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Reviews: 175
Hads: 1,692
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.07%
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Gots: 411 | FT: 35
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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
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Photo of langchops
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Poured into short glass
2012 Bottle

A- Pours deep black with medium brown head, quickly fades

S- Primarily Cocao with some spice, but mostly dark chocolate

T - Follows the nose, dominated by dark chocolate. Not sure if the bottle being a year old killed the spice and heat, but neither of these were present

M- Very smooth, low carbonation, coats very well

O - This drinks very easily for 10%. Almost no carbonation so it goes down quick. I could see myself drinking a bottle of this for either breakfast or dessert, really tasty (541 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Hunahpu snifter
pour is dark with little head and very little lacing
smell is heavy chocolate and cinammon
which is very consistent with the taste
overwhelming great chocolate and cinammon mix
i don't know if the taste of the pepper faded as this bottle was a year old
either way an excellent drink and would definite get again (358 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11/2013 bottle.

A- Pitch black, coffee head with good retention down to medium dark coffee lacing with good legs.

S- Lots of chocolate in the batch, less on cinnamon and spice. Take that back, on second try more cinnamon, but still low on spice. Minor toffee malt backbone.

T- Somewhat creamy chocolate, some biting spice and a good amount of cinnamon. Some graham cracker in there.

M- Kinda light here, which is the downfall for this batch. Minimal carb, kinda creamy. Great all around beer though here!

O- I have had BA a few times over, dunno why it took me awhile to rate this. Grab it if you can, a great beer. Huna>Mexi Cake>Abraxas>Space Ghost>Copper Kettle Mexican Chocolate Stout. Try them all (723 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml, 2012 batch
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Pitch black. No light gets through. Looks pretty thick, but having side by side with Hunahpu it's not as thick as that. Alcohol feet. Some dark tan bits of lacing.

S: Lots of cinnamon here. Roast notes. Dark chocolate fudge. Herbal spiciness.

T: I hope you like cinnamon, which normally I do. This was almost like a dark winter warmer to me. The spice bill completely dominates the beer. I wish that the chocolate and the roast and the fudge/vanilla were played up more. Big beer. Round sip. Lingering spice on the end of the palate.

M: Full bodied. (591 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery
The beer pours jet black with a thin dark tan was that fizzles into a thin halo with little lacing (slightly oily residue) and no sediment. The nose is marshmallow-vanilla, chilies, and some bitter cocoa on the back end. It's not potently aromatic, but all the different notes come through in time. The taste is sweet and marshmallowy upfront, but there is much more distinct cocoa compared to the nose. It's full bodied, lightly carbonated, has rich and distinct flavors, masked alcohol, and a slight heat from the chilies in the finish. This is a fantastic stout, with a rich, full body, bold adjuncts, and seductive drinkability (653 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle. Thanks Willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours thick and black with over two fingers of dark tan head, great retention.

Smell. Cinnamon and sweet dark chocolate, some vanilla and a light herbal, almost peppermint like smell that must be at least partially from the chillies.

Taste. Dark dark chocolate and woody cinnamon, with a nice herbal spiciness that lingers a while.

Mouthfeel. Full body, slightly sticky, low carbonation.

Overall. A nice big stout with lots of herbal spice going on. I don't understand the hype on this one, but a good brew for sure. (569 characters)

Photo of Mgm54
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A 2012, 750ml bottle, served in a brandy snifter.

A - Beautiful, dark, very black, what one can expect from a proper Imperial Stout

S - Smells like a well made imperial stout, with the adjuncts they brewed with, and this is a fantastic thing. Dark, roasted notes, with a bit of coffee, chocolate, and Cinnamon, with a bit of heat coming form the chillies.

T - Sipping on the brew, you get a perfect amount of chocolate and roasted notes, with a bit of Cinnamon, and then at the end the bit of spice hits you, and it all melds together into beer perfection. Sipping on this beer at a reasonable rate, the heat of the chillies seems to stick in your palette, but at a fantastic level, and it does not overpower the rest of the flavors of the beer either. Just an amazing balance of chillies, chocolate, and Cinnamon.

