Coffee Stout 2020 - El Salvador & Guatemalan
Perennial Artisan Ales

Coffee Stout 2020 - El Salvador & GuatemalanCoffee Stout 2020 - El Salvador & Guatemalan
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #285
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #2,493
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 6.25%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
33
From:
Perennial Artisan Ales
 
Missouri, United States
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One-off
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SCORE
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Coffee Stout 2020 - El Salvador & GuatemalanCoffee Stout 2020 - El Salvador & Guatemalan
Notes: We at Perennial are super excited to announce a new addition to our lineup! Coffee Stout will give us the flexibility to work with a variety of roasters to highlight the diversity in the coffee scene throughout the country, using our 11.5% Imperial Stout as a canvas.

This year, we are featuring two coffees from our buddies at Dark Matter in Chicago! For the full distribution batch, Tim and Phil selected a blend of two beans: The first is a washed coffee from the Santa Petrona farm in El Salvador. The second is from the San Jeronimo Miramar farm in Guatemala and was fermented with Bavarian Wheat Yeast.
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

This isn't quite the aromatic lightning strike that Sump was in its heyday, but it's close. There's spicy coffee, roast, chocolate, cookie dough, vanilla, tobacco, and classic roasty diner coffee.

I wanted this to be Sump level, but it seems like Sump coffee is higher quality than Dark Matter - or at least better suited to beer. This is still quite good - after all, it's still Perennial. There's caramel, cookie dough, and vanilla all over this, along with cedar spice and tobacco, along with heavy roast reminsicent of low quality (but still tasty) diner coffee. It tastes definitely a bit thinner than traditional Sump.

This is medium bodied, silky, and pretty creamy. It's certainly not the absolute creamythickboi that Sump was.

I definitely want to try more iterations of this. I've gotta separate my mind from the fact that this "used to be" Sump. It's a good beer in its own right.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Uber dark brown, fat creamy mocha head on the pour that mostly subsides.
Smell: rich toasty coffee, slightly sweet creamy mocha.
Taste: like the nose. Very nice, rich, and drinking easy mellow at same time.

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Photo of robwired
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The two Central American coffees interlace with the stout base for a dry, roasty flavor, helped along by the fermentation process. Yes, it pours dark with a thin beige foam that looks like carbonation, but that's an observation, not a quibble. The coffee flavor is exotic and consistent from start to finish.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, best by 7/20/20. Pitch black body holds up a thick foamy light brown head that holds excellent retention. Coffee aroma along with some dark chocolate and roasty grain. Awesome flavors with this one: dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley dominate the palate; caramel, earthy hops, toasted grain, and faint bourbon and white pepper round out the flavors. Incredibly full and smooth body, very creamy, pleasant carbonation, alcohol is warming. Wow - I don't know if I have ever given two 5's in one review - this was so good!

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Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very enticing aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of roasted malt (present throughout, but subtle), a ton of the eponymous coffee (by far the dominant ingredient), some chocolate notes (quite sweet; always nice to have), and some light caramel as well. This is a big, aggressive, and well done flavor. It's certainly a coffee bomb, but not a one-trick pony. Delicious.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth and silky finish. Full-bodied.

O: An excellent and well made coffee stout. Drinkable.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Released 1/9/20; drank 3/8/20 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big, noisy dark tan head; frothy lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, chocolate syrup & mild cream notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup, dark roast coffee bean & mild cream flavors; no booze heat.

A bit artificial tasting, and too sweet without balance. It's drinkable, but not one to track down.

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Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pounder can with a best by date of 07/20/20. Pours a very viscous deep black with a dense mocha colored head. Rich coffee aromas with hints of chocolate and roasted malt. I find it unusual that the brewer used a weiss yeast in a big stout and the yeast shows up in the flavor. I get a bit of banana and clove but it is not overly distracting. Really strong coffee flavor that is not bitter or acidic. Nice cocoa notes as well. No sign of alcohol from this rather big stout. Full and creamy body that fits the flavors very well.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 oz van in a snifter. This awesome beast pours a
rich opaque with a nice head of tan foam that settles to a thick
ring, thin light swirling layer, and shows some nice light lacing.
Nose of rich dark coffee, faint cream, char, earthy malts, and
faint smoke. Flavors follow the nose nicely with char laden
dark malts of cocoa and rich dark coffee with light smoke and
roast on every level with subtle cream and cola notes on the rear.
Very nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, VERY rich, lightly warming,
low carbonation, and a rich and coating roasted bitter malt
finish.

Overall-----the newest WOW brew of the year.

Cheers

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Coffee Stout 2020 - El Salvador & Guatemalan from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 33 ratings