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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 1,392
Gots: 122 | FT: 8
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Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged 11 months in Rittehouse rye whiskey barrels with cacao nibs, ancho chiles, vanilla beans, and cinnamon.

(Beer added by: Etan on 11-18-2012)
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Reviews by t0rin0:
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3.59/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by stlwill at the RBSG grand tasting at Surly. I certainly wasn't going to try trading for this one so I'm grateful for the free pour.

Pours a murky black/brown color, some head but it dissipates quickly.

Aroma is really heavy on the cinnamon. Actually everything about this beer is about the cinnamon. Plenty of booze present too, along with some wood and chocolate. Not a bad start but I'm scared of how sweet this is going to be.

Flavor is as feared: too heavy on the cinnamon and sugar. The upside is that there is some whiskey, toasted wood, and chocolate behind that. Unfortunately there are also roast, burnt, and all around astringent flavors. Not overly bitter.

Body is heavy, unsurprisingly but it's a good thickness. Could use some more carbonation.

t0rin0, Aug 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
4.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Stevedore, Jun 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

tectactoe, Jun 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

jono0101, Jun 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

SkiBum22, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -10%

joel66, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Jared14
4.79/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | 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.

Jared14, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -10%

Callmecoon, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

mctizzz, Sep 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

BrandonDZ, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

fo1ksguitar, Jun 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Prospero, Oct 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

jaminjohnson, Mar 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

bpfrush, Aug 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -41.7%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -10%

Cynic-ale, Jun 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

jbogner, Sep 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -36.4%

rudylaw, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

jtladner, Aug 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 09, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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

jeonseh, Jan 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

deuce9259, Aug 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

CLCardinal84, Nov 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

Bay01, Dec 04, 2012
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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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