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Barrel-Aged Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Barrel-Aged AbraxasBarrel-Aged Abraxas
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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 daryk77
5/5  rDev +7.3%

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 -1.5%
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
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | 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.

Re-re-review: Batch 3, released February 2016. Served out of the bottle, into a brandy snifter glass. Same dark black body, oily, a bit of leg. Smells of cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, milk chocolate, plenty of whiskey, dark chocolate fudge much like the blue label Maman they had on tap at the same venue. Flavour is cinnamon toast crunch with vanilla and milk chocolate, fair bit of whiskey but nothing boozy or overwhelming. So much flavour to this beer, very similar to Batch 1 (read above) than it is to Batch 2 (also read above). The ingredients add onto the excellent BA base beer that is Maman and they all play together very well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy, like a cinnamon toast crunch marshmallow milkshake. A bit of prickly peppery heat, perhaps a little bit of whiskey, hard to tell, cuts the sweetness on the backend. Really drinkable, very savory and wonderful. At this point, Batch 3 = Batch 1 > Batch 2. That's the way I see it from memory. One of the best tasting, most memorable and flavourful stouts I've ever had.

Re-re-re-review: 2013, 2014 and 2016 barrel-aged Abraxas out of the bottle. Served in stemmed glassware 4/30/2016. Essentially, while 2013 was still tasting very good, it is a shadow of its former self. The 2016 has clearly supplanted 2013 at this point, bringing what was so great about it fresh- marshmallow cinnamon toast crunch. The bourbon presence and mouthfeel is just perfect on this beer, with a full substantial body. 2014 is somewhere in between; it never had the big cinnamon toast crunch presence that 2013 and 2016 boasted when fresh. So in summary, 2016 is drinking fantastic, but my recommendation is to not let it sit more than a year or two.

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Photo of Abbbp
5/5  rDev +7.3%

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 +3.9%
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 +5.8%
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!


2016 BA Abraxas

More reminiscent of b1, and a good deal better than 2014 from the bottle.

Thick sryupy, coats the mouth. Cinammon toast crunch out the asss

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Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of jeonseh
4.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Draft and Bainbridge Street Barrel House in Philadelphia, PA.

Pitch black and completely opaque without even a trace of lighter color. Half finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Nice color but has poor retention. Foam head fades and there's not much in the way of lacing.

The nose on this beer is really incredible. Excellent barrel character that doesn't completely overpower the complex malt bill of the base. Perfectly integrated. A touch of damp oak and subtle toothpick but not too strong of a wood flavor. Really nice spirit with spicy whiskey/boozy bourbon flavor. Barrel also gives off a lot of vanilla bean, toasted coconut and gooey marshmallow. Underneath, there is a very nice blend of roasted and sweet, desert-like malts. Subtle roast but not overpowering with some coffee bean, burnt toast, smoke, oatmeal and bitter dark chocolate. This is countered by silky chocolate-like sweetness, caramel, milk chocolate, lactic cream, fudge and molasses. This beer smells crazy good.

Full body with oily viscosity and a blast of boozy heat that lingers over the other barrel notes and complex malts into a dry, hot finish. Lots of alcohol flavor and the ABV isnt very well masked. spicy rye whiskey along with dry oak/toothpick. Barrel isn't as complex as in the nose. Spirit is really strong and it has a stronger wood flavor than I prefer. Some subtle vanilla/coconut sweetness. Malts flavors are still lingering underneath but they are blasted and overwhelmed by the heat/whiskey. Stronger roasted malt presence than expected with burnt sugary sweetness. Deeply roasted robust espresso/coffee flavor along with smoke, burnt wood, charred toast and bitter dark cocoa. As the palate adjusts the sweet fudge/baker's chocolate notes start to show. Pretty good but isn't as complex as expected. The chile spiciness and cinnamon show up after it warms but the palate needs to adjust to the overwhelming whiskey and heat. Smells great but it's really hot and boozy and the malt bill is overly charred/roasted. Decent but kind of underwhelming considering the fanfare.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.24/5  rDev -9%
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 !

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Photo of orangesol
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
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.).

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

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Photo of mcgwire756
4.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.59/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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

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.

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Photo of nihiloexnihil
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.1/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a pitcher at Great Taste of the Midwest. Didn't particularly care for the non-BA version, so interested how I perceive this.

Visuals look good and smell is great.

Taste is completely different from what I recall the non-BA version to be. Whereas the flavors in the regular version were quite muddled, I get distinct cinnamon, chile, and chocolate flavors out of this. Very tasty. However, I get no barrel presence at all on this beer.

Overall, I finally understand the hype and ratings behind this beer. More barrel presence would be nice, but it is quite delicious.

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Photo of birchstick
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Between the Barrels event at the brewery during StL CBW

A - Pours black color with chocolaty head, much like the regular version. Not as viscious as I was expecting, but it is definitely intimidating looking.
S - Nose is spicy hot chocolaty fudge bourbon aromas
T - BA Abraxas opens up with vanilla chocolate cinnamon on the front of the tongue. This moves on to more pronounced flavors of chocolate and cinnamon. The bourbon barrel moves in and assert its presence by adding a boozy oaky vanilla caramel layer on top. Ends spicy hot with cinnamon. The barrel aging does a really nice job of not being overly boozy, yet also adding really nice complexity and taking Abraxas to a new level.
M - Mouth is smooth and goes down well, which is surprising given this brewery usually has thinner bodied beers
D - Overall. This is a solid, solid barrel aged beer. Added a nice layer of bourbony complexity to an already great beer.

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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.