M - Usual Imperial stout affair, very smooth and velvety on the palette, as one would expect.

O - One of the greatest beers I have ever had. I do like spice quite a bit, and as such this is a perfect beer for me. Well worth the price of entry. Cheers! (1,071 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours pitch black and seems thick with a one finger dark tan head.

S - Cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla bean and fudge... Not your normal nose of "roasted malts and dark chocolate." Very rich, almost indulgence.

T - The taste is dominated by the chili. But, picture a chili wrapped in cinnamon chocolate. To me, it didn't seem overdone, but hit the right notes. You get some pepper heat on the finish.

M - Thick & chewy with medium to high carbonation. Velvety smooth on the texture.

O - This is a rich beer that deserves attention when drinking it. Absolutely stunning in this style. (586 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to match1112 for the awesome BIF beer. Tasted 3 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours black and thick, with half a finger of deep brown-tan head. Good retention, good lacing. Nice.

Smell is full of all kinds of spice and variety. I get cinnamon first, then vanilla, with a pinch of smoky chili pepper. Behind all that is a robust, sweet stout with chocolate and molasses. Excellent, and reminds me a lot of some of the Deschutes anniversary beers (e.g. BB XIII).

Taste is more dominated by one element, specifically the chili, which comes on bright and red early and maintains a steady burn. The sweetness and chocolate settle in below it, but the subtle spices and additions that were so delightful in the nose get bowled over by the zap, zing, and swizz. A little less pepper, please. But still quite tasty.

Thick and chewy, though not as heavy as I was anticipating. Medium-low carbonation, fits the beer well.

A really interesting stout, with some fabulous things going on in the smell. Unfortunately, they're mostly overpowered in the taste by a few dominant characteristics. But all around, it's really good, and quite different from most big stouts I've had (save the Deschutes BB anniversary series I already mentioned). (1,243 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
3.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this bottle. High expectations for this.

Looks great coming out of the bottle. Good color and nice tan head.

Smell isn't quite what I was expecting. Not much stout aroma, heavy on the pepper and cinnamon.

Taste - Starts out with heavy pepper, some cinnamon, and a touch of cocoa. Sounds great in writing, not so good in actuality. The pepper and cinnamon flavors were unpleasant, and there was not enough balance between the stout and the additions. No heat from the peppers comes through, also no vanilla that I could detect.

Mouthfeel is fine.

Overall, I was incredibly disappointed with this beer. It seems this has to do with my palate as opposed to getting a bad bottle, as the other tasting group members all really enjoyed it. I couldn't even finish my 4 oz taster of this. I did really enjoy Hunahpu, so I'm not sure why Abraxas didn't work for me, but it's not a beer I would seek to drink again. (938 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Cvescalante
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this bottle with my buddy Gtermi. Big thanks to Arcook11 for working out a great trade and going out of his way to make this happen for me.

Pours black big dark brown head that holds for a little bit, then slowly fades to nothing. This gets overused, but it looked like I was pouring motor oil into a tulip.

Chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon invite the nose to dive into the glass and stay for a while. A little heat from the alcohol and chiles are present, but not overwhelming.

At the beginning of each sip, rich chocolatey goodness is what I got, followed by vanilla and cinnamon at the end. I know those damn chiles were messing around somewhere, but they showed up here and there, only for a positive contribution.

Thick and velvety smooth, exactly what I want in an imperial stout. Not much carbonation.

