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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,058
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 850
Gots: 203 | FT: 13
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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4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

mnphish, Jan 06, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BEERchitect, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a dark, fluffy mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick but sparse with oily legs. Real menacing look brew.

Nose is mint, chocolate, fudge, and cocoa. Vanilla beans smooth out the experience while a touch of spice tickles the nose. Very deep and rich. Moderately aromatic. Solid.

Opens cocoa, cinnamon spice, chocolate, and fudge. Vanilla beans add even more sweetness towards the middle. Some heat comes in towards the end amidst more fudge and milk and dark chocolate sweetness. Chili peppers in the end with a heated, sweet, cinnamon finish. Great complexity, very unique, and really well integrated.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily, slick, and rich in the mouth and goes down messy, smooth, and thick. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Couldn't ask for more.

I haven't been a fan of a lot of Perennial's beers and in fact, I feel they're a bit over-rated overall. However, Abraxas is a revelation. The flavor has great balance and complexity, the feel is incredible, and the look and nose are spot on. I wish I'd picked up a lot more of these when I had the chance.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

A beer that changed my life when I first had it. Beautiful balance of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and chili heat.

Suds_Suds, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

tectactoe, Jun 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

CavemanRamblin, Oct 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jono0101, Nov 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Schlais, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

weatherdog, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

delaced21, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

SkiBum22, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

dlorton0844, Jul 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Beaver13, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Jared14, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Jason, Feb 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

mctizzz, Jun 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -54.8%

BigE90, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

fo1ksguitar, Jun 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

MitchShepherd, Sep 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Prospero, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jaminjohnson, Aug 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

bpfrush, Feb 08, 2014
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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
96 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.