Fantastic Voyage | Perennial Artisan Ales

BA SCORE
87
very good
320 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Milk Stout brewed with real coconut. (Brewed in Collaboration with Jim Leabig)

Added by TheSarge on 07-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
320
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
17.65%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
36
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 55
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1/5  rDev -74.4%

Photo of Rifugium
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at TJ's
Nice to see Perennial making its way into SEPA.

My bartender warned me that this one was a bit disappointing, and there was just about no coconut to be detected, but I figured I'd give it a try anyway. I'm not really a fan of coconut anyway...though I do like it in beer.

Solid black pour with a thick tan ringlet that left some lacing on the glass. In the nose, dark malts, cream, light notes of shaved coconut; overall a bit muted, with a tone of bitterness. While I don't doubt the bartender's taste, I definitely picked up some coconut in the taste right away, not overblown, but it was definitely there, chocolaty sweetness, milkiness, bready malts, a touch of earthy bitterness. I wasn't too impressed by this, but honestly I think it was served on the cold side, and I didn't give it the proper time to come down to a more appropriate temperature to let the full flavors present themselves. Body was about medium, though the mouthfeel was smooth. Overall not bad. I'd like to try it again to get a second opinion. I also have a bottle at home that might get opened soon.

*Edit: opened that bottle...it was a drain pour. And a pricey one at that. Smelled and tasted like sour milk. Nasty infection.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Brown Derby in Springfield MO, bottled 4/13

Pours ebony with a thumb of caramel head. A bit of a viscious look to this, near zero head retention & only slightly more lacing

S: Coffee, cocoa & some coconut in the background, all fade after a while

T: Coffee, coconut husk, a touch of lactic sourness & cocoa up front. Lactic sourness, a touch of coconut & coffee as this warms. Finishes sour, with a touch of coffee, coconut & dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation . Weird play between lactic sour, sweet & dryness fighting for balance

An interesting & fairly drinkable milk stout; drinks fairly despite the heft & complexity

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Stellar pour; dark milk chocolate explodes up the sides of the glass, then inverts on itself forming a coffee colored twister in the center of the head. Once the fireworks are over though, what's left hangs around with ok retention and poor lace. Almost a solid black body with thin caramel colored highlights.

S - Great nose. Dry cocoa, dark toasted grains, espresso, ash, light booze, with a soft well balanced sweetness of toasted coconut and honey.

T - Honey, caramel, flat chocolate soda, brazil nut, cinnamon, pumpernickel. The backend fades outs into a oddly sour note.

M - Smooth with a medium frame. Strong acidity. Dry finish leaves a nice coating on your mouth.

O - Sweet to style with a nice mouthfeel on the finish. The sour edge is the only thing that hurts the brew.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/09/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC. The bartender did a good job and warned me that this one was sour ahead of time, which I did not think it was supposed to be, but I decided to get it anyway. Not sure if this is infected or intential, but this is basically a sour stout, FYI.

a - Pours a deep brown color with one inch of light tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, some chocolate, coconut, sour dark fruits, toasted malts, currants, and sour red wine. Much like Plan B, smells like a mix of stout and sour dark fruits.

t - Taste of sour dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, and burnt malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, a slightly sour twinge to it.

o - Overall I had this right after Plan B by Perennial and it was very, very similar; this one basically just had more sour notes, especially in the taste. Basically the same level of enjoyment, would recommend trying one but passing on both for now. Bit disappointing.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of AlexFields
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour a dark chocolate brown, not a huge head but a thin layer of dark creamy coffee foam sticks around until the beer's done.

Smell is sweet, milk chocolate maybe, vanilla, a bit nutty, only mild roast.

Taste is very good, big on sweet vanilla and milk chocolate but not syrupy or cloying, definitely a nutty character but I probably wouldn't have identified coconut (granted this bottle is not exactly fresh). I like this a lot.

Mouthfeel is amazing, extremely soft and creamy, not super carbonated but doesn't need to be. Very easy to drink, gentle, belies the fact that it has alcohol. Wonderful.

Great beer, would love to try a bottle fresh.

8.3/10

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half inch mocha head on a dark brown body. Above average head retention, nice collar left.

Chocolatey aromas, sweetness perceived.

Chocolate and roast on the forefront, coconut sweetness on the backend. Would guess the ABV around 6.5%.

So smooth. Medium carbonation. Lovin the overall mouthfeel.

Super easy drinking. Enjoyed it a lot. Coconut was kind of muted but integrated well with lactose sweetness. Well done Perennial.

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Photo of Tone
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, oatmeal, hint of yeast, and chocolate. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, oatmeal, and a hint of yeast. Overall, a rich, sweet, thick, and complex beer. Good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Fantastic Voyage from Perennial Artisan Ales
3.91 out of 5 based on 320 ratings.
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