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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 242
Hads: 2,037
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,203
Gots: 603 | FT: 69
Brewed by:
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 yesterdayfaraway
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

November 2014 edition, now a year old

L: black as can be, I love how it stains the glass!
S: cinnamon and chocolate, not quite robust enough to get a 5
T: 3 flavors all in balance; chocolate, cinnamon and spicy finish. Complex and fantastic!
F: ultra thick, one sip and the flavors last for 10 minutes. Can't ask for better than that
O: fantastic! Get some/as much as you can. Happy hunting.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted alongside Alesmith Speedway Vietnamese Coffee, and unfortunately this one lost. It's definitely not bad, just overhyped. I liked the sweetness of the Alesmith over the tart chocolate and cinnamon notes of this one. The chilies were barely there, too, which can be a good thing or a bad thing from one's perspective. Most chocolate I've ever tasted in a beer though. This didn't live up my expectations. I'd rather have a Prarie Bomb!, Pipeworks Imperial End of Days, or a Spiteful Malevolence Chocolate Caliente.

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

Enjoyed this amazing 2014 vintage bottle with friends while watching the Hawks win again and keep their undefeated season alive! Awesome stout with plenty of mouthfeel and tons of cinnamon with just the right amount of chilis !!! Would love to find another bottle!!

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle. Chocolate notes along with cinnamon and peppers. Cinnamon was the major flavor in this beer, it came across in a way that I haven't encountered in any other beer. Super tasty!

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle. Chocolate was delcious. The cinnamon and peppers were both present but muted which was perfect for me. Very solid all around. I would like to try it fresh to see the difference.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

4oz pour from a 2014 bottle. What can I add that has already been said about this Beer. A true masterpiece! Perfect flavored stout. I need more! 5.00

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. 2013 cellared bottle, almost two years old. Pours black with thick brown head. Aroma is incredible chocolate, mocha coffee, touch of spice. The taste is rich chocolate, coffee, just a hint of the pepper and cinnamon but not enough to ditract. The flavor and ever present aroma made this just a delishious brew. Super soft creamy mouthfeel. Overall exceeded expectations, put this right up there with the best stouts. Want another bottle.

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

Black with a khaki head. Nose is just like mint chocolate chip or those Andes thin mints, more so as it warms. The cacao dominates the taste. It may be due to the face that it's nearly a year old, but there is no heat from the ancho peppers. It's very nice, I love getting that flavor, mildly tobacco, without being overwhelmed by heat. Velvety mouthfeel. Would love to try the barrel aged version.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had 2014 edition with about one year of age on it. Cinnamon shows through on this beer. Not sweet like many beers of this nature. More of a spicy cinnamon up front flavor. Certainly good, but would love to try the barrel aged version. I imagine that the barrel aging would do wonders to this.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I expected to really enjoy this beer, but I didn't expect it to knock my socks off quite to the extent that it did; this beer is stupid delicious. It smells like a cinnamon mocha latte and tastes exponentially more decadent. Just brilliant.

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Photo of Fargrow
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this a while after trying Double Barrel Hunahpu's and I have to say that I liked this more. With so much going on, maybe the DBH didn't need the barrel. This was a fantastic cinnamon roll with raisins in liquid form. Bursting with decadent dessert flavor. Truly great beer.

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Photo of KSOZE
3.34/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very underwhelmed. Put hype aside and did blind test with other spiced stouts and this came in a unanimous dead last. Like brushing your teeth with a cinnamon stick - and not in a good way. Also got a grassy/weedy flavor that was not my favorite. A bit let down.

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Photo of pagriley
3.04/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

Pure cinnamon bomb. If you like cinnamon go for it, but if you want anything other than a smooth stout with an arse load of cinnamon steer clear.

Poured well, smelled OK, but nothing (not even the chilies) made it through the cinnamon. Harsh finish with a touch of what felt like fusel alcohol. Feel was good, but then you remembered how overpowering the cinnamon was and gagged anyway...

Had this on 2 separate occasions, and age does tame it down a bit, but Huna and Prairie Bomb achieve significantly better balance of flavors

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably somewhat biased of a review since I've been wanting to try this one for a long time, but, in my opinion one of the best 'Mexican' stouts out there. Beats Huna, Bomb! and mayyybe Mexi Cake in a knock-down drag out fight for Tastiest Brew of the subgenre.

Look is dark, no real head present. Smell is strong cinnamon, some cocoa. Taste is a lot of the same as the nose, but with a slight chili finish. Great mouthfeel, and goes very well with some cowboy spice rubbed steaks.

