Coffee Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales
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4.68/5 rDev +4.2%
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
01-14-2014 22:27:49 | More by jeonseh
3.75/5 rDev -16.5%
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. Lacking the graham cracker around 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 - Disappointing compared to the hype, but it's still a very good beer.
03-07-2014 16:09:51 | More by Alieniloquium
5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
10-23-2013 14:08:31 | More by T-Leb
2.06/5 rDev -54.1%
Reviewing the Coffee Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri.
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.
05-13-2014 18:39:33 | More by jegross2
Coffee Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
98 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.