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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 1,956
Gots: 139 | FT: 4
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Etan on 11-18-2012

Imperial Stout aged Twelve months in Rittenhouse Rye barrels with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, ancho chiles & cinnamon sticks
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Ratings: 988 | Reviews: 95
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Photo of Stevedore
4.66/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Great Taste. I still remember the taste of this beer which I got about 4 ounces of. I honestly should not be doing this as a review but I have to share my thoughts on this beer right now for my own record-keeping purposes.

This beer poured out of the pitcher a dark brown, nearly black body with a nice 1cm mocha head that dissipated over a few minutes into pretty much nothing, not even a film. It looked very viscous. As I drink it down, you can see cinnamon particles on the sides of the glass plus a decent bit of lacing. That tells me the beer is sticky as hell.

The beer smells like cinnamon toast crunch with chocolate milk. It smells so decadently chocolatey sweet mixed with straight up vanilla and so, so much cinnamon. I tried but could not get any of the spicy peppers in the nose. It's very strong and pungent, I really enjoyed smelling this beer!

The taste is where the money is at. It's pure cinnamon up front tempered by a sweet milk chocolate flavour. Then there's a burst of vanilla throughout, a sweet kind of vanilla that combines with everything to make this beer sort of taste like liquid marshmallows. And that's not all- there is a not-very-subtle peppery spiciness that burns a decent bit on the back end. It is all in all, a delicious beer and a major improvement on the regular Abraxas- which didn't have that marshmallowy flavour to it.

Mouthfeel is great- very full bodied, creamy and viscous beer with a spicy peppery kick on the back-end. I was so happy with my four ounce pour, I would absolutely accept more but this beer was just so thick, decadent and rich that I was satisfied after 4 ounces. No booziness at all in this beer, and everything was so well integrated.

Overall, absolutely worth the hype. The regular Abraxas is awesome but this took it to a whole other level. That marshmallowy chewiness on top of the cinnamon, peppers and chocolate was just something else entirely. It's not Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Dark Lord but it's not very far off from that either.

Re-review: Batch 2 black wax bottle poured into a FFF/DMC snifter 6/21/2014. Same appearance and mouthfeel as described above. The nose and palate seem to be rather focused around the bourbon barrel-aging and cinnamon sticks. There is some chocolate fudge from the malts, but it tastes like bourbon soaked cinnamon sticks. Which is certainly excellent. Still, I am missing some of the complexities of the base Abraxas beer, especially in comparison to Double Barrel Hunahpu's which we drank just before opening this one. This is certainly an excellent choice if you enjoy cinnamon spices and barrel-aged stouts, but it may very well not be worth the price of admission. As usual, I won't be changing the score based on the initial review, but this would be something more like a 4.55 if I did.. then again, I'm comparing this to a top 5 beer in Double Barrel Huna, so it doesn't reflect particularly poorly on this excellent stout.

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
2.5/5  rDev -47.1%

This is genuinely bad. Whoever thinks this is good deserves an enema.

Photo of zxtwou2
4.89/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing! Had it on tap at Perennial. One suggestion I offer is to let it warm up quite a bit. The cinnamon explodes in your mouth when it's warmer! It was fantastic!

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could literally smell this wonderfulness 2 ft away from the glass. Similar to '14 Prop, only more balanced and the ancho pepper puts it over the top. Best beer I've ever had.

Photo of HOPSareKey
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect way to describe this is a cinnamon infused, super fresh dark fudge brownie. Awesome deep fudge notes along with a nice cinnamon hint. Not a cinnamon bomb like others in this style have been. Barrel comes through exactly like it should with subtle whisky notes. Everything compliments each other well.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Like a black goddess standing on the other side of the bar giving you the look.

Smell- Whiskey really compliments the cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla like the Bridal Party at a Wedding.

Taste- A whirlwind of delightfulness that would make your toes tap.

Feel- Like a magic carpet ride with Aladdin.

Overall- Would love to thank the 20 people who brought this to Tampa Bay Beer Week 2014. Drank it so much and never could get enough. Good people.

Photo of Sarge3130
4.36/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours black with thin brown head. Smells of heavy cinnamon and roast. Smooth taste with chocolate and more cinnamon, minimal heat. Mouth feel is on the thinner side.
Really good beer but not on the same level has Double Hunahpu and not worth what it took to trade for it. I think I might actually prefer the regular version better.

Photo of Tgmckinn
4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

6 oz pour of batch 2.

