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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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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So pleased to have found this on tap at a special release at Flying Saucer KC

A- dark as night. Looks thick, viscous and still as can be in the glass. A dark tan, cake like head settles to a picturesque ring. Beautiful beer.

S- Aroma detected from a foot away amidst the fried potatoes and burger smell from the kitchen. Cocoa nibs lead the way of decedent fine chocolate. Vanilla wafers, lactose, and strong whiskey presence that makes itself known. Cinnamon and brown sugar in the finish that paves the road for the chili spice aroma. Quite possibly the best smelling beer i have encountered.

T- All the flavors the nose detected with maybe a slightly stronger whiskey character. Cinnamon hits first for me, followed by milk chocolate, marchmellows, some coconut and vanilla. Burn throughout is a little distracting. I get it...it's 11%, but there is a difference between the booze adding depth and becoming distracting

M- Subtle carb, full body, creamy, and fairly drinkable. The booze presence is almost as if I'm taking a shot of whiskey with each sip.

O- A truly impressive brew that I am glad to have gotten my hands on. Maybe I would prefer a more tempered booze presence, but I am probably in the minority there. Love the cinnamon toast crunch quality. Can't wait to try the non-barrel aged version.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 06:39:03 | More by Bosoxfan20
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Bainbridge Street Barrel House during their 1st anniversary party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small trails of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, strong chili heat, room temperature chocolate, vanilla beans, fresh ground cinnamon and a bit of light booze. Was really hard to finish my glass because it smelled so incredible.

T - Starts off with a quick hit of chocolate, caramel and vanilla sweetness quickly being joined by hints of cinnamon, chillies, drying oak and smooth bourbon burn. Finish is pretty sweet with some heat, lingering for quite awhile. Not as intoxicating as the nose but still really damn good.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Despite the big, roasty body it was still really smooth, only a bit of booze creeping in at the end of each sip.

O - This might be the best chili stout I have ever had. It packs all of the flavors I enjoyed in the base beer and the bourbon was strong but not over the top. I really loved the choice of rye barrels for this one, really brought it all together. I would love to have this again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2013 20:49:54 | More by orangesol
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oline73

Maryland

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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nihiloexnihil

Maryland

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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Birch and Barley for the Perennial Artisan Ales beer dinner.

The beer is black with a thin beige collar. The nose is phenomenal. Chocolate, cinnamon sticks, spicy chilis. Unbelievable flavor, with everything coming together in beautiful harmony. Bourbon character is mild, but certainly present. A bit of alcohol in the finish, with a little bite from the bourbon. Lingering spicy heat in the finish. What an awesome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 01:36:51 | More by Huhzubendah
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

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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birchstick

Colorado

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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tarheels86

California

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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Drucifer

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 17:26:31 | More by Drucifer
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1up

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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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 23:29:51 | More by Dreadnaught33
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.4/5  rDev -6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 22:23:28 | More by IrishColonial
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -20.9%
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
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pour was a snifter, served chilled. allowed to warm to near room temp to review.

pour was black, thick huge cocoa head. almost appeared to pour like guinness, minus the clover drawn into the head.

once warmed, plenty of whiskey dominating with a spicy rich chocolate backing.

very whiskey forward, first and foremost. the spices were very well integrated and blended well. the -bar aspect took the chili and cinnamon to a new level.

very thick, sticky, chewy. a bit of whiskey burn, improved with room temp. smooth at room temp.

quite good but for the love of god, drink at room temp or near. shines that way.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 00:19:34 | More by hooliganlife
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rodkin

Missouri

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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jegross2

Illinois

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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homebrew311

Illinois

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!!

Addendum:

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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Etan

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 01:30:41 | More by Etan
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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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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.