Fantastic Voyage (2012-2017)
Perennial Artisan Ales

Fantastic Voyage (2012-2017)Fantastic Voyage (2012-2017)
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 15.7%
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
418
From:
Perennial Artisan Ales
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  65
Gots
  44
SCORE
88
Very Good
Fantastic Voyage (2012-2017)Fantastic Voyage (2012-2017)
Notes: Fantastic Voyage is an Imperial Milk Stout brewed with coconut. We also added lactose sugar to give it a creamy mouth feel and a bit of sweetness. The roasted malts and coconut meet the hops bitterness to deliver a full rich finish. Fantastic Voyage has notes of chocolate that make it a great fit for enjoying after dinner with dessert or even a cigar. Brewed in collaboration with Jim Leabig.
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MesaDan from Minnesota

2.89/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This Milk Stout brewed with Coconut was bottled 9/28/17 (opened 3/27/20): Nose of slight alcohol with a coconut nuance & malt sweetness; very fine tan rim lace; soft/medium mouthfeel with low & smooth carbonation; chest warming; Taste of moderate bitter bark & prune with a bit of coconut backnote. The taste finishes a bit watery and diminishes quickly. The "thinness" and disappointing finish takes away from the quality of this product.

Mar 27, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A lighter shade of a typical stout.
S: A strong burst of cacao and chocolate with a hint of coconut on the backside.
T: Very flat and smooth choco flavor. No surprises but a simple drink.
F: Very light with coconut flavor.
O: Another light stout. Unlike the others, it is very simple and smooth.

Sep 01, 2019
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jzlyo from Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark/sludgy malts and chocolate/dark chocolate. The flavor is chocolate/dark chocolate, sludgy dark malts, fruit and a slightly sweet/acidic/warming alcoholic finish.

Jul 21, 2019
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

2.33/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

From a pint can with a best by date of 08/23/19. Served in a tulip.

Pours like used motor oil with a scant finger of creamy, coffee-and-oak mottled head which dies back almost instantly leaving a wisp of fizz in its wake.

Strong aroma of - and I hate to say this - urine. Am I going to drink it anyway? You bet I am! But I’m going to let it sit for a few minutes because, even though it’s been out of the fridge for over an hour, it’s still a little too cold and nobody wants to drink cold pee.

Taste is... OK, it tastes fucking awful. It tastes like cold burnt coffee that somebody pissed in.

Sorry.

Apr 25, 2019
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EamonnB from District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2017 version purchased heavily discounted at the local organic market.
Didn’t realize it was summer release beer. I’m enjoying during an impending winter storm.
Strong, yet balanced and smooth coconut and milk chocolate scents and tastes. Sweeter than my preferences but not cloyingly so.
The name makes sense now. Decent stout if in the mood for coconut

Jan 19, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ended up taking this to the next level since Perennial did, yes, I poured this into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark brown in the pour but allowed a nice looking darker brown close to black in color with a thin cap of a little off white semi-foamy head gently sliding off at a good pace. Some lace stringing out appropriately.
The aroma bled with the roasty coffee character, a blended sort of sweet to earthy quality. Slight cocoa powder with a sweet nuttiness. Coconut, yes, but extremely faint - barely there.
The flavor tried to call on the sweet nuttiness but did it? I'd say there was a dry and mellow coffee earthy to dark fruity Euro-type of "pulled" sort of sweetness with, once again, that cocoa powdery to quaint coconut. Super subtle aftertaste of milk chocolate/dry cocoa powdery character with an even lighter level of coconut.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied, for a higher ABV-ed beer and a stout nonetheless, I'd definitely say this one had a semi-lighter sort of 'construct' to it's body. Still, good carbonation and ABV that seemed appropriate. And a really nice finish with the powdery cocoa character and a super sly coconut.
Overall, as an English milk stout, I have to say - it's quite different. I say treat it as an imperial styled one and you'll see the love this beer deserves.

Dec 09, 2018
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, snifter glass. Dark cola brown body, one finger offwhite head, fair retention and no lacing. Smell is heavy roast, milk chocolate, a dab of espresso, sweet coconut juice. Not really toasted coconut flavour or anything, solid sweet chocolate-forward nose. Flavour has more of a coconut sweetness to it, with a bit of brown sugar, big milk chocolate, a touch of lactose, sweet sugary malt on the backend, light earthy finish. It's good, perhaps a bit sweeter than I'd like, but it's good. Could use a bit more toasted coconut flavour rather than the sweet coconut juice-like flavour. Mouthfeel is medium fuller bodied, creamy, soft and substantial, dangerously straightforward drinker.

Oct 26, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"BEST BY 09/11/19"

Appearance: Black body with a large, dense brown head. Very good retention.

Aroma: It smells a bit like bourbon and cocoa. The cocoa scent is very strong.

