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Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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

2011 - 100 cases
2012 - 200 cases

Added by jmvecchio1 on 12-16-2011

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, I finally get to cross this off the list.

Keg, snifter, 2015

I wanted this to be awesome but it's just really damn good. Not awesome though. Apparently it's been a lot better in the past, with more chili presence, which is definitely missing in a big way here. There's plenty of cinnamon all over, and chocolate is big, but where are the peppers?

As it stands now it's a really good beer but it didn't live up to the hype. I've had plenty of bomb and I'd take that over this all day. Sorry perennial.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2015 into a tulip glass. Pours diesel black with thin rim of dark tan head that never fully dissipates past a ring. Nose is dominant in cinnamon, but enjoyable. Taste matched the nose, not sure if that was due to age, wanted more chile notes. They became more noticeable as it warmed, but still fairly minor. Mouthfeel was solid, carbonation on the lower side, and a finish that lingered a bit with hints of chocolate.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver; poured into a brandy snifter.
Apperance - coal black, with no light penetrating; nonexistent head in the snifter and no lacing.
Smell - chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon and ancho chili!
Taste - flavors from the nose are magnified making this a wonderful sipper!
Feel - big and bold; heavy but very easy to sip! Full flavors stand out and produce a very pleasurable drink from start to finish!
Overall - as good as advertised! Pricey, but you get what you pay for!

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Photo of NoahEllison
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite stout. Imperial brewed in Saint Louis Missouri. The pepper, coffee, chocolate flavors are fantastic. The mouth feel is full, and when you smell it you know it's going to be good.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abraxas pours coffee black, nearing gloppy, with tan, faint whisps of carbonation on the top layer, and soft thin ring of tan foam that dies down to nothing fairly quickly.

Unsweetened chocolate aromas come off first, with some smokey characteristics, and a little fruity vanilla. It begins to smell like a snickerdoodle, then, as it warms I get a distinct olfactory memory of brandy soaked Pain Perdu.

This is the most cinnamon forward of Huna, Mexican Cake, and Xocoveza, yet it's not too intense. There is just a tickle of capsaicin in the finish, unlike the building heat of Mexican Cake. At times it comes off as minty, like the classic Girl Scout thin mints, but with lots of cinnamon. It is rounded out with some nicely roasty characteristics.

Abraxas is a little thin, contradicting the appearance substantially--it sort of feels like wine, with not much carbonation to speak of. There is a bit of a sharp tang, but it's not quite spicy. If you're down with these flavor profiles, this drinks real easy.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely excellent beer. The cinnamon, vanilla, and cacao comes through well with just a little heat from the chiles. The aromas of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon are great as well

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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Struck out several times trying to find this whale. DLD line bottle share and this was one of many great beers but the exchange was very memorable. Complete stranger looked at me and the bottle I was pouring and I looked at his bottle of 2013 Abraxas. No words spoken and we both raised our bottles to offer a pour into the other persons snifter. Toasted and enjoyed! Such a great festival!

But back to Abraxas, such a solid balance of ingredients with vanilla starting and strong but pleasant cinnamon finish. Chiles were not very present and might have faded over the years cellaring. Would love to try this on tap on day. Great beer, similar to Bomb! I am sure the BA version of Abraxas is outstanding given this base.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 11/2015 L: black with no head or lacing S: in your face chili aroma followed by sweet chocolate T: the chilis are the dominant flavor but it's not too spicy, the chocolate and the cinnamon really balance the taste F: very smooth but a little thin and no carbonation O: a great spiced stout that I would love to have again. Unfortunately this one is near impossible to get. Stone Xocoveza is very similar to this beer, and much easier to attain if you are looking for comparable beer.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- deep brown, slight reddish hue around the edges. Not much head or lacing.

S- cinnamon and chili heat.

T- I got different flavors at different times. My first half glass I got quite a bit of spice, though not unpleasant. As I kept drinking, I got more chocolate and enjoyed it more.

F- not much carbonation. Creamy.

O- It's well done, but I can't decide how much I like it. At times, the spice overpowers the other flavors. At others it mellows and I enjoy it more.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Aroma is chocolate roasted malts and chilis. Wow, this is delicious. Favor is chocolate and cinnamon and has a nice heat in the finish but isn't too hot. Overall I really enjoyed this, better than I expected.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A phenomenal stout. This is the real deal - a beer that lives up to the price tag and hype in equal amounts. Find and deeo dark profile with a full body. The cinnamon adds both to the texture and to the taste profile. There is a hint of ground mexican chocolate here along with the spices. The pepper feel is muted yet lends a warming touch. Lots of complexity. An exceptional beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black pour with a thin, toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Cinnamon with a coriander and citrus zing.

T - Chocolate, cinnamon, coriander, oak, and the peppers are subtle but slowly build.

M - Thick, viscous,, full bodied, heavy, and sticky.

O - I'm not a "joiner", but - mind blowing? Epic? Memorable? A combination of all? A pretty darn GOOD beer!!

