Vanilla Bean Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales
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4.04/5 rDev -12%
Reviewing the Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri. This is Abraxas with substantially more vanilla beans added.
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.
02-24-2014 06:00:20 | More by jegross2
4.8/5 rDev +4.6%
Served on tap at Local Option. It took quite a bit of effort to order this beer as the moment it was tapped, there was just a mass of people at the bar attempting to order it. Atfer about ten minutes of standing on my tip toes and waving my arm, I got a pour. Pours a deep opaque black with light brown head. The vanilla bean in the nose can be detected from over a foot away, no joke. Vanilla is the star of the show and is backed by milk chocolate, light cinnamon notes, and cream. As it warm, the vanilla gets even more intense. It has such a natural vanilla bean presence that you even get some of the earthy notes from the skin of the bean. The taste is silky smooth with a light touch of cinnamon followed by some deep chocolate, and then taken over by huge notes of vanilla bean. As it warms, the flavors makes themselves more present with a touch of lingering heat at the very back. The vanilla seems to do to Abraxas what the barrel aging process does: add tons of smoothness and make the whole thing creamy. The mouthfeel is smooth, big, and delicious. Overall, this is a variant that people will continue to fight over any time it is tapped or gets put out in bottles, and for good reason. I put this one only a notch or two below BA Abraxas which still stands as my favorite beer.
11-18-2013 05:14:40 | More by homebrew311
4.4/5 rDev -4.1%
Abraxas with 5x the vanilla beans and ancho chiles. On-tap at Fountainhead, served in a snifter.
A - Dark tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and some spotty lace. Pitch black body, albeit in low lighting conditions. We ended up drinking on the patio due to the hordes.
S - Massive vanilla bean and ancho chiles - surprise! Cinnamon, Mexican hot chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Not all that different from regular Abraxas, other than the exponential increase in intensity.
T - The taste is similar, but with less of the vegetal chiles flavors and more cinnamon and spice. Vanilla is also downplayed a bit and integrates more with the dark sugar, milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts.
M - Medium-full body, smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Mild chile warmth that lingers for a while but never becomes oppresive. Well-hidden alcohol, and only mild residual stickiness after a moderately dry finish.
D - Quite good, albeit a sipper. It's better than regular Abraxas, but the chile and cinnamon flavors and alcohol content conspire against the drinkability. I briefly considered having a second glass, an on a fresh liver I probably would have gone ahead, but this is more of a nightcap.
11-26-2012 07:07:34 | More by MasterSki
4.65/5 rDev +1.3%
Had this little gem last night at ITap Chesterfield. Poured from cask into a snifter
A: Pours a motor oil black with 1.5in caramel head. Lacing is damn nice as head subsides after a generous amount of time.
S:Vanilla Vanilla Vanilla!!! Cocoa, spicy cinnamon, perhaps some chili?
T: Well Hello Vanilla! Vanilla dominates the palate, but in a great way. Melds well with the cinnamon and chocolate after taste. Ends with more vanilla and a slight chili burn in the back of the throat, but very, very welcome!
M: Thick, sticky, and cloying. This stuff is like a slightly thinner syrup!
O: Homerun! Im a huge fan of the regular Abraxas, but this is out of the park! Slightly less chili flavor, but much more vanilla...kinda like BCBVS, but not BA. I really hope Phil puts this shit in bottles! Id highly suggest anyone that can get it, to get it!
11-23-2012 01:32:09 | More by Duffmanohyeah02
4.43/5 rDev -3.5%
On tap at Fountainhead.
Black as night with a small brown head with no retention. There's no lacing, but the brew does make the glass completely hazy as you drink it down.
The smell is dominated by vanilla beans, but some cinnamon does sit at the back.
The flavor is heavy with vanilla beans with a supporting cast of cinnamon and dark chocolate. The finish leaves a little heat on the tongue.
The feel is mostly sticky and thick. This brew coats the mouth with vanilla oils.
This is a very delicious brew that is vanilla forward. The vanilla flavor is not a cloying sweetness, but decadent. The cinnamon and spice is not aggressive. I'm very happy to have tried this while it was available.
11-17-2012 15:23:59 | More by TotallyHosed
Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.