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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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519 Ratings
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.7
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 1,265
Gots: 102 | FT: 10
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Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
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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tarheels86

California

4.64/5  rDev -1.3%
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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beerdrifter

Germany

4.68/5  rDev -0.4%
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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2014 20:42:48 | More by Stevedore
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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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Jared14

Missouri

4.74/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2014 23:38:40 | More by Jared14
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nihiloexnihil

Maryland

4.74/5  rDev +0.9%
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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tectactoe

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-23-2014 11:35:55 | More by tectactoe
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jono0101

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-09-2014 17:01:54 | More by jono0101
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-13-2013 01:39:39 | More by Beerontwowheels
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-12-2014 04:54:53 | More by mdaschaf
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-29-2014 21:29:52 | More by schmidtmattsays
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leschkie

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-02-2013 23:32:13 | More by leschkie
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mobius387

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-15-2013 03:14:46 | More by mobius387
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-14-2014 03:39:06 | More by sjstraub
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Beerdy

Heard & McDonald Islands

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-03-2013 21:07:04 | More by Beerdy
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buffs9

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-10-2013 19:55:56 | More by buffs9
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-17-2013 22:40:29 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-06-2013 23:01:04 | More by RMoeNay
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HoldenDurden

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-17-2014 01:46:19 | More by HoldenDurden
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Preismj

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-17-2013 05:04:19 | More by Preismj
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mattsmith413

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-24-2013 14:37:05 | More by mattsmith413
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-15-2014 01:45:11 | More by CraigTravor
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Mike

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-23-2014 20:47:08 | More by Mike
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Dajtai007

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-22-2013 15:35:04 | More by Dajtai007
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-01-2014 02:50:11 | More by Axic10
Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.