Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,603
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.52%
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Gots: 409 | FT: 33
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Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmvecchio1 on 12-16-2011

Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho Chiles, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon Sticks.

2011 - 100 cases
2012 - 200 cases
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Ratings: 1,603 | Reviews: 190
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.37/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

terribly unbalanced, all spice and sweetness, a little too flat, muted smell, feels like drinking hot chocolate on ice. Will not revisit.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.43/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a walnut color just short of black. a finger of tan head with weak retention. opaque due to the darkness but lets some light through the very edges.

Smell: peppers, cinnamon and chocolate to mocha.

Taste: opens with spicy peppers, some cinnamon filters in. mocha and chocolate. notes of espresso but with a bit of smoothness from vanilla. some booze and ends with a bit more pepper

Mouthfeel: heavy , strong carbonation and some heat from the peppers.

Overall: strong spices and could be more chocolatey. If your into spiced beers go for it but I prefer more malt character

Photo of Treyliff
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, bottled 11/2014, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours pitch black with a motor oil thickness, small creamy khaki colored head reduces quickly, leaving just a ring around the edge

S- lots of vegetal green pepper on the nose up front. As it warms, it begins to open with aromas of cinnamon, vanilla bean, chocolate, sandalwood, brown sugar, molasses, black licorice, toasted marshmallow & a hint of coffee

T- deep and rich chocolate and cocoa base gives way to flavors of sweet molasses and burnt brown sugar. Cinnamon spice, along with black pepper mix with subtle vanilla, giving a heavy cream sweetness. The pepper flavor becomes green and vegetal as it nears the finish, with hints of dark fruit accompanying. The heat of the pepper kicks in on the finish, with lingers of chocolate & cinnamon

M- thick and viscous body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a silky and velvety warming finish, with a linger of heat after the finish

O- a slow sipper of an ale that is loaded with flavor, yet blends them near perfectly. Nice amount of heat on the linger

Photo of kkleu357
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap during Madison Craft Beer Week. Dark black body. Big cinnamon spice aroma. Umm, Cinnamon Toast Crunch in a glass? Ok, so not everybody agreed with me on that statement, but to me this beer tasted like the the milk left in the bowl after eating all the Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Really wonderful.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, which settles into the glass with a cola-colored body and a thin tan head. Aroma is all over the place. Vanilla is strong, hints of smokey peppers, dashes of spices (nutmeg?), even a hint of a minty herbal quality. Wow, after the pour and the nose I did not expect such big, potent flavors. Vanilla, spice, roasted peppers, all big and all in harmony. Some unsweetened Cocoa comes through as well. Feel is medium-full bodied, but not thick. Medium carbonation and a slight lingering burn. Not sure if it's the pepper heat, or the abv (thinking the latter). This is a rich and robust stout with some big flavors. Not sure where the mint was coming from, but it seemed to linger for me throughout. I think I like Huna a tad more, but this is impressive. A side-by-side of the two would be amazing.

Photo of doremite
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chili in the aftertaste was a bit overpowering but otherwise great. Left me wishing it wasn't so busy.

Photo of WSchooley
2.96/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is close to mint. Throws the whole experience off. Nice chili flavor.

Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Perennial tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep mocha, coffee colored body with a light chocolate colored head that reduces slowly, leaving little lacing but some good retention.

Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon (I know it's not barrel aged, but I still seem to get this note), some soy, slight peppers and cinnamon in the background.

On the tongue upfront is tons of milk chocolate and vanilla notes, caramel, some pepperiness on the follow through, the finish is roasty, toasty, roasted coffee, char. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, low carbonation.

Overall a very well crafted stout.. wish I got a little more cinnamon and pepper as advertised, but maybe those were just sitting in the background to create some nice balance that this beer exhibited well.

Photo of fondyball20
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz pour on draft. Good beer overall but the cinnamon dominated too much for me and the chile added some bite on the back end. Had it a long with Sump and honestly preferred the Sump more.

