Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee StoutBarrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout
BA SCORE
96.5%
Liked This Beer
4.48 w/ 434 Ratings
Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee StoutBarrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Rittenhouse Rye barrels.

First batch used Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso.
Bottle release used Sump Coffee of St. Louis.

Silver Medal at 2013 GABF in the coffee beer category.

Added by Etan on 12-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#200
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
434
Liked:
419
Avg:
4.48/5
pDev:
8.71%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
595
Gots:
56
Trade:
5
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Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amano_h
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Remember that Guitar Hero commercial from way back when with Heidi Klum wearing nothing but a white button up shirt and socks, jamming out like nobody's watching to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" holding a Guitar Hero controller?

Well that was pretty much me after taking one sip of BA Sump.

I don't know if it's because I hadn't had beer in a while, or because this particular drinking session happened after three-four weeks worth of very stressful life events, but for some reason I felt a sudden rush of incredible euphoria the exact moment the precious black liquid passed between my lips and my neurotransmitters started firing back signals trying to decode the wonderment beckoning my palatal and olfactory senses -- I guess this is why I'm still obsessed with a hobby that's detrimental to both my health and bank account; which gifts me with nothing but splitting headaches and cottonmouth in the mornings while stealing my gains at the gym.

In all sincerity, (regular) Sump is quite possibly the most coffee-forward beer I've ever tried. When I say that it's coffee-forward, I don't mean the kind that your secretary serves you in a white styrofoam cup, lukewarm with creamer and two spoons of sugar. I mean the straight-up bold illustrious flavors that emanate out of fresh roasted beans that may or may not have been burnt beyond the sixth layer of hell because you get your coffee at Starbucks. I'd argue that the coffeeness in Sump's coffee is more coffee than most coffee in a way a rose is a rose is a rose is not a rose, but I'm probably getting ahead of myself at this point so I'll stop.

The aroma coming out of the bottle is very much similar to its non-BA kin; so much coffee that you don't quite know whether you want to try and heat it up and drink it black, or put it in a cheap reusable plastic cup with ice, sugar, and saturated fats and serve it with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

After some time and temperature, however, the commanding sweetness shares its spot on the podium with a light hint of chocolate, and sweet cream cluing you in that other elements may be at play.

I haven't had a beer that was this straightforward since Weyerbacher's Sunday Morning Stout. In fact, for those of you that have tried Sunday Morning and are somewhat familiar with CrossFit: Sunday Morning is to Annie Þórisdóttir what BA Sump is to Katrin Davíðsdóttir. For those of you that don't have a clue what that means, they're both world class beers that I'd drink again without batting an eye, but the latter edges out the former as a more robust all-round mesh of bourbon and coffee flavors.

In plain speak, I have yet to try a beer that comes close to the perfect marriage of coffee and rye whiskey that I've witnessed in BA Sump. Neither flavor eclipses the other, while neither is expressed at less than 100% of its expressable potential -- hell you might as well throw a scalding cup of coffee and a glass of whiskey in my face simultaneously and I'd get all the same sensations, albeit without the masterful blending and delicious flavors.

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4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage drank on 7/8/17

this beer is the real deal and not overrated in any way. It's about 6 months old and drinking incredible. The coffee presence is fantastic and some age would not necessarily hurt this either. It was a pitch black and thick and creamy beer that came fully loaded with the flavors. The barrel is perfectly present. Nothing too complex, but by far one of the best coffee ba stouts out there. Elite!

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4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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5/5  rDev +11.6%
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4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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5/5  rDev +11.6%
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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
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4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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4.75/5  rDev +6%
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4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2017 Vintage, poured into a tulip. Velvety coffee balanced well with chocolate notes and roasted malts. Super thick mouthfeel, which makes this one elite.

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4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

rye barrel aged sump, on tap no less! a real special brew that i have been looking forward to trying for ages now, and only am just getting my first crack. its inky slick black from the tap, highly viscous, shiny, and relatively still after a moment. pretty shine, brimming with black coffee in the aroma. to me, this isnt espresso or cold brew or anything, but distinctly black coffee, almost oozy strong. the nose also shows the spicy sweet rye, with vanilla from the oak and the slight harshness of the whiskey itself, some fusel alcohol, and a wonderful thick black barley malt base that i remember from the original, this barrel aged version has been transformed but not compromised. i love the coffee in the flavor, it has some acidity which i like with all this body, but it has a simple nature to it, quality beans brewed well, but seems less fancy than other coffee beers, just lots and lots of it. the barrel is strong, this is both woody and boozy, and also obviously rye and not bourbon whiskey, less corny and sweet, more character from the grain than that, and the oak with the coffee and the charred grain makes this mighty complex and delicious. its almost too thick and strong to drink a lot of, i find myself lipping it slowly, taking in no more than an ounce or two at a time, savoring it before swallowing it, and almost needing to recover a moment before going back in for more. its special and unique, but man is it sturdy and strong, not for everyone i wouldnt think, and a somewhat more bold and assertive stout than many others in its field. tastes and feels more like 15% abv! loved it, but this one is for sharing! now if i could only find some barrel aged abraxas i would feel like i have the highest perennial beers on lock! this was delightfully enormous.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +6%
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4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
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4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
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Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 96.5% out of 100 with 434 ratings
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