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Coffee Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 272
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 399
Gots: 46 | FT: 4
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-14-2013

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 272
Photo of boothbeer
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Abraxas Day 2015 on Saturday. Fantastic beer. I like this just a hair better than regular abraxas because I think the coffee, although subtle in my opinion, helped blend this beer and make it more complete. This beer pours with almost no head (as do all Abraxas variations). I could be wrong, but I think either the cinnamon or chiles somehow affect head retention. Smell is perfect. I love cinnamon, and it dominates. Can barely pick up the coffee, which is similar to the taste. This is regular Abraxas that is a little more balanced and less cinnamon because the roast comes through more. Great beer!

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Photo of ccbstl
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 batch on tap at Side Project Cellar. Coffee is still vibrant and fades as the beer warms. Familiar chocolate and chile flavors take over, with the chile retaining is warmth. Cinnamon is almost nonexistent. Body is thinner than regular Abraxas, but still substantial. Overall, not an improvement over the regular but still absolutely delicious.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Abraxas Day 2014. Name is exactly what comes through. The coffee flavor adds a complexity factor to the original, while not overpowering the other flavors. Had side by side with regular Abraxas, and like the coffee addition even more.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's Abraxas...with coffee. Abraxas is a great beer. The coffee component is delicious, but it subdues the typically prominent cinnamon and chili notes. A really tasty beer, but my advice would be to not break the bank chasing this.

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Photo of jaken0ss
3.37/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the addition of coffee did nothing good to this beer, to be blunt it just wasn't good. The nose was green pepper, and the taste was pretty bad as well. Preference to the base beer here. This was disappointing

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -8%

As with many other reviewers, I find the coffee detracts from the regular beer rather than adding to it. Aroma overall is fairly muted; some coffee but restrained. Flavor is coffee dominated, overwhelming the spice and vanilla notes of the base beer. Body seems much thinner. I love the base beer, perhaps more than the BA version, and the creamy body is one of the reasons. By no means a bad coffee beer, but I'd take regular old Speedway over this for what it's worth.

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Photo of PhishNoC
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Just returned from Abraxas Day 2014. Outstanding event. Abraxas is an outstanding beer and the cinnamon comes through even stronger with Coffee Abraxas.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes from Abraxas Day.

A- Draft poured black as night with about a one finger thick head of a chocolatey brown color. Looks just like Abraxas in the glass, being black in body with a brown head that both laces and retains very, very well.

S- The coffee is the prominent scent here right up front, but the other aspects of the beer quickly mix in. The coffee is somewhat dark and bitter, but not as much as in other coffee stouts, with the vanilla and cinnamon mixing in and providing a sweet and spicy element. Not much of the peppers on the nose.

T- Starts off with the same coffee as the scent then moves quickly into the cinnamon and vanilla. The coffee is fairly dark, but not too much and a little bitter, then the other flavors move the taste towards sweetness. The cinnamon and anchos turn the flavor more spicy with just a touch of heat before the dark malts flavors and coffee linger on the tongue after the drink.

M- Thick and smooth with a low to medium level of carbonation on the tongue. Dangerously drinkable with no detectable alcohol for the 10%.

Overall, this is basically just Abraxas with a touch more dark flavors. Pretty much what I expected from this beer, but man this has a lot going on. Super complexy due to the high number of ingredients here (vanilla, coffee, ancho, and cinnamon). A very good beer overall.

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Photo of c-rum
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at 2014 Abraxas Day

Appearance - Viscous black with a khaki head. Great retention..

Smell - cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate

Taste - Cinnamon, coffee and chocolate not getting much pepper.

Mouthfeel - Thick and viscous, but not too sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Lots of cinnamon and coffee with some chocolate in the finish.

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Photo of helios7
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

2014 vintage. On-draft at Abraxas Day 2014. Very coffee-forward with lots of marshmallow and cocoa. The chili is difficult to find, though a hint of heat peeks through as the beer warms up. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured into a large 14oz Abraxas snifter.

2014 vintage. Bottle 10/31/014.

Pours a nice dark oily liquid with a nice1 inch tan/mocha head. No light gets through this brew.

