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 jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight opaque black on a moonless evening. Essentially no head. Nose of whiskey with some coffee. The coffee smell improved with warming. Taste of chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Mouthfeel was quite thin. Overall this was a decent beer, but was expecting better based on the Avg of the scores. The non-barrel aged beer was better IMO.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottled 2/2013.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with coffee and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice balance between the coffee and barrel aged aspects.

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Photo of mothman
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle

Pours no head. Color is deep black.

Very fudgy. This beer is thick. Light amount of coffee with a light roast. Lighter barrel flavors. Oak and bourbon do show though. Molasses and caramel. Chocolate and cocoa.

Full bodied. Low carbonation. Ends dry.

Solid beer, but it lacks in flavor. It is extremely thick which I find odd. Could use more coffee and more bourbon flavors.

Edit: BA sump 2014

Vicious black. Thick.

Coffee seems faded, roast, and some bitterness. Thick, but flavor isn't there. Very faded after 2 years.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Small head. Nice mocha collar. Stains a little bit.

Smell - Buckets of coffee. Almost a green raw coffee flavor. Just a bit of whiskey comes through. Smells good.

Taste - Rich chocolate. Very strong coffee flavor, but not as abrasive as the smell implies. More whiskey comes out, but the barrel notes are a little better. Vanilla. Not much oak. Sweet and roasty finish.

Mouthfeel - Apart from the abrasive coffee, smooth drinking. Tasty and warming.

Overall - Got much better as it warmed. Too much coffee but excellent.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Zwanze Day. Served in the associated glass.

A - A small tan head settles to a partial collar. Very dark brown body that verges on black.

S - Huge coffee, with light whiskey and oak. There's some roasted malt in the periphery, but this is dominated by coffee and barrel. Intense, and quite delicious.

T - The taste has a bit more dark chocolate and roasted malt character amid the coffee. Oaky vanilla shows up late, and there's some charred espresso bitterness in the finish. Alcohol, whatever it is, is well-hidden.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant moderate carbonation, roasty and mildly gritty, with a dry and tannic finish. Perhaps a hint of alcohol warmth.

D - Quite good. It's not Bean Gene but it's eminently enjoyable. Extremely coffee heavy, with understated barrel, but that's OK as the coffee is quite delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed my glass, and I'm looking forward to the bottle release.

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Photo of aasher
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Courtesy of TallPaul07, thanks Paul!

This one pours a full bodied dark chocolate black with a one finger, thick dark Michael head. The nose is amazing. There is so much coffee, smooth chocolate, and smooth bourbon/whiskey character. It smells like Bourbon County Coffee, and I am THE Bourbon County Coffee guy. Wowzers. It features plenty of sweet, dark chocolate and plenty of authetic coffee roast. The coffee aspect is fresh and very authentic. The barrel aging is there but isn't boozy or overpowering. It is just so smooth. I'm really at a loss for words. I've never seen a beer so close to emulating Bourbon County Coffee and this one is very close. It's full bodied and drinks very smoothly. This one is a must try and a can't miss. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Update for 2015.
Age seems to have hurt this beer hugely. The aroma offers a pepper note that follows on the palate of dried ancho chili. However, the base still shows of chewy roasty malts, chocolate, hints of coffee, lots of vanilla.

A hugely thick BA coffee.

Maybe slightly less complexity than BCBCS, but it offers mouthfeel, thick chunky chocolate, medium roasted coffee, and no spikes of alcohol, but instead, a harmonious bourbon barrel.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle. Fudgy, dark bitter chocolate and espresso. Drinking this reminds me of eating a chocolate covered espresso bean. Some vanilla. Decently thick and very flavorful. Really really good.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle opened up at 4elf, 12/15/2013.

A- Dark cola brown body, very opaque, minimal mocha head with fair retention.

S- Lots of coffee and oak, a bit of whiskey. The base beer really is covered up here by the barrel and coffee. Not sure how I feel about this.

F- Gets better than the nose, but not by a whole lot. Coffee, barrel, whiskey, a bit of vanilla mixed in with some dark chocolate and roast malt. Coffee and bourbon are the predominant flavours here.

