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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

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 14.41%
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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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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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.

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.