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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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191 Reviews

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 1,827
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 26.65%
Wants: 1,181
Gots: 462 | FT: 40
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
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Reviews: 191 | Hads: 1,827
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, which settles into the glass with a cola-colored body and a thin tan head. Aroma is all over the place. Vanilla is strong, hints of smokey peppers, dashes of spices (nutmeg?), even a hint of a minty herbal quality. Wow, after the pour and the nose I did not expect such big, potent flavors. Vanilla, spice, roasted peppers, all big and all in harmony. Some unsweetened Cocoa comes through as well. Feel is medium-full bodied, but not thick. Medium carbonation and a slight lingering burn. Not sure if it's the pepper heat, or the abv (thinking the latter). This is a rich and robust stout with some big flavors. Not sure where the mint was coming from, but it seemed to linger for me throughout. I think I like Huna a tad more, but this is impressive. A side-by-side of the two would be amazing.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Perennial tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep mocha, coffee colored body with a light chocolate colored head that reduces slowly, leaving little lacing but some good retention.

Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon (I know it's not barrel aged, but I still seem to get this note), some soy, slight peppers and cinnamon in the background.

On the tongue upfront is tons of milk chocolate and vanilla notes, caramel, some pepperiness on the follow through, the finish is roasty, toasty, roasted coffee, char. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, low carbonation.

Overall a very well crafted stout.. wish I got a little more cinnamon and pepper as advertised, but maybe those were just sitting in the background to create some nice balance that this beer exhibited well.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz pour on draft. Good beer overall but the cinnamon dominated too much for me and the chile added some bite on the back end. Had it a long with Sump and honestly preferred the Sump more.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black with a 2-inch brown head. Smell was cinnamon, some vanilla, and a hint of black licorice. Taste was also very cinnamon forward, got some vanilla and a little chocolate, but mostly cinnamon with a late chile and alcohol burn. Mouthfeel was great with spices tickling the Rouge and a good body. Overall this was a good beer, but too cinnamon dominated to call it great.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle from November 2014, enjoyed from a snifter today, March 24, 2015

A: Thick, almost syrupy burnt brown with a dark mocha head. Definitely getting some garnet tones there, though that might just be my mind projecting the Abraxas label onto the glass. Good-looking stuff

S: Lots going on here: cinnamon in spades, cola and rootbeer, ripe cherries, raw hot peppers or maybe Red Hots, and tree bark. Good stuff individually, but the nose didn't quite come together for me. More of a mishmash (of good aromas), not "well integrated."

T: Lots of quite bitter dark chocolate, sweet cinnamon, chocolate-covered espresso beans, a bit of cherries and ripe red fruit, and some pepper skin. Chili heat is present, too. Again, lots of good elements at play here, but they just don't come together or blend that well: one or another of the flavors tends to dominate each sip, rather than each component being present in each sip.

M: Just right, I think. Not too thick: smooth, lightly carbed, and a touch viscous. Nice tingle (rather than a burn) on the finish. Aftertaste is dry, bitter, and charred.

O: Really good stuff. Lots of great elements at work on the nose and the flavor profile, but those elements tend to clash against -- rather than complement -- each other. So not as complex or outstanding a beer as Huna, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Dnayew
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it rated right below Hunahpu as the #2 beer on the planet until I tried this year's batch. Now I would rate it equal to Hunahpu in the world of special craft imperial stouts.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Right there with Huna as one of the better spicy stouts, though similarly suffers from a lack of drinkability. Still, at 6-8 oz or so, this is killer stuff, chocolatey, cinnamon-y, lingering burn, decadently rich.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I recently had Huna I have had Bomb in the past so far I still think Bomb is the best, but this one does edge out Huna, next will be Mexican Cake to finish off the big 4 Horseman.

Appearance: Black as night, head is relative to the type of beer. Kind of light around the edges with swirls in the middle of tan creamy head.

Aroma: Initially I got cinnamon as a strong characteristic. After a while sweeter dark fruits join the bouquet of aromas. Nicely done, its pretty complex on the nose.

Taste: I can tell the cinnamon, some sour yeasty note is present but it isn't off putting at all its just there, it could also be the peppers. The taste is cleaner and not very sweet, but just sweet enough. I liked the heat that hits the lips and tongue as it warms. Very nicely done beer. Its also less cloying than Huna came off to me and to the others who drank these with me.