Smells of cinnamon and chocolate fudge, with the barrel taking the back seat. Taste follows the smell, still not much from the barrel which is quite a letdown. Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied.

Overall, this is a great stout, but the lack of barrel presence in this beer makes it taste more like a year old regular abraxas (which I've had). Not worth the price of admission. Had Proprietors right after, and it was a much better example of a BA stout!

FYI: The blend is insane!

Photo of Jared14
4.84/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on draft at the Saison du Fermier release. $10/11-12oz.

A- Poured pitch black with nearly no head. Thin dark brown head left little lacing.

S- Hint of chocolate and coffee hard to place due to strong bourbon nose.

T- More complex than the base for me. Hint of cinnamon with strong coffee and chocolate notes finishing with bourbon notes and slight burn. The only knock is that as it reached room temp the bourbon notes took over and it lost it's complexity.

M- This is the one. Definitely my favorite mouthfeel for this style. Viscous but goes down smooth and has an amazing backbone to carry the complex flavors.

O- By far the best "Mexican" stout I've had. Will be seeking out additional pours at upcoming tap takeovers. Setting the standards high for the BA Mexican Cakes next month.

Photo of deebo
4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing. So good. The bourbon really ties the room together.

Photo of ehammond1
4.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for sharing this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Nearly black in body, though the very corners of the liquid are a very dark brown and auburn. Thin, but creamy dark brown head. Leaves the glass sheeted with lacing. Beautiful beer.

This is so exceptional and so unique, it's hard to actually transcribe how magnificent this actually is. I will do my best. Freshly baked Cinnabon with integrated yet expressive bourbon drizzle, along with a noticeable, yet mild, and complementary chile character. The aroma is complete, evolving, and really something quite special. I put this to my nose even more than to my mouth a) because that's the only way the beer stayed in my glass for me to enjoy, and b) it's one of the greatest aromas I've ever smelled. I'd really like Bed, Bath, and Beyond to make a Barrel-Aged Abraxas candle. They can do that, right?

The flavor is just as good as the aroma. This beer is staggering. Layers of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, mild yet delicious bourbon, just a bit of oak, complementary chile character, big cinnamon note, though complementary instead of distracting and detracting like I've encountered with other beers brewed with cinnamon. Some chocolate accents and layers of coconut, though I don't think that's an ingredient at all used in this beer. Regardless, this is incredible and effectively as good as experimental American beer can get.

Medium to near full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Creamy. Decadent.

About as good as beer can get. I was left speechless.

Photo of jeonseh
4.4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chocolate stout with milk chocolate foam on the sides 4.25

S - Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, slight spice, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, slight milkiness, and slight bourbon sweetness 4.25

T - Loads of dark chocolate, cinnamon, and sweet milk. Caramel in the mild and a slight roasted aspect which reminds me a bit of cinnamon toast crunch or rum chata. Warming alcohol and pepper heat near the backend as well as dark bitter chocolate

M - Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation to prevent it from being cloying. Finish is slightly astringent from the dark chocolate and has some slight heat

O - Really good BA beer and I think they must add more cinnamon as this has much more cinnamon and flavor than regular. The barrel adds some slight bourbon sweetness to it and rounds out the flavors of the regular Abraxas

Photo of hooliganlife
4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pour was a snifter, served chilled. allowed to warm to near room temp to review.

pour was black, thick huge cocoa head. almost appeared to pour like guinness, minus the clover drawn into the head.

once warmed, plenty of whiskey dominating with a spicy rich chocolate backing.

very whiskey forward, first and foremost. the spices were very well integrated and blended well. the -bar aspect took the chili and cinnamon to a new level.

very thick, sticky, chewy. a bit of whiskey burn, improved with room temp. smooth at room temp.

quite good but for the love of god, drink at room temp or near. shines that way.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Glass staining. Nice khaki head. Wispy on the surface with a thick collar.

Smell - Wow nice. Lots of cinnamon. Peppers, vanilla, and chocolate. Not a lot of barrel character from it. Peanut buttery.

Taste - Peppers come through in the background throughout. Peanut butter flavor persists throughout too. Lots of chocolate and a bucket of cinnamon. Some whiskey and vanilla comes through, but not much else.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and slick. Very nice body. Peppers cut the heaviness.

Overall - Pains me to say this is just as good as Hunahpu. I wish there was more barrel, but it's hella good.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a thick, sludgy ink black colour with a thin layer of espresso coloured that quickly reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - A big (unexpected) coconut aroma up front that is followed by a big sweet cocoa aroma and notes of char, whiskey, chilli peppers and a touch of smoke. An absolutely wonderful nose.