Taste: It has a clear chocolate flavor. The chocolate is like a deafening note on the palate. I could bottle up this chocolate flavor and take it with me. There is a softly toasted coconut flavor that joins in with the chocolate at the end, along with a flavor of alcohol in the shape of chocolate and possibly even cherry liqueur.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and semi-full bodied with an effervescent wash of carbonation across the palate. It is a bit more carbonated than the standard stout but it works well to push the flavors across the palate.

Overall: If you give this a shot you will be pleased. It has a wonderful chocolate flavor and shortly after you will be greeted by a coconut flavor and a touch of cherry. It is an enjoyable dessert beer that tastes a lot like a mix of Black Forest Cake and German Chocolate Cake. I would drink it again and I would recommend it.

Oct 14, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can at fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with a small amount of quickly dissipating light brown head. Nose isn't overwhelming. Picking up some nice roasted malts, tree sap, campfire, licorice, and raisin. Not much coconut coming through on the nose. Taste is really nice. Getting a lot of black licorice immediately. Definitely picking up the coconut on the taste. Lactose, grapes, milk chocolate, and blackberries are in there. This is nicely smooth - not too bitter and not too sweet. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Overall, this is a great milk stout, and I love that it's in a can.

Sep 24, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received this Stout in a trade with @Swenny916. Poured from 16 oz. can into tulip glass. It pours virtually jet black with a creamy, mocha-colored cap and a pretty sheen of like-colored lacing. Its nose is somewhat subdued but features roasted malt, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and nuts. This is really nice! It opens with rich milk chocolate, roasted malt, and nuts, with a hint of vanilla. It's roasty with some earthy char. The one flavor I'm not tasting is coconut. While you can taste the alcohol there is not much of a burn. There is virtually no bitterness. The mouth feel is fantastic! It drinks more like a Russian Imperial Stout than a Milk Stout. It's super viscous and chewy. It's like eating a really good candy bar. As expected, the carbonation is low and it's possibly the "biggest" Milk Stout I've had at 11.4% ABV. You feel the warming of the alcohol. Overall, I have to say I just don't get the low ratings. This is a great Milk Stout. My only qualm with it is that I don't taste any coconut but the other flavors really pop. I really enjoyed it!

Sep 22, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a solidly black brew...with no light coming trough...Medium chocolate colored, creamy head. The aroma is amazing...intense espresso coffee with dark chocolate. Wow. Heavy roast. The taste is dryish, warming, and continues with the roasted notes, backed by thick malt flavors. Very thick and hefty in body. Intense and wonderful.

Sep 15, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, creamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of chocolate, coconut, malt, and lactose.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of roasted malt (mostly in the finish), light lactose notes (less than expected), lots of milk chocolate, some vanilla, and tons of coconut. A very sweet and quite chocolatey flavor. The lactose isn't really obtrusive or obnoxious as it often is. Well-balanced and tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth and creamy finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is one of easier to drink milk stouts out there. Worth checking out.

Jul 05, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle dated 09/14/17
Poured into a snifter shows a dark chocolate brown body, briefly supports a 1/2in cocoa colored head of variably sized bubbles, and leaves the glass clean of any reminder.

Aroma has coconut highlights with chocolate, cocoa, sweetness, and a metallic hint.

Flavor is chocolate and coconut, but therer is also a roast cocoa bean flavor that is distracting. The roastyness does diminish a little with warmth, but never completely goes away for me. Finish is cocoa powder that sticks around.

Mouthfeel is a solid win. Smooth, full, thick, and creamy with no grit.

Overall a nice beer.

May 12, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a dark tan head. The aroma is chocolate and coconut. The flavor is the same with some roasted malt, and too sweet for my taste. The feel is thin even for a porter. Overall an okay beer.

Feb 25, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML bottle that I passed on several times at $20/22 – yeesh. Must be virgin, imported, hand-macheted coconut? Picked up at $15, & I had to think on that. Split with my wife.

The pour is black, with visible carbonation that doesn’t even cover the surface of the beer. Smells like chocolate & light roast – I think there’s coconut, but that might be the power of suggestion.

Fantastic Voyage – where are we going? The cast of Lord of the Flies would have rejected this beer, as they’d been subsisting on coconuts for months. Candy. Chocolates & coconuts with just a quid of roast in the background. Touches of cinnamon & gentle lactose round it out. Smooth. Too sweet to drink like the well of life, but half a bomber will suit my need for sugar just fine.

A very good, solid stout with a lovely touch of coconut – but why the hell in a bomber for a premium price? The easy answer is because idiots like me buy it. A one & done at the price, but attractive in a smaller, less pricey format.

Jan 11, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice milk stout base with a touch of sweetness, oaky vanilla, and smooth creaminess. The coconut is the star with lots of toasted coconut flavor and aroma.

Jan 08, 2018
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours some very light brown head that dissipates very, very quickly. The beer itself has a nice creamy look and a bit thin while the beer itself is a good chocolate syrup black and looks very nice. The smell is pretty good. It has as good chocolate syrup note with a slight bitterness and creamy note to it. The taste is very good. It has a nice delicious mix of bitter cocoa and sweet milk chocolate flowing through the beer. There's a fairly light coconut note to it and a caramel note underneath everything that blends well with the chocolate to give it a bit of extra sweetness. The feel is pretty good. It has a pretty light body and extremely creamy with very light carbonation to it. Light body. This is a pretty good beer and worth getting and having for dessert.

