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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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743 Ratings
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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%


Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho Chiles, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon Sticks.

2011 - 100 cases
2012 - 200 cases

(Beer added by: jmvecchio1 on 12-16-2011)
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HOP_KING

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers, oddly enough only beer that I have dreams about. I simply find myself craving it at the most unusual times and it's unfortunately not a beer I often have.

It's the best stout I've ever had. Beats all of goose's BCBS offerings IMO. Superb tastes the whole way through.

Well done perennial.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 04:13:01 | More by HOP_KING
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d5001986

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours very smooth and slowly, just like motor oil. Appears a deep inky black with a finger of caramel-colored head.

S: Slight booziness. Roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, molasses, and just faintly of chili peppers.

T: Damn, the richness smacks you in the face. Pretty sweet, not cloying, but a tad much for my tastes. The first thing I get is lots of cinnamon and vanilla. Next is chili pepper, accompanied by the slight burn. There is a bit of roasted coffee presence as well. All in all, nice, but gets a tad overwhelming, like drinking a sweet cinnamon cookie. It does get better as it warms.

M: Definitely the thickest beer I've ever had. It's like drinking eggnog. Coats the entire mouth and just sticks there. Some might call it 'chewy'. Very smooth and creamy. No carbonation comes through in a beer this heavy. Couldn't ask for more in an Imperial Stout.

O: As I mentioned, it's like drinking a cookie. Quite sweet, which can get overwhelming as you get further into the bottle. Good complexity of flavor, not as much chili pepper as others I've had. Definitely a bottle you want someone to share with. Someday I hope to the opportunity to try the BA version.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:43:46 | More by d5001986
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a generous trader. Bottled 11/2013. Pours incredibly thick pitch black with a big dark brown head. Aroma of massive chocolates, a hint of spicy pepper, and a bit of cinnamon. Really nice. Flavor is super sweet chocolate, light roast, a bit of cinnamon dryness, with a lingering dry cocoa powder and light chile flavor left on the palate. The heat picks up a tad as I sip and the cinnamon definitely comes out as it warms. Thick bodied with low carbonation, but not as thick as I was expecting after watching the pour. Pretty good stuff with both sweet chocolate and bitter roast shining through here. Hoping to find the BA version someday.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:07:25 | More by BMMillsy
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zerocrane

Oklahoma

3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- perfect for pour. 1.5 finger tan head with great lacing

S - Boozy... Rum, with dark fruits and propery.

T - melo compared to Nose. Almost no carbonation. Everything comes together wel. Nose screamed rum, but taste screams white wine barrels

Mf. - surprisingly light with little carbonation

Overall. Meh... It's a good stout. Not great, but it didn't really dissapoint

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:33:01 | More by zerocrane
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drmcleod10

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served into several snifters shared with family. 2013 bottle.

A - Dark as night poured syrupy into a snifter with decent lacing and a khaki tan foam head

S - Cinnamon, Chile, Cocoa, Vanilla, Coffee all come through as it warms

T - Taste is a an overpowering cinnamon and chile taste with not enough chocolate and vanilla in my opinion. Not as good as I was expecting from this.

M - Mouthfeel was a medium to full bodied creamy smooth chewy taste.

O - I was underwhelmed drinking this as Perennial is local for me. Was expecting much more chocolate vanilla coffee rather than an overpowering cinnamon taste. The cinnamon is just not for me although

Re-Review --> Had this on draft for the first time as I avoided it on draft the previous three times I had seen it. Revisited it this week and really enjoyed it this time. Not sure if my bottle was overloaded with cinnamon or my palate was screwed up, but I enjoyed 25 ounces this time much more than I did when I had 6 ounces. Still loads of cinnamon but this was zoo much more balanced between the chocolate cinnamon chile vanilla and coffee.. Smell and appearance can stay the same but overall. from 4 taste to 4.5 and overall from 4.25 to 4.5

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 22:31:07 | More by drmcleod10
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hops and Pie, I was glad to get to try this for significantly less than the $20 that bottles are (over)priced at around here. Dark black, tan head, looks good. Aroma is cinnamon and the slightest hint of pepper. Flavor seemed heavier on the cinnamon with discernible vanilla, not much pepper on the flavor. My friend said it reminded her of cinnamon life cereal. I liked this beer but I could never pay $20 for a 750, more like $10.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:06:24 | More by ArrogantB
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with the wife and courtesy of Tom. Thanks so much bud. Bottle dated: 11/2011

Very dark with a big dense mocha head and some pretty spatter.

