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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 1,043
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 1.94%
Wants: 2,095
Gots: 138 | FT: 6
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

Picked out by my lovely wife to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, & that’s about all you need to know about what a fine bride I have. Fifteen years. Damn. 750ML bottle I won in the lottery this year…which I entered once. On a whim. After a drunken tasting. Lucky me!

Pour is black, carbonation active for a beer of its weight. The nose is delicious but hard to tease apart – other than the chocolate, which has fudgy hands all over the aroma. Underneath is gorgeous vanilla, warm chilies, more sweetness from the malts. The balance is exquisite.

Abraxas – Barrel Aged is simply a world-class beer even with one of my favorite ingredients, dry-hopped hype. But hell, the base beer is nearly perfect; how much better could a barrel make it? What’s astounding is that you can swish this beer around in your mouth & identify each lovely taste: strong natural vanilla, artisan chocolate that washes through & around every component of the beer, light cinnamon. Chilies hit the sweet spot in the bat, neither under- nor over-done, providing light without heat, so to speak. Whiskey barrel? Barely visible on the aftertaste, slight enough that it could be missed amidst the harmony of flavors. This is a beer that, if I could get enough of it, I’d drink constantly. This should come with an IV kit.

An elite-level beer: but if you’re not a ticker, steer clear. The barrel really adds minimally to what was already an incredible stout. Get thee some regular old Abraxas, son, & know that you’re not missing much by not having this whale. Except a similarly great brew. (1,589 characters)

Photo of mks0913
5/5  rDev +8%

Got the 2014 version, black wax in a small bottle share.

I can't describe it better than everyone else did in their reviews, but I will say that I heard the sweet sound of angels singing upon my first sip and I sure didn't want my glass to ever empty. That's how delicious it was. (283 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yet another bottle provided by my favorite trader. Thanks, Dan... Again. Opened at a small share a few weeks ago. This review is from notes. Though, the beer has stuck in my head.

A- Beautiful sludge. Finger of brown head fades within a minute or so. You're not gonna get more black than this. An intimidating and ominous onyx.

S- Big time bourbon and chocolate/fudge right off the bat. Some delicate cinnamon follows. Splendid barrel character on this beer lending some vanilla and caramel to the mix. The bourbon rides the whole way through. I would give it a five, but I'm not smelling any spice. Especially compared to regular Abraxas.

T- Bourbony fudge and dark/sweet chocolates with hints of cinnamon. Can't get over how wonderful this beer takes to bourbon. The tannins provide a understated vanilla/toffee flavor. While I didn't get spice on the nose, I'm getting hints of it here and there on the flavor. There is also the faintest bit of booze, but it only adds to the complexity. Such balance here.

M- Thick. Oily. Awesome.

There are few imperial stouts that I would like to, and probably could, drink the whole bottle. I wish I wasn't so generous in sharing this bottle, cause I could've taken it out alone. 6-7 ounces was such a tease. But who doesn't like to be teased? If the opportunity arises, I must trade for this beer again. Phenomenal stuff. (1,368 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Black in the glass, some carbonation, one finger brown head that dissipates quickly.

S-Very good bourbon, chocolate is there, the peppers are mild with a nice cinnamon.

T-The bourbon is spot on present but not overpowering. Chocolate is there, mild chili heat followed up with great cinnamon.

M-Medium bodied, with mild heat and a tad creamy.

O-Wow. One of the best beers available. A must try. (401 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 7/24/14

A- Pours a thick, viscous motor-oil black with a small light brown head that recedes to a film and leaves some lacing. When swirled some nice alcohol legs are visible.

S- Massive waves of cinnamon and chocolate waft out of the glass immediately! Tons of sweet chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. There is almost a maple syrup smell, and some molasses going on. Fudge and some whiskey and vanilla. The nice touch of chilies gives a spicy and sweet touch that rounds this out. So complex and so fantastic!

T- It bursts with flavors as soon as it hits the tongue! Bitter dark chocolate up front, followed by loads of chili peppers, and a whole lot of whiskey as well. Some dark roasty malts give some coffee-like flavor. Hints of cinnamon and vanilla add to the complexity. A lot of boozy heat and spicy heat make this a very slow sipper.

M- Incredibly thick and viscous, nice carbonation, dry, and a good bit of heat.

O- This is just an awesomely crafted beer that hits so many different notes without being messy! I personally would prefer a little less booze and heat to allow for some other flavors to shine more, but it's a very minor complaint! (1,186 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 release, black waxed. Tulip glass.

A: Pours night black with some swirls of medium brown head which dissipates immediately, leaving a thin ring of sand colored head. No lacing to speak of; retention is below average, as after a few minutes the surface looks completely still.

S: Rich cinnamon and vanilla, mixed in with dark hot chocolate and a bit of oak which really enhances the vanilla, and a touch of whisky as it warms completely. A little dark fruit from the malt which adds a nice dimension of complexity.

T: Again, rich, dark cocoa melds with vanilla bean, and a wisp of chili spice carries through to the finish, and just a touch of whiskey on the finish. You can barely detect the alcohol—a bit of burn is evident—but it’s mostly hidden under the other elements.

M: Thick, mouthcoating on the palate, giving a perfect impression of Mexican hot chocolate. Light carbonation.

O: Very tasty, they really nailed the Mexican stout style. But the barrel treatment is very light, almost to the point of not being noticeable. Thus, even though the barrel treatment smooths out some of the rough edges of the regular version, the value added is almost negligible. (1,182 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours as thick as molasses and black as December midnight. Dark brown, rich, chocolatey colored head forms and retains prety well. Looks a little intimidating in the glass. High carbonation for the style is both visibily and audibly evident during the pour.

