Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #34
Ranked #130
4.55 | pDev: 7.69%
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee StoutBarrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout
Notes: 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.
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rex_4539 from Greece

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Jet black color, minimal head and lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee, whisky, alcohol, so much complexity!

T: Chocolate, coffee, whisky, alcohol. The complexity of this beer is out of this world!

F: Full bodied, thick, full flavored.

O: One of the best (if not THE best) imperial stout I have tried. World class.

Dec 11, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at share. Dark brown, oily pour, tiny ring of head. Aromas and taste bring brown sugar, molasses, sweet. Slick and sticky.More roasty malts than coffee.

Nov 01, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last bottle from a beautiful trade with That_Bearded_Guy this summer, which I was saving to pop on our twentieth wedding anniversary. Split with my marvelous wife!

The 750ML bottle has one of those handy tags that rips a hole in the wax big enough to get a bottle opener in, which my oft-punctured fingers appreciate. Silver wax sprays off & we’re into a big, black beer with minimal visible carbonation. The nose is Willy Wonka bar, coffee, & light, warm malts. Nice.

Sump – Barrel Aged Coffee Stout is an odd breed of coffee stout. The coffee shows as roast in the nose & only faintly in the taste, which leans into herbs & dark fruit. Slotting in next is plenty of cocoa, char, lovely shot of whiskey, vanilla creamer, & what tastes like good old Wesley’s Maple Syrup. The Finnish is all NIN bass, dark, driving, tasty. Old school big stout thick (not pastry chef thick), which raises the drinkability level.

This is a beer that is in no way, no form, no how worth the price of admission. It’s Sump plus a bit of char & whiskey. Still: Sump = Excellent, & the BA version continues that trend of excellence. Happy to have it in my mouth.

Sep 18, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured into a taster glass via draft at Other Half's Pastry Town (3/16/2019)

jet black color with minimal foam

smell is a heavy punch of coffee and bourbon

taste follows the nose

low carbonation

mouthfeel is full and creamy
as much as I love Sump, this is better..a fantastic barrel aged coffee stout

May 03, 2019
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BicycleTyler from Colorado

4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Syrupy, soft, smooth sipper. Like liquid chocolate cake in a glass. Coffee is there, with burnt caramel and dark cocoa. Sweet, minimal carbonation, sweet and velvety. Boozy in a way, but only because you know the alcohol is there - it's hidden, blending with whiskey tones to make one of the best beers I've ever had. The smell is indulgent and dessert-y, intoxicating. Look is midnight black, just like coffee should be.

Apr 14, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage. Typical black appearance, not much head. Smells great, bourbon barrel, mild coffee. Flavor was great, lots of thick chocolate and bourbon notes. Not a ton of coffee but it was so good that who cares?

Apr 08, 2019
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Digitalwookiee from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 Vintage (had with breakfast on a weekend getaway)

Pour - heavy and thick like motor oil. Not much lacing and only a thin tan head.

Smell - Amazing coffee aroma. Slight bourbon aroma as well.

Taste - Very sweet up front. Definitely drink this fresh, almost no coffee flavors came through. Very little bourbon as well. Actually tasted like I was drinking Port.

Feel - Nice creamy texture. Very chewy

Overall - Had 2016 fresh and it was amazing. This one sat too long. Tasted like I have to go to the bathroom now.

Jul 28, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. The pour is jet black and emits strong coffee and cream aromas with a burst of rye whiskey booziness at the end. The taste is magnificently focused on the coffee yet pulls in plenty of other rich flavors such as fudge, booze barrel, vanilla, molasses and cinnamon. Can just chew on this beer for hours

May 30, 2018
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Masonz223 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: Straight Fudge. Big Milk chocolate, dark chocolate. Fresh roasted espresso beans, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, a little pop of dark fruit. This is just a straight chocolate bomb mixed with coffee and barrel. This beer smells like a chocolate paradise.

Taste: Right upfront I get a good amount of dark fruit and dark cherry. Raisin, plum, dark cherry juice. The mid palette the beer just becomes a massive chocolate, coffee, fudge bomb. Melted milk chocolate, rich fudgie brownie batter, dark chocolate covered espresso beans. The finish I get a barrel presence but it isn’t huge. I get a nice vanilla and coconut sweetness with a touch of sweet smooth bourbon and a woody, oaky bitterness to give this beer a balance to counter the sweetness.

Feel: The mouthfeel on this beer is absurd. Full and thick. Chewy, but super Creamy and velvety. This beer coats every inch of your mouth and tongue and never lets go. Just an absolutely perfect mouthfeel.

Overall: This is an easy 100/100 beer. A perfect use of coffee and barrel. This is a beer you need to sip on to truly enjoy everything that this has to offer. What an amazing first beer to have from side project.

May 27, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review is for 2018 release of BA Sump.

The pour on this is dark, like motor oil. The syrupy body doesn’t leave much to be remembered , with hardly any residual lace and a very thin head of deep tan foam.

The nose starts with a very strong aroma of dark sweet fruit, swirling with chocolate and finishing with an oakey, tobacco finale.

That initial surprising sweetness returns in the flavors, this time accompanied by a more present roasted malt bill and a bitter coffee finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and sticky, and overall you really see the coffee balance the barrel in the overall profile of this beer.

May 27, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Pitch black color. Aroma is essentially coffee with cream in beer form. Taste has sweet malt, bitter coffee, toffee and bourbon.

May 21, 2018
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage. Released 2 months ago.

A: Pours a thick black with just a smattering of medium brown head. No lacing and poor retention.

