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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 938
Gots: 357 | FT: 35
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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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4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Binny's

S - Chocolate, vanilla, loads of cinnamon, and spice

T - Chocolate, loads of dark fudge to it, vanilla and cinnamon to it. The finish is dark chocolate

M - Really smooth mouthfeel with light spice and oak in the finish. Light stickiness lingers on the tongue

O - Good stout with loads of cinnamon balanced with chocolate and fudge

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Proletariat, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of cocoa nibs are present in the nose along with strong notes of cinnamon and hints of ancho chilies.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is much more balanced and complex with flavors of ancho chilies, vanilla beans and cocoa nibs along with notes of cinnamon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, thick and creamy (slightly fudgy) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an excellent balance as you can taste all of the flavors in perfect proportions.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -32.4%

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4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
98 out of 100 based on 1,365 ratings.