M- Medium body, low carbonation, slick and smooth. Bitter black coffee with cream on the finish, some warming alcohol.

O - Lots and lots of coffee with a good bit of whiskey barrel. Didn't get a ton of the base beer to be honest. I'm not sure I'm really impressed by this one but I will have to revisit it sometime.

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Photo of birchstick
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Between the Barrels event held at the brewery

A - pours dark with chocolaty head, much like the rest of their darker beers

S - Nose is coffee bourbony goodness.

T - Taste starts off with coffee and quickly moves on to rich bakers chocolate. The rye comes through in the back with fudgy choloates enveloping the vanilla spiciness. Finishes boozy and chocolaty. This is very rich on both the coffee and chocolates, which was surprisingly nice. The barrel character was again well executed and didn't overpower, yet didn't disappoint.

M - Mouth is thin.

D - Overall, awesome beer. I would love to try the regular version for comparison's sake. Perennial killed it will another barrel aged beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent over by bsuedekum. Cheers man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled February 2013
Whisky barrel aged stout with coffee added

APPEARANCE: A thicker black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, crackly, mocha colored head with good retention. Black body and slightly higher levels of carbonation for the style. A swirly wisp remains until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass. Nice and black, but the head is lousy and there's too much carbonation to start things off. Evens out.

SMELL: Lots of coffee right away, with sweet cream, vanilla, whisky and oak in there as well. Bold and lots of everything all over the place. Great combination. Milky notes accompany the vanilla and whisky barrel; this could have been a milk stout. This is fantastic.

TASTE: Sweet cream and espresso up front with touches of whisky as well. After the swallow, however, the whisky barrel barges through with oak, vanilla, sweet cream and milk flavors as well. Again, this could have been laced with lactose. Some bitter coffee balances the sweet, creamy, milky whisky barrel really nicely. Though the nose is slightly more impressive, this is an excellent combination and is done really well.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation, which was expected. Lighter and a touch prickly on the palate, goes down fine, no bite, and finishes a bit sticky. Smoothens out quickly as the carbonation calms down.

OVERALL: It's too bad the carbonation wasn't quite up to par on this one, as the potential of a world class beer is defintely there. The nose was outstanding and excellently balanced, and the flavor profile followed suit. I really think the bitter, robust coffee beans balanced the sweet, milky oak whisky barrel to perfection. Fantastic combination. As a final note, I drank a BA 17 the next night, and this one was the clear winner. The coffee balanced the whisky barrel better than the mint and chocolate did. Anyways, if you can get this one, do so. Thanks again bsuedekum. This was a beauty.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received bottle in trade from Stinger_Bell- thanks a ton! I cracked this bottle at DLD, a perfect opportunity for sharing this beast. The pour is pitch silky black with brown creamy head and a layer of head that retains. The nose features loads of aromatic coffee. There is definitely more of the sweet and mellow qualities of coffee vs its harsh bitter side. The coffee is paired with creamy vanilla notes and heavy milk chocolate. I really don't get much (if any) barrel on the nose, but I am suspecting that this might be due to its lack of any tannic harshness. The taste is very similar to the nose, deliciously creamy coffee and chocolate dominate the profile with hints of vanilla around the edges. The bold stout base pairs so nicely with the beans used in this brew. The barrel seems to completely smooth and mellow out the flavor and add highlights of vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with low carbonation. Overall, another ridiculously delicious brew from Perennial!

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Photo of ehammond1
2.99/5  rDev -31.9%
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 BarrytheBear
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome mix of rich full bodied coffee, dark melted chocolate, and seamless smooth barrel...a really, really good beer. This is one of the best BA stouts I have had in quite some time.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a touch of mocha head. Nose has big barrel notes up front followed by espresso and dark chocolate. As it warms, you can pick up more roast and some dark fruit elements. Taste is not as coffee forward as regular sump....the age and the barrel has taken away some of the familiar taste. The barrel, chocolate, roast, and coffee are very well balanced. Feel is thick and velvety with moderately low carbonation. Overall, an excellent example of a BA coffee stout but just a tick below BCBCS and some of Perennial's other BA stout offerings.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured at 47 degrees, warmed up a bit. poured into a tulip

pour was thick dark chocolate brown and black. very light cocoa head. the head is why i kept the appearance lower.

