Coffee Stout (2020 Dark Matter Coffee)
Perennial Artisan Ales

Coffee Stout (2020 Dark Matter Coffee)Coffee Stout (2020 Dark Matter Coffee)
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Stout - American Imperial
4.42 | pDev: 5.88%
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Coffee Stout (2020 Dark Matter Coffee)Coffee Stout (2020 Dark Matter Coffee)
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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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with fizzy tan head. The head recedes to a thin ring leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is black coffee, dark chocolate and some light char.

T - The taste is big black coffee, roasted malts, dark and vanilla.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

O - This is a really tremendous coffee stout.

Mar 17, 2021
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with dark tan head. Coffee forward nose although just slightly green peppery. Nutty with some toffee, vanilla and a bit of dark fruit and booze. The flavor follows, but the mouthfeel steals the show with it's massive weight. Like I remember with abraxas, it's incredible full without quite feeling syrupy. Nice understated balance between sweetness and bitterness.

Feb 27, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left very little lacing on the glass. It smelled of rich, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toasted caramel and some burnt molasses. It had a big, bold coffee taste with chocolate, toffee and hints of vanilla.

Feb 18, 2021
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BGSbrews from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: jet black, minimal caramel head
S: Lacking for a coffee stout.
T: I'm four months past the best-by and it's still bright, fresh coffee. Sweeter but not dessert. Great roast of coffee and malt.
F: Thick, oily mouthfeel.
O: A great one that should be remade in future years.

Jan 26, 2021
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Tavour treat. Pours a black color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is black coffee and roasted malts. Tastes of strong black coffee,chocolate and alcohol. Smooth with an alcohol bite. Good mouth feel.

Sep 10, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 16oz can*

This stout poured out of the can like motor oil, looking pitch black in my glass. This also had a razor thin mocha colored head, but it was honestly super thin and dissipated quickly, leaving a lacing around my glass.

The aroma on this was just coffee heaven--giving me dark, roasty, and slightly herbal-y notes from the coffee used in this. It almost smelled a bit like cold brew. I love coffee, so I absolutely loved the aroma on this. I can definitely see some people considering the aroma on this a little boring and one note, and I do wish there was an added complexity to this beer... BUT Perennial Ales DID advertise this as a Coffee Stout, so I have to say that they pulled it off really well.

The taste followed the nose, as the beer provided me nice roasty and dark notes of coffee throughout. There was a touch of malty caramel-like sweetness in the front, but it quickly evolved to a deep and dark espresso-like roastiness supported by a touch of coffee acidity in the finish.

The feel on this was simply amazing. This was satisfyingly full bodied, had a motor oil-like slickness to it, moderate to low carbonation, and fudgy; everything I look for in an imperial stout! For a 11.5% ABV beer, I wasn't able to taste the alcohol in this at all, making this super dangerously drink-able.

Overall, this was a very good beer. I loved almost everything about this beer, but I'm a little biased here, since I love coffee. This is definitely one of the best coffee based stouts that I've had so far.

Aug 04, 2020
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can with a best by of 7/27/2020, I missed it by five days. If its this good today I can't imagine how good it was a month or two ago. Dark black, some lace, tan bubbles. Aroma is beautiful coffee aroma. Flavor is one of the best coffee stouts I have tasted, such a creamy feel, slightly sweet, alcohol is expertly hidden. Wow.

Aug 03, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Can, best by 7/27/20.
A: Pours black with a moderate fluffy dark brown head that slowly reduces with a touch of lacing.
S: Dark chocolate, almost metallic in aroma is most pronounced; roasted coffee comes in afterwards, but not as strong as expected (perhaps too close to the best by date?); as it warms, alcohol esters become stronger, and get a distinct whiff of bourbon despite this not spending time in a barrel
T: Dark chocolate sweetness, but nicely balanced with bitter notes from the coffee; alcohol is completely non-existent, save some very slight warming; even as it warms, the alcohol doesn't present
F: Extremely lethargic, thick mouthfeel, almost molasses-like
O: Very smooth, very pleasant drink, if not a heavy one; missing that coffee a bit, though

Jul 17, 2020
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Forgot to rate when I had it. On draft at Perennial Artisan Ales, 02/01/2020.

Loving the robust, roasty coffee on the nose of this. Body is soft and smooth, with a phenomenal coffee flavor. Rêve coffee stout on steroids. Love this.

Jul 13, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

the fluffy coffee colored head atop this black coffee colored liquid releases a rich aroma of chocolatey and blueberry coffee aromas. Taste follows suit with rich dark berry coffee notes. Amazing expression of coffee flavors, like a perfect cold brew mocha with an amazingly rich and smooth body. creamy almost.
This is one of the best coffee stouts I have ever tasted. If you like the coffee aspect in coffee stouts this is one for you. A real grand show of clearly excellent coffee beans. well played perennial, well played.

Jul 03, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of caramel khaki foam. Head retention is great. Aroma is medium-roast coffee with hearty coffee and fruity, fleshy coffee rind to it. Roasty and toasty malts are hearty and firm. Flavor profile is roasty and toasty malts with strong coffee. Coffee is roasty with mild acidity and modest chocolate. Mouth feel is thick with a lightly chewy grain to it. Overall, hearty and full stout with lots of coffee.

