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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 1,043
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 1.94%
Wants: 2,096
Gots: 138 | FT: 6
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Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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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 t0rin0
3.59/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.74/5  rDev -19.2%
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 (609 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.94/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

batch 1....can't taste the rare...a nice stout that pushes the cinnamon too far for my tastes and while I really liked the base, something here just didn't do it for me. The lingering heat from either the peppers, the cinnamon, or both, was too pervasive and distracting for me. (278 characters)

Photo of Monktastic7
3.98/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was great but I have to admit, I was slightly let down. It's one of those insanely hyped beers and I suppose it can only let you down. That said, I adore regular Abraxas but the BA version sort of brings out the spice only for me. I wanted more of that beautiful chocolate that regular has. Needless to say it was delicious on draft but would much prefer to try a bottle...then again, swing by the FT:ISO thread and you will realize, so is everyone else in the world. (477 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of Shinck14
4.11/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz. pour for an anniversary part at Bier Station in KC.

The nose on this beer is just awesome! Tasting this side by side with the regular abraxas. The barrel adds a flavor profile that in my opinion detracts from the already great base version. The vanilla from the barrel masks the chili heat and mutes the cinnamon. Really good beer but not worth what you would have to give up in trade for a bottle of it. (411 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev -11%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.24/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75 cl bottle poured into a tastingglass

A : Pours oily black. No head , no lacing
N: cinnamon , roast chilies, coconut, vanilla bean, chocolate, oak and light whiskey.
T : rich chocolate going into vanilla and cinnamon and finishing with the chilies and bourbon / whiskey , caramel
M : Medium bodied , low carbonation , nice thick feeling with a nice chillie / mint bite on the tongue , very nice
O : very nice sweet complex stout , well done ! (447 characters)

Photo of Tgmckinn
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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! (507 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Steve? Can't totally remember.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thick collar, a few stray wisps on top, and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body that verges on black.

S - The whiskey integration here is well-done, and the spicy rye notes complement the massive cinnamon and milder chile flavors. I'm actually surprised by how restrained the barrel is given this was aged for 11 months. Stout flavors tend to take a back seat to the adjuncts, with an unclear boundary between cocoa nibs and malt. Quite nice all the same.

T - The taste is of similar quality, with a medley of spicy rye whiskey, chiles, cocoa nibs, oak, and a dialed down level of cinnamon here. Vanilla shows up, but is quite light, and a caramel and lightly roasted malt backbone shows up to support the complex array of barrel and adjuncts.

M - Medium-full body, chewy, with appropriate lower carbonation, and a bit of lingering chile heat. Alcohol is very well hidden, just like the base beer.

D - A very good take on a beer I already enjoyed quite a bit. Very mellow, considering the high alcohol content, but it'd be a challenge to work through an entire bottle on my own. I prefer the double vanilla and chile version I had on-tap, but I found this to be an improvement on the base beer. (1,285 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter.

Well, up to now I've had great luck with beers (and Santana albums) with the name Abraxas. I like those odds. This stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises bourbon, roasted malts, light toasted coconut, chipotle peppers, cinnamon, light hickory smoke, and chocolate syrup. The taste holds notes of boozy bourbon, smoky peppers, brown sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, and a heavy dose of roasted malts. As damn fine as this tastes, the booziness holds it back from approaching transcendental. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a damn fine brew, one whose booziness seems to be its only hindrance. Good times, indeed. (742 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from bsuedekum and couldn't wait to dive in. Cheers man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled January 2013
Drunk right after a regular from December 2011

APPEARANCE: Thick, sludgy black pour yields a one finger, fizzy, dark mocha colored head with relatively lousy retention. Slightly darker head than the regular version. Pitch black body with a stream of carbonation up the middle, making the wisp fly around the glass. Kind of entertaining. A swirly wisp remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Great body, but lack-luster head.

SMELL: Quite barrel forward. Whisky, oak, vanilla and sweet cream on the nose. Heavy barrel components. Some cinnamon and chillies under all the barrel aromas, but they're in the background. Big and interesting.

TASTE: Much more adjunct forward than the nose had led on. Definite cinnamon up front with chillies and whisky barrel flavors for sure. Oak, vanilla and sweet cream accompany the whisky through the middle into the finish. Lots of chillies, sweet cinnamon, bitter chocolate and some roasted flavors linger beside the whisky barrels. Really complex and flavorful, with great balance between the barrel aging and adjuncts. A small chilli bite hangs around as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A touch lighter than the regular version. Creamy on the palate, smooth going down with a bit of a chilli bite after the swallow and finishes sticky on the palate. A bit of heat accompanies the hot chillies as well.

OVERALL: This was excellent. Balanced really well, with the whisky barrel being evenly matched with the adjuncts of the base beer. Well executed. The feel could be a little heavier, which would really take it to the next level, but that is a minor issue. Really enjoyable and I'm really glad I had the chance to give this a try. Cheers again bsuedekum. Very much recommended.

As a side note, this BA version is from a more recent batch, so the adjuncts are still quite forward. I'm definitely not a huge chilli fan myself and I found it just fine, but if you'd prefer less cinnamon and chillies, give it some time in the cellar. The adjuncts in the regular base beer from December 2011 had really faded, so it won't take long. (2,234 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

An incredible treat to have this beer on tap. I was about to post a trade for this but god bless the District of Columbia for pulling off feats like this so I don't have to give up half my cellar!

