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Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 2,212
Photo of Shermski
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has that motor oil barrel aged look, best non BA stout visually other than OB ten fidy. Cinnamon is definitely dominant, definitely a fantastic stout, and unique among all of them out there. That being said I probably would not make an effort to seek out again unless it's the BA whale. Hopefully Perennial is increasing their BA capacity because there is only money to be made.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750mL bottle poured into a Founder's taproom snifter. Bottled 11/2015, making this basically 3 months old at this point.

A: Pours a super viscous and oily black. Essentially no head or carbonation whatsoever. Outstanding looking beer.

S: Undeniably up front is a huge wave of cinnamon. If you can get past that, you'll pick out subtle chocolate, vanilla and cake notes. Some milk chocolate sweetness here as well.

T: Again, right up front is that cinnamon wave. Middle of the mouth comes some noticeable chile pepper flavor, but certainly not much heat. Finish is creamy smooth, lots of vanilla and cacao here to round it out. Faint dark chocolate bitterness on the finish as well.

M: Surprisingly thin here after seeing how viscous it poured. I think that's mostly from the lack of carbonation. You'd think this was barrel-aged with how flat it is. Alcohol hidden really well. Slightly unbalanced with it being cinnamon-forward.

O: After missing out on last year's release, I finally snagged a bottle this year. Was fortunate to have this within a couple weeks of Hunahpu and XOCOVEZA for comparison as well. I'd say this fits more in line with XOCOVEZA. I think I greatly prefer Hunahpu due its greater complexity, depth, fuller mouthfeel and overall better balance. This guy is a little thin and underwhelming for me, and it's a little too cinnamon forward. But having said that, it's still a great beer in the style, and right up there with Bomb! and XOCOVEZA.

Recommendation: A fantastic beer that stands out among its peers in this style. Definitely worth the chase, but be ready that it may not completely blow your socks off.

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

Look - Black, oily, not much head. Looks great in the glass
Smell - Chiles and cinnamon stick out to me. Chocolate and coffee come thru as well.
Taste - Cinnamon dominates on the palate. Chiles, chocolate, sweetness from the vanilla beans
Feel - Medium creaminess, velvety......not as thick as I was expecting though.

Overall - My expectations might have been a little too high for this one. Didn't quite live up to them. Good, but not mind blowing. Like Stone's Xocoveza better.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Perennial. Chocolate, a bit of vanilla and ancho chilies, which are very well integrated, however the cinnamon steals the show in this one. Highly enjoyable, unique offering.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottled 11/2015.

3.75 A: Black color. One finger of light brown creamy head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer this big and a few wisps of lacing are left.

4.0 S: Quite sweet overall. It starts and finishes with dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. Slight vegetal pepper from the anchos which meshes well with the cinnamon and vanilla. Just a touch of dark roast coffee with stronger molasses and caramel. Supple roastiness that falls behind the chocolate sweetness. It's a bit more mellow than I was expecting, but it's still pretty good.

4.0 T: Despite the nose having just hints of coffee in it, the taste is a borderline coffee bomb. Again the chiles, cinnamon, and vanilla are mellow and complementary. Just a touch of heat is realized. Sweet chocolate would be the dominant flavor if the coffee wasn't so abundant. Moderately sweet throughout but with a roasty bitter finish. Again, this is good, but the flavors aren't as impressive as the reputation might suggest.

3.75 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild-moderate creaminess and a mild heat that builds some momentum as it is consumed.

4.0 D: It's a good beer, but I was expecting quite a bit more. Honestly, it doesn't hold a candle to the regular Speedway Stout that I had a couple nights ago. This mixed with the fact that this costs a ton more and is infinitely harder to get a bottle of makes me okay if I never have this again.

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Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from the bottle. Nice nose of cinnamon, chocolate and some vanilla here and there. The body has a smooth chocolate flavor with cinnamon support. It finishes with a perfect heat from the chiles. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of pants678
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black with brownish head.

Chili and cinnamon.

Right on the line of just enough spice. Rich, robust but not palate wrecking. Chilis not as strong as in Hunahpu (but it's been a while). The balance reminds me of Prairie Bomb. I can't pick out vanilla but chocolate wraps up all the adjuncts nicely.