Overall: I did like this one more than Huna, now after almost exactly a year the 2014 Huna I drank might have lost some impact, this bottle is not as old, they came out in (early November?) I believe so it has held its adjunct impact pretty well in that amount of time, now after a year in bottle like Huna I may be saying the same thing. I really need to revisit Huna as soon as I can to give it a more thorough analysis. So far, however, I still like the heat and earthiness of Bomb the best of the ones I have tried from this style. This is a close second. Love the cinnamon impact, goes really well with the combination of flavors they are working with.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Completely, utterly black. No light passing through the corners. Billowing, creamy tan head.

Smell of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and a touch of chili.

Taste is mostly milk chocolate with a nice soft burn from the ancho chili throughout -- a little stronger on the finish. Chili provides a nice dryness and savory spice to the feel.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did a stout tasting with vicjr85 and some other friends on 03/07/15. This was my favorite beer of the night. List included: Marshal Zukhov, Abraxas, Speedway JBM, BB Temptress, Chocolate Rain and Bo & Luke.

Nice body with tons of great cinnamon flavor and finishes with a little peppery/spice from the ancho chiles. Picked up on some vanilla which pairs well with the cinnamon. All around great beer.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unsure if this bottle or if this is usual taste. Very good imperial stout with all the usual characteristics of a very well made IS. Met the hype. Thought it might be in vein of Hunahpu...but no. Found flavor unbalanced with cinnamon way too dominant. Ended up being a "spiced" IS more lent to Christmas than otherwise. Will keep remaining bottles to age for the holidays.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4.5 ounce pour on tap.

Cinnamon and peppers dominate the smell. The mouthfeel is smooth but not overly spectacular.

The taste is exceptional. Mostly cinnamon followed by a subtle spiciness from the peppers. I don't get a ton of vanilla but I do get a little bit of the malty, roasty imperial stout flavor.

This beer is great. I full bomber might be a little much but this small pour left me wanting a little bit more.

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Photo of draheim
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL into a tulip. Pours a deep translucent brown w/ a thin mocha head.

Aroma is rich bitter dark chocolate, roasty dark malt, hint of espresso, molasses.

Taste is bittersweet baker's chocolate, cinnamon, spicy chile peppers, cacao nibs. As it warms, vanilla, caramel and coconut. The chile heat puts high notes on the chocolate and brings layers of complexity. A touch of spicy heat on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, but not syrupy or chewy. Good bright carbonation.

Overall just wow. Like a molé beer. Very Aztec. Or Maya. Not sure which. Ingredients are pure and clean, and work so well together.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First off this has been on my list for a while and is one of the classic additive stouts that inspired the chili stout trend.

Appearance- Deep black coffee body with a tan crema head with a little retention

Smell- Coffee and roasted barley base before yielding to a strong foundation of toasted anchos and a little nose of tired cinnamon sticks. There is a little sweetness like molasses. I don't get the charred or burnt flavors that others mention.

Taste - Warm, toasted similar to the nose. The flavor is deep and lingers after each sip coating your mouth. The muted spice of the ancho stays until the next sip counted by a touch of sweetness.

Seek it out on draft. If you want to rave about the other chili spiced stouts, visit the granddaddy of them all.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, full bodied flavored stout. Lots of cocoa nib, some vanilla, I don't really get ancho chile and I get a pinch of cinnamon. Very good. Almost like a beer milkshake.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very very good! Pours with a inch of mocha coffee foam that fades quickly. Looks like the darkest chocolate, so brown its almost black. Smells sweet, vanilla and a little coffee. The flavor is awesome. Everything is in balance: pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, cacao. Gets even better as it warms. There's a sweetness to is, almost like bourbon barrel. Vanilla? Then, there's the lingering pepper burn on the end.
Overall, a great beer. I want to drink this head to head with other non-BA pepper beers like Hunahpu, Bomb!, and whatever else I have that is comparable.
Went head to head w/ Hunahpu! Very close. More boozy/vanilla, more foam, slightly thinner but not a thin stout, more carbonation, slightly bitter pepper aftertaste. Super tough to choose a favorite. Pluses and minuses. Slightly different. Both Awesome.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of circuitmonkey
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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).

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Photo of Clint_Yoho
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of spoonhawk
5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.