Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 1,064
Avg: 4.65
pDev: 7.1%
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Missouri, United States

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

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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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4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -1.9%
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 -1.9%
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 -1.3%
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 +5.2%
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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3.59/5  rDev -22.8%
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 +2.6%
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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5/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +1.9%
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 -1.9%
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 -11.8%
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 +1.5%
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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Photo of tarheels86
4.62/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Churchkey thanks to a secret tip from Travlr and no thanks to twitter, Facebook, or the tap list online. Inky opaque pour. Medium dark coffee head. Nose is cinnamon graham cracker, intense Mexican chocolate with Ancho chili, flashes of American sweet tomato paste bourbon a la fifty fifty eclipse series. Body brings out immediate silky melted dark chocolate, powerful bourbon but no white alcohol or tomato paste. The back end gives tremendous chili heat, cinnamon, dessert spices, bourbon warming. Heating, face flushing back end. Rich, well integrated. This is essentially a redux of Cigar City Hunahpu without the lemon acid and thin tea body. Very delicious and worth the hype. Very thankful to try this thanks to Gene. 4.3 level off the bat. But as it warms, I’m going to equate this experience with the best of Bourbon County Stout bottles I’ve had and make sure it gets the 4.5 it deserves. Incredible. 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

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Photo of Jeffo
4.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from bsuedekum and couldn't wait to dive in. Cheers man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled January 2013
Drunk right after a regular from December 2011

APPEARANCE: Thick, sludgy black pour yields a one finger, fizzy, dark mocha colored head with relatively lousy retention. Slightly darker head than the regular version. Pitch black body with a stream of carbonation up the middle, making the wisp fly around the glass. Kind of entertaining. A swirly wisp remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Great body, but lack-luster head.

SMELL: Quite barrel forward. Whisky, oak, vanilla and sweet cream on the nose. Heavy barrel components. Some cinnamon and chillies under all the barrel aromas, but they're in the background. Big and interesting.

TASTE: Much more adjunct forward than the nose had led on. Definite cinnamon up front with chillies and whisky barrel flavors for sure. Oak, vanilla and sweet cream accompany the whisky through the middle into the finish. Lots of chillies, sweet cinnamon, bitter chocolate and some roasted flavors linger beside the whisky barrels. Really complex and flavorful, with great balance between the barrel aging and adjuncts. A small chilli bite hangs around as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A touch lighter than the regular version. Creamy on the palate, smooth going down with a bit of a chilli bite after the swallow and finishes sticky on the palate. A bit of heat accompanies the hot chillies as well.

OVERALL: This was excellent. Balanced really well, with the whisky barrel being evenly matched with the adjuncts of the base beer. Well executed. The feel could be a little heavier, which would really take it to the next level, but that is a minor issue. Really enjoyable and I'm really glad I had the chance to give this a try. Cheers again bsuedekum. Very much recommended.

As a side note, this BA version is from a more recent batch, so the adjuncts are still quite forward. I'm definitely not a huge chilli fan myself and I found it just fine, but if you'd prefer less cinnamon and chillies, give it some time in the cellar. The adjuncts in the regular base beer from December 2011 had really faded, so it won't take long.

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4.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black as night pour, big dark brown head, but retention was floating. Ended up inky and still. Light bourbon nose, with spice and cinnamon, and slight peppery heat, with roast, char, and chocolate. Tasted heavies on the cinnamon. Light spiciness, medium barrel with touches of booze and a cocoa powder finish. Thick and creamy, full bodied, heavy.

The over the top cinnamon is a little detracting for me, as its not a flavor I like, but worked well for it. I like Hunaphu better due to its balancing flavors, but this was really good.

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Photo of Drucifer
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vav's tap takeover at the Norse Bar in Chicago. It was poured into a tulip glass (a generous pour at a reasonable price as well so seek this bar out!).

A: Black with some slight carbonation

S: Simply amazing; this smells like cinnamon/spice/vanilla/chocolate and in no specific order. This is a very balanced dessert.

T: Pretty good, but not my favorite of the style. Huge cinnamon and spice followed by subtle chocolate and vanilla. I got zero barrel out of it, but that is not a complaint as the traditional oak/bourbon notes may be a bad thing for this style.

M: Not as thick as a big RIS or BA RIS, but definitely not thin.

O: This is definitely an amazing imperial mole stout and the barrel aging really enhances the cinnamon/spice/vanilla/chocolate flavor and smell. Definitely way better than regular Abraxas and probably the best smelling stout I've ever had; however, I do prefer Hunahpu as I tend to like the Vanilla/Chocolate to be the dominating flavors.

I definitely recommend trying to get ahold of this beer, but not at the current asking price in ISO:FT. It is amazing, but there are a lot of beers out there equally as good or better.

