Intentionally Indulgent
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #394
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,846
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 5.06%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
46
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Perennial Artisan Ales
 
Missouri, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Collaboration with 2nd Shift Brewing

Inspired by the classic Italian dessert from The Hill where 2nd Shift calls home, Intentionally Indulgent was fermented on top of luscious chocolate sauce and steeped on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans & Sump Colombian coffee beans.
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RyanTheLion13 from Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Apr 20, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

INDULGE BY: 02/25/2021

Great viscosity on the pour, with a motor oil appearance and very little carbonation that rises to the top of the body. What forms is beige in color and is quick to settle around the beer. Even patterns of lace cling lazily to the inside of the glass.

This beer was poured way too cold, so it took a minute for the nose to open up. The coffee hits first, and with some force. The chocolate comes in the form of a rich ganache, lightly bitter and unlike how a milkier, sweeter milk chocolate might taste. The vanilla balances nicely, complimenting that heavy coffee and almost feigning a sort of french vanilla latte of sorts.

The palate is excellent, characterizing a predominance of dark roast coffee and toasty malt. The force from the coffee as well as the booze from that 11.5% overpowers the chocolate and vanilla a little bit. This by no means is a bad thing, but it veers the overall profile from pastry to more of a stout base that would be killer in barrels. Love it, but I think these Midwest stout masters could have probably gotten a little closer to nailing that tiramisu influence.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-bodied and although it doesn't boast quite the viscosity as I expected it to from seeing the pour, it goes down really smooth. There's a good bit of boozy heat on the finish, and the carbonation is low and fairly soft.

Apr 22, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nice, wispy mocha head. Nose is sweet soy sauce, chocolate, fudge and vanilla. Pretty typical of the style. Beer opens chocolate, vanilla, sweet soy sauce, crystallized brown sugar, molasses and fudge. There's a slight roasted malt tartness here as well as some coca cola and cinnamon in the middle. Finish is sweet syrup, brown sugar and more molasses. As this warms, the coffee and mocha flavors come to the forefront as well as a chocolate fluff note. Body is medium to full with low carbonation. Smooth and rich on the palate without being heavy. Lingering, soft aftertaste. The feel on this one is excellent.

A solid beer but this isn't a stand out Perennial's Imperial Stout lineup, much less in the style.

Feb 04, 2020
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 27, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to see this great midwestern brewery now available here in NC.Pours a thick jet black with a full finger deep mocha colored creamy head atop.Rich chocolate abounds in the nose,decadent to the hilt,sweet vanilla comes into play,and deep roasted coffee underlies the chocolate and vanilla,just a very well rounded decadent nose.Sweet and mildly syrupy up front on the palate with vanilla and caramel notes,chocolate comes thru mid palate over top of a light coffee note that lingers into a long finish.If the coffee was just amped up a little this would be insane,as is the best of 2020 for me so far.

Apr 29, 2020
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 13, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can with a best by date of 2/25/21. Opened 4/18/20.
2 finger tan head on a jet black Imperial Stout. Very good retention and a slow fade to 1/4" over a few minutes span. Thin and wispy lacing.
Rich and roasty coffee and malt with a readily recognizable vanilla aroma layered in. Molasses and brown sugar as it warms.
Bold (but smooth) coffee flavor, dark chocolate sauce and a hint of vanilla - an amazing flavor combination on top of the roasted malt flavors that make up this beer. Indulgent isn't a bad word to describe. Chocolate sauce on vanilla ice cream with a sidecar of espresso.
Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Velvety smooth. Long and layered finish full of all the advertised flavors. Decadent in the feel and only slightly sweet in the finish.
Extremely easy to drink even at 11.5%.
Outstanding in all aspects.

Apr 19, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising fairly quickly along the edges of the glass and faint dark chestnut brown + dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark + milk chocolate and cocoa as well as moderate to strong aromas of freshly roasted coffee and a moderate aroma of vanilla. Underneath are moderate aromas of roasted + caramel malts with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of caramel + lactose sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + caramel malts with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of caramel + lactose sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of dark + milk chocolate and cocoa as well as moderate to strong flavors of freshly roasted coffee and a moderate flavor of vanilla. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which fade and are overtaken by the stronger lingering flavors of milk chocolate + coffee + vanilla.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy with a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks easily considering the strength as well as the sweetness, more of a slow sipper for me and more of a dessert beer. Very enjoyable with great flavors and aromas of chocolate + coffee + vanilla. Glad to found this one and I would gladly have it again if I see it.

May 23, 2020
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heysuz from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 24, 2019
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aug 10, 2019
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Cubatobaco from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 05, 2020
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mtbdonn from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 26, 2020
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 24, 2020
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FrauTotenkinder from Missouri

4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tiramisu in a beer but still tastes like a beer

Apr 19, 2019
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 03, 2020
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Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 14, 2019
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MJSFS from Florida

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 05, 2019
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mgundy32 from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 19, 2020
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heddar33 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 03, 2019
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 11, 2019
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BarrelAgedG from California

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 12, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

The coffee is a touch acrid, but there's a nice caramel and vanilla creamy sweetness on the rose, along with some roast.

Honestly, without the coffee, this would be much better. The chocolate and vanilla are well done - creamy, sweet, and velvety. However, the coffee is kind of just acrid and too bitter, and the beer does get a touch boozy as it warms up. I wanted it to be better, and it definitely does have its moments.

This is creamy, and thick, with a slightly prickly finish with that booze somewhat rearing its head near the end.

I wanted to like this one a lot more than I actually did.

May 16, 2020
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ADG2995 from Missouri

4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 21, 2019
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clake from Vermont

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 22, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From an aluminum can with a paper label, this stout pours a thick black color. Fizzy and chocolate-milk colored head atop an obsidian liquid. The aroma is intense. Alcohol, coffee, dark cocoa, roasted nut scents, and more. It is incredible. The taste is rich, intense, and warming. Not really sweet, but very thick. It would be incredible on a cold night.

May 24, 2020
Intentionally Indulgent from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 46 ratings