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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.69%

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

2012 - 47 cases released

(Beer added by: Etan on 11-18-2012)
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
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!!


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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 05:30:48 | More by homebrew311
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 04:04:57 | More by jegross2
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
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)

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 00:34:52 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:43:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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District of Columbia

4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 14:18:10 | More by 1up
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4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Shared by my friend Photekut at the end of our Hill Farmstead tasting on 2/16/2013. I brought the regular Abraxas to a tasting a month or so earlier and we knew we had to get this, so thanks JR for doing that. :)

A: Looks much like the regular Abraxas, which is to say an incredibly thick dark chocolate color with a big, thick, frothy chocolate brown head. Like a melted cocoa drink from a nice chocolatier.

S: Holy shit. The smell is unbelievable. Loads of rich chocolate, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon and spicy chili. This smells like a German chocolate cake, but twice as good as any German chocolate cake could actually be. Easily as good an aroma as any beer I've had.

T: And it tastes just as good. Staggeringly rich and complex variety of flavors. Huge chocolate again, tons of vanilla, coconut, caramel, spice, oak...whiskey too but the whiskey is very subtle and seems to be doing more to transform the other flavors than to stand out in its own right. Spicy on the finish but not too much. This is just amazing.

M: Incredibly thick and rich, and yet impossible to stop drinking. We'd have finished numerous bottles of this if someone had offered them, I have no doubt.

O: This is a top five beer for me, maybe number one among stouts. Utterly amazing. I expected great things after having the regular Abraxas, but this vastly exceeded expectations. It's hard to believe how much complexity and balance the barrel aging added to this beer.


Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 13:29:33 | More by AlexFields
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4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into Southern Tier Pumking tulip.

A: Great looking pour. Pitch black with absolutely no light penetrating the glass even when held directly to a lamp. Moderate pour yields a one finger mocha head that hangs around a decent length of time given the 11% abv. Once it receded however, I didn't get any lacing.

S: I think this is one of my favorite smelling beers ever. I'm taken back to my childhood and mornings of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and milk. Whiskey is present yet not overpowering, perfectly integrated. Loads of vanilla too, almost like cinnamon roll icing. The stout characteristics are also apparent at the back end.

T: Wow! This is an incredibly unique and interesting beer. I don't think I've tasted anything quite like it. So much flavor in every sip. Whiskey, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and chile heat are there in droves. The chile heat crept up on me just a bit as it wasn't as discernible in the nose as it is on the palate. It works nicely and adds another layer of complexity and an interesting dynamic to the beer.

M: Silky, smooth, and slightly oily on the tongue. If I have any criticism here, it is that I could have used just a bit of a thicker mouthfeel (although this one certainly isn't thin). Outside of that, the low to moderate carbonation and smoothness allow the flavors to really shine.

O: There is no doubt about it, this beer is phenomenal. There is slightly more chile heat on the tongue than I anticipated from the nose, but that adds a nice little surprise to the first sip. I do think I would like to lay another bottle down for awhile and see what happens when the chile presence fades a bit, although I don't necessarily believe it will make for a better beer, just a different beer. One of the most memorable and enjoyable beer experiences I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:25:46 | More by dbc5
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New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Funky Buddha snifter

Pours jet black with a very interesting golden tint which I assume is from the cinnamon with a small tan head that fades pretty quickly.

The smell is cinnamon and I mean a lot of it. Reminded me a lot of Apple Brandy Mexican Cake with the cinnamon smell and a little bit of cocunut. As it warms this is where you get the barrel. It is mellow whiskey, but it is there and it makes you realize how perfectly nuanced this beer is.

The taste is more cinnamon, but not as overpowering as I have heard others mention. Too me it was like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but not sugary sweet like it. Again it is very nuanced with the cinnamon, sugar, chcolate and barrel. Having never had the regular version, I imagine that the barrel has really mellowed out some of the cinnamon. You get a light heat at the end from the chiles but thankfully they are verfy mellow compared to a beer like Hunahpu which I find a little overpowering with the heat.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and again very little heat from the chilies or alcohol. This beer is extremely drinkable for a stout and especially one brewed with cinnamon and chiles.

