Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee StoutBarrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout
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Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee StoutBarrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 437 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of kylehay2004
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Updated rating for 2017 which is superior to 2016

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Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
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 -12.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mothman
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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3/5  rDev -33%

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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.72/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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