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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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1,436 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 977
Gots: 388 | FT: 38
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:
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A very thin but quite dark mocha bubbled collar tries to make a head, but quickly dissolves with an oily slick and slimey top. Collar manage to maintain light tan, and good staying power. Body color is super dark walnut black and has a bit of sludgey looking consistency.

Real nice nose of, mild chilis, and a good sense of some soft fruits. Hints of banana sotness and light charring roasty malts. Hints of milky chocolate but fairly tiny, but has a real nice banana split like action dusted with cayenne.

Deep warming heated chili, with lots of coffee like finishing aftertaste. Silky roast malts and malted sensing chocolate, which hints a kind of wafer crispy bitterness. First sip has a nice prickly carbonation that really matches the cinnamon hotness that matches nicely with the chili action. Heat seems to be more on the cinnamon side, and very lightly dry sweetness that balances with roast and yeast playful bitterness/sourness. Very light bodied for a big stout also.

OVerall a pretty fun beer, definitely one of the more fun chili beers I've had as well.

Photo of atrocity
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black. Thick with a nice head and a thick mocha collar.

Smell - Peppers are strongest. Chocolate and a bit of cinnamon.

Taste - Chocolate. Dark rich chocolate. Graham cracker and cinnamon is beautiful. Peppers come out right in the front, then fade in the midrange, and come out in the finish again.

Mouthfeel - Thick. Medium carbonation. Good stuff.

Overall - This is really good. BA Abraxas is still better, but this is excellent.

Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to Jeff for this bottle.
Bottled in 11/2012. Poured in to snifter.

A -Deep black; thick and sludgy. The beer is so thick that it struggles to get out of the bottle. One finger of creamy medium brown head formed with excellent retention.

S - Cocoa and chillies up front with a big roast profile and lighter cinnamon and smoke notes.

T - Bitter-sweet cocoa up front with a big roast profile that immediately gives way to some chilli heat. Mid-palate adds sweet molasses and a touch of cinnamon. A lingering heat in the finish.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation.

O - This was excellent. My only complaint is that there was a little too much heat which became a touch distracting and also overpowered the cinnamon a little bit.

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of flagmantho
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of IPAchris
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015. Growler filled on Friday Jan 23, opened Sunday Jan 25.

A - Shiny black body with cola highlights. Fine rim of mocha colored foam with nice retention, but no lace.

S - Sweet gingerbread, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla malt, cinnamon, allspice, bitter cocoa, and raisiny chilies.

T - Fantastic profile. Sweeter than the nose, but with similar notes. Smooth, sweet dark brown sugar and rich gingerbread pave the way for powerful accents of cinnamon, molasses, bitter dark chocolate, a soft raisiny chili heat. Lingering vanilla, dry chocolate malted milkshake, and capsaicin warm through the finish.

M - Really nice, silky smooth, medium-full body. Great staying power through the finish.

O - A delicious take on a Mexican Stout, and a great beer in its own right. Compared to Hunahpu (still the gold standard for the style in my mind) the cinnamon and chili notes are bolder, but have slightly less integration.

Photo of drummermattie02
2.5/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Duff27
4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aasher
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wedding tick: New tick #1 for the week. This beer pours a full bodied midnight black in color with a beautiful, creamy dark mocha head. It looks perfect! The nose is rich and malty. There is a lot of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg spice in the nose with dark chocolate, bitter coffee roast, and slight fresh, green (in terms of maturity) pepper. The nose changes as time goes on, making this one very complex and more enjoyable as you proceed. The flavors are big and full of bitter dark chocolate and coffee roast. There is also plenty of spice presence, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also some freshly cut pepper in the finish but it is somewhat subdued (on purpose I would imagine, to satisfy more people). It has nice flavor and all of the ingredients work in unison. It drinks full in body and coats your palate. It's a nice beer and well worth the $19 or so per bottle. This is the closest thing I've seen to Hunahpu yet and perhaps better than current batches.

Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
98 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.