Dec 18, 2017
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flagmantho from Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a mug at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: nice murky brown-black hue with a finger of frothy tan foam atop. Stouty!

Smell: sweet and redolent of toasted coconut and a little bit of chocolate. Kind of like a samoa cookie; I really like it.

Taste: just as sweet as the aroma, with a good dose of coconut and chocolate. There are caramel elements in here as well; it really works great as a dessert beer. I really like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this is a really good beer for a sweet dessert brew. I like it a lot.

Nov 29, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

9 oz serving tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on November 22, 2017. The rebirth of Fantastic Voyage is a return to slow jams and silk sheets. We combine a smooth yet strong imperial milk stout base with a heap of dried coconut in the whirlpool. The result is a luscious blend of bakers chocolate, subtle roast, and sweet coconut.

Nov 22, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

coconut is hot right now. everyone is doing one of these, and while this is better than a lot of them, its also kind of samey at this point. this is becoming the new blood orange hoppy beer, which literally everyone with a brewing license has made over the last couple of years. soon there will be more of these than we can care about, but i liked this a lot even still. the coconut here has a nice wintery, warming, toasted quality, but also a fresh creaminess with the lactose, which i think is overdone here, but i like it texturally, the beer is just too sweet to drink a ton of. the aroma is the best part, the coconut is really forward but also incredible natural, thats where this one is better than others for me. the base stout is also excellent, its huge, sweet, and boozy, thick and rich for sure, but there is some nice deep roast to the grain, a needed coffee type bitterness to it, and a long delicious finish, it would be great even without the coconut. i love all the body, this feels hearty and wintery, is just boozy enough, but really feels fancy to me. coconut sweetness and nuttiness, frosting, and coffee, delicious but something i really can only handle about a glass of before it gets to be a bit too much. i am getting less and less interested in dessert type stouts and porters personally lately for whatever reason, maybe just fatigue from so many, but this is one of the good ones. well worth the modest asking price.

Nov 11, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid shiny black with a thin. light tan ring.

Smell is a bit stale, with musty cocoa, cola, acidic coffee and nut, while taste gives the first note of coconut blending with chocolate and nutty amaretto to become a sort of candy bar cocktail. There are also hints of cola.

A soft light body with a big but light froth finishes semi-dry.

Nov 06, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewer's Notes: "The rebirth of Fantastic Voyage is a return to slow jams and silk sheets. We combine a smooth yet strong imperial milk stout base with a heap of dried coconut in the whirlpool. The result is a luscious blend of bakers chocolate, subtle roast, and sweet coconut. So take a sip and just sail on."
Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Date stamp of '09.28.17.
Body color is opaque darkness, with very slight mahogany at bottom of glass. Some head on pouring disappears to next to nothing ring. No lacing.
Smells of rich dark malts, coconut, and very dark fruit, also sweet lactose.
Taste is rich dark chocolate, coconut, currant fruit, and sour orange. Sweet lactose also comes through.
Mouth feel is rather thin, and taste dissipates quickly.
Beer has a good balance of dark chocolate, sweet lactose, and coconut.

Nov 01, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, coconut, lactose, light cocoa, really does smell like an Almond Joy. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a little biscuit, toasted coconut, light cocoa and a some coffee bitterness, a little lighter than I expected, but with a very nice light lingering cocoa and coconut finish. Medium bodied with slight creaminess and sharp peppery carbonation. A pleasant coconut infused milk stout with a surprisingly light body for such a big stout. Although great tasting, this would be way more satisfying with a heavier, deeper malt body. One the other hand, the ABV is very well covered and the flavors are well balanced with a deft hand on the coconut, which can be a dominating flavor. The level is commensurate with the malt. Milder than expected, but pleasant and satisfying throughout the bottle. Perennial shows up sporadically around here and I'm always glad to see them.

Oct 23, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Joe Bean Roasters in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a moderate sized head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like sugary toasted coconut, basically exactly like the coconut in an Almond Joy, with dark chocolate, and light roast.

This would pop a bit more if the body was bigger, but it's definitely a bit thin. The coconut flavor is so tasty, though- very sweet and decadent- but done well. There's a light toastiness, with lots of dark rich chocolate, and just a hint of roasted malt. This is definitely a candy bar in beer form.

Like mentioned above, the body is definitely problematic- it's a bit thin, and finishes watery. It's nowhere near the legendary mouthfeel I know Perennial can achieve (see Abraxas, Sump, etc).

This is flawed but I definitely enjoyed drinking it.

Oct 21, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste: robust semi sweet malt, coconut, chocolate, lactose, brown sugar, molasses. same with the nose. Reddish/black hue, mostly opaque, tan head with ring of lattice. Medium/Full body. Non sticky mouthfeel.

Oct 17, 2017
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