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Reviews: 174
Hads: 1,690
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 1,110
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 lemmy187
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Nose is full of chocolate with hints if cinnamon. Taste follows closely with added heat from the chiles on the back end. Feel is thick and creamy. Truly a unique stout experience.....has made myself a fan of this style. (244 characters)

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

750ml bottle, 2014 release, poured into a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout snifter.

The beer pours a jet black color, thick, inky with a big caramel head, nearly 3 fingers with an aggressive pour that nice nice retention with spotted lace. The aroma has tons of chocolate, chili pepper, cinnamon, stone fruits and rich grain. It's as advertised, plenty of the adjuncts, balanced quite well, though simple in its own right. The flavors echo the nose, loads of chocolate, plenty of chili pepper, a touch of heat, but delightful roasty and earthy flavors, cinnamon is there, fruit, toasted coffee bean, toeing the line between earthy, sweet, and rich. The mouthfeel is so nice, coating, soft, smooth, lively carbonation that isn't abrasive, full bodied with a lightly dry finish.


Verdict: A very nice stout from Perennial, definitely puts the select ingredients in the spotlight. Nice balance and interplay, simple in that there isn't a lot going on beyond those adjuncts, but impressive in how complex they can feel and how nicely they go together. (1,050 characters)

Photo of circuitmonkey
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On draft.

Only spicy chile on the nose. Strong taste of vanilla and even more cinnamon with some restrained chile spice at the end... Probably the best beer I've had including Chile (it's often overdone). (206 characters)

Photo of Clint_Yoho
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4 oz pour in a wine glass at Birch & Barley

L: Black with a red hue. Absolutely no head and I attributed it to timing but I was told by a friend that when I poured from his bottle he had zero head as well.

S: Sweet smell with vanilla and cinnamon. The smell was absolutely fantastic.

T: Boozy with sweet cocoa taste blended nicely with vanilla and cinnamon. Nice little pepper burn on the backend.

F: Was a little disspointed, as I was hoping for some more heavy feel. In my opinion it is what was keeping this beer from being on the same level as Hunahpu and Bomb.

O: I think my overall impression of disspointment is not a result of the beer but not living up the hype. Also, the competition is pretty stiff in the pepper stout category. I would love to give this another try and do a head to head with Bomb, Dark Lord, and Hunahpu. (847 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A--Pitch black, one inch mocha/tan head that fades with time.
S--Really nice! Cinnamon, anchos, dark chocolate, raisins?
T--Unreal. Sweetness comes through but not overdone (see Dark Lord), cinnamon is there but in a complimentary role, while the dark chocolate/roasted malts are absolutely delicious. It moves through the flavors seamlessly.
M--Very thick, creamy, slick! Not sure if its the chiles or the booze but it warms the chest.
O: Glad to finally check this off my list. I'm not a huge fan of the style, and can really appreciate when I encounter an Imperial Stout that is so complex and balance. This is the best imperial stout I've ever had. (658 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (928 characters)

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

The beer pours thick, and has a muted carbonation. The body is slightly lighter than might be expected, but lands firmly in the "full" category. The feel is creamy and only slightly oily slick.

The flavor lays down a heavy baseline of rich malt, a touch of smokey roast, and dry cocoa. Playing of the underlying flavor is a bright mix of cinnamon and smokey spice. Midsip, the roast comes through more strongly, the spice dimension is more pronounced, and the flavor slides toward the drier side of the scale.

The lingering flavor mixes unsweetened chocolate, sweet smoke, cinnamon, and dry malt. It is also worth noting, that despite not being all that sweet, it does a fine job masking the alcohol.

All in this is a genius beer in both formulation and execution. It deserves its standing as a top of the heap beer. (821 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pine Box Seattle. Had this next to Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout and Berserker ... an interesting comparison of three powerful Imperial Stouts.

Abraxas is a great overall stout (roasty, cocoa, vanilla), with a spicier profile than either of the other Impy Stouts. Cinnamon is what I got most, in aroma and taste. I didn't pick up as much chile pepper heat as others seem to, but being a chile head of sorts, it probably takes a pretty good dose of pepper to make me notice. I saw a bit of chile influence.

It's a great stout, and I'd love to find bottles around Seattle some day. (603 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of thestateis
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of floridadrift
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of DeepJello
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of dcc449
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (232 characters)

Photo of BratchAttack
1.24/5  rDev -71.6%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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.. (535 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1814th Review on BA
Bottle to Perennial Tulip
750ml

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!! (1,487 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,390 characters)

Photo of ronricorossi
5/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of KCSerdy
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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. (385 characters)

Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +14.4%

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. (739 characters)

Photo of PhishNoC
5/5  rDev +14.4%

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. (341 characters)

Photo of helios7
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

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. (174 characters)

Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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