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Photo of jsm1289
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

what a treat to have had this beer. shout out to steve, joel66 and dasolomon. steve thanks for busting this one out sorry i dont know your ba name

on to the brew,

i'll keep this short and sweet, unlike the abraxas

pours as thick as motor oil, no question about that one, I really don't know if subconsciously that effects my perception of a stout as I usually would expect a thicker stout to be more well-crafted than a stout with high abv and be thin, something like regular dark lord. no matter.

smells likes 100 percent dark fruits. thick, heavy dark fruits and not a trace of anything else. i myself don't enjoy that smell or taste so i wasn't particularly pleased.

taste- HOLY MOLY! sensational! AMAzing! other positive adjectives! dark dark dark cocoa with an amazing zesty cinnamon taste that blasted through my palate like a JDAM on a bunker in afghanistan. i have never tasted anything like that, the cinnamon note did not go away for at least 3 minutes after the first sip. the mouthfeel was probably the best i have ever experienced. this is an awesome beer. i got no dark fruits and no alcohol. it was a heavy as you can imagine but didnt actually weigh me down like you would expect.

Great beer, all other imperial stouts need not apply

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Photo of iadler
4.61/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the many bottles opened last Saturday. From notes.

A- Pours a deep black with a thin dark mocha head. Minimal lacing left behind.

S- One of the best smelling beers I've had. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls with icing. Notes of spicy dark chocolate chili bars, whiskey, oak, toast and brown sugar.

T- Plenty of dark and milk chocolate mingled with cinnamon and brown sugar covered toast, vanilla, slightly spicy chilies and whiskey.

M- Lower carbonation with a rich mouthfeel with a bit of heat at the end from the higher abv and chilies. Still, the abv is hidden quite well.

O- An early contender for one of the best beers I've had this year. Everything works so well together in this beer as it's not overly hot nor spice forward. Hopefully they will make a bigger batch next time!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.76/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to TheAbyss for hooking us up with this bottle for a tasting.
Thanks to TheAbyss for the bottle hookup!

Pours dark and black with a tan head. Little retention and some lacing down the glass.

Lots of milky cocoa, cinnamon and spice just like the regular version, but also well integrated whiskey that enhances the spice component with a little rye kick. The barrel is far from overpowering lending additional flavors instead of overpowering them.

Really like what the barrel has done for the flavor. Milk chocolate up front with some light roasted malts and brown sugar. Vanilla from the barrel is not as prominent as some others which is good for keeping the sweetness in check. The whiskey really kicks in towards the end creating a pleasant burn along with the spices. All is integrated beatifully with restaint on the barrel. Overall the impression I get from this is adult Cinnamon Toast Crunch with the cinnamon and brown sugar playing very well with the whiskey

Fairly heavy bodied. Very chewy and lower in carbonation than the non-BA version. Just a little residual heat and alcohol linger on the tongue. Hides the alcohol very well for a beer this size.

Wonderful beer and one of the few hype trains I've had recently that's worth it. The flawless flavor integration is what makes this one stand out. Everything seems to have a purpose and works together well.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Steve? Can't totally remember.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thick collar, a few stray wisps on top, and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body that verges on black.

S - The whiskey integration here is well-done, and the spicy rye notes complement the massive cinnamon and milder chile flavors. I'm actually surprised by how restrained the barrel is given this was aged for 11 months. Stout flavors tend to take a back seat to the adjuncts, with an unclear boundary between cocoa nibs and malt. Quite nice all the same.

T - The taste is of similar quality, with a medley of spicy rye whiskey, chiles, cocoa nibs, oak, and a dialed down level of cinnamon here. Vanilla shows up, but is quite light, and a caramel and lightly roasted malt backbone shows up to support the complex array of barrel and adjuncts.

M - Medium-full body, chewy, with appropriate lower carbonation, and a bit of lingering chile heat. Alcohol is very well hidden, just like the base beer.

D - A very good take on a beer I already enjoyed quite a bit. Very mellow, considering the high alcohol content, but it'd be a challenge to work through an entire bottle on my own. I prefer the double vanilla and chile version I had on-tap, but I found this to be an improvement on the base beer.

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Photo of 1up
4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap from a sixtel at a Perennial event at Churchkey on 3.19.2013. They also had Aria on cask, Black Walnut Dunkel Weisse, Hommel Bier, and Saison De Lis.

A- opaque very dark blackish brown, almost completely black except when held up to the light the black fades to a dark brown with ruby highlights along the upper rim. There was no head when it arrived at the table.

S- the smell is extremely complex. Lots of coconut (even though it's not listed as an ingredient), chocolate, raisin, slight almond, spice (probably the cinnamon/chile). The coconut and chocolate are the most prevalent. I didn't get any hints of barrel.