This one exceeded all of my hopes and expectations by so far. It definitely lives up to the hype it recieves and is worth trying hard to seek out. Could be a candidate for my favorite imperial stout. I loved it! (1,032 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 too strong in the finish; still, a keeper (615 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 05/15/13 notes. Had this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC during their one year anniversary party.

a - Pours a pitch black one color with one to two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a very nice big stout.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, green peppers, cinnamon, toasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, light coffee, light sugar and molasses, and some cream. Very nice nose; super complex but nothing dominates it, which I liked a lot. Sometimes when I hear a beer is brewed with so many different ingredients I feel like you can only make out one or two of them, but this one works great; you can really smell the chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and peppers at different times.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, green bell peppers, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted malts, burnt malts, and molasses. Taste has a little more cinnamon and vanilla than the nose, and a lot more pepper. I didn't find it spicy at all, but for more earthy, green bell peppers from it. Very nice, though a little too much pepper taste for me; a big step down from the nose.

m - Medium to full bodied stout and low to moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth and not much spice or alcohol heat. Very nice body.

o - Overall I was very excited for this one and I liked it a lot. I think the nose is amazing and complex, and it looks and feels great. The taste is good, though the weak point of the beer for me, as it has a lot of peppers to it. Not a spicy chili pepper taste, but more an earthy bell pepper taste. I would see how a bourbon barrel would mute the peppers and make a very good stout into a world class stout. Would love to get a bottle of the BA version. (1,715 characters)

Photo of cnbrown313
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared between 3 friends in the back of a liquor store. Glassware: red plastic cup

A - Pours super thick and very dark brown. One of the thickest, most dense beers I've poured. Right away I was excited

S - Sweet chocolate, spices, maybe cinnamon, a little pepper

T - Lots of thick and rich chocolately malt flavors up front, followed by the spices, and finally a hint of heat from the chili peppers, but not too much. Every sip makes you want another. The alcohol is well hidden for the ABV too.

M - Thick and creamy. Like liquid fudge

O - This was one of the most enjoyable spiced imperial stouts I've had. I would love to try it next to a bottle of Hunaphu because that might be the only one that can hold a candle to Abraxas (barrel aged stouts aside...) (769 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Split this big beer with BostonRyan. $21/25oz. Poured at cellar temp into 2 mini-goblet glasses.

A: This is a dark brown/black beer, head is a little lighter than I imagined solid retention and lacing.

S: A lot of chilli, coffee, chocolate, and cinnamon on the nose. Some roasty malts as well. Very pleasing.

T: Wow, chilli. Chilli presence is crazy on this beer. The cinnamon is also very present. Nice chocolatey notes add a richness to it. Roasty malts and coffee as you might imagine. Little to no booziness.

M: Sadly, the only unremarkable aspect of this beer. Its tastes and smells compete with Huna's, but the moutfeel is too thin and overcarbonated. Wet throughout but some dryness on the finish from the pepper.

O: A fantastic imperial stout that is almost as good as Huna. Perhaps the BA version of this thickens the mouthfeels and tones down the carbonation. I imagine with that, plus perhaps some barrel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes, this could be one of the best beers ever. Definitely would want to try the BA version of this. (1,049 characters)

Photo of 4amepiphany
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is it. At least for someone who hasn't had BA Abraxas, Hunahpu & Dark Lord Muerte. Work the drive to St. Louis just to pick up a couple of bottles which they graciously saved the last of their batch for me. You guys are awesome. The first time I had a sip (poured from bottle) it was like drinking liquid fudge. I love my dark chocolate. The cinnamon is nicely balanced along with just the right touch of chilies. And I mean just the right touch. Doesn't linger too long, but is totally present. I can't stop sipping this beer whenever it's around. I do wish it was a little chewier in mouthfeel, though I actually really could care less because of how great a stout it is. A few more bottles aging in the cellar that I can't wait to try someday. Thank you, Perennial.

Side note, I'm part Thai, so I can't feel the heat of chili as much.. it came off mild to me, so in my tastes, it's nicely balanced. (907 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a big black body with good carbonation leaving a moderate brown cap which quikly fades leaving some bubbles and spotty lacing

5: Big cinnamon and anchos smothered by chocolate, roasted malt.

T: Taste follows the nose very well. Big cinnamon meets chiles but everything seemed to play second fiddle to the chiles and spice. It provides an initial zing or spiciness which is nice, it lingers from start to finish. It provides a nice heat which smothers the alcohol heat. The chocolate and roasted base is nice and helps keep the beer in check. This one is a little to spicey for my taste. The finish is rather creamy, spicey, sweet and decadent.

