Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales
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Reviews by MCain04:
4.68/5 rDev +6.1%
Split this big beer with BostonRyan. $21/25oz. Poured at cellar temp into 2 mini-goblet glasses.
A: This is a dark brown/black beer, head is a little lighter than I imagined solid retention and lacing.
S: A lot of chilli, coffee, chocolate, and cinnamon on the nose. Some roasty malts as well. Very pleasing.
T: Wow, chilli. Chilli presence is crazy on this beer. The cinnamon is also very present. Nice chocolatey notes add a richness to it. Roasty malts and coffee as you might imagine. Little to no booziness.
M: Sadly, the only unremarkable aspect of this beer. Its tastes and smells compete with Huna's, but the moutfeel is too thin and overcarbonated. Wet throughout but some dryness on the finish from the pepper.
O: A fantastic imperial stout that is almost as good as Huna. Perhaps the BA version of this thickens the mouthfeels and tones down the carbonation. I imagine with that, plus perhaps some barrel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes, this could be one of the best beers ever. Definitely would want to try the BA version of this.
04-17-2013 00:13:07 | More by MCain04
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4.49/5 rDev +1.8%
Gaining inspirations from ancient central America; the sweet, savory, and spicy taste of mole gives this 1-year cellared stout as much meldedness as it does complexity.
Starting off with a mimicry of espresso- the dark black beer has a gaze of cloudiness cast over it and hardly allows any depth of clarity. Capped by a sandy-tan steadfast head, the foam slowly collapses back into the beer until its dainty froth circles the glass in even more espresso-like fashion. Relatively low on retention, the beer speckles the glass with pockets of sticky foam.
A strong foundation of bold-roast coffee, cocoa-rich chocolates, brown sugar, molasses, and campfire roast set the tone for certain stout-like aromas. But its the peppery scent of undeniable cinnamon and the twinge of capsacin that tantalize the nose with complements of black jellybeans and mild vegetal pepper fruit that poke through the malts
Similar to its scent- the bold richness of creamy malts coat the early palate with the sweetness of burnt sugars and malted milk (milkshake). Saturated tastes of bittersweet chocolate is exacerbated with true dry cocoa additions. Just when its middle palate release light fruit and spice of grape, cherry, and aniseed; the sultry spices of pepper and cinnamon come on and extend into the finish. Warm, fruity, spicy, and roasty- the beer keeps rewarding the palate into an indefinite finish.
Undoubted is the beer's full body. The roast is wrapped around a malty center of residual sweetness, heavy cream malt, and marshmallowy carbonation. But as the beer slowly releases its sugars and carbonation, the onset of spice, warmth, and supple dryness keeps the beer developing deep within a savory and extended finish.
The Mexican inspired stout would make the Aztecs proud- as this beer has certainly earned respect among the best that today's craft beer world offers. The beer is meticulously balanced and doesn't shy away from powerful complexities in addition. It's beautiful in its recipe design, brewer execution, and courage.
03-26-2013 17:15:36 | More by BEERchitect
3.93/5 rDev -10.9%
750mL bottle poured into tulip glass.
Pour is deep chocolate brown with a nice size mocha colored head. Minimal retention and medium head retention.
Aroma is fairly mild, hint of cinnamon, some roast and sweetness. Nothing spectacular but nothing bad.
The chilli picks up in the taste, lots of roast (much more than the nose suggests). Chocolate and then some cinnamon. The flavors are fairly integrated and one doesn't stand out more than the other.
Creamy mouthfeel with present back end carbonation. Minimal back end heat with chillies.
I really enjoyed my first beer from Perennial. It's no fresh Hunaphu but it's still enjoyable
12-22-2011 02:13:36 | More by weatherdog
4.25/5 rDev -3.6%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):
LOOK: Black, dense brown head
SMELL: Unsweetened chocolate, soft charcoal, mild chili peppers, cinnamon, plum pudding, figs, espresso
TASTE: Cinnamon, light molasses, silky, full body, mild chili warmth, dense chocolate, burnt raisins, French roast coffee, charred bread crust, warming alcohol, sweet roasty finish
A heavy name for a heavy beer. Sometimes beer can be so serious and deep that you can get lost as it unfolds with each sip. Complexity meets drinkability with a dull warning of strength. It is beers of this character that further forge what American beer is and represent the intentions of craft brewers. Search this beauty out.
01-17-2013 03:42:45 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.63/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
12-23-2013 04:50:55 | More by Beaver13
4.35/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottle (2011/Batch 2)
Thanks for opening this, DarthKostrizer!
Nearly black in color with a moderately sized brown head that eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.
The aroma is an interesting and unique combination of roasted and black malts, plenty of chile spice (like chipotle), a bit of cinnamon, and even a bit of pine presence. It all comes together quite interestingly and nicely.
The flavor is as complex as the aroma, with cinnamon and chile elements pushing through the roasted, dark malt backbone. There's also traces of smoke and wood. The chile flavor is obviously present without being overtly spicy.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
A unique and incredibly flavorful, evolving stout.
02-01-2012 22:45:37 | More by ehammond1
Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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