Monday, April 7, 2014

Beer Review: Sump Coffee Stout

Reviewing Sump Coffee Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri. Sump takes the base beer for Abraxas, and enhances it with local coffee from Sump Coffee.

Score: 68

2014 vintage bottle served in a Fantome tulip and enjoyed on 03/25/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Black bodied with a finger and a half of dark khaki head that settles to a splotchy coating. Solid lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Reeks of "green", unroasted coffee and peanut butter. A bit vegetal, like a chili pepper without the heat. A little bit of chocolate too, but most of what I smell is just peanut butter and peppers. 2.5/5

Taste: None of the vegetal character is present in the taste. Nice roast and chocolate, a hint of peanut butter. Touch of metallic flavor as it warms too. On the colder side, it drinks fine. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Good viscosity, low carbonation. Light, roasty bitterness. Dry finish. 4/5

Overall: Barrel Aged Sump was light years better than this, as was Vanilla Sump. This leads me to believe that there was either something "off" about this bottle or the specific batch it came from.

Cost: $16.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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