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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 242
Hads: 2,037
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 24.26%
Wants: 1,204
Gots: 601 | FT: 68
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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

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 cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tampa visit review dump. Full notes to IPad during consumption, thanks Sonny!

A- Pure black to a snifter. Tan cap to under a finger with a frothy creamy consistency. Medium ring means spotty lace and a few sheets.

S- Huge earthy cinnamon leads the way for vegetal charred anchos, huge raisins, cocoa powder, charred barley and something like vanilla sweetness.

T- Again a massive earthy and woody cinnamon leads the flavor all the way. Beyond that is pretty much the aroma with cocoa, coffee, vanilla sweets, brown sugar, raisins and dark dry fruits, hot chocolate and some chile spiciness.

MF- Thick body but a shade toward the medium side of things. Slick decadence and a texture overall that is creamy and foamy. Finishes with warmth, chile heat and roasty bitterness.

Sort of in the Hunahpus and Xocoveza league but this one falls a bit short of them both for me. Great profile of dark roasted character with all of the fun stuff added.

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Photo of thestateis
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is quite possibly one of my favorite beers right now. The chile on the nose is sometimes a little overpowering, but the overall taste is just incredible. Enormous chocolate malt, vanilla, cinnamon and chile provide a crazy, and oddly complementary combination of flavors.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy Cinnamon and Ancho Chiles. Its got a good aftertaste but its pretty strong on the front end. You almost have difficulty swallowing between the ABV, cinnamon and the chiles. Body is great, head is also very nice but it's a little unbalanced on the sip.

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Photo of DeepJello
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of dcc449
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Evening Star.

Strong notes of cinnamon, taste is the same. Heat from chilis is very subtle. Really nice balance with the spices. Very good and well crafted, but not super drinkable for m - 10 oz was more than I needed.

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Photo of BratchAttack
1.24/5  rDev -71.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Awful! Last years Abraxas was great, but this year's bottle was terrible. No carbonation what so ever, waaaaay to spicy, overly bitter, and just complete crap in evey way. It taste like they threw a bunch of random shit into a brew kettle without measuring and didn't give it any care throughout the brewing process. I want my $20 back.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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..

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1814th Review on BA
Bottle to Perennial Tulip

2014 vintage

Thank you KevanB for the hookup

App- Right out of the bottle it's a bit like any other stout. A mix of dark browns, and some inky blacks. A bit of a red tinge and is very dense in the center. A good 2-1/2 finger head which is a soda like puffy brown which pops like a pancake batter.

Smell- On the nose I get a ton of the ancho. It's spicy and fragrant with a dash of spicy. A bit of the cinnamon comes in and creates a small aromatic vortex. I don't get most of the adjuncts in terms of vanilla. Slightly sweet as well. A little bitter from the nibs.

Taste- I think to me this is a step above Bomb! The flavors are melded more together and create more of a creamy flavor. Not as bitter because of the lack of coffee and I think its key. The flavors are well rounded and keep coming in waves. Creamy at first with the stout base and then a bit spicy from ancho and the cinnamon adds a prickly type of finality.

Mouth- This is a medium bodied stout with a lower carbonation level but yields a creamy flavor. All of the flavors blend well and as mentioned above the removal of the coffee makes each layer a bit more unique and flavorful. The base stout makes the lushness that much better.

Drink- Well!!! This was a long time coming and so good!!! This beats out Bomb! The removal makes the flavors pop more and creates more lushness and richness. A bit more vanilla would've been nice. I ain't mad at you Perenial!!

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Photo of larryi86
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, 2014, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Cinnamon, chocolate, chili peppers, some vanilla, some roasted malts, caramel.

T- Lot is cinnamon, chocolate, just enough heat fron the chili peppers, coffee in the finish that lingers, vanilla, some caramel and roasted Malta, very nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, creamy, full body.

O- My first beer from Perenial and it is a good one! Wish I had a second bottle, this is a great beer, very well put together.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ronricorossi
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rushed out of work early to get to Trappist Provisions in Oakland. The bottles were long gone, but didn't want to take any chances on missing this on-tap, especially with the vanilla being there, too.

