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Vanilla Bean Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 99
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: birchstick on 03-01-2012)
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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of birchstick
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Royale

A - pours deep dark black in color with a really nice chocolate brown one finger head.

S - vanilla bean all over the nose. Cinnamon, dark chocolates. A little bit of bubblegum too.

T - starts off with some dark chocolates that dominate the front of the pallet. This moves into a load of vanilla beans - it reminds me of the vanilla bean in the vanilla bcbs - integrates really well. Ends with more vanilla that is overtaken by cinnamon and a modicum of chili peppers. Hot chillies and vanilla linger.

M - medium body ends a little dry from the chillies and cinnamon

D - pretty nice compared to the regular version. The vanilla really popped and added yet another layer of complexity to this. I am looking forward to the other varietals of this beer. Recommended!

Photo of homebrew311
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jegross2
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ronricorossi
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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