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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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1,048 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,048
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 835
Gots: 204 | FT: 13
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:
Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho Chiles, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon Sticks.

2011 - 100 cases
2012 - 200 cases

(Beer added by: jmvecchio1 on 12-16-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

unclejazz, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Cynic-ale, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Devman171, Dec 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

TychoNDC, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

striker2160, Dec 05, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had the 2013 at Perennial on tap. Review from notes.

A- Dense, thick, and black in the glass. Pretty sizable collar of thick, chocolatey brown foam. Lacing and retention are both tremendous.

S- Dark and semisweet. Hints of vanilla, and a mild hint of spiciness, I suspect a combo of the cinnamon and ancho. Awesome base of dark malts in the background of all of this.

T- Dark malts up front dominate the beginning and majority of the drink. Underlying ancho pepper profile adds just a touch of spiciness on the tongue. Vanilla is more prominent in the middle and towards the end of the drink than the pepper is. Somewhat sweet throughout, and the drink ends with its solid dark malt base flavor that lingers just a little bit.

M- Thick and creamy. Low to moderate level of carbonation. Alcohol level is undetectable in taste and feel. Drinks incredibly smooth.

Overall, this is a great beer on tap. It was served on the cold side, but as it warms, it really develops. Complex and delicious, with the vanilla and ancho flavors being really unique.

boilermakerbrew, Dec 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -32.1%

boxcar01, Dec 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the 2012 batch, generously traded to me by Eric in Evanston. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 6/4/2013.

Pours a pitch black body, like the dark of night. Comes with a nice fluffy tan head, good retention. Not much lacing. Looks like any other imperial stout, though the head is exceptionally great-looking.

Smells like cinnamon toast crunch cereal to me. I love CTC as its my favorite cereal, so this is a true treat. Some dark chocolate fudge in the back, not much pepper or chiles in the nose. All that cinnamon is amazing, I could smell it forever.. but I want to drink this beer now.

Not as much cinnamon on the palate as in the nose. Here, the chiles take over the stage, complemented by the cinnamon and the bitter dark chocolate flavours. Some sweet milk chocolate as well. Rather sweet palate on this beer, but the chiles and chocolate help balance that out some. The chiles leave a nice but not overwhelming burn on the back end of the palate.

Full bodied, solid carbonation. Not super creamy, but it goes down very smoothly. Not much alcohol burn to speak of, its the chiles' burn that gets ya. Still, its a bit of a sipper because of how intensely flavourful it is.. you just want to savor it on a cold night.

Very interesting beer, its up there with Hunahpu in terms of how this Mexican style stout is executed. I'd love to try Mexican Cake and Prairie Bomb alongside this and Hunahpu to compare, but I suspect that this might win them all for me because I really, really loved Cinnamon Toast Crunch as a kid. So it may not be fair.

Re-reviewed today, 11/2/2013. Picked a relatively fresh 2013 batch- probably a month old at this point total. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Basically this is what I remember it being when the 2012 bottling was about 6 months old. So much cinnamon that comes out even more as the beer gets warmer. I would definitely recommend drinking this at closer to cellar or room temperature rather than chilled. The chili peppers are there in a slightly vegetal manner, with some spiciness on the back end- not a lot like Mexican Cake, but just enough to complement the base imperial stout and the cinnamon. This is easily my favorite Mexican style stout by far, having had Hunahpu and Mexican Cake already. And I will definitely attest to the fact that BA Abraxas is just that much better- just add in a lot of vanilla bourbon marshmallows to this and that's what you got.

Stevedore, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

22Blue, Dec 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

shagens, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

duceswild, Dec 03, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another old review to be ticked in. Thanks to Marc for the share and Mike for the pour. 4 oz. into a generic snifter on September 2nd, 2013.

A - Not quite black coloring, but a super dark body with semi-dark toffee head. Quite frothy but minimal retention and lacing. Slightly filmy across the sides.

S - Plentiful dark cocoa. Cinnamon, caramelized brown sugar, and almost lactose-like. It really smells like a Starbucks mocha latte.

T - Dry, deeply roasted espresso. Strong, strong dark chocolate. I maybe sense a hint of the pepper skins but this has aged a few months and it's very minimal by now.

M - Medium-heavy body, very dry. Low carbonation, long bitter finish.

D - I can see why this is a great base for a barrel treatment. It's pretty similar to Hunahpu's but doesn't have anywhere near the same heftyness to it.

Auracom, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

oline73, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

KevSal, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Hanzo, Dec 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Jordy777, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Boone757, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

JandJMD, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

IPAdams, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

zestar, Nov 30, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A very thin but quite dark mocha bubbled collar tries to make a head, but quickly dissolves with an oily slick and slimey top. Collar manage to maintain light tan, and good staying power. Body color is super dark walnut black and has a bit of sludgey looking consistency.

Real nice nose of, mild chilis, and a good sense of some soft fruits. Hints of banana sotness and light charring roasty malts. Hints of milky chocolate but fairly tiny, but has a real nice banana split like action dusted with cayenne.

Deep warming heated chili, with lots of coffee like finishing aftertaste. Silky roast malts and malted sensing chocolate, which hints a kind of wafer crispy bitterness. First sip has a nice prickly carbonation that really matches the cinnamon hotness that matches nicely with the chili action. Heat seems to be more on the cinnamon side, and very lightly dry sweetness that balances with roast and yeast playful bitterness/sourness. Very light bodied for a big stout also.

OVerall a pretty fun beer, definitely one of the more fun chili beers I've had as well.

smakawhat, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

DantheMan75, Nov 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

mpayne5, Nov 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

N3ptune, Nov 28, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rustico/Arlington. Poured into a snifter.

A unique non-barrel-aged stout. Worth the hunt but don’t believe I could drink more than one full pour at a sitting. But a sipper of a nice beer. - 4.25

A - Reddish brown opaque with a nice light brown head, alcohol legs, excellent lacing for such a high ABV. - 4.25

S – Roasted malts, vanilla, slight cinnamon. - 4.25

T - Rich roastiness, some sweetness, just a bit too much cinnamon and chiles and vanilla. - 4

MF - Smooth and creamy, med-dry, heavy bodied. - 4.5

Sludgeman, Nov 28, 2013
Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
98 out of 100 based on 1,048 ratings.