M: Full bodied, well carbonated. The spice and heat really coats the palate providing some staying power. Awesome.

O: Good. I do prefer the BA version better because it seemed to hide the chiles a but more (865 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to TheAbyss for hooking us up with this bottle for a tasting.

Pours dark and black with a tan head. Decent retention for a beer this side and chunky lacing down the glass.

The nose is filled with cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, anise and a little smokiness. Roasted coffee also lingers in the background and smells just a bit like my chili.

A lot roastier in the flavor than the nose lets on. Lots of the creamy cocoa is still around, but a deep rich almost espresso like bitterness dominates the front end of this beer. Then the cinnamon and chile kicks in giving it a pleasant spicy contrast.

Full bodied beer with lots of sweet components, but the spicy does a good job of balancing those flavors. Because of this, the beer finishes semi-dry with good carbonation.

Very well balanced and well made beer. Good complexity throughout. I feel if I did not immediately contrast this with the deliciousness of the BA version, I may score it even higher. (960 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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 ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from jaheussner (thanks man!). Batch 1, bottled 11/2011. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours black with a thick two fingers of dark tan head. Nice sheets of lace where the head rested.

Smells of rich cocoa, cinnamon, mild coffee and a light dose of those ancho chillis. Soft but inviting

Even without having ever tried this fresh, the age is evident in the taste (not at all in a bad way). Oh, so smooth blend of bittersweet dark chocolate, cinnamon, mild creamed coffee, fudge, earthy roast grains and a soft chilli pepper heat. Zero noticeable alcohol in this graceful combination.

Creamy medium full feel with light carbonation. Rich, bittersweet cinnamon infused chocolate with subtle chilli pepper heat in the finish.

Similar to Hunahpu or Westbrook Mexican Cake or even Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero but with it's own flair. Based on other reviews it seems that the ancho peppers have faded quite a bit in 16 months. Kind of a shame but I'll take the trade off in the form of this smooth cinnamon fudge treat. I'll be on the lookout for some of the 2013 batch later this year to have a go at a fresh one. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle shared by Jason. Thanks!

A: Thick, oily black body with a nice milk chocolate-colored head.

S: Greenish pepper is most apparent, followed by cinnamon and chocolate notes. Pretty rich aroma - smells like a Mexican chocolate cake.

T: Cinnamon, bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, some moderate pepper heat and slightly astringent vegetal pepper flavor. The pepper flavor, along with the roasted malt, gives the beer a somewhat off-putting bitterness.

M: Thick-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Although the spicing and base beer seem to have the potential to be really good together, the pepper flavors are throwing the beer off. I think the barrel-aged version is far superior, in part because the pepper flavor seems more subdued. (748 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jon2465 for this bottle. My only regret from Great Taste of the Midwest 2012 is missing the Perennial booth completely. But the 2013 Great Taste is only five months away, & I plan on camping out there this year. 750ML skull-crusher split with my wife.

Pour is appropriately dark with a slow-rising head that would be impressive, if I cared about that sort of thing. The nose is an ode to extremes: wild chiles, chocolate, sweets, undercarriage of spicing. My stomach quails a little bit. It's late enough on a school night that I'll put my brain on acid reflux alert.

Abraxas isn't that shy kid you never knew in gym class. Pie-kaw! Right in the kisser. The chiles burn the crap off my esophagus, pulse open my cardia, sear the inner wall, & go to work on my small intestines. Wow. Takes a while to get underneath the heat, but there's chocolate, random spiciness. Big roast shows up as the beer begins to warm. But it's the chile heat that steals this show. Huge, thick, chewy. Stupid drinkable.

Sometimes extreme beers come off as a desperate plea for help: not so here. This is a genuine work of art, with a great combo of flavors that just beg to be devoured as quickly as possible. I can't think of one reason why this isn't an elite level beer - simply excellent. (1,289 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (762 characters)

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