Definitely no disappointment, and will keep this one on my 'wants' list.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a bit lighter brown, scant head a bit wine bubble like. Nose smells roasty, a bit more stout like than Hunahpu. Cinnamon forward, but some chocolate, a hint of ash. A faint hint of ethanol and a trace of vanilla from the barrel. Chilis come out a bit more as it opens up. Taste is pretty sweet of cinnamon with other notes more mellow: some more milky like chocolate. Very faint return of mild chili, very muted. Body is touch lighter and less carbed. Alcohol Heat present on taste and finish a bit more than Huna.

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Photo of zac16125
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/2014

Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over via trade.

A: Opaque black with some browning on the edges. Less than 1/2 a fingers width of tan colored head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves essentially zero lacing. 4.25

S: Huge cinnamon, not sure I’ve ever gotten this much cinnamon in a beer before (maybe a pumpkin beer but never a stout). I also get a really nice dark cocoa aroma, and some chili heat that sings the nostril. Rossy characters and very subtle booze rounds it all out. Just a fantastic aroma. 4.75

T: Chocolate is initially the most prominent flavor, and its a nice dark cocoa type chocolate flavor. The pepper heat is definitely noticeable, mostly with the spicy bite it leaves on the finish. A subtle cinnamon, but not nearly to the degree of the aroma. Roasty characters and a bit of boozy ethanol complete the palate profile. Chile characters grow throughout the drink, both in heat and peppery taste, as do the boozy characters. 4.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriately low, mouthfeel a bit thin, some beer from the peppery heat, and ABV is overly noticeable. 3.75

O: Very good beer. Taste definitely does live up to the aroma, and you progress throughout the drink, it because somewhat dominated by chile heat and booze. Not my favorite chile stout, but certainly worth a drink! 4.25

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look and smell were great.
A little bit too much heat for my taste. I'm doing my best to rate to style and my personal tastes.
I can tell this is an incredibly well made beer. However, this is one is not for me.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Most of the adjuncts are well balanced and come through nicely in the beer, just a touch too strong on the cinnamon front for me. Kind of distracted from the overall experience. Should be interesting with some age on it.

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Photo of danh53
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not getting much in the nose, mostly chocolate cake. Taste is another story. That rich chocolate is joined by cinnamon and pepper in a near perfect balance. Not getting much vanilla, but there is a little coffee roast to balance the sweet chocolate. They got the chillies just right on this. Not overpowering, but spice cotes the mouth and throat adding to the mouth feel which is medium to full bodied. Excellent stout which is not far behind hunahpu.

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

A- Deep brown with thick, foamy light brown head. Looks like a coke. S- cinnamon, baking spices like nutmeg, a slight vanilla nose. Faint cocoa. T- cinnamon and peppery spice comes to the forefront. Not as big a chocolate presence as I would have thought. Very little alcohol presence. M- super creamy, rich feel. Perfect carb and rolls down the back of the pallet easily. O- really solid imp stout. Not too peppery; maybe a bit too heavy on the cinnamon/baking spice edge.

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

One of my favorite beers. I love the flavor profile. This is my favorite non barrel aged stout. The flavors blend perfectly. Did i mention this is one of my favorites?

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.43/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a walnut color just short of black. a finger of tan head with weak retention. opaque due to the darkness but lets some light through the very edges.

Smell: peppers, cinnamon and chocolate to mocha.

Taste: opens with spicy peppers, some cinnamon filters in. mocha and chocolate. notes of espresso but with a bit of smoothness from vanilla. some booze and ends with a bit more pepper

Mouthfeel: heavy , strong carbonation and some heat from the peppers.

Overall: strong spices and could be more chocolatey. If your into spiced beers go for it but I prefer more malt character

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Photo of Treyliff
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, bottled 11/2014, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours pitch black with a motor oil thickness, small creamy khaki colored head reduces quickly, leaving just a ring around the edge

S- lots of vegetal green pepper on the nose up front. As it warms, it begins to open with aromas of cinnamon, vanilla bean, chocolate, sandalwood, brown sugar, molasses, black licorice, toasted marshmallow & a hint of coffee

T- deep and rich chocolate and cocoa base gives way to flavors of sweet molasses and burnt brown sugar. Cinnamon spice, along with black pepper mix with subtle vanilla, giving a heavy cream sweetness. The pepper flavor becomes green and vegetal as it nears the finish, with hints of dark fruit accompanying. The heat of the pepper kicks in on the finish, with lingers of chocolate & cinnamon

M- thick and viscous body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a silky and velvety warming finish, with a linger of heat after the finish

O- a slow sipper of an ale that is loaded with flavor, yet blends them near perfectly. Nice amount of heat on the linger

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Photo of kkleu357
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap during Madison Craft Beer Week. Dark black body. Big cinnamon spice aroma. Umm, Cinnamon Toast Crunch in a glass? Ok, so not everybody agreed with me on that statement, but to me this beer tasted like the the milk left in the bowl after eating all the Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Really wonderful.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.