Viscous as a stout should be.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out motor oil black with a dark brown head. The aroma leaps put of the glass with cinnamon soaked fudge with hints of the pepper and a sweetness. The taste is exactly the same with the cinnamon taking a dominating role. This slaughtered mex cake and is right behind huna. Amazing

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Photo of Parmesan
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black color, no light coming through with a small brown frothy head and nice soapy lacing

S: Lots of cinnamon and chocolate, some vanilla, a little bit of chili. Very wintery smelling beer.

T: Lots of cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, slight bit of chili burn at end. A little roastiness, and fairly sweet. A very complex stout.

F: Creamy mouthfeel, fully body a little burn from the chili peppers.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Reviewing my second time having this. Essentially went solo on a bottle, girlfriend had a few sips here and there.

Look: Pitch black, a very small coffee colored head, that dissipated slowly, nice lacing.

Smell: Primarily cinnamon upfront, then the chocolate hits, and the teensiest bit of hot chile scent.

Taste: So Good. Strong cinnamon, strong chocolate, and the heat from the chile is much more present here then on the nose. Not too hot though, still super drinkable.

Feel: Near perfect carbonation, at least for my palate. Not too thick or too thin either, a little creamy almost.

Overall: 4.73, in my top ten for sure.

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Photo of Moose90
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a near pitch black hue with a dark roasted coffee color head on-top. Lacing is left in bits around the edges, just sits in the glass with a rich deliciousness.

S — Smell is a great melange of dark chocolate, bitter espresso, spicy chilies, fresh cinnamon, just a lot going on here. Smells predominately of rich luscious dark chocolate and semi sweet vanilla, a little bit of a cinnamon and chili overtone. Such a great balance of sweetness, smells like a Mexican hot chocolate.

T — Taste is wonderful with huge waves of flavors, ranging from dark chocolate, bitter coffee, chewy vanilla, pithy cinnamon, little bit of a warming chili pepper spiciness on the finish. I almost want to drink this beer warm, it is that good. It is rich and focused on deep dark flavors, showing great balance throughout.

M — Rich, full bodied, thick, not overly heavy though, balanced again.

O — Just spectacular overall, this is a great showcase of dark beer with just a touch of spice.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml capped bottle - 2 months old - bottled 11/2015

pours extremely dark black - like used motor oil in a good way - with dark brown thick head - good lacing. can't get better for a stout. lovely aroma of cinnamon, chile and milk chocolate - like hot cocoa. but the taste isn't cloying. not overly sweet - complex rich flavors, excellent flavors. thick body, but super smooth, great feel.
overall - definitely one of the top stouts I've ever drank.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: black, thick looking with a coffee-and-cream colored head.

Aroma: this beer smells like waffle batter. Cinnamon and bready with maybe a hint of maple syrup. The cinnamon is the dominant aroma, though.

Flavor: French toast w/o syrup. Sweet, cinnamon and bready. The chili flavor comes through but without much heat, although the heat reaches very mild levels as the beers warms closer to room temperature. No alcohol or alcoholic heat in the flavor. Definitely a unique flavor profile, and the chilis add a great flavor component and another depth. There is no alcohol heat in this beer, but each sip is warming as it goes down. Is that the alcohol or the chilis?

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-heavy. The body is right at the mid-point between the uber-hyped BA-rated imperial stouts.

Overall: Good but not great. However, in the week that has lapsed since my tasting, my opinion of this beer and the impression it made on me are trending upward. I would not seek out this beer, but I would likely buy it if I came across it. Better Imperial Stouts are readily available at this price point - or less; Nebraska Brewing BA Black Betty comes to mind. As another comparison, I drank Abraxas side by side with a Prairie Bomb, and the Abraxas was considerably better.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick with a dark head that dissipates quickly. Viscous with cinnamon at the forefront of smell and taste. Didnt get the spice as much as i would like. Solid beer!

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. I'd compare it to Prairie BOMB! and I think it's quite similar to it. Slight spiciness and big, bold, dark maltiness. My favorite thing about this beer is the strong cinnamon/nutmeg flavor that comes through. One of the reasons why I loved ST Pumking so much the first couple of times that I had it was the strong nutmeg spiciness. While my love of that beer has faded slightly, this beer does a good job reigniting my love for warm, winter spices.

