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Barrel-Aged Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged Twelve months in Rittenhouse Rye barrels with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, ancho chiles & cinnamon sticks

Added by Etan on 11-18-2012

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Photo of rabbott2
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 vintage drank in a snifter on 4/29/2016

Look - motor oily thick, reddish tan head, thick lacing

Smell - bourbon, cinnamon, vanilla, oak, marshmallow, milk chocolate, a little graham crackery. Probably the best smelling beer I've ever had

Taste - bourbon, oak, peppers after warming, some spice along with cinnamon, milk chocolate

Feel - creamy as heck. coats the mouth big time, a tad boozy after warming but not in a bad way. extremely smooth and drinkable

Overall - certainly lives up to the hype, which i wondered how that would be possible. Really an incredible offering, and really tastes like it has something different than Abraxas in the base. So creamy and milk chocolatey. The barrel does wonders for this. Only knock is that the taste didn't come through as amazing as the smell. That's nitpicking big time because it was all wonderful and spectacular.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark black with minimal head

S: Chocolate, cinnamon, chilies, and soy sauce.

T: Bittersweet Baker's Chocolate, mild chili and cinnamon spice, alcoholic heat from the barrel, and a touch of vanilla.

F: Thick, heavy, and full. One of the best I have ever had.

O: This is an immaculately well balanced beer with a delightful combination of flavors and an exceptional mouthfeel. Certainly one of the top stouts on the market and in the conversation for best in its class.

BA Abraxas vs. Abraxas:

The barrel-aged version of Abraxas brings about a deeper layer of complexity to an already sensational base beer and enhances the mouthfeel to near perfection. It is a world class stout that is executed virtually flawlessly. It is, however, one of the most difficult beers to acquire, whether by lottery or by trade, and the value of a single bottle -to me- is too high a price to pay for what other beers could be enjoyed in its stead.

The regular Abraxas is far more approachable and easier to acquire, and carries with it a more pronounced cinnamon spice and roasted malt flavor profile, which is quite inviting. It is a delightful beer that beats out nearly everything else in its category, and minus the mouthfeel, rivals everything its barrel-aged brother offers in a beer. For future visits, regular Abraxas will satisfy my palate quite suitably without the need for barrel-aging.

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Photo of rngofpower
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know what else I can say about this beer that already hasn't been said. It's all the flavors of regular Abraxas pulled together and mellowed out perfectly by the barrel aging process. One of the richest, thickest, most flavorful beers I've ever had. The rye whiskey notes balance perfectly with the aroma and taste of the chili, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. Undoubtedly the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of tasting, and the 2016 is just as good or better than the 2014. I count myself fortunate to have had both a taste on draft and taken home a bottle today. Epic brew. Hall of fame worthy.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this one and yes, I'm "adding to the hype train" with my rating, but it is very well deserved. Having lucked out and tasted regular Abraxas so many times, to me the difference with Barrel-Aged Abraxas is subtle. The barrel flavors hide much of the cinnamon sweetness, which then allows the chili heat to shine a little more on the back end.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a split bottle at sp cellar. On the heels on derivation 2, so there's that.

Nose is complex: spicy dark intrigue
Taste is still dominated by the cinnamon, but less so than regular abraxas. A pretty good balance of really big flavors. I remember there being more bourbon, but still very good stuff
Mouthfeel is thick--probably on par with bourbon county
Mayans would kill for this. Perennially!

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Photo of Wadetrain9
4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you're into heavy and rich beers, this is the best around. Very dark color, extremely rich body. The chiles and cinnamon stick give this beer a unique finish with some bite.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this side by side with Abraxas and it tasted to me as if the barrel did not leave an imprint but amplified the base beer. Strong chocolate and cinnamon, with an immense amount of coffee and roast. It's as if you are drinking an after dinner coffee with a chocolate, caramel, vanilla and toffee dessert. Light heat from the chile's but it helps to liven the experience.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated June 2014. I had high expectations and this did not disappoint. Somehow, the barrel aging enhanced the flavor of the adjuncts. The barrel character is there, but it is subtle and it blends perfectly with the flavors of the base beer.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at Abraxas Day 2015. There is not much wrong with this beer. The head disappears quickly though. But so did the beer, because this is a fantastic brew. Love the smell and flavor. Cinnamon, chocolate, perfect blend of roast and bourbon with hints of vanilla. Not overly boozy which I appreciate. You can still taste all the flavors of Abraxas, but with the extra goodness from the barrel. Truly a beer I had wanted to try for a long time, and it was worth the wait.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at perennial's 4th anniversary....

Beer pours dark expresso brown with a quick dissipating head. The nose is out of this world..cinnamon,chocolate,subtle barrel....reminds me of a whiskey spiked desert. Taste follows closely...but I did pick up a little pepper heat on the back end. Everything blends so perfectly and the high ABV is well hidden. As the beer warmed....I picked up notes of vanilla, marshmallow, and lactose. This beer truly lived up to the hype...by far the best I've had.

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Photo of timc100
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, enjoyed along side Abraxas '14, Hunahpu's '15, Double Barrel Hunahpu's, Double Barrel Cake '14

Pours darker than the non-barrel aged Abraxas, with a dark espresso head. Aroma of cinnamon, rich dark chocolate, vanilla and coconut, and whiskey barrel. On the taste it remains cinnamon and chocolate heavy with a really nice rich whiskey finish.

To me this beer was nearly identical to Prop 14 just with a more pronounced whiskey character.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rarely does a beer render me nearly speechless. And rarely do I consider giving a beer a perfect score...but this is as close as it gets. Rich chocolate on the nose, with traces of cinnamon spice and oak. On the tongue, all bets are off...this tastes like a cinnamon roll with a bourbon cream cheese frosting. Sticky, lightly charred on the edges and the faintest spiced oak bite. This is hands down the best beer I've tasted all year, and probably top 5 in my life.

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Photo of Mojua
4.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +1.7%
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 -6.2%
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 +1.7%
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 -3.2%
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 -1.3%
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 +7.3%
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 -14.6%
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 +7.3%
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 +6.4%
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 -1.5%
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 -6%
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 -2.8%
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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