S- Dark, spicy, sweet, and a touch bitter on the nose. Dark malts and barrel are the dominant flavors in the scent, with vanilla sweetness and oaky spiciness being the prominent barrel flavors. The dark malt is s tough burnt and a touch bitter, but great notes of chocolate and just a little tiny bit of the peppers.

T- Starts off with a bang of chocolate and burnt dark malts and then moves straight toward the barrel. The barrel flavors present are led by a sweeter vanilla and a fairly spicy oak, just like in the scent. The chocolate comes rushing back, but this time has a new partner in crime; cinnamon. Malts quickly move in on the cinnamon's territory and take back over with just a touch of the spicy peppers.

M- Thick, smooth, creamy, and of course boozey the whole way. This beer drinks like a champ, but still displays its power in a combination of alcohol burn and rye barrel flavors. Not quite a sipper, only because the flavors are so damn delicious.

Overall, this beer lives up to the hype, enough said. I'm a little sad that I traded one away. (1,325 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle was the 2013 version opened in June 2014. This beer stood out amongst many. It tastes like a rich, fudge brownie with spices and maybe a bourbon glaze. The mouthfeel sets this beer apart. It is as rich as Bourbon County series. The cinnamon and hints of chili are still there to poke through and make this beer interesting. There are hints of vanilla and certainly some booziness. Absolutely decadent and delicious. (427 characters)

Photo of daryk77
5/5  rDev +8%

Ended up drinking this on my Birthday, bottle provided by Emily from Perennial. I was encouraged to chug the remaining half straight form the bottle which I happily obliged. One of the most spectacular events in my life, one of the most glorious beers ever. (257 characters)

Photo of Dawgboned37
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a specifically labeled Abraxas glass. Thin head quickly dissipated into dark oil-like body. Smell has small traces of whiskey, toasty malt, and heavy cinnamon. No whiskey in the taste at all, but significant cinnamon flavoring. Also coco and toasty malt flavor. Heavy, thick mouthfeel. (317 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | 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.

Re-review: Batch 2 black wax bottle poured into a FFF/DMC snifter 6/21/2014. Same appearance and mouthfeel as described above. The nose and palate seem to be rather focused around the bourbon barrel-aging and cinnamon sticks. There is some chocolate fudge from the malts, but it tastes like bourbon soaked cinnamon sticks. Which is certainly excellent. Still, I am missing some of the complexities of the base Abraxas beer, especially in comparison to Double Barrel Hunahpu's which we drank just before opening this one. This is certainly an excellent choice if you enjoy cinnamon spices and barrel-aged stouts, but it may very well not be worth the price of admission. As usual, I won't be changing the score based on the initial review, but this would be something more like a 4.55 if I did.. then again, I'm comparing this to a top 5 beer in Double Barrel Huna, so it doesn't reflect particularly poorly on this excellent stout. (2,960 characters)

Photo of Abbbp
5/5  rDev +8%

Had at the weekly 24:1 share. Dang man, this is good. Beer of the year. Smells like coconut, tastes like the nectar that Silenus would bring to a share w his ole bud Dionysius. Also what stevedore said above. 6! (212 characters)

Photo of Jared14
4.84/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on draft at the Saison du Fermier release. $10/11-12oz.

A- Poured pitch black with nearly no head. Thin dark brown head left little lacing.

S- Hint of chocolate and coffee hard to place due to strong bourbon nose.

T- More complex than the base for me. Hint of cinnamon with strong coffee and chocolate notes finishing with bourbon notes and slight burn. The only knock is that as it reached room temp the bourbon notes took over and it lost it's complexity.

M- This is the one. Definitely my favorite mouthfeel for this style. Viscous but goes down smooth and has an amazing backbone to carry the complex flavors.

O- By far the best "Mexican" stout I've had. Will be seeking out additional pours at upcoming tap takeovers. Setting the standards high for the BA Mexican Cakes next month. (800 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at bottle pick up day today. Was really excited to try this, just had DB Hunahpu no more than two weeks ago. Poured on draft by Pete into a snifter glass at Perennial. This is Batch 2.

A - Extremely dark pour with a minimal 1/4 finger dark mocha foam head that slowly recedes but leaves the mocha ring around the glass. This guy has some legs on it.

S - Smell is rich chocolate coffee smells mixed with cinnamon on the front with some light hints of vanilla and whiskey on the end. It all blends together into a mesmerizing smell.

T - The taste follows the nose with almost a Cinnamon toast crunch flavor but with more chocolate coffee flavors on the front of the palate. The cinnamon lingers throughout the sips as I swish it about my mouth. It finishes with a cinnamon vanilla whiskey ever so slight burn.

M - This is probably the most perfect mouthfeel I've ever had on a stout. Within the style this is no. 1 for me. Chewy viscous creamy smooth beer that sits in your mouth and coats the entire inside. This really is a top beer in the world. The mouthfeel is to die for on draft. lets hop the bottle is that same.

O - I was not expecting as much cinnamon, but with the base it was obviously going to be there. This rivals DB Hunahpu as the best mexican style stout in the world, I am just missing AB Mexi Cake now! This was everything that I thought it would be and is dead even or even slightly ahead of DB Huna. I will be doing a side by side here soon to tell for sure! (1,498 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
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! (1,187 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.4/5  rDev -5%
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 (828 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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, marshmallows, 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. (1,314 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.24/5  rDev -8.4%
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 ! (447 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,222 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
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.). (1,730 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
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! (423 characters)

Photo of mcgwire756
4.89/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,486 characters)

Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.