Nice chile presence on the nose mixed with vanilla. Underneath sits a nice dark chocolate and cinnamon.

My first impression was that this beer lacked boldness. After a few sips, and remembering the big flavors in Mexican Cake that really didn't do much for me, I saw this more as well integrated. Each successive sip grew on me. Chiles ride atop the adjuncts harmoniously. Flavors integrate seamlessly without clashing. Alcohol is masterfully hidden; this is dangerously drinkable. So many different aspects working well together.

Body is the only flaw as this comes off a bit thin and light on the tongue.

Overall, what a really well done stout. Takes Mexican Cake and Hunahpu's behind the woodshed.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:25:36 | More by BarrytheBear
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, black, 1.5 finger creamy caramel head

S- Cinnamon is quite apparent. Vanilla, booze, sweet fruits and lots of charred caramel.

T- Yep, cinnamon toast crunch all the way. Love this one more than the barrel version as the alcohol burn is much less here. Flavor goes for days. Cinnamon with some marshmallows

M- Thick, full body, with moderate booze. Creamy as can be.

O- Wow. Not the spice that Bomb has, but an outstanding food beer. Pair with steak, lamb, or even duck. Any coffee style desert would work nicely too.

$18 for 750 ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:34:14 | More by Bosoxfan20
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into stemmed glass. 3 month old.

Pours a deep inky black, viscous, with a compact cappuccino colored head that lingers around and leaves huge lacing.

Aroma is a brilliant milk chocolate, churros, creamed honey, vanilla, and a distant roaster note not quite coffee but close. This smells chewy and decadent!

On the palate the ancho chiles finally make their appearance. But very well integrated with rest of the flavors. More of that milk chocolate, major fresh cinnamon stick, latte, orange liqueur, vanilla, and the undeniable spicy ancho. Leaves some heat on the back of the throat and high chest area.

Mouthfeel is thick, slick, and voluptuous. Heavy body with ample carbonation for an impy stout. Just wonderful.

Overall, expertly crafted over at Perrenial. Love the milk chocolatey base flavor all the others play off of. Even though there was no vanilla brewed into this you get major vanilla notes which I really enjoy. A dessert beer, and one that should definitely be shared as I think a 750 will be hard to manage by myself! Would love to try the coffee version.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 03:15:03 | More by MarcWP
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have enjoyed many Perennial beers, although the expense...
But I digress, was anticipating this one, even though it isn't the barrel-aged version.

A: maybe deserves a 5, but detracted for minimal to no lacing. Otherwise the dark to black pour had a decent initial dark tan head.
S/T: I combine these because the initial taste followed the smell almost to a tee. The smell was decently sweet with a strong mocha presence. The taste consumes the mouth with the toasted malt, followed quickly with a bitter, dark chocolate flavor. The body is full, as each drink seems to be able to hit senses in every part if my mouth.
M: the flavor fades pretty fast. Maybe I'm looking for it, but it could've the chile that grabs me a bit to expand the tastes, even though it seems fleeting.
O: very good, if a little on the sweet side. I don't get much of the chile, taste or spice. My initial tastes made me think of Imperial Biscotti Break, but not quite to that standard. I'm interested in the feel, more as an intriguing point than a purely satisfying point.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2014 01:57:46 | More by cjgiant
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 11/2013

Picked up in a trade from Maryland. Poured into a small Stone branded snifter.

Pours viscous dark black with a thin tan head that dissipates after a few sips, nice lacing from start to finish. Nose is earthy and peppery, plum and toasted malt, sweet chocolate, black liquorish. The taste is absolutely phenomenal - similar to the nose, very earthy, dark toasted malt, raisin, bitter dark chocolate and as it warms up a bit the cinnamon and chilies really come through, with a little warmth on the back end from the high ABV. A lot going on, but in perfect harmony - extremely well balanced flavors. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style - big bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation, finishes extremely dry.

Such a good Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 04:15:23 | More by DeanMoriarty
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Foundry in KCMO 1/22/14

A: Jet black with an inch of tan head that dissipates after a min to a subtle 1/4 inch tan foam.

S: The noise of this beer is very complex. Cocoa, peppers, a mild coffee, spicy, cinnamon, and a strong nutmeg smell. This smell reminds me of going home to my parents house for christmas, with my moms christmas yankee candles lit and a banana nutbread in the oven.

T: The taste is outrageously spicy on the front end, while subtle on the back end. The back end leaves you with a bit of heat. You can definitely taste the cacao nibs and ancho chili peppers. This beer at the front punches you with cinnamon and then leaves you with the heat of the ancho chili peppers.