T- very rich but not cloying at all. The beer is strong and sweet, but the sweetness and alcohol are not even close to overpowering. The chile works very well balancing out the sweetness like hops usually do. All the flavors meld together in what tastes like a spiced Christmas dessert or a york peppermint pattie. Coconut, chocolate, slight spice are the main flavors. This did not much resemble a beer in a traditional sense. Again, I tasted no barrel.

M- Medium bodied. I've had thicker stouts (Ten Fidy) and thinner stouts (Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout) but it works for this beer and feels right.

O- If you're looking for a dessert beer this is really good. Given it's scarceness and price, it would be hard to have this a lot. But it tastes really good and is highly recommended for trying at least once. I was lucky enough to have two glasses and that's really all I needed for the night. It will ruin your palette for anything else after it and works very well as a dessert beer.

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4.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

An incredible treat to have this beer on tap. I was about to post a trade for this but god bless the District of Columbia for pulling off feats like this so I don't have to give up half my cellar!

The beer is pitch black, oily and delicious looking. There is a ring of tan head and minimal lacing, dies to mostly black liquid pretty quick.

The smell hits all the right notes: warm cinnamon, a little alcohol from the rye whiskey barrel, tons of decadent chocolate and vanilla, blackstrap molasses, and then some caramelly sweetness over everything like a blanket of maple syrup, touch of pepper. Very nice aroma, I only wish it was bigger somehow, it seems a touch muted from the Barrel perhaps, if it was I'd approach a 5 I think.

The beer tastes great (follows the nose almost exactly), and hits a great balance of all the added elements of the base beer and the more dry effect the barrel has taken on everything. Some chili adds into the overall experience that wasn't there in the nose and some coconut as well, very nice. That said, I expected it to be more huge and over the top in the flavors there, when it was actually sort of subdued compared to other stouts with as many additions, though that doesn't mean it's not super tasty; this might be due to the feel being much thinner than I'd hoped and again I'd say the barrel has something to do with it. This thing seems like it should be thick to support all the flavors of the beer...I haven't had original beer so I can't say for sure. The carbonation is also kind of high for an imperial stout, aftertaste was actually pretty dry and muted (?)

Overall a great beer, though I'd love to try the original. This might be a case of the beer being so good already that BAing might have taken away slightly from the overall experience.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey

A: dark melted chocolate brown, no head 3.5

S: chocolate covered cinnamon toast crunch; slight chili; lots of coconut 4.5

M: thick and creamy, definitely a sipper 4

T: lots of chocolate fudge with coconut, almost like an Almond Joy; the chilis offer a nice bite on the aftertaste; lots of cinnamon, good flavor but a bit much. 4.5

O: This beer is really tasty, like hot fudge, coconut, vanilla drink, almost like the Aztecs or Mayans used to drink "from the gods." one snifter is definitely enough due to its richness but it is an awesome beer. 4.5

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3.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at churchkey

Pours an opaque dark brown with a ring of dark mocha head and a splotchy film. Nose of booze, coconut, vanilla extract, rubbing alcohol, peppermint and cocoa. Medium thick body, light carbonation, silky texture. Rich, sweet flavor with slight bitterness and peppery heat in finish. Not as sweet as expected from nose, more balance of spice with sweet; coconut, chili pepper, cinnamon, cocoa and burning. I'm having a hard time in the finish distinguishing between bitterness, alcohol burn and pepper heat. Better than expected, but no Hunahpu. The chilis sort of ruin this for me, oh well

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4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, shared with friends, reviewed from notes. Poured into a Hair of the Dog stemmed tasting glass.

The beer pours a lovely jet black color, very inky and viscous with a nice, tightly packed, caramel colored head, about a finger high that recedes into a nice layer of film around the glass with a touch of lace left behind. The aroma is incredible, rich chocolate, smooth whiskey, chewy oak, sweet vanilla mixes nicely with the cinnamon and pepper influence that lingers behind so nicely without getting vegetal and onion like, just the perfect amount of each to really make the chocolate forward nose more interesting. The flavors are great, loads of chocolate brownie, very rich but not overly sweet, smooth oaky whiskey with a great touch of charred barrel and smokiness behind it, vanilla and cinnamon are hand in hand giving this a lovely cinnamon sugar-esque flavor, some slight roast really amplifies the nice pepper heat at the end that lingers so nicely behind with just a touch of alcohol. The body is stellar, thick, luscious, chewy, rich, smooth, lively, it has everything going on and the finish is spectacularly silky and easy.

Verdict: Just a sublime stout from Perennial, a huge improvement over the base beer and the use of a Rye barrel was fantastic as the prickliness really compliment the spiced elements of the beer and the barrel influence is perfectly integrated into this beer. A true joy to drink and could possibly the best stout I've had to date, if not the best beer I've had to date.

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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.