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Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales


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743 Ratings

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%

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:
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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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011/Batch 2)

Thanks for opening this, DarthKostrizer!

Nearly black in color with a moderately sized brown head that eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

The aroma is an interesting and unique combination of roasted and black malts, plenty of chile spice (like chipotle), a bit of cinnamon, and even a bit of pine presence. It all comes together quite interestingly and nicely.

The flavor is as complex as the aroma, with cinnamon and chile elements pushing through the roasted, dark malt backbone. There's also traces of smoke and wood. The chile flavor is obviously present without being overtly spicy.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A unique and incredibly flavorful, evolving stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 22:45:37 | More by ehammond1
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled upon this one by chance when I was in Fairview Heights, IL. What a find.

Standard stout dark brown/borderline black color, but the head really sets it apart. It's an inch of dark sandy colored, frothy head.

The aroma is a slightly bitter dark bakers' chocolate, anise, and light cinnamon.

The cocoa and cinnamon really pop in the flavor along with vanilla and an earthy spice in the finish, presumably from the chiles. There's no heat to it, but it does leave an earthy aftertaste that, when compounded with the sweetness of the cocoa, is superb.

Mouthfeel is soft with mild carbonation and slightly dry.

This is a fantastic representation of the style and a flat out great beer. The pricepoint is high at $20, but that seems to be the direction limited releases are going. This one at least delivers and I'm looking forward to trying more of Perennial's beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:56:35 | More by Vonerichs
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Allagash glass. Pours obsidan black with dark brown head. Two fingers of head upon pour, a collar retains nicely, minimal lacing. Aroma is heavy on dark bitter chocolate, cacao, licorice, molasses, and roasted malts. A touch of pepper is present on the nose in the background. The taste is incredibly dry and full of cacao. This features that raw chocolate flavor which makes for a very robust and deep flavor. This pairs nicely with the thick stout base. Notes of licorice and cinnamon come through in the middle and cayenne makes an appearance at the end. The heat is minimal and builds slowly as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is thick and sturdy with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty, full flavored, and rich beer. Definitely worth a try. Hunahpu's is still the king in this combo of flavors though.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 06:26:53 | More by homebrew311
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Hunahpu snifter
pour is dark with little head and very little lacing
smell is heavy chocolate and cinammon
which is very consistent with the taste
overwhelming great chocolate and cinammon mix
i don't know if the taste of the pepper faded as this bottle was a year old
either way an excellent drink and would definite get again

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 18:34:14 | More by mhksuccess
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New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 23:34:20 | More by metter98
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New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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.

The beer is very smooth and easy drinking without too much carbonation.

The beer is a bit different from Mexican Cake as the heat here takes a backseat.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:32:23 | More by dar482
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4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1.

Thick, thick, thick, like motor oil. Small tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, but there's visible bubbling and carbonation throughout.

Smell is excellent. Chocolate, chili, cinnamon, vanilla, maybe a tiny bit of roast. Really rich and decadent, kind of a brownie batter kind of smell.

Taste is bigger on the bitterness and the spice. I was surprised at how much the spice has held up despite the age on this bottle. There's some dark chocolate, cinnamon, chili, bitter coffee roast, maybe a slight bit of vanilla sweetness. Not as good as the nose, but still very good.

Mouthfeel is great. Thick, oily, coats the mouth. Nice carbonation.

What a great stout. This combination of flavors is just excellent, and I think I'd like it almost no matter who did it, or how. Hunahpu's is still king, but this is a damn fine alternative.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 03:22:33 | More by rodkin
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4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 17:21:20 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a jet-black color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cocoa, chilies, chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Good spicy chile pepper bite with some cinnamon flavor. Nice chocolate taste with some toasty malt and caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish. Surprisingly easy drinking for the style.

O - This is an amazing beer. Glad 44 Stone had it on tap because I've yet to see a bottle of it in town.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 01:44:04 | More by zeff80
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Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to Jeff for this bottle.
Bottled in 11/2012. Poured in to snifter.

A -Deep black; thick and sludgy. The beer is so thick that it struggles to get out of the bottle. One finger of creamy medium brown head formed with excellent retention.

S - Cocoa and chillies up front with a big roast profile and lighter cinnamon and smoke notes.

T - Bitter-sweet cocoa up front with a big roast profile that immediately gives way to some chilli heat. Mid-palate adds sweet molasses and a touch of cinnamon. A lingering heat in the finish.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation.

O - This was excellent. My only complaint is that there was a little too much heat which became a touch distracting and also overpowered the cinnamon a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 02:11:54 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:40:12 | More by smakawhat
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4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 22:06:06 | More by jeonseh
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black, very thick and viscous looking, produces a very thin brown head that recedes to a wisp, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Spicy aroma of chile, cinnamon, as well as some cocoa and dark chocolate.

