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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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410 Ratings
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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had the regular version but thanks to rudzud for sharing another big want from my list.

Light fizzy head, dark creamy head covering fades instantly, pitch black color with great legs.

Nose is awesome, coconut surprisingly, great dark choc, creamy choc, vanilla barrel, so much cocoa, toasted barrel, melting choc, little caramel, decent cinnamon. Amazing.

Taste great choc, lots of cinnamon, hot spicy cinnamon, great coconut, vanilla barrel, bitter dark choc, thick melting choc, light vanilla barrel, dark choc, little creamy, mild hot booze, little nutty and thick dark malt. Finish is semi sweet and lots of hot cinnamon and booze, more big coconut and vanilla barrel.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, some warming booze little creamy and melting choc.

Overall great other than really spicy cinnamon is a bit too much, but otherwise awesome, great coconut and choc.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:03:16 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark black hue with a thin halo that fades almost immediately.

S - Aromas are crazy, huge coconut barrel notes, enormous cinnamon notes, vanilla, faint chili, awesome.

T - Taste is loads of barrel coconut, crazy amount, lots of cinnamon. As awesome as this is the nose is this taste is awesome. Really really tasty with still tons of cinnamon.

M - Mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy, delicious and silky.

O - Overall this was a damn good beer, though the cinnamon was a bit heavy.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:26:59 | More by rudzud
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beerdrifter

Germany

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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jeonseh

Indiana

4.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 21:54:31 | More by jeonseh
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

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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beerpirates

Belgium

4.24/5  rDev -9.4%
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 !

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 12:52:36 | More by beerpirates
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a FFF Teku, thanks Chris (caguiar) for bringing this huge want to our "chili" stout tasting. Reviewed from notes taken during tasting.

A- Pours a pitch black with a slight mocha brown head that recedes at a moderate pace to a still top and just a slight ring around the edges of the glass, fairly minimal lacing, some alcohol legs appear on the sides of the glass. Looks fairly similar in appearance to regular Abraxas.

S- Coconut, dark chocolate, cinnamon, hint of peppers. Very well balanced, fairly aromatic.

T- Shaved coconut, creamy dark chocolate, balanced cinnamon, nice subtle pepper presence on the back-end that balances nicely with the sweetness, integrated bourbon that accentuates the sweetness in a good way, finishes with more coconut- can definitely see how the Almond Joy references come into play as shredded coconut and creamy dark chocolate are the two most prevalent flavors. Overall nice sweetness without being too cloying and a very nice balance, much better then the regular Abraxas in which I find the cinnamon to be a little bit too dominant.

M- Medium bodied, fitting carbonation for the style, highly drinkable, extremely smooth, and just the right amount of creaminess.

O- BA Abraxas was a fantastic stout that had the perfect balance between barrel presence, sweetness, etc.. I'm glad I finally got to try this sought after beer and in my opinion it definitely lived up to it's hype and showcases what the barrel program at Perennial is capable of. It's a close call but this was probably my favorite of the chili stout tasting we did which included most of the heavy hitters in the chili stout world (BA Hunahpu, BA Mexican Cakes, Muerte Dark Lords, Papi Negro, etc.).

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 20:35:56 | More by jaasen64
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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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mcgwire756

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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t0rin0

California

3.59/5  rDev -23.3%
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
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TheSevenDuffs

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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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 12:50:48 | More by Jeffo
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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
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jsm1289

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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iadler

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the many bottles opened last Saturday. From notes.

A- Pours a deep black with a thin dark mocha head. Minimal lacing left behind.

S- One of the best smelling beers I've had. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls with icing. Notes of spicy dark chocolate chili bars, whiskey, oak, toast and brown sugar.

T- Plenty of dark and milk chocolate mingled with cinnamon and brown sugar covered toast, vanilla, slightly spicy chilies and whiskey.

M- Lower carbonation with a rich mouthfeel with a bit of heat at the end from the higher abv and chilies. Still, the abv is hidden quite well.

O- An early contender for one of the best beers I've had this year. Everything works so well together in this beer as it's not overly hot nor spice forward. Hopefully they will make a bigger batch next time!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 16:21:43 | More by iadler
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:51:14 | More by MasterSki
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kevanb

Illinois

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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WillCarrera

Ohio

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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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 01:38:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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ehammond1


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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.34/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:33:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AlexFields

Tennessee

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.

9.9/10

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 13:29:33 | More by AlexFields
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 04:53:38 | More by TMoney2591
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Florida9

Illinois

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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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.