a well integrated complex mix of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. very well rounded and smooth. nothing stands out, just beauty.

very similar to nose, the roasted malt and coffee really compliment each other. the dark bitter chocolate and bright roast coffee just work. what really just throws this out into left field is the barre aging. this is what i call near flawless. not hot, not overpowering, just brilliant. towards the finish the vanilla and spice just slightly nudges out and compliments a perfect sipper.

full body, light chew. sips lighter than it looks. bit of slickness. VERLY slight hint of bourbon burn on the gums.

not much else to say, this is fucking awesome.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous pitch black liquid with a 1 inch dark tan/brown head that billows up pretty heavily. The head is nice and dense like the foam on a nice espresso. Held up to the light nothing gets through this abyss. The head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves some slight lacing behind it. (5.0)

Aroma. (Sigh). This is amazing. Perfection in a glass to me. starts off with dark spent coffee ground notes and some nice freshly ground coffee bean aroma. This sis quickly followed by some intense and bitter dark chocolate notes. Under these two notes there is a delicious vanilla and caramel sweetness that is layered perfectly underneath these two more dominant notes. The whiskey notes are an amazing compliment to this brew. (5.0)

The flavor starts off with strong espresso roast notes. Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Very strong coffee flavor that is complimented well by the dark chocolate notes. There is some bitter-sweetenss brought on by the chocolate notes. After some more sips, I can finally unearth some of the whiskey notes in the brew. Undertones of molasses and carmel of course with some slight vanilla and oaky hints. There is also some slight heat but very understated. Once the barrel notes are perceived the coffee roast and bitterness pops back up on the back end bringing it full circle. (4.75)

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety. The pour initially made me think it was a bit light but once I tasted it I could tell there was more to it. (4.75)

Perennial is knocking them out of the park with these BA series of brews. The BA Abraxas was exquisite and this brew to me is up there with the BCBCS. This brew has a bit more of an understated barrel flavor and leans more on the coffee which might be good for some more than others. Still I'm lucky to have tried this. (5.0)

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, black wax, bottled 2/2013, poured into a snifter on Hunahpu Day 2013. Huge thanks to Ethan for sharing this with us!

A- Pours black with a thin khaki head that recedes to a collar, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Delicious coffee aroma, also chocolate, oak and some booziness. The coffee aroma is massive and smells amazing.

T- Has the same incredible dark chocolate flavor that BA Abraxas has, just layers and layers of molten chocolate, cake, and dark chocolate bitterness. The coffee is just as prominent as in the aroma. There's also some oak, a great vanilla flavor and subtle whiskey towards the finish. The balance of roasted grain and coffee bitterness with chocolatey sweetness is really spot-on.

M- Full-bodied, thick feel with a dry, roasty finish.

O- This was really delicious, Perennial are proving themselves to be real masters of BA stouts. Really, seek this out.

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Photo of Etan
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Keg at West Lakeview Liquors for Zwanze 2012.

A: Glassy black with a gray-tan head.

S: Coffee. Fresh roast. The freshest and most powerful coffee aroma I've smelled in a beer. As it warms, some tannic sweetness comes out, but the coffee is the main event here.

T: Silky barrel notes (melted caramel, vanilla), figgy, bald coffee beans.

M: Thick, creamy feel.

O: Definitely one of the best coffee beers I've had. Everybody I was drinking this with was absolutely astounded by the coffee aroma in this beer.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Second bottle of the evening, and the second from a trade with Cfan67, who has to be the best man on this website. Thank you, Dan. Opened this with my buddy Joe and his wife, Colleen. Even saved a pour for my father who enjoys this style. LOVED the regular Sump, so I was excited for this one. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Voodoo Barrel Room tasting snifter.

A- Hardly any carbonation to speak of, especially on the initial pour. However, it pours as black as sin, which I have come to expect from Perennial stouts. I love some motor oil in my glass. Good legs on this beer, too.

S- I'm getting mostly bourbon and bitter chocolate on the aroma. There is certainly a presence from the coffee, though not NEARLY as much as regular Sump. It's a delightful aroma, to be sure, I would just love some more coffee.