T - A huge toasted coconut flavour up front that gives way to cinnamon and ancho chilli notes that come through beautifully in flavour without a lot of heat. Sweet chocolate and molasses notes enter mid-palate and balance out the spices nicely. The barrel presence is more muted than expected but adds a nice layer of whiskey and char notes throughout and a touch of vanilla that shows up in the finish. The flavours work so well together and are well integrated with the barrel aging.

M - Full body. Somewhat viscous. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - This beer was flawless.

Photo of nataku00
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

On tap at City Beer Store during the event with Perennial. Beer pours pitch black with thick and creamy dark brown head. Head dissipates to slick of brown after a few minutes, leaving heavy lacing and alcohol legs.

Nose is really nice, dark chocolate, espresso, graham cracker, cinnamon, vanilla, toasted coconut, sweet fudgy brownie. Can't really detect any of the chile in the nose.

Taste follows the nose exactly, very well balanced flavors of sweeter fudge and bitter dark chocolate, fruity espresso, graham cracker spices with the extra hit of cinnamon. Whiskey barrel contributions mid palate as the beer warms with vanilla, toasted oak and vanilla, caramel. Finish is long and lingering chocolate, spices and the chili hits in the back of the throat, light vegetable and spicy chili.

Fully body, thick and creamy beer. Very slow sipper as the flavors are big and bold but balanced, without any alcohol heat. Very nice beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black as night pour, big dark brown head, but retention was floating. Ended up inky and still. Light bourbon nose, with spice and cinnamon, and slight peppery heat, with roast, char, and chocolate. Tasted heavies on the cinnamon. Light spiciness, medium barrel with touches of booze and a cocoa powder finish. Thick and creamy, full bodied, heavy.

The over the top cinnamon is a little detracting for me, as its not a flavor I like, but worked well for it. I like Hunaphu better due to its balancing flavors, but this was really good.

Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri. This beer is an imperial stout aged 11 months in Rittehouse rye whiskey barrels with cacao nibs, ancho chiles, vanilla beans, and cinnamon.

Score: 100

Tap pour served in a FOBAB taster glass and enjoyed (several times) at FOBAB on 11/17/12. Later enjoyed on tap at the release, and subsequently out of the bottle. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Color is deep brown, almost black. Not much head off the small pour; just a mocha-colored ring around of the glass. Good lacing nonetheless. Out of the bottle, there is a nice layer of head with good lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: This beer straight up smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, peppers and dark chocolate. There is a faint hoppiness and a light bourbon character in the background. 5/5

Taste: Tastes exactly like it smells, but with more pepper and chocolate character. The bourbon is not in-your-face. Instead, it is really well blended into the flavor profile, adding complexity without taking a prominent role. There's also a subtle vanilla throughout. Absolutely delicious and easy drinking! 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. The oatmeal stout base provides an awesome viscosity. Ample spice kick on the tongue with a light peppery prickliness in the throat after the swallow. 5/5

Overall: This is the absolute, unqualified best spiced stout that I have had to date, and it was easily one of the best beers at FOBAB this year. The bourbon is not very prominent, which is not par for the course, but excellent here. The Rittenhouse aging worked wonders on an already amazing beer. Cheers to Perennial for this knock out treat.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out; it's better than Hunahpu's.

Pairings: Chris Gierhart's infamous homemade beef chili or some mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Cost: Unknown.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.76/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to TheAbyss for hooking us up with this bottle for a tasting.
Thanks to TheAbyss for the bottle hookup!

Pours dark and black with a tan head. Little retention and some lacing down the glass.

Lots of milky cocoa, cinnamon and spice just like the regular version, but also well integrated whiskey that enhances the spice component with a little rye kick. The barrel is far from overpowering lending additional flavors instead of overpowering them.

Really like what the barrel has done for the flavor. Milk chocolate up front with some light roasted malts and brown sugar. Vanilla from the barrel is not as prominent as some others which is good for keeping the sweetness in check. The whiskey really kicks in towards the end creating a pleasant burn along with the spices. All is integrated beatifully with restaint on the barrel. Overall the impression I get from this is adult Cinnamon Toast Crunch with the cinnamon and brown sugar playing very well with the whiskey

Fairly heavy bodied. Very chewy and lower in carbonation than the non-BA version. Just a little residual heat and alcohol linger on the tongue. Hides the alcohol very well for a beer this size.

