Sump combines an imperial stout of substantial weight with bright and delicate Colombian Los Pinos coffee selected and roasted especially for us by Sump Coffee. Aromas of coffee, salted caramel, and a hint of cedar meld with roasted barley, cocoa, and vanilla. On the palate the vanilla is more prominent, rounding out the beer's heavy roast and chocolate character. It's thick and lush with a long finish and lingering warmth.
A- Pours completely black and very thick. A small, dense head forms and retains very well. The head is supremely dense and chocolate in color, leaving an almost solid lacing down the side of the glass. Also a few alcohol feet among the lacing.
S- Huge, dark coffee is the primary component of the scent here obviously. The coffee is fairly bitter in nature and just a touch burnt. Honestly, there is a trace of burnt coffee from the break room at work.
T- The taste of this beer starts off big, dark, a little bitter, and all coffee. If I didn't know better, I would guess this is from a cold cup of coffee from a really good coffee shop. Strong, dark, and just a touch burnt, just like the smell, this beer delivers on the coffee front. The slight burnt and bitterness is evidence of some quality dark malts underneath the coffee. Ends with the lingering coffee bitterness and just a last little bit of burnt flavor.
M- This beer is just so thick and damn smooth. Carbonation level is low to medium and the body is silky smooth and thick as milk. Just a touch of alcohol heat on the back end keeps you from gulping this one down.
Overall, Perennial lives up to their ridiculously high standards once again. Great coffee stout with great coffee flavors.