I was expecting this beer to be a cinnamon heat bomb like Hunahpu and I was more than surprised. I knew it was good, but this beer really takes it to a level that makes me wish it wasn't so hard to find this beer. If you love beers like Prarie Bomb or any version of Mexican Cake this beer will blow your mind.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 00:04:55 | More by mcgwire756
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4.84/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, shared with friends, reviewed from notes. Poured into a Hair of the Dog stemmed tasting glass.

The beer pours a lovely jet black color, very inky and viscous with a nice, tightly packed, caramel colored head, about a finger high that recedes into a nice layer of film around the glass with a touch of lace left behind. The aroma is incredible, rich chocolate, smooth whiskey, chewy oak, sweet vanilla mixes nicely with the cinnamon and pepper influence that lingers behind so nicely without getting vegetal and onion like, just the perfect amount of each to really make the chocolate forward nose more interesting. The flavors are great, loads of chocolate brownie, very rich but not overly sweet, smooth oaky whiskey with a great touch of charred barrel and smokiness behind it, vanilla and cinnamon are hand in hand giving this a lovely cinnamon sugar-esque flavor, some slight roast really amplifies the nice pepper heat at the end that lingers so nicely behind with just a touch of alcohol. The body is stellar, thick, luscious, chewy, rich, smooth, lively, it has everything going on and the finish is spectacularly silky and easy.

Verdict: Just a sublime stout from Perennial, a huge improvement over the base beer and the use of a Rye barrel was fantastic as the prickliness really compliment the spiced elements of the beer and the barrel influence is perfectly integrated into this beer. A true joy to drink and could possibly the best stout I've had to date, if not the best beer I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 16:11:01 | More by kevanb
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4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 23:06:23 | More by ehammond1
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4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 19:20:27 | More by jmarsh123
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4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1/2012 750ml bottle poured into a Goose Island glass. Having had non-BA Abraxas before.

A- Jet black same old saying. Minimal lacing that goes away quickly.

S- Cinnamon forward. How the hell did they get sooo much cinnamon into a ba beer? Cinnamon Toast Crunch followed by slight whiskey stout. I am impressed.

T- Again, cinnamon toast crunch, but less sugary with more whiskey obviously, and anise/licorice present with chocolate. A terrific beer, everything that it is hyped to be; and waaay better than non-ba abraxas. I would love to try the new coffee abraxas; for another time.

M- Pretty thick here for a ba stout. This is the mouthfeel that I like in a ba stout.

O- This beer is sooo different from anything that I have had before. I am soooo happy I have another to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 01:46:11 | More by gueuzedreg
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4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery.

Pours almost pitch black, with a tiny little head. Small lacing, very dark and thick.

Smell is big on chocolate at first. It's a sweet (but not too sweet) bittersweet milk chocolate, balanced and rich. This is followed by spice from the peppers and the cinnamon, some vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, little hint of smoke. Like the most delicious whisky-soaked chocolate bar on earth.

Taste is initially that big chocolate upfront, followed by the vanilla, a tiny bit of spice from the cinnamon, and just a hint of chili kick at the finish. But each taste is different. Sometimes the spice is more prominent, sometimes the chocolate, sometimes the barrel character. Super complex, this is definitely a sipper. Each taste changes and provides new flavors, and the barrel aging is just perfectly done. It really balances the component flavors and makes them stronger, but the barrel doesn't dominate on its own. It just accentuates. The alcohol is almost non-existent, it can't be tasted but this beer will lay you flat.

Mouthfeel is motor oil thick, low carbonation, really coats the mouth so the flavors linger for days. Stunning.

