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Reviews: 175
Hads: 1,695
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.05%
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Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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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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Photo of helios7
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

2014 vintage, on-draft at Abraxas Day 2014. Cocoa, brown sugar, molasses. The vegetal character from the peppers is noticeable, but the capsaicin burn is almost non-existent. (174 characters)

Photo of DeepJello
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/2014. Poured into a over sized tulip. Served slightly chilled.

A - Pitch Black with a mocha/hazelnut head. Sticky/heavy foam, leaving some beautiful lace half way through the glass.

S - Rich milk chocolate, vanilla, smoked toffee with some chili/alcohol notes. The ancho chili smell is a little off putting.

T - Taste is pretty similar to the smell. Huge Chocolate Malts, Toffee. The back end of this beer is pretty superb. The chilies are present (heat), cinnamon blending in perfectly in the finish. Then the 10% ABV becomes very apparent, once I exhaled. Lingering heat (chilies) which continues to build over the course of the beer. Excellent!

M - The body was moderate to thick motor oil. Rich chocolate with lingering and excelling heat from the chilies. Very Hot (alcohol).

O - It's a crazy beer. The chili aspect was a nice curve ball, from the smell/nose and lingering long after I took a drink. The body/flavors/alcohol compliments each other so well. I can't wait to try my other bottle in a year or two and see how this beast changes. (1,086 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CoryKing for sending me this one

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head and good retention

Smell: Ancho chili's quite a bit of cinnamon and some cocoa nibs. Very delicious smelling beer

Taste: The flavor is as advertised. Upfront is a nice a amount of cocoa nibs and a touch of vanilla and then mid palate the cinnamon completely takes over the beer but is well received. The beer finishes with a touch more chocolate and the perfect amount of chili heat. Very nice flavors

Mouthfeel: Full body low carbonation and just a hint of heat

Overall: I thought this to be a exceptional example of the style. All the ingredients were well integrated and well balanced. Glad I still have batch 1 in my cellar. (732 characters)

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

Many thanks to Michael fot the bottle. 2013 Vintage.

Pours a brown, bubbly head, which disappears soon, while yielding a jet black color.

Smells of roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, honey, dried berries, cocoa nibs and a gentle amount of coffee. Underneath lies a layer of organic, herbal, slightly hot chilies.

Earthy, toasted malts and bakers chocolate build the foundation, with sweeter malts on top of them, including molasses, cane sugar, syrup and a hint of dried dark berries. The uprising sweetness gets balanced by creamy milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, cinnamon and spicy, then peppery, burning, herbal chilies. The chocolate qualities get complimented by a noteable amount of bitter coffee, which got a dry note to it. The taste of this beer in general is extremely versatile, it begins silk and creamy, and while it remains throughout smooth, it gets quite a bit heat to it, resulting from the chilies, acting as a convincing counterpoint to the upwelling sweetness, while accentuating the earthy malts and pleasantly bitter coffee. Has a very long finish, beginning right after the chili bite, along with a coffeish bitterness and an earthy note, as well as a toffee glimpse, while the chili burn warms up the belly. Every single flavor is put outstandingly well into this brew, all components unfold on the palate in an enjoyable way, while none dominates the taste on its own. (1,390 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
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

2014 Abraxas

Much more balance between the adjuncts this year. Slightly more pepper taste on the finish. Great balance between the chocolate cinnamon vanilla. Better than 2012 and 2013. Definitely my favorite year thus far (1,433 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,232 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to hooliganlife

Pours a deep, dark, near-blacked out color with a thinner tanned head resting on top. Faint retention with filmy coating and spotty lacing on the glass.

Absolutely wonderful nose with an excellent mix of spices - cinnamon, vanilla beans, chile spice. Chocolate and toasted dark malts with cocoa and light sweetness. Faint alcohol warmth.

Combination of warmth from chiles and sweetness from chocolate and vanilla beans up front. Cinnamon and spice throughout the profile, which is masterfully balanced with the roasted dark malts. Sweetness driven by cocoa and dark chocolate. Finishes with chile spice, vanilla and light boozy heat.

Full body, well carbonated, chewy and creamy on the tongue. I LOVE the idea of chiles and spice in beers, but rarely are they ever executed this well. Next to Hunahpu's, this is one of my favorite non-barrel aged stouts of all time. (929 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  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. (2,450 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (174 characters)

Photo of YumYumGumGum
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a co-worker for the share.

A: Opaque black, darkest of the dark, with a tan fine head that stuck around and laced quite nicely.

S: Lots of vanilla, and cinnamon which I didn't recognize until tasting the beer. Also the chocolate notes were smooth, not pungent or burnt like a lot of other popular imperials. This was incredibly similar to the aromas on the Hunahpu's imperial stout, which is an all time classic.

T: Excellent, very smooth with just a tiny hint of chilli peppers. I do like vanilla, but the only reason I didn't give a 5 was the off balance of vanilla (there was a lot). IT had a very non-traditional imperial taste. Zero booze or bitterness came through.

M: Wonderful, very when carbonate and matched quite well with the velvety texture of the beer.

O: Can't wait to drink again, but not too much as it was $19 a 750ml plus shipping. (866 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the E9 last night. Served in an 8 ounce tulip.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer is a bit thick and viscous looking, something that was replicated on the palate. On the nose, I pick up a lot of dark chocolate and vanilla, along with a hint of chili pepper as well. On the nose, this beer is so rich and sweet, it's almost too much. Granted, the noticeable heat from the ancho chiles, and the considerable spice help to counter that sweetness somewhat, but even so, it's hard to imagine drinking a whole lot of this at a sitting. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, full and very long. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, but even so, the combination of high alcohol and considerable sweetness wear out the palate pretty quickly.

