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Vanilla Bean Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas
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BA SCORE
97
world-class

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 98
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: birchstick on 03-01-2012)
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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Trappist Provisions in Oakland, which has, along with City Beer in San Francisco, brought Abraxas to Bay Area taps for the first time, that I'VE ever seen, anyway...exciting development, hope this is locked in as an annual event in these parts from now on...

I'll say the same thing here that I said for regular Abraxas - for me, to my tastes, this is a perfect beer, a perfect series of beers, worthy of a perfect score beyond any doubt, and, barring some grave unforeseen misstep whereby Perennial puts out something super unbalanced (not likely), I anticipate having no uncertainty whatsoever in giving any other Abraxas varietal I encounter a perfect score as well. If you like big, sweet, spiced stouts, well, you've reached the mountain top.

Having had the great opportunity to drink this side by side with the regular, I think the vanilla version comes out a bit slicker, for whatever reason. And the nose, ha, the nose, big delicious vanilla blast - a much more vigorous scent than that of the regular.

Tasting it, the vanilla flavor doesn't overwhelm the overall profile by any means, but it does mask the other ingredients a touch. The cinnamon and chocolate pop a bit more in the regular, and I even think the heat from the peppers is just a bit more present in the regular.

But this is just looking for differences between champions; it really doesn't matter. Both of these are world-beaters. Two of my favorite beers of all time.

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4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri. This is Abraxas with substantially more vanilla beans added.

Score: 91

Tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 11/15/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Inky black body with a thin layer of tan/khaki head that was lighter in color than the Coffee Abraxas was side-by-side. Great lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Very fresh vanilla bean and marshmallow forward aroma. Also present are chocolate and cinnamon/spice in substantially lesser quantum than the vanilla notes. The cinnamon/spice is muted in comparison to Coffee Abraxas, and virtually nonexistent relative to the base beer. This is beer does not scream "hey, I am a variation of Abraxas" but nonetheless features an enticing aroma. Notes of caramel and brown sugar too. Very nice. 4.5/5

Taste: Like the nose, the vanilla character dominates the taste. Cinnamon flavor is present in greater quantity than the nose led on, but no pepper spiciness to be found. Chocolate and brown sugar notes too. The taste is quite solid, but it's less integrated than the nose. Further, I found the beer to be bit overpoweringly sweet and a touch boozy relative to the base beer and coffee variant. Although tasty, I admittedly struggled to finish my 8 oz pour without feeling full. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, spot on carbonation. Creamy and slick mouthfeel, though seemingly less creamy than Coffee Abraxas. Sweet, but not quite "Dark Lord sweet." 4/5

Overall: Good, not great, and a far cry from Abraxas/Barrel Aged Abraxas/Coffee Abraxas in quality. In fact, there is very little "Abraxas" about this beer outside the cinnamon. One of the best qualities about regular Abraxas is how balanced it is, and here the added vanilla comes at the expense, for the worst, of the other ingredients and is just too dominant in my opinion. What's left by the tinkering of this variant is a solid vanilla stout with a cinnamon twist, but certainly not an improvement upon one of the best stouts out there.

Cost: $10 for an 8 oz glass.

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.