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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 1,064
Avg: 4.65
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 2,134
Gots: 138 | FT: 5
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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:
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 Mojua
4.89/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just side by sided B1 and B2. B1 had fallen off and wasn't that good, but B2 was absolutely incredible. A nearly perfect beer. Sex in a bottle. Abraxas with the dial turned up to 12. Loved it. Worth finding at any cost.

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Photo of KaeF
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Great smell and tasting of cinnamon, vanilla, barrel, alcohol, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Sweet and spicy, complex and balanced, great beer!

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Photo of JamLand
4.37/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a deep black with a fingers worth of an almost caramel looking head.

S: Great and foreboding. The cacao, chiles, cinnamon, and more chiles come through. The barrel presence is minimal.

T: The cinnamon and chiles are the dominant taste. The barrel is subtly hanging out in the background. Reminds of a chile spiced, hot chocolate. However, the chiles were too dominant for me.

F: For my taste, the feel was perfect for an imperial stout. Thick and rich, exactly what I'm looking for in this style.

Overall, a great beer, but the spice level of the chiles was too dominant for me. Beers like this have a difficult time living up to their considerable hype, however I can see how for some people this beer would be near perfection. If the chiles were dialed back a bit, this would be one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of jjdc
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas is a great beer -- no question about it. The real question here is whether the BA version is worth the trouble. The regular is so big it already drinks a bit like a BA version, so you would be forgiven if you found this barrel treatment a bit "subtle." There's some wood added to the complex array of cinammon, chilies, chocolate, etc. already going on, but not too, too much. Still, a nice addition to an already world class beer. You're looking at a 10 percent bump in goodness over the original. That's excellent, but not transcendent. You decide whether it's worth it.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.51/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

favorite spiced stout to date, cinnamon more prevalent than the chili, which I prefer, very nice mouthfeel...the alcohol is undetectable...one of the easiest drinking 10+ percent alcohol beers ever

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Photo of siliconalchemy
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was the fortunate one - the one who, after racing to the back left corner at FOBAB 2014, got the fifth-to-last (or so) pour, and they were pouring liberally... to liberally, probably, but that means that I got 4-5 ounces of this amazing brew. I can barely remember it... except that it was awesome.

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Photo of Monktastic7
3.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is inviting of aroma, pepper skin, sweet milk chocolate, cinnamon, chunky dark chocolate, fudge.

The flavor hits of that sweet milk chocolate, some brownie batter, vanilla, raisins, more dark fruit. Then onto a fruit pepper skin with a medium amount of heat. The finish is of cacao along with some bourbon and caramel sweetness.

The barrel character on this is phenomenal along with the already amazing base beer.

Up there with DB Cake and better than DBH.

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Photo of postulanTrappist
4.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smells like a tobacconist's shop. Cocoa is prominent along with chilies. Vanilla like alcohol pressence. Tases like the best bar of chocolate ever. Harmonious blend of the adjuncts with a thick graham cracker backbone. Pleasant spicy finish.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally hunted down this miniature whale of mine at a stout tap takeover at local place The Foundry. Titled "Big Ass Stout Day", this is one of the biggest. Six ounces poured into an 8 oz tasting glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours an inky brown that might as well be black, with zero light penetrating the event horizon of the beer. Surprisingly, unlike many barrel-aged beers, a reasonable finger of mocha tan head fights through and retains for a minute or so before slinking back to remain a thin ringlet of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a smattering of wispy film on the surface of the liquid. When I drink, a couple small dots of soapy foam cling to the side before sinking back down into the liquid, leaving no lacing to speak of.

Smell (4.5) - While it's missing the cinnamon punch that the non-barrel aged version has, the cinnamon is still there lurking in the background behind an up-front assault of caramel and vanilla, fudge and roasted malt. There is also a hint of whiskey, but the barrel-aging seems to come through more in those sweet notes of graham cracker and vanilla than it does as the more astringent whiskey notes. The score would be higher, but I was hoping against hope that the cinnamon would still be more assertive and blend better with the barrel. Still, it feels a bit like I'm nitpicking...

Taste (4.75) - Here, the fading of the cinnamon and presence of the barrel have reached a harmonious balance. The cinnamon and ancho chiles are subtly intertwined with big rich notes of whiskey barrel--vanilla, caramel, graham cracker--alongside a generous helping of bittersweet chocolate, fudge and roasted malt. If Abraxas were a chocolate-cinnamon cake, then Barrel-Aged is a chocolate-cinnamon cake with dulce de leche sauce drizzled over the top. Just a fantastic tasting beer. But I still want more cinnamon--always more cinnamon.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Full-bodied and moderate-to-low carbonation, but with enough for the CO2 to provide a nice counterpoint to the more viscous nature of the beer. A little less body than the non-barrel aged version, but that is to be expected. Lingering sweetness on the finish, but subtle.

