Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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
Ratings:
430
Reviews:
40
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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595
Gots:
55
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Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drahodo
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

L: pitch black, no head, no life.
S: sweet barrel and coffee. The coffee is balanced out in the aroma compared to the regular.
T: like the nose the coffee is subdude from the barrel. This is sweeter and less coffee than the regular, but still plenty of coffee. The barrel is not overwhelming, good balance. I would personally prefer more barrel though.
F: thick like all perennial stouts. The flavors complete coat my mouth and linger around for days. It this is super drinkable, especially for a Ba stout at 11.5%
O: another fantastic Ba beer from perennial!

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Photo of Jhfinn
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mersh
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danh53
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thick, black like motor oil with no head. It's completely flat which is a huge disappointment given what it takes to acquire this. It's also disappointing because the beer is fantastic in every other way. I've had regular and Burundi Sump this week and the barrel is a huge improvement on an already good beer. The aroma and flavor burst with intensity and complexity. Dark fudge, coffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, red wine, raisin, barrel char, and whiskey heat. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. This beer would be great if it weren't flat.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevincredible
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nuggetz
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of enelson
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chris-1911
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EJJ1848
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
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 jrsaffert
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Svyturys30
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mertzhb15
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerOps
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Marco_Gtz
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.72/5  rDev +7%
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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Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
4.41 out of 5 based on 430 ratings.
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