Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 6.98%
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Gots: 141 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the most Epic beer I have tasted to date!!! Tons of Barrel and big Cinnamon and it is completely deserving of all the hype!!!

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 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 BuckeyeFaninMI
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Worth the trouble to score one.
Amazing, complex and truly elite.

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

I was the fortunate one - the one who, after racing to the back left corner at FOBAB 2014, got the fifth-to-last (or so) pour, and they were pouring liberally... to liberally, probably, but that means that I got 4-5 ounces of this amazing brew. I can barely remember it... except that it was awesome.

Photo of sendsilk
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Just about the perfect beer.

Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is inviting of aroma, pepper skin, sweet milk chocolate, cinnamon, chunky dark chocolate, fudge.

The flavor hits of that sweet milk chocolate, some brownie batter, vanilla, raisins, more dark fruit. Then onto a fruit pepper skin with a medium amount of heat. The finish is of cacao along with some bourbon and caramel sweetness.

The barrel character on this is phenomenal along with the already amazing base beer.

Up there with DB Cake and better than DBH.

Photo of homebrew311
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at FoBAB. This was my favorite brew of the day. Appearance is a thick black opaque with oily appearance, a short lived cocoa head present. The aroma is simply amazing. An emphasis of cinnamon, reminiscent of cinnamon toast crunch, with heavy vanilla and bourbon in the background which smooths everything out. Notes of cocoa and chilies are present and add to the complexity of the aroma. The taste is divine. All the flavors are perfectly balanced and smooth. Cocoa comes first followed by cinnamon and vanilla. Some sweetness present with notes of Carmel and brown sugar, but the sweetness comes in harmony with the roasted malts and spices. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very smooth. Overall, this beer is fantastic, the barrel treatment has taken this base beer above and beyond. If you are lucky enough, be sure to try this!!

Addendum:

I am currently drinking this in its bottled form and felt the need to edit this review to a perfect 5 across the board. At FoBAB, there is definitely an issue of palate fatigue with all the delicious beers being served. Having this one on its own confirms that this is the best beer I've ever had. The chocolate pops with heavy waves of coconut and a more notable heat at the back, more so than I remember at FoBAB. Simply delicious.

Photo of PhishNoC
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Completely outstanding in every way. Lucky enough to have had some in June, better than KBS.

Photo of Abbbp
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Had at the weekly 24:1 share. Dang man, this is good. Beer of the year. Smells like coconut, tastes like the nectar that Silenus would bring to a share w his ole bud Dionysius. Also what stevedore said above. 6!

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 JoEBoBpr
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BA Abraxas 2012 (Released 01/2013)

Poured into a snifter from the tap at Perennial Artisan Ales on 1-26-2013. Posted from notes.

Pours a pitch-black brew that is pretty oily and viscous with a nice tan colored ring around the edge of the glass. One nice swirl produces a nice thin head. (5.0)

Aroma is amazing. Exquisite. Like fresh backed cinnamon rolls with chocolate frosting on them and some bourbon drizzled on them. The base beer notes are very present; there is some chili spice and heat in there. Amazing sweet and slightly bitter cocoa notes intermingle deliciously with some nice vanilla sweetness and some great cinnamon spice. The chocolate notes are exquisite, sweet and enticing and blend perfectly with the cinnamon. The chilies give the brew some expanded spice in the nose as well. Then there is the rye whiskey notes. Wow. Sweet honey/caramel/molasses and vanilla mixes perfectly with the base beer notes. So perfectly blended. (5.0)

The taste is wondrous. Abraxas is a great stout. The brew starts off with awesome sweetness. Cinnamon rolls a plenty. There are some awesome spice notes of cinnamon and vanilla that mingle perfectly with the chili heat and then marries perfectly with the sweet and bitter cocoa notes. All these notes play with each other so well but also shine incredibly by themselves. Now this is when this brew explodes with awesome flavor. The whiskey notes bring in another dimensions of molasses and caramel sweetness that blends with the cocoa and the vanilla and then the heat of the chilies and the spice of the cinnamon. The whiskey heat makes the brew that much more enjoyable. The chili heat mixes so well with the bourbon heat as well. Even though it spent nearly a year in the barrel it is not overwhelming. All the flavor profiles are very balanced and shine on their own. Quite complex. This beer is so velvety and silky and oily and smooth. Mouthfeel is full and perfect. (5.0)(5.0)

Overall. This beer is worth the hype. It is stunning. Very complex and if you like BA stouts you will enjoy this one. The flavors of the base beer are accentuated and the whiskey notes are delicious and present but not overwhelming. The flavor integration is flawless as well. One of the best, if not the best brew, I’ve ever had. Delicious job Perennial. (5.0)

Photo of Bgonzo
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Speechless!