T- Has a center of rich, bittersweet dark chocolate, fudge, roasted grain and a hint of coffee. Especially as it warms you get flavors of cinnamon and chiles, which are mildly spicy and nicely balanced with the chocolate and roasted flavors.

M- Medium to full body, has a smooth, creamy feel.

O- An excellent chile stout, has some really delicious chocolate flavors as well as great use of chiles and cinnamon, a must-try.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 09:59:43 | More by WillCarrera
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as hell with fingers of thick, pillowy head that sits on top and does not move. Its evil looking--totally evil looking. Big alcohol feet on the sides.

Smell: Nose was a little more subtle than I would have expected. Sweet chocolate nibs, breakfast roast coffees, cinnamon, and an ever so slight vanilla in the back followed by a peppery sting in the nostrils. Probably the chiles.

Taste: Damn! Deep roasted malts followed by sweet chocolate nibs that seem dark in some sips and a bit sweeter in others. Control on the chocolate nicely executed. These flavors are brought through with that vanilla bean. Gives it a creamy sort of smell-- reminds me of Breakfast Stout some in this regard. But the kicker is the finish on this one. Cinnamon and ancho chiles give it a spiciness and a pepperiness that is just as original as I've seen in a while. Barrel-aged freaks love the burn on the end of a big impy stout...this one burns on the finish because of the spiciness. Layered perfectly.

Mouth: Big body, low carbonation, slight peppery burn on the end from chiles and cinnamon.

Overall: Kick ass brew. There were a lot of highlights this evening but this one was my favorite. I'm left wanting just a bit more body and a little bigger nose. Its probably tricky considering that a bigger nose might make the spice in the mouth a bit too large. Highly recommend this one. If he perfects it, it could win awards I bet.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 17:25:58 | More by paxchristi
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarthKostritzer for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Batch 2. Bottled November 2011.

Pours an opaque black with a khaki head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form all over the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cocoa, cinnamon, and chile. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cinnamon, chile, cocoa, and slight coffee beans. A medium roasty bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an awesome stout with some awesome aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:55:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wedding tick: New tick #1 for the week. This beer pours a full bodied midnight black in color with a beautiful, creamy dark mocha head. It looks perfect! The nose is rich and malty. There is a lot of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg spice in the nose with dark chocolate, bitter coffee roast, and slight fresh, green (in terms of maturity) pepper. The nose changes as time goes on, making this one very complex and more enjoyable as you proceed. The flavors are big and full of bitter dark chocolate and coffee roast. There is also plenty of spice presence, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also some freshly cut pepper in the finish but it is somewhat subdued (on purpose I would imagine, to satisfy more people). It has nice flavor and all of the ingredients work in unison. It drinks full in body and coats your palate. It's a nice beer and well worth the $19 or so per bottle. This is the closest thing I've seen to Hunahpu yet and perhaps better than current batches.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 04:47:31 | More by aasher
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: half finger dark tan head on a jet black body. Excellent lacing.

S: dark chocolate, vanilla, chili peppers, coffee.

T: tons of dark chocolate throughout with hints of espresso bitterness and Regaulr coffee. Vanilla and Cinnamon, red peppers round this one out.

M: full body and low to moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Overall: complex, great chocolate presence with spicey notes that make this unique and very memorable. Excellent beer, glad I was here for the release.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2012 00:05:34 | More by kylehay2004
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 11/2013

Picked up in a trade from Maryland. Poured into a small Stone branded snifter.

Pours viscous dark black with a thin tan head that dissipates after a few sips, nice lacing from start to finish. Nose is earthy and peppery, plum and toasted malt, sweet chocolate, black liquorish. The taste is absolutely phenomenal - similar to the nose, very earthy, dark toasted malt, raisin, bitter dark chocolate and as it warms up a bit the cinnamon and chilies really come through, with a little warmth on the back end from the high ABV. A lot going on, but in perfect harmony - extremely well balanced flavors. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style - big bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation, finishes extremely dry.

Such a good Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 04:15:23 | More by DeanMoriarty
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Warren (bigdub) for this one.
Split two ways, cellar temp into snifter on 3/4.
Beautiful dark brown coloring, nice thick, tan head, ample lacing left on the glass.
Dark roast up front on the nose. Followed by cocoa, touch of vanilla, trace of cinnamon, no real chili here.
This is exactly what I want in a stout like this. First the roast from the malt, followed by the spice. The chili flavor was the perfect amount. Enough to let you know that it is there, but in no way overpowering.
Feel- one word 'perfect'.
I really enjoyed this beer. That being said, due to the price point, plus having to trade/ship to obtain it, not sure how soon it will be until I have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 20:33:15 | More by steggers
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4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a generous trader. Bottled 11/2013. Pours incredibly thick pitch black with a big dark brown head. Aroma of massive chocolates, a hint of spicy pepper, and a bit of cinnamon. Really nice. Flavor is super sweet chocolate, light roast, a bit of cinnamon dryness, with a lingering dry cocoa powder and light chile flavor left on the palate. The heat picks up a tad as I sip and the cinnamon definitely comes out as it warms. Thick bodied with low carbonation, but not as thick as I was expecting after watching the pour. Pretty good stuff with both sweet chocolate and bitter roast shining through here. Hoping to find the BA version someday.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:07:25 | More by BMMillsy
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4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, black, 1.5 finger creamy caramel head

S- Cinnamon is quite apparent. Vanilla, booze, sweet fruits and lots of charred caramel.