Aroma starts off with coffee roast, dark bitter chocolate and cinnamon notes as plenty. Slight boozy heat is present in the nose but is tempered by the delicious chocolate and coffee notes.

Flavor is delicious. The coffee is milder in the flavor than in the nose. But it is still present. Mocha notes with a nice strong cinnamon spiciness. Then there are notes of thick sweetness an sugary goodness. Molasses and caramel with delicious coffee background. Delicious roasty oily body.

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Photo of horsehockey
5/5  rDev +14.9%

On Draft at the Abraxas release day.

Appearance: Dark black with a nice coffee and cream colored head.

Aroma: I get more Chili peppers than cinnamon. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste: Coffee right away and then it finishes with some slight heat. There is some sweetness to go along with the chocolate, coffee and spice.

Mouthfeel: exactly what you would expect from an imperial stout. It seems to coat your mouth with chocolate, cinnamon, spicy peppers, and vanilla. It's nicely carbonated. It's a little less carbonated than Founders Imperial stout, and a little more carbonated than Old Rasputin.

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Photo of jegross2
2.09/5  rDev -52%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing the Coffee Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri.

Score: 43

Fall 2013 vintage bottle served in an Abraxas glass and enjoyed on 07/25/14, alongside batch 1 and batch 2 Barrel Aged Abraxas.

Appearance: Pours a shiny, inky black color with a finger of head of mocha colored head. Good lacing and retention. Nice oily legs and browning from the swirl too. 4.25/5

Smell: Lots of green pepper, with subtler notes of cinnamon, milk chocolate and very faint coffee behind it. This nose has a lot of vegetal similarity, in a bad way, with Sump and regular Barrel Aged Sump; maybe it has something to do with the coffee blend used? The green pepper character is pretty unpleasant, but the residual aroma of cinnamon and milk chocolate is nice and saves this aroma from being a complete disaster. 2/5

Taste: Has a sharp green pepper flavor upfront with a little tang and fruitiness on the back half. Definitely some minor off flavors present here. There's a mix of milk chocolate and old coffee on the back half, with a kiss of cinnamon on the midpalate. Poor flavor integration here, which is a shame given the balanced master piece of regular Abraxas and Barrel Aged Abraxas. A tinge of booze too. The green pepper character in the taste, like the nose, is quite unpleasant, but it is not undrinkable. The beer finishes with a faint milk chocolate flavor that sticks around a bit. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, low-medium carbonation. Given the viscous body of regular Abraxas and Barrel Aged Abraxas, this is a huge disappointment. Vegetal flavor, but otherwise balanced with a touch of residual sweetness on the finish. 1.5/5

Overall: This beer was much roastier and chocolatey on tap (and it had none of the green pepper character) the night before FOBAB compared to this bottle. I have sampled much fresher pours from two other bottles, and my experience with those bottles was roughly comparable to this one. I think the coffee character here was entirely too vegetal, and that it overshadowed and overpowered the characters that make Abraxas special. I would certainly give this beer another whirl if I saw it on tap, but I would not seek out another pour from a bottle.

Cost: $30 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The beer was a dark black color, looking like used motor oil. A slight mocha head topped the glass.

Smell - The aroma I detected was almost a syrupy coffee smell. The sweetness in the aroma was almost overwhelming.

Taste - This seems a little lighter than regular, but certainly tastier. Initially, I am led to believe this will be sweet like molasses and coffee. Then, I notice cinnamon and vanilla. I do no get the impression of spice in this one. The warming in the aftertaste is mild, but it is the thick sweetness that gives the biggest impression.

Mouthfeel - This is thick and coats the tongue and throat. It leaves an impression well after the swallow.

Overall - I liked this one a lot. This is a fantastic stout.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black with a huge khaki head. Great retention. Surface foam lasts forever.

Smell - Peppers, cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate. Little bit of the graham cracker that I love in Abraxas.

Taste - Chocolatey and more peppery. Coffee adds some acidity to it. Cinnamon and chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and viscous, but not too sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Had this is a second time and it was fantastic.

