Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales
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4.74/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A - Pours pitch black and seems thick with a one finger dark tan head.
S - Cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla bean and fudge... Not your normal nose of "roasted malts and dark chocolate." Very rich, almost indulgence.
T - The taste is dominated by the chili. But, picture a chili wrapped in cinnamon chocolate. To me, it didn't seem overdone, but hit the right notes. You get some pepper heat on the finish.
M - Thick & chewy with medium to high carbonation. Velvety smooth on the texture.
O - This is a rich beer that deserves attention when drinking it. Absolutely stunning in this style.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2013 02:23:03 | More by cvm4
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Big thanks to match1112 for the awesome BIF beer. Tasted 3 May 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours black and thick, with half a finger of deep brown-tan head. Good retention, good lacing. Nice.
Smell is full of all kinds of spice and variety. I get cinnamon first, then vanilla, with a pinch of smoky chili pepper. Behind all that is a robust, sweet stout with chocolate and molasses. Excellent, and reminds me a lot of some of the Deschutes anniversary beers (e.g. BB XIII).
Taste is more dominated by one element, specifically the chili, which comes on bright and red early and maintains a steady burn. The sweetness and chocolate settle in below it, but the subtle spices and additions that were so delightful in the nose get bowled over by the zap, zing, and swizz. A little less pepper, please. But still quite tasty.
Thick and chewy, though not as heavy as I was anticipating. Medium-low carbonation, fits the beer well.
A really interesting stout, with some fabulous things going on in the smell. Unfortunately, they're mostly overpowered in the taste by a few dominant characteristics. But all around, it's really good, and quite different from most big stouts I've had (save the Deschutes BB anniversary series I already mentioned).
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2013 18:36:57 | More by zeledonia
Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
98 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.