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:
434
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
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594
Gots:
56
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Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of BeerOps
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
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 mltobin
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imyourhero21
4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle. Absolutely no head. Black. Swirl leaves nice khaki stain. Smell akin to BCBCS. Less coffee in taste. Very low carb, almost still. Overall an exceptional and memorable BA stout.

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Photo of HugeBulge
2.48/5  rDev -44%
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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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
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 KraftPunk91
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shawner
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Btip1969
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jessewilliamson
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoeMarinello
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
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 jeffrotell
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeLoynes
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2017 version poured into derivation snifter. Jet black with light brown foam around rim. Smell is distinct with caramel and light roast coffee. Taste is primarily caramel and coffee with mild acidity. Sweet on the front and bittersweet finish. Feel is sticky with full body. Overall this is much improved over the previous version (2015 I think) which was already amazing. There is a nice balance between the coffee and barrel character. The flavor is distinct from anything I've had from Perennial or elsewhere. Excited I have another bottles of this.

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Photo of brians52
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Raziel313
3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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 MattMorin
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of linnymtu
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wheresblue
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cannabispinoy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
4.43 out of 5 based on 434 ratings.
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