Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee StoutBarrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of HugeBulge
2.48/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured motor oil black without any head. It smelled like a rich chocolate stout without much coffee. Its not too sweet with a thick mouthfeel but, the bottle was completely flat. Huge disappointment.

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2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.76/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I honestly don't know why this beer is so hyped. Just opened a bottle with 2 friends and between the 3 of us we couldn't finish the bottle, drain poured about 5 ounces. To get right to it, the coffee flavoring is very acidic and intrusive, almost too over the top. The coffee flavor is very oily, strong and tastes like a super dark roast bean just slung into the barrel in copious amounts. As it warmed the coffee flavor just stuck out like a sore thumb even more and had to choke down the last sip before offering the rest to the kitchen sink.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.99/5  rDev -32.2%
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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Photo of Desp59
3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted a lot like sump. Apparently it was a bad bottle. No barrel or anything.

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3/5  rDev -32%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is well overrated.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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