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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 1,093
Avg: 4.65
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 2,180
Gots: 143 | FT: 5
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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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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 1,093
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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Photo of KevSal
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

from notes, on tap at city beer store. was expecting a shitshow but it was actually business as usual.

2-7 oz pours, allowed to warm

first of, finally Finally FINALLY got a chance to try this guy

a- 4.5 like regular abaraxas with no head, completely dark

s-4.5 cinnamon toast crunch. i was told about how this was and it really is, holy crap! added vanilla, caramel and some bourbon on the back end.

t- cinomon toast crunch, full front. hot spice on the very back end. very smooth and flavorful. very tasty

m- 5, talk to this about a few patrons, velvet smoooth. fantastic and with zero alch

o- very good but not enough barrel, i think i prefer regular by a smudge. but this is damn tasty. glad i finally got to try it, definitly enjoyed all 14oz :)

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A premier BA spiced stout, equal to Double Barrel Huna as the best two out there. Fantastic spice & heat, along with great barrel aging to make it a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from trade, 2014 batch with black wax. Pours incredibly black, inky, viscous, and ends up with a finger and a half of dark brown head, creamy looking, too. Incredible aroma of sweet chocolate and cinnamon, spicy rye whiskey, very very faint peppers, vanilla, roasted marshmallows. It's like cinnamon s'mores with whiskey, though the whiskey supports rather than overpowers the smell. Flavor follows with awesome cocoa powder and cinnamon, vanilla whiskey notes, ever so slight spice and warmth that lingers from a combination of the peppers and the alcohol. Thick and viscous, though not syrupy, low carbonation but enough bubbles to keep things thick, and very rich with a slightly roasty dry finish. I was expecting more whiskey on this one, but it melds into the beer so well. Seems very much worth the hype here. Incredible beer, though still takes a back seat to DB Huna for me.

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Photo of ajmmin
5/5  rDev +7.5%

A - Dark. Caramel tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Rich and roasted.

T - Toasted marshmallows with cinnamon and chilies. Or Cinnamon Toast Crunch in whiskey.

M - Coats nicely. Lingers a bit, but not long.

O - May be the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of dboon
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottle generously shared by Seth. Dark brown/black pour with a chocolate head. Great lacing. Cinnamon, caramel and fudge blast the old sniffer. Great body with big fudge, rich caramel, and cinnamon notes that give way to the heat from the ancho chilies. Wow, a real stunner. Good carbonation, good balance, great mouthfeel. It’s simply delicious,what more can I say...

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Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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Photo of mks0913
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.67/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of daryk77
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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Photo of Dawgboned37
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.66/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Abbbp
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

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Photo of Jared14
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.93/5  rDev +6%
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!

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Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.