M: The feel of this beer is creamy, thick and almost chewy.

O: Overall this is an incredibly enjoyable beer. This beer tastes distinctively different than alot of other imperial stouts. While a lot of other breweries try to spice their imperial stouts with different things, it either A: doesn't work, or B:gets lost behind the chocolate and coffee tastes that are normally prevalent in imperial stouts, or C: is overpowering with one individual spice. But this beer does not fall into those categories. It is complex yet enjoyable. The ancho chili peppers, cinnamon sticks, and cacao nibs are very prevalent but enjoyable. This beer is a success in its uniqueness

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 23:48:54 | More by KCBeerNerd
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dar482

New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in black color with a medium mocha brown head.

The aroma has that cocoa nib, tons of cinnamon and spices. Chocolate and a hint of that chili throughout.

The flavor follows with a medium chocolate sweetness, then vanilla, and then the cinnamon and spices are some of the biggest flavors. The chili is really subtle and gives a bit of spice, but more gentle warming.

The beer is very smooth and easy drinking without too much carbonation.

The beer is a bit different from Mexican Cake as the heat here takes a backseat.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:32:23 | More by dar482
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Gorgeous head, with oatmeal bubbles, pitch.

S - Delicious chocolate, cinnamon, coriander aromas.

T - Awesome, smooth, not hot, cocoa and beer. Just a hint of chocolate chili.

M - Rich, creamy, medium full.

O - Superb and delicious. Can't wait to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 17:21:20 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black body with one finger dark brown head (so I guess the body is black since I differentiate) that left lace patches and had an aroma of sweetness like chocolate and toffee, maybe caramel, hint of cinnamon, and some roasted, bready malts as well as coffee and chile (although I may pick these up more b/c others say they are in there than on my own without prior knowledge). A thick, almost chewey body that is sticky at times but so easy to drink and so calling for me to drink it. Great balance as I get a lot of chocolate and touches of cinnamon (and I still think toffee or caramel) with a very dry, coffee-esque malt base. Picks up on the end with a little heat so I'm assuming both the alcohol and chile are coming in and thankfully not overpowering me at all. A very enjoyable sipper and another great beer from Perennial.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 14:21:16 | More by clayrock81
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

as close to perfect beer as you can really get. brilliant stuff. close to black in color, thick looking, and no light coming in at all. a smallish but persistent mocha colored head rests on top. intimidating yet enticing. the nose on this is one of a kind, best use of cinnamon i have ever seen in a beer, its warming and present more in the nose than the taste. cocoa nibs gives it a rich bitterness fully compatible with the heavy dark malt and coffee like bitterness. the chilies give it a little layer of smoky spice, but im not getting heat here. the alcohol is also expertly well hidden. bakers chocolate and earthy charred barley are the first things i taste, but a sweeter chocolate and ancho pepper hit are right behind. the complexity is only beginning to unfold here. layers of dark grain, cocoa powder dryness, back of throat heat, and warming booze all crescendo into a mild cinnamon finish that fades much faster than it sounds like it would. no alcohol, sugar, or heat left on the palate, just a touch of cinnamon and cocoa. its fantastically well made beer worth all of the hype. full body and carbonated just enough, who knew this was all possible in a stout? certainly one of the best beers ive ever had, and one i will remember fondly until my next one. all of perennials beers are awesome, but this one stands out. positively elite brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2014 16:14:58 | More by StonedTrippin
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark black body with a reddish brown head with bubbles that remain throughout as well as great lacing on the glass. The smell is complex but I don't get all of the flavors. I get a bit of chocolate and just an overall spice note. The taste is wonderful. The cinnamon shines and the ancho just kicks in right behind it. It never gets spicy though. This beer tastes like an incredible Mexican hot chocolate. The mouthfeel is in perfect harmony with this beer. Thick but not even close to motor oil consistency. It has a nice chew to it to complement all of the flavors that mesh so well together. Easy winner over Bomb! and Hunahpu.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 15:33:51 | More by PHBoiler
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joe1510

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9oz Pour
$9
Tribes Alehouse - Tinley Park, IL

A black hole of a liquid is set in front of me in a tiny little snifter. A dense mocha head rests on top of the body with an almost purple tint. Tiny carbonation bubbles crawl up the glass to keep the head intact throughout the entire drink while sheet lacing gets left behind. This is one handsome stout.

