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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 1,023
Gots: 396 | FT: 36
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:
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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Ratings: 1,510 | Reviews: 180
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of KCBeerNerd
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Foundry in KCMO 1/22/14

A: Jet black with an inch of tan head that dissipates after a min to a subtle 1/4 inch tan foam.

S: The noise of this beer is very complex. Cocoa, peppers, a mild coffee, spicy, cinnamon, and a strong nutmeg smell. This smell reminds me of going home to my parents house for christmas, with my moms christmas yankee candles lit and a banana nutbread in the oven.

T: The taste is outrageously spicy on the front end, while subtle on the back end. The back end leaves you with a bit of heat. You can definitely taste the cacao nibs and ancho chili peppers. This beer at the front punches you with cinnamon and then leaves you with the heat of the ancho chili peppers.

M: The feel of this beer is creamy, thick and almost chewy.

O: Overall this is an incredibly enjoyable beer. This beer tastes distinctively different than alot of other imperial stouts. While a lot of other breweries try to spice their imperial stouts with different things, it either A: doesn't work, or B:gets lost behind the chocolate and coffee tastes that are normally prevalent in imperial stouts, or C: is overpowering with one individual spice. But this beer does not fall into those categories. It is complex yet enjoyable. The ancho chili peppers, cinnamon sticks, and cacao nibs are very prevalent but enjoyable. This beer is a success in its uniqueness

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in black color with a medium mocha brown head.

The aroma has that cocoa nib, tons of cinnamon and spices. Chocolate and a hint of that chili throughout. Lots of fruity spice.

The flavor follows with a medium chocolate sweetness, then vanilla, and then the cinnamon and spices are some of the biggest flavors. The chili is really subtle and gives a bit of spice, but more gentle warming. Fruity spice and caramel dominate throughout, along with the cinnamon.

A very balanced brew that stands in behind Mexican Cake and ahead of Hunahpu in the style.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Gorgeous head, with oatmeal bubbles, pitch.

S - Delicious chocolate, cinnamon, coriander aromas.

T - Awesome, smooth, not hot, cocoa and beer. Just a hint of chocolate chili.

M - Rich, creamy, medium full.

O - Superb and delicious. Can't wait to have again.

Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black body with one finger dark brown head (so I guess the body is black since I differentiate) that left lace patches and had an aroma of sweetness like chocolate and toffee, maybe caramel, hint of cinnamon, and some roasted, bready malts as well as coffee and chile (although I may pick these up more b/c others say they are in there than on my own without prior knowledge). A thick, almost chewey body that is sticky at times but so easy to drink and so calling for me to drink it. Great balance as I get a lot of chocolate and touches of cinnamon (and I still think toffee or caramel) with a very dry, coffee-esque malt base. Picks up on the end with a little heat so I'm assuming both the alcohol and chile are coming in and thankfully not overpowering me at all. A very enjoyable sipper and another great beer from Perennial.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

as close to perfect beer as you can really get. brilliant stuff. close to black in color, thick looking, and no light coming in at all. a smallish but persistent mocha colored head rests on top. intimidating yet enticing. the nose on this is one of a kind, best use of cinnamon i have ever seen in a beer, its warming and present more in the nose than the taste. cocoa nibs gives it a rich bitterness fully compatible with the heavy dark malt and coffee like bitterness. the chilies give it a little layer of smoky spice, but im not getting heat here. the alcohol is also expertly well hidden. bakers chocolate and earthy charred barley are the first things i taste, but a sweeter chocolate and ancho pepper hit are right behind. the complexity is only beginning to unfold here. layers of dark grain, cocoa powder dryness, back of throat heat, and warming booze all crescendo into a mild cinnamon finish that fades much faster than it sounds like it would. no alcohol, sugar, or heat left on the palate, just a touch of cinnamon and cocoa. its fantastically well made beer worth all of the hype. full body and carbonated just enough, who knew this was all possible in a stout? certainly one of the best beers ive ever had, and one i will remember fondly until my next one. all of perennials beers are awesome, but this one stands out. positively elite brew.

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4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of PHBoiler
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark black body with a reddish brown head with bubbles that remain throughout as well as great lacing on the glass. The smell is complex but I don't get all of the flavors. I get a bit of chocolate and just an overall spice note. The taste is wonderful. The cinnamon shines and the ancho just kicks in right behind it. It never gets spicy though. This beer tastes like an incredible Mexican hot chocolate. The mouthfeel is in perfect harmony with this beer. Thick but not even close to motor oil consistency. It has a nice chew to it to complement all of the flavors that mesh so well together. Easy winner over Bomb! and Hunahpu.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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