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Barrel-Aged Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 1,398
Gots: 123 | FT: 9
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Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged 11 months in Rittehouse rye whiskey barrels with cacao nibs, ancho chiles, vanilla beans, and cinnamon.

(Beer added by: Etan on 11-18-2012)
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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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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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