T- Yep, cinnamon toast crunch all the way. Love this one more than the barrel version as the alcohol burn is much less here. Flavor goes for days. Cinnamon with some marshmallows

M- Thick, full body, with moderate booze. Creamy as can be.

O- Wow. Not the spice that Bomb has, but an outstanding food beer. Pair with steak, lamb, or even duck. Any coffee style desert would work nicely too.

$18 for 750 ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:34:14 | More by Bosoxfan20
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4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gaining inspirations from ancient central America; the sweet, savory, and spicy taste of mole gives this 1-year cellared stout as much meldedness as it does complexity.

Starting off with a mimicry of espresso- the dark black beer has a gaze of cloudiness cast over it and hardly allows any depth of clarity. Capped by a sandy-tan steadfast head, the foam slowly collapses back into the beer until its dainty froth circles the glass in even more espresso-like fashion. Relatively low on retention, the beer speckles the glass with pockets of sticky foam.

A strong foundation of bold-roast coffee, cocoa-rich chocolates, brown sugar, molasses, and campfire roast set the tone for certain stout-like aromas. But its the peppery scent of undeniable cinnamon and the twinge of capsacin that tantalize the nose with complements of black jellybeans and mild vegetal pepper fruit that poke through the malts

Similar to its scent- the bold richness of creamy malts coat the early palate with the sweetness of burnt sugars and malted milk (milkshake). Saturated tastes of bittersweet chocolate is exacerbated with true dry cocoa additions. Just when its middle palate release light fruit and spice of grape, cherry, and aniseed; the sultry spices of pepper and cinnamon come on and extend into the finish. Warm, fruity, spicy, and roasty- the beer keeps rewarding the palate into an indefinite finish.

Undoubted is the beer's full body. The roast is wrapped around a malty center of residual sweetness, heavy cream malt, and marshmallowy carbonation. But as the beer slowly releases its sugars and carbonation, the onset of spice, warmth, and supple dryness keeps the beer developing deep within a savory and extended finish.

The Mexican inspired stout would make the Aztecs proud- as this beer has certainly earned respect among the best that today's craft beer world offers. The beer is meticulously balanced and doesn't shy away from powerful complexities in addition. It's beautiful in its recipe design, brewer execution, and courage.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 17:15:36 | More by BEERchitect
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a co-worker for the share.

A: Opaque black, darkest of the dark, with a tan fine head that stuck around and laced quite nicely.

S: Lots of vanilla, and cinnamon which I didn't recognize until tasting the beer. Also the chocolate notes were smooth, not pungent or burnt like a lot of other popular imperials. This was incredibly similar to the aromas on the Hunahpu's imperial stout, which is an all time classic.

T: Excellent, very smooth with just a tiny hint of chilli peppers. I do like vanilla, but the only reason I didn't give a 5 was the off balance of vanilla (there was a lot). IT had a very non-traditional imperial taste. Zero booze or bitterness came through.

M: Wonderful, very when carbonate and matched quite well with the velvety texture of the beer.

O: Can't wait to drink again, but not too much as it was $19 a 750ml plus shipping.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 15:28:27 | More by YumYumGumGum
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Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a thick motor oil black with a 1 finger dark cola head. Some long trails and bubbles of lacing that resides quickly.

S- as advertised. Cinnamon, pepper, vanilla and chocolate. It has a very nice spicy fudge aro,a the more you get into it.

T- dark chocolate, with the cinnamon, chile peppers, and vanilla sandwiched between more chocolate.

M- full body and low carbonation. Very smooth, creamy and drinkable and this beer has a nice warming feeling that creeps up after you swallow.

O- just a fantastic beer! This is a Melange a Quatre of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and chile peppers that works perfectly together. Steep price tag but a must try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 03:13:47 | More by kawilliams81
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle at 1/5/2012 tasting.

Pour thick dark brown like melted chocolate.

Smells of rich chocolate and spice.

Tastes like a chili truffle, all dark chocolate and spice. The peppers are in the forefront, there's even a subtle green vegetable quality, and it's not offputting at all. Delicious.

Very thick mouthfeel, again reminds me of drinking a gourmet chocolate beverage.

This beer is awesome, almost as good as Hunahpu's. Can't wait for the barrel aged version.


Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 14:26:13 | More by AlexFields
Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.