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 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 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 VaTechHopHead
2.76/5  rDev -37.1%
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 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 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 EdwardFortyHands
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best freaking beer ive ever had. Big ups to Husker Mike!
I would not lie to you.
It is has such a great big roasty nose.
Tastes clean and like a coffee stout should.
I love this beer.
They have made a believer out of me!
I will be sure to travel to the brewery soon. Please start distributing wider perennial.

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Photo of rodkin
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the release. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is dark black, with bits of brown and red at the edges. Small mocha head.

Smell is big coffee, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak. Really nice, very smoothly integrated.

Taste is big coffee upfront, with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, toffee. There's a bit of spice in there, too. From the rye, I imagine. Anyway, this is fantastic. Very similar to BCBCS for me, but the coffee is just slightly less in your face.

Mouthfeel is big, smooth, creamy and oily, low carbonation. Excellent.

Another winner from Perennial. Can't wait for the chocolate mint stout.

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Photo of cmdmzmjm
4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing! Looks, black as a warm cup of coffee. Smell slight bourbon and a ton of rich coffee. Not cheap coffe like most coffe stouts but a quality coffee been. The taste is coffe up front with the barrel coming out midway through and finishing with a slight bourbon type flavor. No heat detected for me it was smooth as butter. I would love to have this again on draft. Mouth feel is not as thick as I like however still very good.

Glad I have some bottles can't wait to share these with some good friends!

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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 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 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 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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