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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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1,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,113
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 887
Gots: 238 | FT: 16
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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Photo of jmarsh123
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to TheAbyss for hooking us up with this bottle for a tasting.

Pours dark and black with a tan head. Decent retention for a beer this side and chunky lacing down the glass.

The nose is filled with cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, anise and a little smokiness. Roasted coffee also lingers in the background and smells just a bit like my chili.

A lot roastier in the flavor than the nose lets on. Lots of the creamy cocoa is still around, but a deep rich almost espresso like bitterness dominates the front end of this beer. Then the cinnamon and chile kicks in giving it a pleasant spicy contrast.

Full bodied beer with lots of sweet components, but the spicy does a good job of balancing those flavors. Because of this, the beer finishes semi-dry with good carbonation.

Very well balanced and well made beer. Good complexity throughout. I feel if I did not immediately contrast this with the deliciousness of the BA version, I may score it even higher.

jmarsh123, Mar 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

seeswo, Mar 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -43.4%

drummermattie02, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from jaheussner (thanks man!). Batch 1, bottled 11/2011. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours black with a thick two fingers of dark tan head. Nice sheets of lace where the head rested.

Smells of rich cocoa, cinnamon, mild coffee and a light dose of those ancho chillis. Soft but inviting

Even without having ever tried this fresh, the age is evident in the taste (not at all in a bad way). Oh, so smooth blend of bittersweet dark chocolate, cinnamon, mild creamed coffee, fudge, earthy roast grains and a soft chilli pepper heat. Zero noticeable alcohol in this graceful combination.

Creamy medium full feel with light carbonation. Rich, bittersweet cinnamon infused chocolate with subtle chilli pepper heat in the finish.

Similar to Hunahpu or Westbrook Mexican Cake or even Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero but with it's own flair. Based on other reviews it seems that the ancho peppers have faded quite a bit in 16 months. Kind of a shame but I'll take the trade off in the form of this smooth cinnamon fudge treat. I'll be on the lookout for some of the 2013 batch later this year to have a go at a fresh one.

ThickNStout, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

tstigz, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

freduardo, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Beeradelphia, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

yourefragile, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

goalie33, Mar 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -32.1%

phingdong, Mar 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

lokiikol, Mar 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

ravot, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.69/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle shared by Jason. Thanks!

A: Thick, oily black body with a nice milk chocolate-colored head.

S: Greenish pepper is most apparent, followed by cinnamon and chocolate notes. Pretty rich aroma - smells like a Mexican chocolate cake.

T: Cinnamon, bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, some moderate pepper heat and slightly astringent vegetal pepper flavor. The pepper flavor, along with the roasted malt, gives the beer a somewhat off-putting bitterness.

M: Thick-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Although the spicing and base beer seem to have the potential to be really good together, the pepper flavors are throwing the beer off. I think the barrel-aged version is far superior, in part because the pepper flavor seems more subdued.

Etan, Mar 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Crookdrain, Mar 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

MisterGrizz, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

xxcarpxx, Mar 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

JRod1969, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jaylib, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

jrcmlc, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jon2465 for this bottle. My only regret from Great Taste of the Midwest 2012 is missing the Perennial booth completely. But the 2013 Great Taste is only five months away, & I plan on camping out there this year. 750ML skull-crusher split with my wife.

Pour is appropriately dark with a slow-rising head that would be impressive, if I cared about that sort of thing. The nose is an ode to extremes: wild chiles, chocolate, sweets, undercarriage of spicing. My stomach quails a little bit. It's late enough on a school night that I'll put my brain on acid reflux alert.

Abraxas isn't that shy kid you never knew in gym class. Pie-kaw! Right in the kisser. The chiles burn the crap off my esophagus, pulse open my cardia, sear the inner wall, & go to work on my small intestines. Wow. Takes a while to get underneath the heat, but there's chocolate, random spiciness. Big roast shows up as the beer begins to warm. But it's the chile heat that steals this show. Huge, thick, chewy. Stupid drinkable.

Sometimes extreme beers come off as a desperate plea for help: not so here. This is a genuine work of art, with a great combo of flavors that just beg to be devoured as quickly as possible. I can't think of one reason why this isn't an elite level beer - simply excellent.

maximum12, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Grfilwett, Mar 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

stljimray, Mar 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

PsilohsaiBiN, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

mdaschaf, Mar 02, 2013
Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
98 out of 100 based on 1,113 ratings.