Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.5/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle from the 2012 batch, generously traded to me by Eric in Evanston. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 6/4/2013.
Pours a pitch black body, like the dark of night. Comes with a nice fluffy tan head, good retention. Not much lacing. Looks like any other imperial stout, though the head is exceptionally great-looking.
Smells like cinnamon toast crunch cereal to me. I love CTC as its my favorite cereal, so this is a true treat. Some dark chocolate fudge in the back, not much pepper or chiles in the nose. All that cinnamon is amazing, I could smell it forever.. but I want to drink this beer now.
Not as much cinnamon on the palate as in the nose. Here, the chiles take over the stage, complemented by the cinnamon and the bitter dark chocolate flavours. Some sweet milk chocolate as well. Rather sweet palate on this beer, but the chiles and chocolate help balance that out some. The chiles leave a nice but not overwhelming burn on the back end of the palate.
Full bodied, solid carbonation. Not super creamy, but it goes down very smoothly. Not much alcohol burn to speak of, its the chiles' burn that gets ya. Still, its a bit of a sipper because of how intensely flavourful it is.. you just want to savor it on a cold night.
Very interesting beer, its up there with Hunahpu in terms of how this Mexican style stout is executed. I'd love to try Mexican Cake and Prairie Bomb alongside this and Hunahpu to compare, but I suspect that this might win them all for me because I really, really loved Cinnamon Toast Crunch as a kid. So it may not be fair.
Re-reviewed today, 11/2/2013. Picked a relatively fresh 2013 batch- probably a month old at this point total. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.
Basically this is what I remember it being when the 2012 bottling was about 6 months old. So much cinnamon that comes out even more as the beer gets warmer. I would definitely recommend drinking this at closer to cellar or room temperature rather than chilled. The chili peppers are there in a slightly vegetal manner, with some spiciness on the back end- not a lot like Mexican Cake, but just enough to complement the base imperial stout and the cinnamon. This is easily my favorite Mexican style stout by far, having had Hunahpu and Mexican Cake already. And I will definitely attest to the fact that BA Abraxas is just that much better- just add in a lot of vanilla bourbon marshmallows to this and that's what you got.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2013 06:42:12 | More by Stevedore
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3.9/5 rDev -10.8%
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
4.54/5 rDev +3.9%
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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