The nose is intense but well integrated. A big hit of cocoa kicks things off before slightly smokey, earthy ancho joins the fray. Subtle vanilla and baking spices (cinnamon mostly) lay across the top of coffee, chocolate malts, doughiness and moderate roast to make for an appetizing nose.

Robust cocoa again leads the way. Vanilla, cinnamon, and earthy ancho bring about thoughts of a holiday cookies. The ancho also lends a touch of leathery smokiness. All those attributes are wrapped around coffee, chocolate malt, and an approachable roast. Nice depth and complexity.

The body is silky but robust. Smooth but sticky. As a matter of fact my only complaint about this beer is that it's slightly stickier than I would have liked but that's minor. The weight is on the higher side of the spectrum while the feel remains creamy.

The depth alone makes this a beer worth seeking out. I've always been a sucker for the Mexican style stouts and Abraxas is no exception. The ancho works well with cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon for an alcoholic, dense Mexican style hot chocolate of sorts.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 23:42:13 | More by joe1510
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml - 2013 edition served into a Founders KBS glass. It pours a viscous black body topped off by a sizable cinnamon-sugar colored head.

Aroma: Chili peppers, dark chocolate roasted malts, cinnamon, and some vanilla. The chili peppers and cinnamon spice dominate the front of the palate. It is backed by a massive roasted dark chocolate flavor and slight warming from the alcohol. The vanilla flavor is very subtle but melds quite well with the rest of the beer. Also notable is a slight gingerbread flavor.

I will remember this as an extremely rich full bodied beer that is dominated by cinnamon. The chili peppers are quite muted in terms of heat but make this beer what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 03:07:24 | More by mnphish
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Braseltonage

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Bottled on date of 11/2013.

A: Viscous pour. Dense, dark black. No light, just shiny onyx in the glass. Mellow pour brings a very slow developing caramel head. Does a nitro-esque 'fall' settling on 1/2" lingering head. Chunky, think lacy throughout. Really nice looking beer.

S: Ancho very present at the front. Layer in dark roast coffee. Wisps of cinnamon punch in at the tail. Almost smoky edge to it, some sweeter notes as well.

T: Creamy, mildly spicy-sweet. Complex yet smooth. Little to no roasted astringency. Chiles play nicely against the cinnamon to sort of fill that role. Some tannin, more tea than coffee. This mixed with the chile and cinnamon call to mind a chai latte, only way better. Cocoa rises as it warms, becoming a little like a nice Mexican chocolate. Some slight bits of dark fruits, dates. Super complex array of flavors.

M: Full bodied. Smooth, silky, mouth coating. Not cloying, stickiness soothes the spice.

O: Very impressive mix of flavors. The texture is brilliant, but the complexity of the flavors is just really well done. Part of me wishes for a little more roast, thinking it could back off the sweetness a bit, but I think letting the chiles and cinnamon do that is just fine. Glad a snagged a bottle. Head and shoulders the best Perennial I've tried. Now if I could only snag the barrel aged...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:43:53 | More by Braseltonage
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap for Bier Station's one year anniversary Midwest tap takeover event. They had both the 2012 and the 2013 on tap, so it was really fun to do a mini-vertical and compare the beer to itself after a year. The scores and review will be for the 2013 vintage, but I will make reference to the 2012 as well. Both were served in small Belgian tulip glasses.

Appearance - Yields a healthy two finger head mocha tan head of bubbles so small it looked a bit like chocolate mousse. The body beneath is a pitch black with zero light penetrating, not even around the edges of the glass. The dense head helps keep out the light as well. Retention is moderate, and the head dissipates to a rim of foam around the edge of the glass with a mottling of film across the surface. Lacing is spotty and very sparse. The 2012 is different in that it has much less head at first pour, starting out with a lazy half-finger foam that dissipates almost immediately. It also happens to have more legs than the 2013, with the foam leaving a sheet across the side of the glass when I tilt it, but it slinks back down, leaving zero lacing.

Smell - Rich with notes of cinnamon stick, dried chile, melting baker's chocolate and molasses. I also get a nice element of char from the roasted malt that you expect from a stout or porter. The aroma is so aggressive, with cinnamon and chile being front and center. The 2012, by contrast, has mellowed way out on the cinnamon and chile, allowing the rich, decadent notes of bittersweet chocolate to shine through. I think I prefer the fresh, although if I had never had it fresh, the one-year version would be an outstanding beer in it's own rite.