The beer is pitch black, oily and delicious looking. There is a ring of tan head and minimal lacing, dies to mostly black liquid pretty quick.

The smell hits all the right notes: warm cinnamon, a little alcohol from the rye whiskey barrel, tons of decadent chocolate and vanilla, blackstrap molasses, and then some caramelly sweetness over everything like a blanket of maple syrup, touch of pepper. Very nice aroma, I only wish it was bigger somehow, it seems a touch muted from the Barrel perhaps, if it was I'd approach a 5 I think.

The beer tastes great (follows the nose almost exactly), and hits a great balance of all the added elements of the base beer and the more dry effect the barrel has taken on everything. Some chili adds into the overall experience that wasn't there in the nose and some coconut as well, very nice. That said, I expected it to be more huge and over the top in the flavors there, when it was actually sort of subdued compared to other stouts with as many additions, though that doesn't mean it's not super tasty; this might be due to the feel being much thinner than I'd hoped and again I'd say the barrel has something to do with it. This thing seems like it should be thick to support all the flavors of the beer...I haven't had original beer so I can't say for sure. The carbonation is also kind of high for an imperial stout, aftertaste was actually pretty dry and muted (?)

Overall a great beer, though I'd love to try the original. This might be a case of the beer being so good already that BAing might have taken away slightly from the overall experience. (1,797 characters)

Photo of Sarge3130
4.36/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Bottled 1/2013.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, chile, and graham crackers. Taste is much the same with the whiskey coming through on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an unbelievable smell and tasty flavors. (668 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about cinnamon. This ones like candy and cinnamon all in one. I'd drink it again, but the cinnamon spice was a bit too overwhelming for my personal taste. Regardless an awesome stout. Definitely a good option for a bottle sharing. (235 characters)

Photo of IrishColonial
4.39/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey

A: dark melted chocolate brown, no head 3.5

S: chocolate covered cinnamon toast crunch; slight chili; lots of coconut 4.5

M: thick and creamy, definitely a sipper 4

T: lots of chocolate fudge with coconut, almost like an Almond Joy; the chilis offer a nice bite on the aftertaste; lots of cinnamon, good flavor but a bit much. 4.5

O: This beer is really tasty, like hot fudge, coconut, vanilla drink, almost like the Aztecs or Mayans used to drink "from the gods." one snifter is definitely enough due to its richness but it is an awesome beer. 4.5 (575 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.4/5  rDev -5%
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 (828 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 release, black waxed. Tulip glass.

A: Pours night black with some swirls of medium brown head which dissipates immediately, leaving a thin ring of sand colored head. No lacing to speak of; retention is below average, as after a few minutes the surface looks completely still.

S: Rich cinnamon and vanilla, mixed in with dark hot chocolate and a bit of oak which really enhances the vanilla, and a touch of whisky as it warms completely. A little dark fruit from the malt which adds a nice dimension of complexity.

T: Again, rich, dark cocoa melds with vanilla bean, and a wisp of chili spice carries through to the finish, and just a touch of whiskey on the finish. You can barely detect the alcohol—a bit of burn is evident—but it’s mostly hidden under the other elements.

M: Thick, mouthcoating on the palate, giving a perfect impression of Mexican hot chocolate. Light carbonation.

O: Very tasty, they really nailed the Mexican stout style. But the barrel treatment is very light, almost to the point of not being noticeable. Thus, even though the barrel treatment smooths out some of the rough edges of the regular version, the value added is almost negligible. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.46/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Drucifer
4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vav's tap takeover at the Norse Bar in Chicago. It was poured into a tulip glass (a generous pour at a reasonable price as well so seek this bar out!).

A: Black with some slight carbonation

S: Simply amazing; this smells like cinnamon/spice/vanilla/chocolate and in no specific order. This is a very balanced dessert.

T: Pretty good, but not my favorite of the style. Huge cinnamon and spice followed by subtle chocolate and vanilla. I got zero barrel out of it, but that is not a complaint as the traditional oak/bourbon notes may be a bad thing for this style.

M: Not as thick as a big RIS or BA RIS, but definitely not thin.

O: This is definitely an amazing imperial mole stout and the barrel aging really enhances the cinnamon/spice/vanilla/chocolate flavor and smell. Definitely way better than regular Abraxas and probably the best smelling stout I've ever had; however, I do prefer Hunahpu as I tend to like the Vanilla/Chocolate to be the dominating flavors.

I definitely recommend trying to get ahold of this beer, but not at the current asking price in ISO:FT. It is amazing, but there are a lot of beers out there equally as good or better. (1,169 characters)

Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had b2 at almost exactly a year old, wish the peppers had still been there but it was a very good beer. Cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate still very present, barrel was a bit strong for my liking. (195 characters)

Photo of dboon
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle generously shared by Seth. Dark brown/black pour with a chocolate head. Great lacing. Cinnamon, caramel and fudge blast the old sniffer. Great body with big fudge, rich caramel, and cinnamon notes that give way to the heat from the ancho chilies. Wow, a real stunner. Good carbonation, good balance, great mouthfeel. It’s simply delicious,what more can I say... (377 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cinnamon, pepper skin, vanilla, cardamom, and chocolate. Fudge. Cinnamon is the dominant flavor. Barrel integrated extremely well. Oaky, dry, not to sweet. Medium bodied. Pretty awesome beer. (191 characters)

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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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