T- There is a lot more coffee on the flavor, and the bitter chocolate translates well from the aroma to the taste, and is quite fudgy, really. I would say it's more "semi-sweet" than "dark". As the beer warms, the coffee and bourbon come out more, though this is more chocolatey than I anticipated.

M- Very thick with minimal carbonation. The entire mouth is covered with thick chocolate with residual coffee and bourbon flavors. Alcoholic warmth is lovely.

O- This a great beer. Do not get me wrong. However, the consensus showed that regular Sump was to be preferred. Fortunately I'm getting two bottles in the mail tomorrow. Will open one to confirm this preference.

EDIT: Just tried the 2015 batch and couldn't get enough of it. Adjusting rating to reflect my new-found admiration of this beer.

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Photo of Treebs
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Local Option. Served in a 10 oz. snifter. Enjoyed a few pours of this guy.

A: Pours a dark, inky black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin head leaves some soapy lace down the glass.

S: Fresh ground coffee beans. Some espresso, chocolate and light roast. Very light barrel notes in the background, but this is straight coffee.

T: The barrel thankfully comes out a little more in the taste. Some caramel sweetness and light oak. Minimal bourbon notes mix with the chocolate bitterness and of course, the coffee. Big Espresso and coffee bean notes. Freshly ground without being overly sharp or acidic in nature.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Chewy and silky across the palate with a smooth finish.

O: A really nice coffee stout. It needs some more barrel notes to bring it into the upper echelon of BA coffee stouts, but it was still really good.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. Interesting brew for sure. Pours very viscous with virtually no carbonation. There are a bunch of flakes of stuff and some oil floating on top...looks very similar to Prop '13 with the coconut flakes floating on top, although I wonder what constitutes these floaties. Nose is rich fudge brownie, rich roasty coffee, dark fruit, toasted coconut, RICH caramel, brown sugar and of course Bourbon. Taste follows suit and finishes quite dry, with tannins, chocolate, rich coffee roast and Bourbon. Mouthfeel is thick, full and elegantly silky, but there is very little in the way of carbonation...almost nothing; I wonder if this was their intention.

Once this warmed a bit and opened up it really started to shine...the aroma and taste just went to the next level as expected. This is just as good as BCBCS if not better, however; be forewarned that this has very little in the way of carbonation. That aside, it drinks remarkably smooth for the abv, with no indication of its atual strength. It's almost flat and drinks like liquor, but the best liquor you've ever had!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle with notes from recent bottle share.

Upon finally opening this bottle after a year plus of cellaring, the first thing that is noticeable is the subdued coffee. This was a coffee-barrel bomb when I had it fresh on tap, but now it is a bit of a mellowed, light coffee, light barrel stout. The coffee is still there and a prominent scent on the nose, but more of the base beer shines through on this one. Solid dry and burnt dark malts mingle with a still active barrel to provide a somewhat spicy overall smell. Taking a sip of this pour you will find a flavor very similar to the scent. Coffee is upfront and still there, just weakened with some age. The barrel comes through next with the same oa spice from the nose. This beer really shines in the body, being thick, smooth, and surprisingly easy to drink for the gravity.

Overall, everyone at the bottle share was a little let down by this beer with the coffee fading with age. That being said, with every subsequent stout we opened, we kept coming back and comparing it to the BA Sump. If you have one, drink it now for sure, but it is still a very solid (subdued) coffee stout.

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Photo of gibgink
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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 drmcleod10
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this along side Kyoto at the BA Sump release.

Poured into a Perennial Snifter

A - Dark as night just as is kyoto. Doesn't allow much light through anywhere on this beer. Minimal head, swirled and got a small mocha foam head to form.

S - Smell is definitely not as good as kyoto. Definitely similar with dark chocolates and coffee, bourbon vanilla but lacking the fruitiness that kyoto has.

T - Taste follows the nose with chocolate coffee. This is noticeably sweeter than BA Sump Kyoto. The barrel presence is somewhat small on this beer which allows the coffee flavors to shine. really well Balanced.

M - Medium bodied, slightly more carb that kyoto but still chewy and smooth

O - A notch below Kyoto but that was to be expected. Perennial has done a fantastic job with Sump coffee. This is better than last years.

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