Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales
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3.59/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2013 20:56:20 | More by t0rin0
District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap at churchkey
Pours an opaque dark brown with a ring of dark mocha head and a splotchy film. Nose of booze, coconut, vanilla extract, rubbing alcohol, peppermint and cocoa. Medium thick body, light carbonation, silky texture. Rich, sweet flavor with slight bitterness and peppery heat in finish. Not as sweet as expected from nose, more balance of spice with sweet; coconut, chili pepper, cinnamon, cocoa and burning. I'm having a hard time in the finish distinguishing between bitterness, alcohol burn and pepper heat. Better than expected, but no Hunahpu. The chilis sort of ruin this for me, oh well
Serving type: on-tap
03-19-2013 22:18:57 | More by yourefragile
4.09/5 rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a pitcher at Great Taste of the Midwest. Didn't particularly care for the non-BA version, so interested how I perceive this.
Visuals look good and smell is great.
Taste is completely different from what I recall the non-BA version to be. Whereas the flavors in the regular version were quite muddled, I get distinct cinnamon, chile, and chocolate flavors out of this. Very tasty. However, I get no barrel presence at all on this beer.
Overall, I finally understand the hype and ratings behind this beer. More barrel presence would be nice, but it is quite delicious.
Serving type: growler
08-11-2013 01:03:48 | More by thebigredone
4.1/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2013 22:22:42 | More by EgadBananas
Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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