So, for me, like Mexican Cake, this is a perfect beer and I have no hesitation in giving it a perfect score. Rich, sweet, spiced stouts hit the absolute heights of my taste preferences, and what beer hits that profile more dead-on than this one? Like a boozy mexican hot chocolate. Spices integrated perfectly. Just the right amount of heat from the peppers. Dreaming of the BBA version. Five stars out of five.

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Photo of KCSerdy
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Abraxas is a beer that I have not been able to get in Colorado but found at a local restaurant on the bottle list. I was extremely surprised. I have drank but not rated a lot of stouts before this. This ranks as one of my favorite ever. Smooth, rich, creamy and the cocao nibs follow through. This beer is extremely balanced and a must have for stout lovers if they get a chance.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened 11/27/14 slightly above room temp.

A: Jet black with minimal head. Poured thick.
S: Very hard to describe. Is that the alcohol heat I smell, the cinnamon, or the peppers? It all blends together. Second whiff I pickup some chocolate notes. Just a pleasure to smell.
T: Very similar to the smell. There is a spicy element that is a blend of heat and cinnamon on top of a roasted malt flavor.
M: Residual burn/sweetness that stays with you.
O: This beer is fantastic. It is a great blend of chilies and cinnamon such that both elements compete against one another, with neither gaining the upper hand. Definitely worth the praise it gets. The complexity this beer brings to the table blows other beers out of the water.

Edit: I've had this beer multiple times since original review, and it still impresses every time I have it. Some occasions I pick up more the cinnamon, while others a get a stronger chocolate presence. I should also add that the beer a some nice "legs" on the glass when swirled.

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Photo of PhishNoC
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Just returned from Abraxas Day 2014. Outstanding event. Abraxas is an outstanding beer. Cinnamon, Chocolate come through nicely. I have heard that it fades in time over bottles, but I tasted 2014 next to 2013 (on tap), and 2013's flavors resonated stronger. Might just have been the recipe and process that year. Both excellent though.

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Photo of helios7
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Abraxas by Perennial. Chocolate, cinnamon, bitterness and some chili sweetness. Very dry. Medium thickness on the mouthfeel with a lower carb. Really wish this was fresh. I'll have to seek out a fresher bottle for next time. As it stands it goes MC > Huna > Abrax. 3.75

Update: Had a bottle that was accidentally aged a while back and didn't think too highly of it. Getting huge chili pepper skin and cinnamon sticks in the nose. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate, black strap molasses, more chili pepper skin and a decent amount of cinnamon on the finish that makes it super dry. Very minimal, boarding on nonexistent chili heat. This is heads and shoulders better that the aged one I had. Drink fresh. I would still go with MC > Huna > Abrax. Much closer though.

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Photo of jonandhisflask
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of sukwonee
1.5/5  rDev -66%

ughh... can't believe this beer is rated this high.

Spice is too over powering and nasty.... to me it tastes very artificial (although probably not).

We had KBS, Grey Monday, and then this... even in this order this beer/spice was so... obnoxiously fragrant and overpowering, our tasting group couldn't finish this bottle.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Thank you Chadwicktorres for your profound generosity! Pours black with a thick mocha head and good lacing. Good retention. Aroma redolent of chiles, cinnamon, and chocolate. Spicy heat on the front of the tongue from the chiles with notes of sweet cinnamon spice. Rich chocolate follows with hints of roastiness. Full bodied with ample carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, an extremely balanced offering from Perennial.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, some carbonation, one finger brown head that fades.

S-Mild peppers, great deal of cinnamon, chocolate is there and very mild roasted malt.

T-The peepers are the but not overpowering and nice and mild. The cinnamon is great. Mild chocolate as well.

M-Medium to heavy with carbonation

O-A really good stout, the only thing that over shadowed it was the BA version.

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Photo of jbriggs7
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into Snifter, dark with light orange foam around the rim [swirl of tiny bubbles in the middle].

Dark stout/sight coffee on the front end and the back end tasted like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

I would drink it by the gallon if I could.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade in December 2015, haven't had it since 2013. This is from 2015 release. Poured into oversize snifter. You simply must let this beer warm to room temp..while chilled, The cinnamon is clearly the alpha in regard to the spice influence...I can't say that I can grab any ancho chiles nor vanilla..maybe a tad chocolate? But as it warmed I can taste the vanilla influence as well. Such a wonderful beer I absolutely love it.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.