Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee StoutBarrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout
BA SCORE
4.49/5
458 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:
#196
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
458
pDev:
8.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
601
Gots:
57
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap earlier 2015 at Perennial. While this is a good BA stout, the age of the beer left no discernible coffee flavor. Will re-rate if I ever get my hands on fresh version.

Revisiting this review, as I did try BA Sump fresh from the tap at 2016 release. Totally different beer. So velvety.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a sump snifter glass
dark and little head no lacing
smell is chocolate and coffee
and taste follows this is very profound and smooth
not at all hott as other of this style
would be able to crush the whole bottle no problem
A++

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4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle. Absolutely no head. Black. Swirl leaves nice khaki stain. Smell akin to BCBCS. Less coffee in taste. Very low carb, almost still. Overall an exceptional and memorable BA stout.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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2.99/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Black throughout and heavy in body--thick, oily, shiny. Not a lot of visible carbonation, though some. Leaves the glass oily and spotted.

Nice aroma, and probably the most successful part of this beer. Lots of sharp, acidic, roasted coffee notes--reminds me of the Kopi character in Alesmith and Jackie O's Kopi stouts. Some chocolate and whiskey notes as well, but the coffee definitely leads.

The flavor doesn't succeed like the aroma. The coffee is a sharp, overly acidic punch, drowning out the other flavors. This simply tastes like bad, sharp, acidic drip coffee after it's left to cool completely--harsh, bitter, acidic, and overpowering. There's not a lot of barrel here though, regardless. Some whiskey flavors, but not a substantial amount. Some roast and chocolate character as well, but the strong, overly acidic coffee note certainly dominates.

This is where the beer is at its weakest, in my opinion. Very harsh, aggressive, attacking mouthfeel at first. The finish is a little smoother, but the bubbles seem to be too aggressive. I'm not sure if it's actually the body of the beer or simply the acidic coffee overpowering this as well.

I would not seek this one out again, though it does smell nice.

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4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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

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

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

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Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 458 ratings
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