Photo of slm728
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a small taste at snallygaster 2014...I literally can t imagine a finer beer.

Photo of daryk77
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Ended up drinking this on my Birthday, bottle provided by Emily from Perennial. I was encouraged to chug the remaining half straight form the bottle which I happily obliged. One of the most spectacular events in my life, one of the most glorious beers ever.

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 mks0913
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Got the 2014 version, black wax in a small bottle share.

I can't describe it better than everyone else did in their reviews, but I will say that I heard the sweet sound of angels singing upon my first sip and I sure didn't want my glass to ever empty. That's how delicious it was.

Photo of rden4654
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Luv This Beer!!!!

Photo of ajmmin
5/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Dark. Caramel tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Rich and roasted.

T - Toasted marshmallows with cinnamon and chilies. Or Cinnamon Toast Crunch in whiskey.

M - Coats nicely. Lingers a bit, but not long.

O - May be the best beer I've ever had.

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

A- Pours as thick as molasses and black as December midnight. Dark brown, rich, chocolatey colored head forms and retains prety well. Looks a little intimidating in the glass. High carbonation for the style is both visibily and audibly evident during the pour.

S- Dark, spicy, sweet, and a touch bitter on the nose. Dark malts and barrel are the dominant flavors in the scent, with vanilla sweetness and oaky spiciness being the prominent barrel flavors. The dark malt is s tough burnt and a touch bitter, but great notes of chocolate and just a little tiny bit of the peppers.

T- Starts off with a bang of chocolate and burnt dark malts and then moves straight toward the barrel. The barrel flavors present are led by a sweeter vanilla and a fairly spicy oak, just like in the scent. The chocolate comes rushing back, but this time has a new partner in crime; cinnamon. Malts quickly move in on the cinnamon's territory and take back over with just a touch of the spicy peppers.

M- Thick, smooth, creamy, and of course boozey the whole way. This beer drinks like a champ, but still displays its power in a combination of alcohol burn and rye barrel flavors. Not quite a sipper, only because the flavors are so damn delicious.

Overall, this beer lives up to the hype, enough said. I'm a little sad that I traded one away.

Photo of Joey2timer
4.99/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bourbon soaked cinimon oatmeal chocolate raison cookies

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 PHBoiler
4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle was the 2013 version opened in June 2014. This beer stood out amongst many. It tastes like a rich, fudge brownie with spices and maybe a bourbon glaze. The mouthfeel sets this beer apart. It is as rich as Bourbon County series. The cinnamon and hints of chili are still there to poke through and make this beer interesting. There are hints of vanilla and certainly some booziness. Absolutely decadent and delicious.

Photo of 1up
4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap from a sixtel at a Perennial event at Churchkey on 3.19.2013. They also had Aria on cask, Black Walnut Dunkel Weisse, Hommel Bier, and Saison De Lis.

A- opaque very dark blackish brown, almost completely black except when held up to the light the black fades to a dark brown with ruby highlights along the upper rim. There was no head when it arrived at the table.

S- the smell is extremely complex. Lots of coconut (even though it's not listed as an ingredient), chocolate, raisin, slight almond, spice (probably the cinnamon/chile). The coconut and chocolate are the most prevalent. I didn't get any hints of barrel.

T- very rich but not cloying at all. The beer is strong and sweet, but the sweetness and alcohol are not even close to overpowering. The chile works very well balancing out the sweetness like hops usually do. All the flavors meld together in what tastes like a spiced Christmas dessert or a york peppermint pattie. Coconut, chocolate, slight spice are the main flavors. This did not much resemble a beer in a traditional sense. Again, I tasted no barrel.

M- Medium bodied. I've had thicker stouts (Ten Fidy) and thinner stouts (Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout) but it works for this beer and feels right.

O- If you're looking for a dessert beer this is really good. Given it's scarceness and price, it would be hard to have this a lot. But it tastes really good and is highly recommended for trying at least once. I was lucky enough to have two glasses and that's really all I needed for the night. It will ruin your palette for anything else after it and works very well as a dessert beer.

Photo of postulanTrappist
4.96/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smells like a tobacconist's shop. Cocoa is prominent along with chilies. Vanilla like alcohol pressence. Tases like the best bar of chocolate ever. Harmonious blend of the adjuncts with a thick graham cracker backbone. Pleasant spicy finish.

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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.