Overall (4.5), a fantastic beer. It's hard to compare directly to it's base because the barrel aging makes them so fundamentally different, but if I were forced to choose one or the other for the rest of my life, I would probably lean towards regular Abraxas. Still, this is a classic case of splitting hairs--both are excellent beers that have very little room for criticism.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Like a black goddess standing on the other side of the bar giving you the look.

Smell- Whiskey really compliments the cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla like the Bridal Party at a Wedding.

Taste- A whirlwind of delightfulness that would make your toes tap.

Feel- Like a magic carpet ride with Aladdin.

Overall- Would love to thank the 20 people who brought this to Tampa Bay Beer Week 2014. Drank it so much and never could get enough. Good people.

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Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could literally smell this wonderfulness 2 ft away from the glass. Similar to '14 Prop, only more balanced and the ancho pepper puts it over the top. Best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Shinck14
4.11/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.94/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of zxtwou2
4.89/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing! Had it on tap at Perennial. One suggestion I offer is to let it warm up quite a bit. The cinnamon explodes in your mouth when it's warmer! It was fantastic!

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Photo of HOPSareKey
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect way to describe this is a cinnamon infused, super fresh dark fudge brownie. Awesome deep fudge notes along with a nice cinnamon hint. Not a cinnamon bomb like others in this style have been. Barrel comes through exactly like it should with subtle whisky notes. Everything compliments each other well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared last night by Curran, thanks man.

Pours a pretty dark black, with a half inch mocha-colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells tremendously rich and decadent- a huge amount of fudge and aromatic cocoa powder, some rye whiskey, and vanilla. I can't wait to get into this.

This also tastes like a dream. The barreling seems to have amplified the chocolate aspect of this beer, and downplayed the peppers. The peppers are still there, but less so than regular Abraxas. I get also cinnamon, vanilla, oak, spicy rye whiskey, and vegetal pepper with no real actual heat. This is one decadent mofo of a stout.

This is thick bodied, with a creamy, rich mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. Despite the ABV and richness, it's very drinkable.

This is up there with the best stouts I've ever had. It's so well-done.

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Photo of aleigator
4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Matt and Kevin, shared with my family on Christmas Eve.

Pours a viscous black color, with a small, fluffy, dark brown head, leaving back a perfect, thin lacing at the side of the glass.

Smells of sweetened cinnamon on top of earthy malts, bakers chocolate and a gentle amount of coffee. The Bourbon qualities aren't too present on their own, but blend very well into the chili spices, adding heat and wood to the nose. Notes of molasses provide a sweetness to the brew, which gets supported by the omnipresent cinnamon spiciness outstandingly well.

Begins with rich cinnamon flavors straight from the beginning, while earthy, toasted malts, as well as slightly bitter coffee build the foundation of this beer. The cinnamon gets a bit sticky and dusty, while it turns pretty intense on the palate, with molasses and toffee adding a lot of sweetness to its dominant spiciness. The Bourbon barrel, mirroring the nose, doesn't turn very present on its own, while it interacts perfectly well with the chilies, leaving the spicy cinnamon with an interesting, hot and complex touch on the palate. The sweetness gets balanced by a wooden Bourbon bite, which got a semi dry, bitter aspect to it, highlighting the earthy malts.

Finishes with a sublte, spicy burn, while coffee becomes more present, still with a slick sweetness detectable, which is now calmed by the wooden maltiness, while the Bourbon shines through in its wooden, vanilla qualities, with a peppery bite. Has an incredible smooth mouthfeel, with a hot burn in the end. The beers body is incredible full and quite different to the normal version, while providing less coffee, way more cinnamon and the proper sweetness.

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Photo of Sarge3130
4.36/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of CTJman
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer brings barrel aged stouts to the next level. My number 1

The adjuncts stand out with a smooth mouthfeal. Savored each sip to the end. I need more of this in my life

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Photo of Tgmckinn
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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!

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Photo of nataku00
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

On tap at City Beer Store during the event with Perennial. Beer pours pitch black with thick and creamy dark brown head. Head dissipates to slick of brown after a few minutes, leaving heavy lacing and alcohol legs.

Nose is really nice, dark chocolate, espresso, graham cracker, cinnamon, vanilla, toasted coconut, sweet fudgy brownie. Can't really detect any of the chile in the nose.

Taste follows the nose exactly, very well balanced flavors of sweeter fudge and bitter dark chocolate, fruity espresso, graham cracker spices with the extra hit of cinnamon. Whiskey barrel contributions mid palate as the beer warms with vanilla, toasted oak and vanilla, caramel. Finish is long and lingering chocolate, spices and the chili hits in the back of the throat, light vegetable and spicy chili.

Fully body, thick and creamy beer. Very slow sipper as the flavors are big and bold but balanced, without any alcohol heat. Very nice beer.

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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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