Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales
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4.43/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks to DarthKostritzer for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!
Batch 2. Bottled November 2011.
Pours an opaque black with a khaki head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form all over the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cocoa, cinnamon, and chile. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cinnamon, chile, cocoa, and slight coffee beans. A medium roasty bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an awesome stout with some awesome aromas and flavors.
01-29-2012 23:55:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.35/5 rDev -1.6%
On-tap at Proletariat, New York, NY
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of cocoa nibs are present in the nose along with strong notes of cinnamon and hints of ancho chilies.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is much more balanced and complex with flavors of ancho chilies, vanilla beans and cocoa nibs along with notes of cinnamon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, thick and creamy (slightly fudgy) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an excellent balance as you can taste all of the flavors in perfect proportions.
12-06-2013 23:34:20 | More by metter98
4.28/5 rDev -3.2%
Appearance: A great looking obsidian-colored stout arrives at the bar, with a massive head that leaves sheets of lacing behind
Smell: Chocolate, coffee, chile and cinnamon aromas all waft upwards from the beer
Taste: Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate the front end with cinnamon appearing in the middle; after the swallow, heat from the chile peppers hits the taste buds though the lasting impression, in the finish, is from the cinnamon
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Really nice and complex flavors though the cinnamon is a bit to strong in the finish; still, a keeper
05-27-2013 22:31:43 | More by brentk56
4.49/5 rDev +1.6%
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
3.68/5 rDev -16.7%
Black in color and almost flat. The aroma is almost herbal. Very much spicy, but it has an almost ginger aroma to it, though the chili peppers and cinnamon are there. Lots of licorice and roasted malt, too. The flavor is quite a bit sweeter than expected. Licorice, molasses, and burnt sugar to go with a bit of chocolate. The same chili character with a dash of cinnamon. Certainly an intensely flavored beer.
07-18-2012 21:36:17 | More by womencantsail
4.43/5 rDev +0.2%
Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.
A: half finger dark tan head on a jet black body. Excellent lacing.
S: dark chocolate, vanilla, chili peppers, coffee.
T: tons of dark chocolate throughout with hints of espresso bitterness and Regaulr coffee. Vanilla and Cinnamon, red peppers round this one out.
M: full body and low to moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.
Overall: complex, great chocolate presence with spicey notes that make this unique and very memorable. Excellent beer, glad I was here for the release.
11-16-2012 00:05:34 | More by kylehay2004
4.33/5 rDev -2%
Served in a tulip glass at Paddy Long's.
What better beer to pair with some different varieties of bacon than a peppered stout? This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by over a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises earthy peppers, cocoa, roasted malts, and apple cider spices. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some brown sugar and cinnamon and a healthier roast. The peppers provide a steadily increasing, though always mild, heat in the back of the throat. Basically things boil down to this: cocoa-centric mole goodness! The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a damn fine pepper stout, easily superior to the ever-vaunted Hunahpu.
02-16-2013 04:45:09 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev -7.7%
Batch #2 bottle. Thanks Eric for the assist.
Into a mini pint, it pours black with an ample head of persistent dark tan foam, almost the color of dark leather. It leaves rings of intricate lacing all around.
Dark chocolate aroma, clean and dry, some light bitterness and a hint of spicy cinnamon in there as it warms up.
Bittersweet dark chocolate intertwines subtly with mellow cinnamon spice and a vague dark fruit component from the anchos at room temp. Very smooth and chocolaty, the foam itself has a chocolate milkshake consistency. Medium bodied and especially drinkable for an Imperial Stout.
02-12-2012 05:38:55 | More by emerge077
4.38/5 rDev -0.9%
On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.
A - Poured a jet-black color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of cocoa, chilies, chocolate and roasted malt.
T - Good spicy chile pepper bite with some cinnamon flavor. Nice chocolate taste with some toasty malt and caramel.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish. Surprisingly easy drinking for the style.
O - This is an amazing beer. Glad 44 Stone had it on tap because I've yet to see a bottle of it in town.
12-11-2012 01:44:04 | More by zeff80
4.05/5 rDev -8.4%
Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a plastic cup at West Lakeview Liquors.
A - Big creamy mocha foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving splotchy lace behind. Dark brown body - doesn't really look like an Imperial Stout, but it is attractive.
S - Smells exactly as advertised - ancho chiles, cinnamon, and cocoa nibs.
T - The taste is pretty similar, with the aforementioned adjuncts dominating the palate, and some dark chocolate and roast character coming out in the finish.
M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body. Lower carbonation, melted chocolate texture, and shockingly well-hidden booze - I had no idea this was 10%.
D - This was really good for 4-6oz, but I can imagine it getting fatiguing after that point. Still, it's quite well done and I would happily try it again. Best beer I've had from Perennial.
02-04-2012 19:36:13 | More by MasterSki
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