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark black with a small thin milk chocolate colored head. Aromas and flavors are layers and layers of complexity: bitter dark chocolate, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, roasted coffee, molasses, slight peppers...super creamy and thick mouthfeel. Now that's what I call a beer.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What more can I say about this beer that hasn't already been said before? It pours like black oil, is thick and chewy and tastes, well, amazing. I am not a huge fan of cinnamon but in this beer it works extraordinarily well as it is so well balanced. Another beer that completely lives up to the hype

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Photo of larryarms847
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a lusciously silky dark brown and sits black in the glass with a short tan/light brown head of foam.

Cinnamon and bakers spices, peppers, sweet chocolate, and gentle waves of vanilla.

Chocolate, coffee-esque roastiness, vanilla, bakers spices, and a perfect peppery spice to clear the palate.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, silky, chewy, wonderfully balanced.

Overall, while I've always been hesitant when in comes to beers brewed with peppers, this is truly a masterpiece. Perfect balance of flavors and a silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes this a complex beauty.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, small tan head and nice lacing. Notes of sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, light coffee, cinnamon, and light smoky pepper. Velvety and full mouthfeel with light carbonation and dangerous drinkability. This is world class, the flavor is off the chart and perfect balance. I can't see much being better.

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Photo of FBarber
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer on tap and from a bottle and it is hands down the best stout I've ever had. Pours jet black with a nice head that sticks around. Smell is decadent - get some cinnamon, chocolate and coffee. Tastes notes of cinnamon, chocolate roasted coffee, molasses and pepper. So many flavors that are married so well. Its amazing how well these flavors just play together - no one flavor is dominant. Feels is really nice - its a strong stout but it doesn't taste/feel that way. So smooth so drinkable.

Overall this is the best stout I've had - are there ones out there that are better? maybe. But if you can get your hands on it, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The chocolate is so smooth and fine, with a hint of pepper and cinnamon. Full but light in feel, sweet and warming, with a nice round wrap around the tongue. Some soft, wet, sweet roast lingers on the palate afterwards, with a little sheen of lively tingle. A very delicate and refined stout, easy on the heat, BTW, so don't be deterred.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a jet black motor oil color with just a thin cap of brownish caramel colored head. The head may be small, but it sticks around forever, and there is lots of spotted lacing. The smell is a wonderful mix of milk chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malts, coffee and the slightest bit of heat from the peppers. Taste is similar, but the cinnamon takes center stage with a nice bit of chocolate as well. Just the slightest bit of heat and some roasted malt in the background too. Very sweet. Feel is medium and slick, but lighter than what I would have expected. ABV is not noticeable at all. Overall a great stout, but I prefer bomb! I was told this beer was extremely spicy and to let it mellow, but I'm glad I didn't wait too long. I actually wish there was more heat from the peppers to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haymarket in NYC.

6 ounce pour in a snifter. Smell is spicy with cinnamon. Almost too spiced. Notes of chocolate and vanilla even things out.

The flavor is initially just as overwhelmingly spicy as the nose was, but as I let it sit, it integrates a bit and the chocolatte emerges along with vanilla and coffee and roasted malt notes.

Not sure if it was the taps I had this from, but both this and Sump felt a bit undercarbonated, to the point of being flat, but at the same time, it kind of accentuates the creamy, full mouthfeel.

I'll say it once, I'll say it again, Xocoveza undermined every highly tradable spiced stout. This is good, but there's comparable for cheaper prices and more accessible.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes. I really wasn't sure I would like this. Just gave it a go based on it's popularity and the fact that it's readily available on tap here in Portland. Pours a very viscous black. The legs leage a mocha brown lace on the glass. The flavor is incredible. Dark chocolates, coffee and a hint of pepper to cleanse the palate and keep it nice and drinkable, love that effect in this one.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage from a bottle share last night. Great aroma, lots of cinnamon and sugar on the nose. Tastes great with no pepper presence. Was a little thin for a stout, but great overall

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Photo of Tiburon
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as midnight. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of fudge. Did not get much cinnamon out of mine, but may have just been my palate that day. Totally blows Huna out of the water, IMO.

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Photo of pollocwr
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this in a blind tasting. Was second best to hunaphu which won overall. This is a solid beer with a full body. The chiles are a great addition here really pulling the flavors together.

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Photo of stortore
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2015 issue (forgot to look for the bottling date), into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown, opaque with swirls throughout, no head at all, some oily lacing. Smells awesome. Cinnamon, chocolate, malt, vanilla. Taste leads more with the malt, but still strong with the cinnamon. Chocolate, chilies- some low heat, vanilla, little coffee, no bitterness. Smooth, well carbonated, full bodied- although it's a lighter body.

This is a pretty awesome beer. The flavors just pop out, a really well blended beer. The body is a bit lighter than you would expect, but it's in no way thin feeling. You want to try this, if you can get your hands on it.

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