An impressive beer, no doubt, but the richness was almost too much of a good thing. Even so, this is a delicious beer, and one I was happy to try at long last. (972 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle at 1/5/2012 tasting.

Pour thick dark brown like melted chocolate.

Smells of rich chocolate and spice.

Tastes like a chili truffle, all dark chocolate and spice. The peppers are in the forefront, there's even a subtle green vegetable quality, and it's not offputting at all. Delicious.

Very thick mouthfeel, again reminds me of drinking a gourmet chocolate beverage.

This beer is awesome, almost as good as Hunahpu's. Can't wait for the barrel aged version.

9.0/10 (488 characters)

Photo of jonandhisflask
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

one year cellared

Pours Deep black, with mocha head, light head retension, silky as it hits the glass.
Mocha head melts away, leaves some legs on the glass.

Aroma: At first this was Chilled to the max and i got an Irony metallic nose up front, after this sat for a half hour, i was able to get The bold cocoa, Deep espresso roast, Brown sugar, Cinnamon and a hint of the Chile ... very sweet molasses and cinnamon come through after a few swirls.

Taste: Almost identical to the Aroma, Great Dark chocolate, Cocoa, Sweet molasses, a hint of the chile right before the cinnamon takes over ending on a combination of cinnamon and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very viscous, coats the mouth with the first initial drink, creamy, almost like a melted malt. full bodied finishes with a hint of dryness.

Overall: This beer is very balanced for what it has going on, im guessing this beer fresh might be a little over spiced, id like to have this fresh at some point to see if theres more Chile heat. this beer is great , i will be seeking more in the future. (1,054 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a thick motor oil black with a 1 finger dark cola head. Some long trails and bubbles of lacing that resides quickly.

S- as advertised. Cinnamon, pepper, vanilla and chocolate. It has a very nice spicy fudge aro,a the more you get into it.

T- dark chocolate, with the cinnamon, chile peppers, and vanilla sandwiched between more chocolate.

M- full body and low carbonation. Very smooth, creamy and drinkable and this beer has a nice warming feeling that creeps up after you swallow.

O- just a fantastic beer! This is a Melange a Quatre of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and chile peppers that works perfectly together. Steep price tag but a must try for sure. (724 characters)

Photo of SeanBond
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

I initially gave this a tick drinking at the tap room at LP Binny's, but the beer took FOREVER to warm up (air conditioning is real there!), so I finally got a bottle myself, and am giving this another shot.

The beer pours an awesome head for a stout this heavy; nice brown foam and really oily lacing. Great looking beer. The smell itself is pretty coffee-heavy, with not too much else too it (at least that I got).

The taste of the beer is extremely coffee-forward when you first start drinking (especially if the beer hasn't warmed); I can only imagine what Coffee Abraxas tastes like. The chile heat is always present as a faint acidic aftertaste, but as the beer warms, it becomes sweeter and you get more of a cinnamon presence (not a cinnamon bomb by any means, though).

I'm not a huge fan of coffee-forward beers, which generally means that bitter, cacao-forward stouts aren't my favorite. I didn't love the coffee-like taste of this, but the beer itself is complex and really interesting, so much so that I was willing to blow through the entire bottle in one sitting. It reminds me of a more-balanced, sweeter version of Xocoveza in many ways, which is definitely a compliment (since Xocoveza was excellent, and I would've enjoyed it even more if it were sweeter and less hot).

I first had this and the Abyss around the same time, and while both give you a lot of coffee at the beginning, the other components of Abraxas were what made me come back and give Abraxas a second shot. Excellent, and right up there with BCBCS as the best coffee-forward stouts I've ever had. (1,587 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (2,034 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Chuck's 85th. This is really an exceptional beer. Pours murky dark with a tan, frothy head which dissipates quickly. Aroma of vanilla caramel, cocoa, cinnamon, raisin, roasted malt. Sweet on the tongue, some earthy notes, followed by some fire from the alcohol and peppers. Very creamy, full-bodied, lightly carbonated, huge and long finish. Truly a pleasure to drink. (386 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Bottled Nov 2013. An aggressive pour yields a beautiful pitch black body with a quickly fading one finger caramel-colored head with minimal lacing. Rich, roasty, complex nose with lots of cocoa up front along with hints of cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, subtle coconut, and the chilies are surprisingly prevalent as well. The taste is big and rich and just as complex as the nose. Loads of roasty cocoa and cinnamon up front with the chilies not far behind. Hints of chocolate fudge, coconut, vanilla, tobacco, and espresso. The mouthfeel is rich and flavorful, thick and creamy, with perfect carbonation and excellent balance. Overall, this was a hugely enjoyable beer and not far behind the barrel-aged version. The cinnamon, cocoa, and chilies were bold, yet equally represented and this was extremely drinkable for a 10% ABV beer. Highly recommended! (903 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (554 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Trail's End. Served in a snifter.

Color was dark murky brown, almost black. Very opaque with a one finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing. Smell is 'cinnamon raisin bread" - lots of raisins, bready malt and cinnamon. Flavor is sweet raisin bread on the palate that gives way to a bit of an alcohol/pepper bite on the finish. Body is full, thick and creamy. Not as viscous as it looks.

Overall, this is a damn fine stout that I was surprised and delighted to find on tap in my neck of the woods.. (535 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
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. (651 characters)

Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
96 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.