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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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98
world-class

1,451 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 982
Gots: 385 | FT: 35
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/2013. 750ml brown glass bottle with appealing brown label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired earlier today at a local CO bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation and current 96 rating. 10% ABV confirmed per the label. Reviewed as a chili imperial stout.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a gorgeous rich dark tan colour head of one finger width. Fantastic creaminess and thickness. Beautifully soft shiny complexion. Lovely even consistency. The head is wonderful, but recedes inside two minutes - likely due to the high ABV. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, nor can I get any to stick by tilting the glass.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid jet black. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a gorgeous looking stout with an impressive head. I'd call it a special appearance, but it isn't unique. There are no flaws here

Sm: Hidden roast, heavy cacao nib dust, chocolate malts, dark malts, dusty powdered chilis (but no overt spice or heat), rich cinnamon dust, and cream. Some burnt/caramelized sugars.

Really appealing.

The cinnamon obscures the chilis, but overall I'm really impressed. A mouthwatering aroma of mild strength. I can't wait to try it.

No yeast character, hop character, or overt alcohol is detectable.

T: Dark malts, cocoa powder/dust, chocolate malts, milk chocolate, caramel, caramelized/burnt sugars, well-integrated cinnamon spice, a faint hint of chili heat, brown/muscavado sugar, and cream. Cocoa dust is dominant, and boy is that note executed well here. A bit ashy and burnt. Any vanilla is pretty tame, and doesn't evoke authentic vanilla bean (or artificial vanillicin).

Very well balanced, though there isn't a great deal of complexity (relative to the style) or subtlety. It isn't an intricate brew, but the subtle chili pepper lends it some interesting nuance and the cinnamon is a nice touch.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Very cohesive, but not quite gestalt.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Thick and full-bodied. Unrefreshing. Really good presence on the palate. Comforting, approachable, and somewhat soft. A biteen overcarbonated.

Not too sticky.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable for the 10% ABV, but the ABV isn't that well hidden. I quite like it, and I'd certainly order it again at a bar, but I don't know that it's world class. It's almost a unique take on an imperial stout, and I love the subtlety of the chili pepper. I'll have to try more beers from Perennial. This one is damn solid.

The mouthfeel is a highlight for me, but the earthiness of the flavour profile detracts from the beer overall.

Low B

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3.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this bottle. High expectations for this.

Looks great coming out of the bottle. Good color and nice tan head.

Smell isn't quite what I was expecting. Not much stout aroma, heavy on the pepper and cinnamon.

Taste - Starts out with heavy pepper, some cinnamon, and a touch of cocoa. Sounds great in writing, not so good in actuality. The pepper and cinnamon flavors were unpleasant, and there was not enough balance between the stout and the additions. No heat from the peppers comes through, also no vanilla that I could detect.

Mouthfeel is fine.

Overall, I was incredibly disappointed with this beer. It seems this has to do with my palate as opposed to getting a bad bottle, as the other tasting group members all really enjoyed it. I couldn't even finish my 4 oz taster of this. I did really enjoy Hunahpu, so I'm not sure why Abraxas didn't work for me, but it's not a beer I would seek to drink again.

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3.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.66/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown-black with a huge creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate with some cinnamon and spice. Kind of smells like a Mexican mocha. Alcohol comes out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet fudgy lactic chocolate with some cinnamon and spicy chili with a bitter roast finish and some booze and black licorice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, very interesting with a lot going on. Everything doesn't blend real well - the chocolate is a bit too sweet, the roast is a bit too bitter, the black licorice is a bit strong. It would be interesting to try this aged to see if it mellows some. It is a bit pricey at $22 a bottle.

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3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and almost flat. The aroma is almost herbal. Very much spicy, but it has an almost ginger aroma to it, though the chili peppers and cinnamon are there. Lots of licorice and roasted malt, too. The flavor is quite a bit sweeter than expected. Licorice, molasses, and burnt sugar to go with a bit of chocolate. The same chili character with a dash of cinnamon. Certainly an intensely flavored beer.

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3.69/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
98 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.