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Photo of nihiloexnihil
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sump release party. Side by side with Sump and regular Abraxas.

A: Black as night, little to no head, strong legs in the glass.

S: Cinnamon. Less coffee than anticipated, though there is some. A little bit of vanilla.

T: A bit of a letdown, actually. The coffee is present, but muted, especially when compared directly to Sump. The standard Abraxas flavors are also more muted, subtler, smoother... but not in a way that really adds to complexity. This was agreed upon by everyone in my tasting group.

M: Great mouthfeel, just like regular Abaxas, but a little hot in the back.

Overall, this disappointed me. I was hoping for an Abraxas-style cinnamon/coffee bomb, and while the flavors were all there, they seemed to detract from one another rather than amplify.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark chocolate with a big frothy rocky head to it

S - Green, fresh and slightly vegetal coffee, cinnamon, spice, dark chocolate, fudgy goodness, and slight peanut butter

T - Dark chocolate, slightly astringent dark espresso, fresh deep chocolate, slight peanut butter, slight spice and cinnamon meld together well

M - Thick creamy beer with slight astringency and heat from the cinnamon and peppers

O - Really good with the coffee adding a dark chocolate and fresh coffee that adds some nice depth and flavor to a good base beer

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll compare this to base Abraxas. The beer is much darker, and there is no brownish head at all. The coffee jumps out of the glass both the nose and the taste. The roast is very good. Almost as good as BCBCS 2013 in that it gives a dark fruit sort of flavor. This beer is very rich, but I prefer the complexity of standard Abraxas.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Local Option. Pour yields a dark black appearance with no light passage and cocoa colored head that retains decently. The nose features a huge bouquet of french press coffee. Tons of robust notes that are perfectly smooth and present zero astringency or bitterness. The Sump coffee really shines in this beer and makes for an absolutely delightful aroma. The cocoa and cinnamon sneak through the aroma towards the end and uplift the already delicious coffee aroma. The flavor is just as the nose implied: smooth, delicious, robust, and roasty coffee. Spices starts to come through about mid palate with some peppery notes on the finish. Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth with mild carbonation. Well damn, Abraxas makes one damn fine base beer to its various treatments. I have nothing wrong with regular Abraxas, but the coffee, vanilla, or barrel aging additions elevate this brew in to a truly world class brew. This is a testament to Perennial's ability to incorporate specialty ingredients and make them shine in the final product.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in Perennial snifter

This beer pours out a midnight black body devoid of any lighter hues and supports an inch and a half of lightly tawny foam that showed moderate head retention.Slick,oily lacing was left on the glass.The nose is assertive and a good indicator of the beer's constituent parts.Big,fresh espresso roast initially followed by fragrant cinnamon then quality bittersweet chocolate,scalded milk and finally an earthy peppery note from the chiles.Taste follows the nose for the most part.Slightly sweetened espresso,baked sugars,rich chocolate,cinnamon and a slight peppery heat.Mouthfeel is appropriate.Creamy and viscous with a moderate coffee bitterness and medium/full body.Seriously balanced with a true coffee presence and a creamy moderate sweetness.Dangerously drinkable.I love the base beer and I love high quality coffee so this is extremely successful as far as I'm concerned.Hope I can score BA Abraxas when it comes around.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a jet black with a 1/4 inch of tan head that fades quickly with some oily lacing. The nose has a pop of coffee, cinnamon, marshmallow sweetness, and a hint of chilies. The taste is definitely coffee forward (woody/red berry) and the sweetness has a good cinnamon/spice component. This is a full bodied, sweet, well spiced beer with very little detectable alcohol, but coffee definitely takes the front seat and is a bit overpowering in a beer that's pretty balanced on its own. It's definitely a delicious beer and I went back for thirds. I'm excited for the next collab with sump and different bean origin versions

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Photo of T-Leb
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BA Abraxas > Coffee Abraxas > Abraxas

It's a great beer. I like it more than regular Abraxas, but not as much as BA Abraxas.

The nose of this beer is very complex, then you taste it and I think it's just perfect. I don't really try to distinguish all the individual flavors, it just works.

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Coffee Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.