Photo of OneEye78
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black with a 2-inch brown head. Smell was cinnamon, some vanilla, and a hint of black licorice. Taste was also very cinnamon forward, got some vanilla and a little chocolate, but mostly cinnamon with a late chile and alcohol burn. Mouthfeel was great with spices tickling the Rouge and a good body. Overall this was a good beer, but too cinnamon dominated to call it great.

Photo of blankenhoney
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle from November 2014, enjoyed from a snifter today, March 24, 2015

A: Thick, almost syrupy burnt brown with a dark mocha head. Definitely getting some garnet tones there, though that might just be my mind projecting the Abraxas label onto the glass. Good-looking stuff

S: Lots going on here: cinnamon in spades, cola and rootbeer, ripe cherries, raw hot peppers or maybe Red Hots, and tree bark. Good stuff individually, but the nose didn't quite come together for me. More of a mishmash (of good aromas), not "well integrated."

T: Lots of quite bitter dark chocolate, sweet cinnamon, chocolate-covered espresso beans, a bit of cherries and ripe red fruit, and some pepper skin. Chili heat is present, too. Again, lots of good elements at play here, but they just don't come together or blend that well: one or another of the flavors tends to dominate each sip, rather than each component being present in each sip.

M: Just right, I think. Not too thick: smooth, lightly carbed, and a touch viscous. Nice tingle (rather than a burn) on the finish. Aftertaste is dry, bitter, and charred.

O: Really good stuff. Lots of great elements at work on the nose and the flavor profile, but those elements tend to clash against -- rather than complement -- each other. So not as complex or outstanding a beer as Huna, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of PVMT
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Clinton Hall, NYC on 3/24/15.

Photo of Dnayew
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it rated right below Hunahpu as the #2 beer on the planet until I tried this year's batch. Now I would rate it equal to Hunahpu in the world of special craft imperial stouts.

Photo of humuloner22
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I recently had Huna I have had Bomb in the past so far I still think Bomb is the best, but this one does edge out Huna, next will be Mexican Cake to finish off the big 4 Horseman.

Appearance: Black as night, head is relative to the type of beer. Kind of light around the edges with swirls in the middle of tan creamy head.

Aroma: Initially I got cinnamon as a strong characteristic. After a while sweeter dark fruits join the bouquet of aromas. Nicely done, its pretty complex on the nose.

Taste: I can tell the cinnamon, some sour yeasty note is present but it isn't off putting at all its just there, it could also be the peppers. The taste is cleaner and not very sweet, but just sweet enough. I liked the heat that hits the lips and tongue as it warms. Very nicely done beer. Its also less cloying than Huna came off to me and to the others who drank these with me.

Overall: I did like this one more than Huna, now after almost exactly a year the 2014 Huna I drank might have lost some impact, this bottle is not as old, they came out in (early November?) I believe so it has held its adjunct impact pretty well in that amount of time, now after a year in bottle like Huna I may be saying the same thing. I really need to revisit Huna as soon as I can to give it a more thorough analysis. So far, however, I still like the heat and earthiness of Bomb the best of the ones I have tried from this style. This is a close second. Love the cinnamon impact, goes really well with the combination of flavors they are working with.

Photo of Ian_B
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Completely, utterly black. No light passing through the corners. Billowing, creamy tan head.

Smell of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and a touch of chili.

Taste is mostly milk chocolate with a nice soft burn from the ancho chili throughout -- a little stronger on the finish. Chili provides a nice dryness and savory spice to the feel.

Photo of boothbeer
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Did a stout tasting with vicjr85 and some other friends on 03/07/15. This was my favorite beer of the night. List included: Marshal Zukhov, Abraxas, Speedway JBM, BB Temptress, Chocolate Rain and Bo & Luke.

Nice body with tons of great cinnamon flavor and finishes with a little peppery/spice from the ancho chiles. Picked up on some vanilla which pairs well with the cinnamon. All around great beer.

