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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.7
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 1,268
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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t0rin0

California

3.59/5  rDev -23.6%
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.34/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -25.5%

03-21-2013 11:05:14 | More by Thorpe429
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spycow

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-13-2013 22:04:14 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -9.6%

03-06-2014 14:32:17 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -8.5%
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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emerge077

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

10-08-2013 02:36:11 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

03-17-2014 03:35:17 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

09-11-2013 02:29:44 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev -3.4%
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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oline73

Maryland

4.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -9.6%

08-13-2013 13:26:45 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2013 09:31:43 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-20-2012 19:05:54 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -14.9%

12-28-2013 09:59:20 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -21.3%
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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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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev -3.2%
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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zestar

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-17-2013 09:03:18 | More by zestar
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-22-2013 16:22:47 | More by InspectorBob
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.3%

06-02-2013 06:04:44 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev -3.2%
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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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -14.9%

02-26-2013 05:56:23 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-30-2013 04:13:41 | More by Gonzoillini
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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.