Taste - Like with the aroma, the cinnamon and chile work together to provide quite a punch to start. Spiced devil's food cake with an invigorating burn from the spice that is kept relatively in-check by the rich bittersweet element from the roasted malt and burnt caramel. The heat lingers for a long time, but it's a pleasant heat. Would be the perfect beer for a cold night. The 2012 vintage has mellowed considerably, with the cinnamon becoming a mere accent to the rich chocolatey taste and the pepper becoming a gentle tingle instead of the noticeable heat. Here, I think I prefer the 2012, but only by a shade. I still think the 2013 is unmatched for the right situation--when you want a big stout with some aggressive character.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, rich and creamy. Luscious. Carbonation is moderate and the finish is lingering and coats the mouth to a degree. The 2012 is a tiny bit thinner, but still nice and creamy. Lower carbonation levels are to be expected as well.

Overall, this is just a top-notch offering from Perennial. Outstanding and unique as a fresh beer, and wonderfully age-able as well. I've not had many different beers from this "Spiced Imperial Stout" sub-style that has been popular, but this one is fantastic. Now I just need to get my hands on the BA version...

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 07:00:57 | More by LambicPentameter
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JFresh21

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer has the best appearance of any stout I've seen. It's dark with a chocolate head that is picture worthy.

The taste is chocolate with a tail end of pepper. The mouth feel is very smooth. Having it side by side with Darkness the mouth feel is a bit thinner.

I love this beer. I remember liking Hunapu's more but I would like to have them side by side. Both phenomenal. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2013 18:30:41 | More by JFresh21
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown-black with a huge creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate with some cinnamon and spice. Kind of smells like a Mexican mocha. Alcohol comes out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet fudgy lactic chocolate with some cinnamon and spicy chili with a bitter roast finish and some booze and black licorice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, very interesting with a lot going on. Everything doesn't blend real well - the chocolate is a bit too sweet, the roast is a bit too bitter, the black licorice is a bit strong. It would be interesting to try this aged to see if it mellows some. It is a bit pricey at $22 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 04:50:55 | More by Beaver13
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. What is really noteworthy is how it glugs out of the bottle. Really nice thick appearance.

Smells heavy on the cinnamon. Cocoa follows. Espresso roastyness.

Taste is cocoa and cinnamon. Chilis are incredibly subtle. A very tasty stout. Flavors are well integrated. Slight hint of booze on the end.

Medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Great beer here.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:06:29 | More by Powderhornphil
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kojevergas

Texas

3.56/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/2013. 750ml brown glass bottle with appealing brown label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired earlier today at a local CO bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation and current 96 rating. 10% ABV confirmed per the label. Reviewed as a chili imperial stout.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a gorgeous rich dark tan colour head of one finger width. Fantastic creaminess and thickness. Beautifully soft shiny complexion. Lovely even consistency. The head is wonderful, but recedes inside two minutes - likely due to the high ABV. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, nor can I get any to stick by tilting the glass.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid jet black. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a gorgeous looking stout with an impressive head. I'd call it a special appearance, but it isn't unique. There are no flaws here

Sm: Hidden roast, heavy cacao nib dust, chocolate malts, dark malts, dusty powdered chilis (but no overt spice or heat), rich cinnamon dust, and cream. Some burnt/caramelized sugars.

Really appealing.

The cinnamon obscures the chilis, but overall I'm really impressed. A mouthwatering aroma of mild strength. I can't wait to try it.

No yeast character, hop character, or overt alcohol is detectable.

T: Dark malts, cocoa powder/dust, chocolate malts, milk chocolate, caramel, caramelized/burnt sugars, well-integrated cinnamon spice, a faint hint of chili heat, brown/muscavado sugar, and cream. Cocoa dust is dominant, and boy is that note executed well here. A bit ashy and burnt. Any vanilla is pretty tame, and doesn't evoke authentic vanilla bean (or artificial vanillicin).

Very well balanced, though there isn't a great deal of complexity (relative to the style) or subtlety. It isn't an intricate brew, but the subtle chili pepper lends it some interesting nuance and the cinnamon is a nice touch.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Very cohesive, but not quite gestalt.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Thick and full-bodied. Unrefreshing. Really good presence on the palate. Comforting, approachable, and somewhat soft. A biteen overcarbonated.

Not too sticky.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable for the 10% ABV, but the ABV isn't that well hidden. I quite like it, and I'd certainly order it again at a bar, but I don't know that it's world class. It's almost a unique take on an imperial stout, and I love the subtlety of the chili pepper. I'll have to try more beers from Perennial. This one is damn solid.

The mouthfeel is a highlight for me, but the earthiness of the flavour profile detracts from the beer overall.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

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