Photo of BillRoth
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unsure if this bottle or if this is usual taste. Very good imperial stout with all the usual characteristics of a very well made IS. Met the hype. Thought it might be in vein of Hunahpu...but no. Found flavor unbalanced with cinnamon way too dominant. Ended up being a "spiced" IS more lent to Christmas than otherwise. Will keep remaining bottles to age for the holidays.

Photo of Beastcpa
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect stout for enjoying on cold winter day

Photo of mjpolzin
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4.5 ounce pour on tap.

Cinnamon and peppers dominate the smell. The mouthfeel is smooth but not overly spectacular.

The taste is exceptional. Mostly cinnamon followed by a subtle spiciness from the peppers. I don't get a ton of vanilla but I do get a little bit of the malty, roasty imperial stout flavor.

This beer is great. I full bomber might be a little much but this small pour left me wanting a little bit more.

Photo of draheim
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL into a tulip. Pours a deep translucent brown w/ a thin mocha head.

Aroma is rich bitter dark chocolate, roasty dark malt, hint of espresso, molasses.

Taste is bittersweet baker's chocolate, cinnamon, spicy chile peppers, cacao nibs. As it warms, vanilla, caramel and coconut. The chile heat puts high notes on the chocolate and brings layers of complexity. A touch of spicy heat on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, but not syrupy or chewy. Good bright carbonation.

Overall just wow. Like a molé beer. Very Aztec. Or Maya. Not sure which. Ingredients are pure and clean, and work so well together.

Photo of TubaManJack
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First off this has been on my list for a while and is one of the classic additive stouts that inspired the chili stout trend.

Appearance- Deep black coffee body with a tan crema head with a little retention

Smell- Coffee and roasted barley base before yielding to a strong foundation of toasted anchos and a little nose of tired cinnamon sticks. There is a little sweetness like molasses. I don't get the charred or burnt flavors that others mention.

Taste - Warm, toasted similar to the nose. The flavor is deep and lingers after each sip coating your mouth. The muted spice of the ancho stays until the next sip counted by a touch of sweetness.

Seek it out on draft. If you want to rave about the other chili spiced stouts, visit the granddaddy of them all.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, full bodied flavored stout. Lots of cocoa nib, some vanilla, I don't really get ancho chile and I get a pinch of cinnamon. Very good. Almost like a beer milkshake.

Photo of LanguedocRocks
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington, VA

World class stout. Enough said.

Photo of Getalegup
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very very good! Pours with a inch of mocha coffee foam that fades quickly. Looks like the darkest chocolate, so brown its almost black. Smells sweet, vanilla and a little coffee. The flavor is awesome. Everything is in balance: pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, cacao. Gets even better as it warms. There's a sweetness to is, almost like bourbon barrel. Vanilla? Then, there's the lingering pepper burn on the end.
Overall, a great beer. I want to drink this head to head with other non-BA pepper beers like Hunahpu, Bomb!, and whatever else I have that is comparable.
Update:
Went head to head w/ Hunahpu! Very close. More boozy/vanilla, more foam, slightly thinner but not a thin stout, more carbonation, slightly bitter pepper aftertaste. Super tough to choose a favorite. Pluses and minuses. Slightly different. Both Awesome.

Photo of flagmantho
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely and utterly black with a nice finger of creamy tan foam atop. It looks quite amazing.

Smell: rich, sweet, creamy aroma of vanilla, chocolate, a hint of coffee, dark fruit, raisin and spice. Massively complex and enticing; I love it.

Taste: the flavor is just like the aroma, except more. Rich vanilla, raisin, date, cinnamon, a light spiciness; it reminds me a lot of Mexican chocolate. It's amazing and delightful and I'm so glad I was able to get a bottle of this.

Mouthfeel: big, rich body with an exceedingly smooth creaminess. Wonderful.

Overall: just an amazingly delicious beer. Massively drinkable for its size. Awesome.

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