Draft. Reviewed on phone.

Jun 21, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tan head that quickly fades into the abyss of pitch black with brown highlighting. Coffee, dark chocolate, light caramel, and some espresso in an airy way above it all. Taste is a perfect coffee stout in my book: dark roast coffee with some acidity, earth, roast bitters, meld perfectly into the caramel, slight vanilla, and waves of lush dark chocolate. Feel is lush, roasty, earthy, full and chewy without getting too heavy or bitter, very creamy. And to think I almost didn't purchase because I was skeptical, completely blown away! No barrel needed

Jun 16, 2020
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 8/1/20. Drank on 6/13/20.

Poured at roughly 55° into a snifter. Near-black with a persistent tan head.

The nose is coffee, dark chocolate, and waffle cone with faint ash, soy sauce, and alcohol.

The taste is mocha, caramel, and cherry with more subtle bitter and tannic notes. Harmonious.

The mouthfeel opens medium+ and sticky with the aforementioned bitter/tannic notes providing mild dryness on the finish.

Overall, an awesome coffee imperial stout. Just a notch below my favorite coffee beer, Kane Morning Bell, and that's with only 1.5 months until the best by date. This is probably a roasty beast when fresh.

Jun 14, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, best by 7-27-20. Opened 5-31-20.
1 finger tan head on a black imperial stout. Good retention as the head slowly falls to a 1/4" cap and holds steady the whole way down.
A glob of something poured out with the last bit of stout, I pulled it out and on we go.
Rich and roasty, bold coffee nose. Espresso. Brown sugar, chicory, burnt wood. Dark fruit.
Coffee, strong coffee, chocolate syrup, molasses, fudge. layered flavors of malt and coffee.
Full body and velvety-smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriate. Some boozy heat. Very long, roasted and bitter finish.
Very Good to Outstanding.

May 31, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, best by date of 7/12/20 printed on the bottom of the can. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, dark chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some dark breadiness. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some caramel, chocolate syrup and earthy flavors. But this brew is all about the coffee! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I thought this was a pretty good coffee imperial stout, definitely worth picking up if you're into coffee beers and/or imperial stouts!

May 12, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second pint can I've enjoyed in a week. A lovely, thick base stout, extremely smooth in texture and full-bodied. Intense coffee notes, very earthy with bitter dark chocolate, light nuttiness, wheat, and some dried jujube fruit. No green pepper pyrazine notes that I could detect.

May 10, 2020
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LongTaco15 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells like boozy coffee. Thick body with chocolate coffee taste. A little bit of green pepper when it was cold but that went away as it warmed up. Solid coffee stout!

May 10, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: black with a thick and fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: coffee, roasted malts, bakers chocolate

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, bakers chocolate, dark coffee, significant coffee, slightly boozy.

Body/Overall: The body is full and thick, it is creamy and oily, this is delicious as well as heavy stuff, a big stout.

May 04, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a delicious imperial stout - these guys know what they’re doing! “Best by 7/12/20” date printed on can. Pours a thick syrupy jet black color, very nice, a little cap of tan head and some very small rings of lingering lacing. Smells of rich dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, malt, brown sugar, caramel, toasted nuts, a little bread. Taste follows the nose, excellent balance, high ABV but still not a slow sipper. Minimal alcohol burn - dangerously easy to drink. Smooth chewy mouthfeel, a little creamy, just the right amount of carbonation. So good!

Apr 24, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black sheen to the body; one-finger thick dense and creamy tan head. Deep aromas of roasted and charred grains; roasted coffee beans; chocolate. Huge flavors of baker's chocolate, roasted grains, dark roast coffee; sweetness is muted with slightly acrid bitterness; well-hidden booziness. Heavy body; rich, oily, sludgy; chewy residual sugar presence; alcohol warmth permeates throughout.

What an amazing and heady imperial stout. The coffee is rather quiet yet does a nice job of accentuating the heavy malt sweetness. And it always is a pleasure to have a high ABV beer that not only has a lasting head, but leaves descending rings of foam along the glass. Beautiful depth and complexity lurks within this beer's depths.

Apr 13, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color - only traces of dark brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short dark tan head that died down, leaving some specks of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong flavors of coffee beans are present in the nose - espresso stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has bold and strong flavors of espresso beans with hints of chocolate and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and rather slick and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the bold aromas and flavors of coffee in the stout, which were very much like espresso. The beer also did a remarkable job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

Apr 13, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: One of the darkest beers I've ever poured, nearly black and totally opaque. The lead is small and a light-medium brown.

Smell: Sweet, fudgy chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Absolutely delicious. If only it were stronger! A tiny bit of booze.

Taste: Wow, not at all shy about being a coffee stout. Dark, roasty coffee and chocolate. The flavor isn't super long-lasting, but it's intense. A bit of what tastes like lactose on the finish, but I don't see anything about it in the ingredients. Maybe it's the wheat yeast? No alcohol detected.

Feel: Thick and viscous. Creamy, with a quick, dry finish.

Apr 13, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Apr 03, 2020
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Mar 31, 2020
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robwired from Kansas

4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Mar 28, 2020
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