Hunahpu's used to be my favorite stout, so I'm clearly a sucker for this combo of flavors. This is the new king for me though. Bravo, Perennial. The crowning achievement of the best brewery in the state.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 22:50:08 | More by rodkin
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4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 03:43:59 | More by oline73
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle generously shared by Ethan at Hunahpu Day, 2013.

A- Pours black with a thin mocha head, leaves a bit of lacing.

S- This has to be one of the best-smelling beers I've ever had. Huge amounts of rich dark chocolate. The chocolate part of the aroma itself is crazy, smells like molten chocolate, chocolate cake, bitter and sweet dark chocolate, you get the idea. There's also a really nice vanilla and coconut aspect of the aroma, as well as cinnamon and a very subtle spicy chili aroma. The blend of spice and sweetness is really perfect. This is ridiculously good.

T- Just like the aroma, a massive and complex chocolate flavor, along with sweet coconut and vanilla, spicy cinnamon and chili. As in the aroma the chili spice is very subtle, so that it accents the chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon without overwhelming them.

M- Full-bodied, very thick and rich, mild boozy warmth at the finish.

O- This has to be one of the best stouts around. Even in the realm of spiced stouts it's up there with the best, we had this at Hunahpu day and this was at least as good as Hunahpu, if not better.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 19:26:52 | More by WillCarrera
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Between the Barrels event at the brewery during StL CBW

A - Pours black color with chocolaty head, much like the regular version. Not as viscious as I was expecting, but it is definitely intimidating looking.
S - Nose is spicy hot chocolaty fudge bourbon aromas
T - BA Abraxas opens up with vanilla chocolate cinnamon on the front of the tongue. This moves on to more pronounced flavors of chocolate and cinnamon. The bourbon barrel moves in and assert its presence by adding a boozy oaky vanilla caramel layer on top. Ends spicy hot with cinnamon. The barrel aging does a really nice job of not being overly boozy, yet also adding really nice complexity and taking Abraxas to a new level.
M - Mouth is smooth and goes down well, which is surprising given this brewery usually has thinner bodied beers
D - Overall. This is a solid, solid barrel aged beer. Added a nice layer of bourbony complexity to an already great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 22:11:40 | More by birchstick
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4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Churchkey/Birch and Barley Perennial beer dinner for DC Beer Week 2013.

A: It's dark in the restaurant, but by candlelight... the beer is black. A little rim of mocha head. Not many bubbles.

S. Holy f. Smells like... cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa. Like a chocolate cake. Or a Mexican spicy chocolate bar. Not a whole lot of bourbon, but it's there.

T. Tastes like someone took a cup of sweet Mayan hot chocolate, cooled it down, added more cinnamon and vanilla to it, and then magically made it alcoholic. There is a lot going on in this beer. The cinnamon dominates, at least initially. Then there's the vanilla and chocolate flavors that ramp up, followed by a real pleasant slow burn from the chiles. The burn masks the alcohol perfectly. And then... coffee is the aftertaste.

M: Fantastic, smooth, perfectly carbonated.

O: Yet again I'm forced to hold this up to my favorites of all time: BCBCS, Black Note and BCBS. BA Abraxas is easily in the top 5 stouts for me, but it doesn't beat out my standards. There's something almost sort of... novelty?... about it. It seems weird to say it, but there's almost too much going on here. But all in all, delicious and I'm glad to have tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 21:48:29 | More by nihiloexnihil
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4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | 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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 18:46:25 | More by Stevedore
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4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a big black body with good carbonation leaving a moderate brown cap which quikly fades leaving some bubbles and spotty lacing

5: Big cinnamon and anchos smothered by chocolate, roasted malt and light bourbon.

T: Taste follows the nose very well. Big cinnamon meets chiles but that cinnamon really rivals the chiles. It provides an initial zing or spiciness which is nice, it lingers from start to finish. It provides a nice heat which smothers the alcohol heat. The chocolate and roasted base is nice and helps keep the beer in check. The bourbon is almost mute under all of the flavor which is sordove a good thing in this case. The finish is rather creamy, spicey, sweet and decadent.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation but good for the style considering it is barrel aged. The spice and heat really coats the palate providing some staying power. Awesome.

