbonation.

O: Delicious stout, my first from Perennial. As a newcomer to the Midwest and Midwest beer scene, now I'm really looking forward to trying Abraxas and Sump given the quality of this beer.

Jul 21, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is 50 degrees and poured in a tulip glass. The beer produced a one-finger dark tan head. The beer's head dissipated somewhat quickly. No lacing was left on the glass. The head was creamy and foamy. The color of the beer is SRM 32, a dark brown nearly black. The beer is opaque.

The aromas in the beer are dark roasted malts, dark stone fruit, molasses, caramel, toffee, biscuit, earthy, dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, anise, smoke, and Mailliard.

The flavors in the beer are dark roasted malts, dark coffee, dark chocolate, burnt flavors, fire, smoke, biscuit, molasses, earthy, coffee, tobacco, herbal, floral, anise, smoke, and Maillard.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry, chewy, and bitter.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

The beer is awful. Seriously, this beer needs a reworking. A massive amount of burnt and smoke notes in the beer. There is zero harmonies and balance in this beer. I want the flavors to blend seamlessly. Not a beer for me.

Jul 18, 2019
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emyers from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Near black with a half-inch mocha head.

Nose: Roasted barley, cocoa powder, caramel.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate, toffee. Finishes semi-sweet with a tough of herbal hops, little to no alcohol presence.

Feel: Very full-bodied, fish.

Jul 06, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2019 edition. A nice rich thick creamy stout. Good retention of tan lacing. Smell is roasty malt with bitter coffee notes. Taste and feel are where this shines. Sweet vanilla and bitter coffee blend well over the roasty malt base. Slightly metallic tang behind it all. Thick, creamy, bold, full bodied, mouth watering. 11 percent abv is really well hidden. Excellent, just a shade below Abraxas and Sump. Perennial knows how to make a stout!

Jun 15, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


can to snifter.

fantastic beer.

LOOK: is super thick, jet black dark color, with a big brown head. lasting excellent retention.
AROMA: roasty mlalt, wood, light wafts of cocoa and/or coffee.
TASTE: smooth sipping stout. roasted barley bitterness, followed up by a sweetness. Sweetness has hints of oat, brown sugar, caramel.
FEEL: thick and chewy, full full bodied.

Excellent base beer. This makes perfect sense with the quality in Abraxas and Sump. Prodigal is excellent in its own rite.


Jun 13, 2019
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laketang from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 edition
Murky, muddy, very thick mocha head.
Scents of fresh ground coffee, cocoa powder, roasty good.
Super chocolaty, hint of vanilla or sherry and maybe slight anise.
Thick mouthfeel, rich, chewy, creamy and velvety.
Drink again and again.

Jun 10, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger dense mocha head atop a pitch black body.

S - roast, chocolate, vanilla.

T - follows the nose. Very roasty with tons of semisweet milk chocolate. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body with average carb.

O - quite the well-balanced stout.

Jun 09, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good head production, but it is slightly fizzy and does not last. Body approaches motor oil-like color and consistency.

Aroma features sweet waves of molasses, brown sugar, mild char, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, coffee, cream, and vanilla.

Flavor leans towards the sweeter tones up front, with chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, and toffee. Mild char and strong coffee tones come through mid-palate. Fairly quick effervescent finish leaves a bit of booze on the tongue, along with earthy hops, bark, leather, and dark chocolate.

Full bodied, with moderate alcohol heat; lively; sticky; smooth.

A pleasure to drink, without question, but this isn't bringing much to the table that other beers don't already. In particular, I'm reminded of the waves of Evil Twin imperial stouts - which is a good thing, to be sure!

Jun 08, 2019
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a 16oz can, best by date of 02/11/20. Served in a tulip.

Pours thick, antique maple-black with a half-finger of lush, mottled, latte-like foam. Head slopes off apace leaving a fizzy little cap and much fine visible carbonation along the sides.

The aroma is relatively faint and smells as much like Coca-Cola as anything else.

Taste is rich and syrupy and, in fact, somewhat reminiscent of Cherry Coke fountain syrup.

Feel is thick and syrupy, like a barley wine reduction, extra-super-heavy bodied but with masses of fine carbonation micro-bubbles fighting to escape from the syrupy morass in which they’re entrapped like bugs in a tar pit.

I know that there are people who dig this thick sweet stuff but I just can’t do it.

May 19, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

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

2019 can.Pours jet black with a billowing deep beige head,a pillow-like head that takes quite a while to settle into a frothy mass.Coffee and char stand out most at first in the nose,milk chocolate comes thru as it warms a little.Smooth and slick in the mouth,it gently glides down.Brownie batter mixed with a mocha coffee is the best way for me to describe the flavors of the beer,it's actually quite dry and earthy/woodsy in the finish wich makes it very drinkable.A top 5 of 2019 for me,an outstanding American Impy Stout.

May 09, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Black oil slick with a thin espresso cream cap dissipating to a ring on the glass and no lacing.

S: Deep-roasted malts and cocoa dominate.

T: Strong charred malt and espresso bean, some cocoa, raw grains, and vanilla. Traditional Imperial Stout.

F: Moderately Full body, creamy and coating.

O: Could stand some more balance, but I appreciated the more simple stout and still having more than one note.

May 09, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

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

A: A dark muddy black in color, with a creamy dark brown head.

S: Dark fudge and chocolate. with brown sugar.

T: Roasted malts, and a huge hit of chocolate. It's fudge-tastic with light vanilla, and a touch of booze in the finish.

M: heavy feel with a moderate carbonation, and creamy.. super creamy.

O: Overall just a lusciously creamy chocolate bomb of maltastic proportions.

Apr 22, 2019
Prodigal from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 227 ratings