Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales
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3.59/5 rDev -23.8%
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.
08-30-2013 20:56:20 | More by t0rin0
4.76/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
08-18-2013 03:43:59 | More by oline73
5/5 rDev +6.2%
Bottle poured in to snifter.
A - Poured a thick, sludgy ink black colour with a thin layer of espresso coloured that quickly reduced to a ring around the glass.
S - A big (unexpected) coconut aroma up front that is followed by a big sweet cocoa aroma and notes of char, whiskey, chilli peppers and a touch of smoke. An absolutely wonderful nose.
T - A huge toasted coconut flavour up front that gives way to cinnamon and ancho chilli notes that come through beautifully in flavour without a lot of heat. Sweet chocolate and molasses notes enter mid-palate and balance out the spices nicely. The barrel presence is more muted than expected but adds a nice layer of whiskey and char notes throughout and a touch of vanilla that shows up in the finish. The flavours work so well together and are well integrated with the barrel aging.
M - Full body. Somewhat viscous. Light to moderate carbonation.
O - This beer was flawless.
08-14-2013 00:43:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.74/5 rDev +0.6%
On tap at the Churchkey/Birch and Barley Perennial beer dinner for DC Beer Week 2013.
A: It's dark in the restaurant, but by candlelight... the beer is black. A little rim of mocha head. Not many bubbles.
S. Holy f. Smells like... cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa. Like a chocolate cake. Or a Mexican spicy chocolate bar. Not a whole lot of bourbon, but it's there.
T. Tastes like someone took a cup of sweet Mayan hot chocolate, cooled it down, added more cinnamon and vanilla to it, and then magically made it alcoholic. There is a lot going on in this beer. The cinnamon dominates, at least initially. Then there's the vanilla and chocolate flavors that ramp up, followed by a real pleasant slow burn from the chiles. The burn masks the alcohol perfectly. And then... coffee is the aftertaste.
M: Fantastic, smooth, perfectly carbonated.
O: Yet again I'm forced to hold this up to my favorites of all time: BCBCS, Black Note and BCBS. BA Abraxas is easily in the top 5 stouts for me, but it doesn't beat out my standards. There's something almost sort of... novelty?... about it. It seems weird to say it, but there's almost too much going on here. But all in all, delicious and I'm glad to have tried it.
08-13-2013 21:48:29 | More by nihiloexnihil
Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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