O: Most excellent. If you dig Huna you will dig this and I really dig Huna. Amazing stout!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 14:39:28 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.68/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 18:48:51 | More by beerdrifter
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4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Churchkey thanks to a secret tip from Travlr and no thanks to twitter, Facebook, or the tap list online. Inky opaque pour. Medium dark coffee head. Nose is cinnamon graham cracker, intense Mexican chocolate with Ancho chili, flashes of American sweet tomato paste bourbon a la fifty fifty eclipse series. Body brings out immediate silky melted dark chocolate, powerful bourbon but no white alcohol or tomato paste. The back end gives tremendous chili heat, cinnamon, dessert spices, bourbon warming. Heating, face flushing back end. Rich, well integrated. This is essentially a redux of Cigar City Hunahpu without the lemon acid and thin tea body. Very delicious and worth the hype. Very thankful to try this thanks to Gene. 4.3 level off the bat. But as it warms, I’m going to equate this experience with the best of Bourbon County Stout bottles I’ve had and make sure it gets the 4.5 it deserves. Incredible. 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 22:54:45 | More by tarheels86
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New York

4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

what a treat to have had this beer. shout out to steve, joel66 and dasolomon. steve thanks for busting this one out sorry i dont know your ba name

on to the brew,

i'll keep this short and sweet, unlike the abraxas

pours as thick as motor oil, no question about that one, I really don't know if subconsciously that effects my perception of a stout as I usually would expect a thicker stout to be more well-crafted than a stout with high abv and be thin, something like regular dark lord. no matter.

smells likes 100 percent dark fruits. thick, heavy dark fruits and not a trace of anything else. i myself don't enjoy that smell or taste so i wasn't particularly pleased.

taste- HOLY MOLY! sensational! AMAzing! other positive adjectives! dark dark dark cocoa with an amazing zesty cinnamon taste that blasted through my palate like a JDAM on a bunker in afghanistan. i have never tasted anything like that, the cinnamon note did not go away for at least 3 minutes after the first sip. the mouthfeel was probably the best i have ever experienced. this is an awesome beer. i got no dark fruits and no alcohol. it was a heavy as you can imagine but didnt actually weigh me down like you would expect.

Great beer, all other imperial stouts need not apply

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 13:08:13 | More by jsm1289
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4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle share

A Black body topped off with a nice brown head.

S Very sweet with lots of chocolate, a bit of vanilla plus a lot of spicy cinnamon.

T Some dark chocolate followed by a lot of cinnamon. Overall the taste of this one was one of contrasts with a lot of sweetness being balanced with some spicy cinnamon. Any barrel aging is destroyed by the rest of the flavors present.

M Full thick body with little carbonation

Overall this is an excellent stout that due to its sweetness would make an amazing desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:45:14 | More by beerandcycling88
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4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black in color. Forms a very thin, but very thick dark mocha colored head that reduces to just a very thin ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: Aroma is is very complex. Chocolate, ancho, cinnamon, roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol.

T: Taste is also very complex. Sweet dark malts, chocolate, baking spice, ancho, cinnamon. Alcoholic, but balanced by the sweetness. As to be expected, this one really tastes very much a like a Mexican Hot Chocolate.

M: Thick, viscous, and smooth. Sweet, peppery. Lower carbonation. Very mild bitterness.

O: Yet another very nice beer.This is one that lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:39:18 | More by Florida9
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4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opened on 8.17.13
Thanks C!

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a small dark brown head that quickly fades to the edges.

S - Whiskey first, then the chilies hit, finally the cacao and cinnamon in the finish.

T - Smooth whiskey, then the chilies and cinnamon hit, finishes with the chocolate.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Well rounded and all ingredients hit you in stages. Wow, world class beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 05:31:22 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.