February is the month for stout lovers in the St. Louis region.
Several breweries are ramping up for some big pour events at tap houses and area beer bars. I’m particularly excited about the vast February pouring plans at Perennial.
This Thursday marks the debut of a new BIG beer. Prodigal (10.6 ABV) is an imperial oatmeal milk stout with a massive fudge and roast malt character. “It’s a foundation for some of our favorite stouts, now here to stand on its own adorned with only a handful of cacao nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans to round out the edges,” writes the brewery on its website.
Prodigal, will join its fellow stouts as one of 11 that will be tapped on Valentines Day, as stouts take over the entire tap room from 4 to 10 p.m. Along with Prodigal, the pour list reads:
- Coffee Abraxas
- 2017 Coffee Abraxas was made with Ethiopian Hambela coffee beans that were selected, roasted, and ground by Sump Coffee.
- Sump Coffee Stout
- Our imperial coffee stout is made in collaboration with the devilishly handsome Scott Carey & Co. at South City’s Sump Coffee. For this year’s batch, we chose a coffee from the Cauca region of Colombia, which provides a classic coffee stout profile full of caramel, maple, and pecan.
- 17 Mint Chocolate Stout
- 17 is an Imperial Stout brewed with huge amounts of chocolate malts, cacao nibs, and mint leaves. This hearty stout boasts 10% ABV and big chocolate aromas and flavors with a hint of fresh mint. This beer is perfect for the last cold months of the winter.
- Puff Puff
- Vanilla Abraxas
- Pecan Pie Stout
- An Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Pouring deep brown with a thick head, this beer has a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness. Abraxas is brewed with unique ingredients intended to challenge and excite the palate. It may be enjoyed right away or allowed to age in the bottle. Vertical tastings are encouraged.
- Sump Coffee Stout | Las Lajas
- Til the Night Closes In
- Inspired by a mutual love of chocolate oranges, ‘Til the Night Closes In is an imperial milk stout we created with our good friends at Jester King. We wanted something dark and rich accented by the brightness of fresh citrus, so Jeff and Averie brought up a bunch of dried tangerines and fresh satsuma oranges from central Texas to punch up the Mandarina Bavaria hops in the whirlpool. After fermentation we steeped the beer on cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, and fresh Valencia orange peel. The result is smooth and sweet with a tart pop of citrus. Enjoy!
- Fantastic Voyage
- The rebirth of Fantastic Voyage is a return to slow jams and silk sheets. We combine a smooth yet strong imperial milk stout base with a heap of dried coconut in the whirlpool. The result is a luscious blend of bakers chocolate, subtle roast, and sweet coconut. So take a sip and just sail on.
Just a heads up that at the stout event, they are pouring 2017 Coffee Abraxas, not 2016. It has Ethiopian Hambela as the bean. Also, they are pouring regular “17” whereas your description has the Barrel Aged version.