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Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A small tan cap forms that leaves no lace.
S: I get overwhelmingly cinnamon spice and sugary sweetness all the way. Maybe light roast and chocolate. Though the cinnamon sticks are the show here.
T: Like the nose, cinnamon sticks, clove allspice. Really sweet, with some chocolate that becomes more noticeable as this warms. I don't get much else. The stout is overwhelmed by the cinnamon.
M/O: A big thick and inky/oily body. Really viscous, but still smooth around the edges. It is a big stout, and outside the cinnamon there is not much here. Though still easy to drink, and considering the large sweetness was surprised at how easy this went down.

In many way, this reminds me of Saint Arnold Pumpkinator. A big beer that is more on the cinnamon spiced side of the spectrum and not the stout side. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it becomes to one noted. With the cinnamon, allspice, clove, sugary sweet aspect, just not among my favorite stouts. That said, it is still enjoyable, but not exceptional IMO.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Hop Beacon:
A: Dark walnut brown with tan mahogany head.

S: Cinnamon de leche. Vanilla and cacao. Rum soaked chocolate cake.

M: Smooth, velvety. Creamy and med full. Less than expected burn, chili and alcohol, otherwise.

T:Fruitiness of pepper on back. Maybe they used smoked Ancho chilis but it compliments the roasting of the grains well. But it is chili for the tame yielding flavor over heat. Most of any heat I believe is on the form of hot cinnamon, which grasps control from the gentle and rich chocolate and vanilla cake sweetness from the beginning.

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Photo of Bdawg1
3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured black with a nice off white head. Smells of chocolate covered peppers and cinnamon. Thick mouthfeel with very complex flavor profile. I'm not partial to peppers in beer but I think with a little age this will change my mind!

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A solid imperial stout to be sure, but it's not nearly as unique an idea as it used to be, so I can't say it's worth such a hefty price tag. I'd probably rate it higher if it weren't so deliberately hard to get, but as it stands, it's not really worth the hassle.

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Photo of worldsworstextra
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great stout! I liked this a lot more than hunahpu, which may be due to the fact that it had less chili peppers and a richer/sweeter flavor. It's very smooth as others have noted, while still maintaining a lot of flavor.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour in tulip.

Look: Black with a big Brown frothy head.
Smell: Lots of cinnamon, chocolate, and pepper on the nose. Really nice.
Taste: Much like the nose, get a lot of cinnamon and chocolate. On the tail end you get a nice peppery finish. All these flavors become bolder as the beer warms. The flavors come together in a way that is reminiscent of a cinnamon candle...haha.
Feel: This is where the beer shined. Really velvety mouthfeel. Thick and rich, like a stout should be! Alcohol very well masked.

Overall: I think this beer is awesome, much like everyone else. Haha. It smells fantastic and is as smooth as Velvet. Taste did give me a slightly weird flavor but overall it was still tasty. Seek this one out! Im excited to see how this beer tastes after bourbon barrel aging.

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

Poured into snifter

This was my first own personal "whale". What better time to review it than as my first beer of the year.

The top popped with the quietest hiss. So excited about this that I sniffed the mouth of the bottle before pouring(almost took a sip, and maybe I did)... A gluggy pour that filled half of the glass left a 1/2" of quickly dissipating brown head gyrating on top of a black pool. Sweet and spicy nose left me ready to dive in. Taste is straight fudge with a peppery POP! I was expecting the spice to have mellowed after a year+ in the bottle, but it was there in force. Nice med-thick, slick feel with minimal carbonation(almost perfect for the style). Heat creeps in, and just compounds on the palate with each sip. This gets WAY better as it warms. It gives way to some of the flavors that were overpowered by the spice, like vanilla. Great beer, but not mind blowing. Along the lines of BOMB! and Imperial Blud, but I would have to side-by-side to pick out my favorite.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best stouts I've had lately. Packs a punch but very smooth for 10%. I would gladly drink this again if given the chance. Job well done on this.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 on draft
Big dose of cinnamon upfront with a bit of coffee so that the two meld seamlessly. Start to get some Dark fruit, molasses and raisin. This ends with chocolate and light chili peppers. I'm so impressed.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I cracked a 2014 Abraxas with my brother as a Christmas celebration and all we could say was ... "wow." This is a superbly balanced imperial stout. I'm not typically a big fan of stouts brewed with peppers but this was so very subtle and in my opinion brought out the sweet chocolaty flavors. There was just a barley noticeable zip with the addition of peppers, but so well melded together. Very smooth, very rich, very sweet with zip. Will definitely be adding this to my annual wish list. I highly recommend this beer to others.

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