Wonderful beer and one of the few hype trains I've had recently that's worth it. The flawless flavor integration is what makes this one stand out. Everything seems to have a purpose and works together well.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.87/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared last night by Curran, thanks man.

Pours a pretty dark black, with a half inch mocha-colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells tremendously rich and decadent- a huge amount of fudge and aromatic cocoa powder, some rye whiskey, and vanilla. I can't wait to get into this.

This also tastes like a dream. The barreling seems to have amplified the chocolate aspect of this beer, and downplayed the peppers. The peppers are still there, but less so than regular Abraxas. I get also cinnamon, vanilla, oak, spicy rye whiskey, and vegetal pepper with no real actual heat. This is one decadent mofo of a stout.

This is thick bodied, with a creamy, rich mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. Despite the ABV and richness, it's very drinkable.

This is up there with the best stouts I've ever had. It's so well-done.

Photo of rlee1390
4.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Black in the glass, some carbonation, one finger brown head that dissipates quickly.

S-Very good bourbon, chocolate is there, the peppers are mild with a nice cinnamon.

T-The bourbon is spot on present but not overpowering. Chocolate is there, mild chili heat followed up with great cinnamon.

M-Medium bodied, with mild heat and a tad creamy.

O-Wow. One of the best beers available. A must try.

Photo of oline73
4.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was lucky enough to have this at the Perennial beer dinner at Birch and Barley. Served in a tasting snifter.

The beer pours an opaque dark brown/black color with not much head to speak of. The smell is divine. As good as this beer tastes, it smells even better. I'm getting pepper spice with sweet cocoa and notes of coconut and cinnamon. The taste is a bitter sweet dark chocolate. The peppers burn and the burn increases as the beer warms. I'm getting some cinnamon and smooth bourbon. There is a roasty note that reminds me of coffee. The body is thick and syrupy, smooth and sticky on the mouth. There is a tingly carbonation and you can feel a slight burn. This is an awesome beer and I'd love to have more in the future.

Photo of Etan
4.45/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at FoBAB. Warrants a review.

A: Blackish brown body.
S: Big cinnamon and milk chocolate in the nose. The cinnamon is powerful yet smooth. Some vanilla/lactose notes as well.
T: Very smooth cinnamon, chocolate, tannic vanilla and caramel. Slight green heat from the chiles.
M: Thick with very slight carbonation.
O: Definitely one of the best spiced stouts I've had - the cinnamon is so well integrated with the chocolate, with a subtle yet palpable barrel character that enhances the vanilla notes. Really good, and perhaps one of the best beers at FoBAB this year.

Photo of iadler
4.61/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the many bottles opened last Saturday. From notes.

A- Pours a deep black with a thin dark mocha head. Minimal lacing left behind.

S- One of the best smelling beers I've had. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls with icing. Notes of spicy dark chocolate chili bars, whiskey, oak, toast and brown sugar.

T- Plenty of dark and milk chocolate mingled with cinnamon and brown sugar covered toast, vanilla, slightly spicy chilies and whiskey.

M- Lower carbonation with a rich mouthfeel with a bit of heat at the end from the higher abv and chilies. Still, the abv is hidden quite well.

O- An early contender for one of the best beers I've had this year. Everything works so well together in this beer as it's not overly hot nor spice forward. Hopefully they will make a bigger batch next time!

Photo of beerdrifter
4.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! Bottled Jan 2013. An aggressive pour yields a beautiful pitch black body with a quickly fading one finger caramel-colored head with basically no lacing. The nose is complex and incredible! The chilies, cacao nibs, and cinnamon are all equally represented, and when you throw in the whiskey barrel, it's over the top! Also getting coconut and vanilla along with hints of dark chocolate and booze. The taste is just as complex. Once again, everything comes through as advertised, which isn't always the case with these types of beers. Huge cinnamon notes, huge cacao, and huge, but not too huge, chili peppers. Tons of dark chocolate fudge and coconut, along with hints of oak, vanilla, whiskey, tobacco, and subtle dark fruits. The mouthfeel is thick and rich and incredibly smooth. The heat from the chilies is there, but it's perfection. Too many times with chili beers, the peppers overwhelm and distract. But not with this beer. Overall, this beer delivers in every way. All the advertised elements were bold, yet equally represented. Can't think of any other beer that delivered on what was advertised quite like this. Highly recommended!

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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.