S: Thick, sweet, rich dark cocoa, baker’s spice (cinnamon, clove) infused medium-roast coffee, medium-light bourbon and oak, dry wood, and light prunes.

T: Rich cocoa, liquid Hershey’s, moderate and well-integrated medium-roast coffee, light bourbon, lightly sweet, finishing fairly dry with a bit of cola, dry cinnamon stick, and prunes. A beer this rich could use a bit more sweetness to bring out the dessert-y flavors.

M: Thick, mouthcoating medium-full body, with moderate alcohol heat and moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious, dessert-y, and coffee forward with pretty good barrel character. About as good as BA Abraxas.

May 21, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tar black with a dark mocha fizz that disappears quickly leaving a slick, taut black surface.

The aroma is super creamy and fudgey dark chocolate brownie with vanilla bean and mocha, while a fine bourbon oak is smoothly present, yet not overpowering.

Amazing flavors of deep dark chocolate brownie somehow don't come across as too sweet, as rich vanilla accents a very nicely complex charred oak that's simultaneously woody, herbal and spicy. Cocoa dusted prune comes out in the swallow as follow-up sip enhances the dark coffee and measured bourbon presence.

The medium body is slick with a finely crisp but quick to die fizz that finishes semi-dry, tingly, and a little sticky.

This is certainly deserving of the hype--the rare instance of bourbon barrel aging that creates a massive improvement over its base.

2018 vintage

May 01, 2018
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark chestnut hues with a thin khaki head and ample lacing
S: Tons of oak, fudge, and dark roast
T: Smooth mocha, dark chocolate, and panela notes
F: Thick and chewy - my bottle had some odd clumps in it as well that unfortunately detracted from the experience
O: Elite coffee stout. Odd pour of congealed matter in the bottle but otherwise incredible. Well done.

Mar 18, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Perennial stemmed wine glass. Thanks Brian for sharing this long-time want.

On the nose I get a lot of vanilla, chocolate, fresh coffee beans, and surprisingly a bit of maple. Smells like an awesome breakfast stout.

Bold, dark chocolate notes, chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla-maple coffee, cocoa and bourbon on the follow through. The aftertaste is charred with dark roast coffee flavors lingering for a while. Mouthfeel is good with a medium-heavy body and low carbonation.

Sump is one of my favorite coffee stouts, so it was to be expected that I’d really enjoy BA sump, which I did. World-class beer!

Jan 29, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 bottle poured into a tulip. Poured tar black with a mocha frappe head. Smell is of wonderful coffee with barrel character that adds toffee and vanilla. Taste is amazing. Creamy coffee with some bourbon aspects, toffee, vanilla and woodiness. Feel is fantastic. Thick and slick. Coats the mouth. Overall, this is an outstanding beer. One of the best BA coffee stouts I’ve had.

Jan 27, 2018
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/22/17 @ MTKATL - Bottle poured into snifter. Thick viscosity, rich dark color. This is full body w/ Coffee on front that blooms on palate at back end. Lovely

Jan 01, 2018
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WhaleSlayer85 from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black. Nose is roasty coffee notes with chocolate and bourbon. Taste follows the nose. Rich chocolate, oak, bourbon. Coffee has tamed some on this compared to a fresher bottle consumed earlier this year, but still present, and blended nicely into the beer. Some vanilla noted as it warms. A delicious offering from Perennial, one to seek out.

Pours pitch black, no head to speak of. Huge barrel notes. Grain alcohol, chocolate, Oak, bourbon. Taste is bakers Chocolate, huge bourbon/Rye notes, smoke. Coffee comes through mid-palate. This beer is soaked with whiskey, very complex barrel notes. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel. Overall, incredible beer. If you like a lot of barrel character this is next level. So impressive.

Dec 18, 2017
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and nearly opaque with dark chocolate brown edges and a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lace left behind.

Sweet, slightly boozy aroma with a very nice delicate bourbon barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the coffee/roasted malts of the base beer. Bourbon sweetness that's slightly spicy with subtle charred oak but not much toothpick. Really nice bourbon and gourmet coffee interplay along with silky vanilla bean and toasted coconut. Underneath, there's really nice gourmet coffee character along with some toast, oatmeal and dark chocolate. Luscious silky chocolate sweetness balancing out the barrel and roast.

Very similar to the nose with an excellent bourbon barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the gourmet coffee, subtle roast and silky chocolate sweetness of the base beer. Slightly spicy and boozy but mostly smooth bourbon flavor along with toasted oak, faint char, coconut and vanilla bean. Barrel notes countered by deeply roasted gourmet coffee but not overly harsh, acrid or astringent. Slightly green peppery but overall excellent coffee flavor that doesn't get lost under the barrel notes. Luscious, silky chocolate dessert sweetness balances things out. Hints of bakers chocolate, gooey fudge and triple chocolate layer cake. Well balanced with complex barrel flavors excellently integrated into the robust roast, sweeter dark malt notes and intense coffee presence. Great beer.

Dec 09, 2017
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wulfie85 from California

4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious beer that I would love to have again. Poured thick and black with coffee brownie aromas. Flavors backed up the aroma perfectly. Drank thick with awesome coffee and chocolate flavors

Oct 16, 2017
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a small tan head. Smells of dark roasted coffee predominate. Tastes of bitter coffee up front followed by a almost sweet cherry from the barrels. Excellent

Oct 07, 2017
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amano_h from Oregon

4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Jul 10, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Jul 10, 2017
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

May 10, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev -2%
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.

Apr 17, 2017
Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 622 ratings