Coffee Abraxas
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #57
Ranked #203
4.5 | pDev: 7.78%
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Coffee AbraxasCoffee Abraxas
Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho chiles, cacao nibs, cinnamon sticks and coffee beans.

2016 - Ethiopian Coffee Beans.
2017 - Ethiopian Hambela Coffee Beans.
2018 - Sump Colombia Cauca coffee beans.
2019 - Dark Matter Coffee's Pacas Vieja from Santo Petrona.
2020 - Sump Coffee from Mexico / Oaxaca / San Sebastian.
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MostlyMetalz from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this one and think it's better than the original. I know the original gets a lot of love and coffee isn't for everyone, but they nailed it on this one (I had the 2020 if that matters).

Jun 15, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm a coffee lover and I don't think I could last a day without it. I usually drink four or five coffees a day, and oftentimes, it looked as like my coffee grinder couldn't keep up. I was surfing the internet during my work break and I stumbled across a coffee-related site, [url][/url], I saw they have a big plethora of coffee-related products so I ordered a small bag of coffee beans to see if my coffee would taste better. I was satisfied with the taste of the coffee and now I'm thinking about buying a coffee grinder since the pricing is decent.

May 20, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2020

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, cacao, and a touch of the chili peppers

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of roasted malt, cinnamon, cacao, and coffee. Picks up the vanilla, dark chocolate, a touch of booze, and as it warms, more and more chili pepper. Finishes with lingering cacao, cinnamon, and coffee

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. On the thick and creamy side thanks to the lactose

O: A great Mexican-styled stout that adds another layer of complexity to a great base with the Sump coffee. Makes for a great sipper. Highly recommended

Apr 28, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - just fantastic thick black with a lasting thick tan head
Smell - slight chili pepper, lots of chocolate, good amount of vanilla, with some coffee and cinnamon as well
Taste - chili pepper, chocolate, cinnamon, slight coffee, good amount of vanilla
Feel - medium full body with a medium light carb
Overall - tasty

Apr 18, 2021
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mschrei from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A stellar beer. Dark brown verging on black, a healthy frothy head and lacing. Strong cinnamon, coffee, and pepper scents over a roasty chocolatey base. Well blended mix of all the above adjunct flavors, with coffee in the forefront but everybody playing nicely with each other. Like the regular Abraxas, it’s almost understated in flavor, which works well. Almost light bodied for such a big beer, not oily or thick in the least. Just all around a winner of a beer.

Jan 24, 2021
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metter98 from New York

4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a narrow light tan collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cinnamon are present in the nose along with notes of cacao nibs. As the beer begins to warm up, some notes of coffee beans become noticeable.
T: The taste follows the smell and has more balanced flavors of cinnamon and cocoa nibs along with hints of coffee beans. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout has a lot of aromas and flavors of cinnamon, which are a lot more prominent compared to those of the coffee. Nonetheless, it isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 17, 2021
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Rristow from Ohio

4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So much going on here. You still get the Chile spice with the chocolate and cinnamon. Coffee is not overpowering and adds another well balanced element. Excellent.

Jan 17, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour with a brown head that fades into a thick collar and light surface webbing. Huge cinnamon and coffee aromas lead the nose, light peppers, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is much the same with vanilla and earth accents, more dark in complexion on the palate than the original. It really tastes like sump and abraxas got blended together, coffee gets stronger with warmth. Feel is patently spiced and hot pepper heat amongst lush malts and slight booze. The original is still the best but this was well worth the time to acquire

Jan 09, 2021
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STLBeer7458 from Missouri

4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet black with beautiful and predominantly coffee aroma, chocolate there too and a touch of cinnamon. The taste is extremely balanced even for as coffee forward as this is. Thick and creamy. Fantastic beer.

Jan 05, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body topped with a nice thick, creamy, light brown head. Milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and a faint wisp of coffee comprise the smell. Coffee, cinnamon, and a bit of chili pepper kick, all wrapped up in a moderately sweet dark chocolate body greet the taste buds. Rich and heavy body; dense and velvety; sludgy; huge residual sugar presence; minor bit of chili pepper heat nicely offsets things.

This is an incredibly rich and flavorful imperial stout. The taste really brings together all the adjuncts and in a nicely balanced and complex manner.

Dec 17, 2020
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Coffee has held strong on this 2019 poured into a snifter. Roasty with a touch of dryness. Low carbonation. Decent thickness. I like this a great deal.

Aug 01, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle
shared on a hot summer day with my friend, Ken
L: thick black pour with a thick tan head
S: coffee, dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, chili pepper
T: excellent complexity: dark chocolate, espresso, roasted barley, vanilla, spicy Ancho chili
F: very full body, creamy and smooth, alcohol is warming, Ancho adds some heat on the finish
O: world class Imperial stout with spot on additions!

Jul 06, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 54°, a dark tan flotilla of mixed bubbles sits atop black with ruby edges liquid; poor cap retention, incomplete thin ring; no lace, no legs on swirl. Aromas of cinnamon, allspice, sweet malt with a whiff of coffee; as liquid warms, raw wet coffee been and cooked green peppers. Taste upfront is semi sweet caramel and chocolate base followed closely by cinnamon; coffee hiding in the background; bitter roast; vegetables/green peppers backend with some spicy peppers in the finish. Medium body; smooth silky feel; light carbonation; some warmth from 11.5% abv; spicy tingle on tongue from Ancho Chilies. Overall this tastes fine, mostly chocolate base with coffee flavor in retreat; chilies sauce and cacao nibs with a mild cinnamon linger; very good, but this stout doesn’t hold a candle to Cake.

Jul 05, 2020
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kemoarps from Washington

4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as sin and thick as oil. I can feel the viscosity as I pour it from the bottle. Small fuzz of dark brown head settles pretty quickly to just leave an oily black substance that I wouldn't let Lt. Yar stand next to.

Nose focuses in on the adjuncts really nicely. The stout underneath has kind of a black licorice lean to it and a roastiness that's almost more carob than chocolate. The peppers lend a subtle vegetal-ness which I think age has nudged the coffee towards as well, while the cinnamon and pepper do a good job of adding depth to some of the sweetness as well.

Flavour is a nice blend of the same elements: The licorice and the vegetal (pepper and coffee) character work together in similar hues, while the cinnamon and ancho and play well together, the chocolate and the underlying stout get along well.

The oily impression from the pour is not refuted in the experience. Thick and oily and smoothe with a nice bright carbonation to offset that a little bit, I dig it. This is up my alley. I'm not always big on overproduced stouts or a lot of adjuncts, but this is an example of where I think it can be done really well.
Thanks @Harrison8 for sending this my way during NBS BIF #11!!

Jul 01, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1100

This was a very nice coffee flavored imperial stout. I’ve been wanting to try a beer from this highly-lauded brewery for a long time and was finally able to find this one on Tavour. 2019 date printed on the bottle. Pours a very thick syrupy jet-black opaque color with some nice tan-mocha head and some very spotty lingering lacing. I wish that the lacing would have persisted longer, but I did really enjoy the appearance of the liquid itself. Smells incredible, deep dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, malt, toasted nuts and a little cinnamon. I really couldn’t detect chili peppers in the aromas. Taste follows the nose, great balance, depth and complexity. At the finish there was a very mild note of chili peppers, although without any corresponding heat. This was a sipper of a beer, but the high ABV was still fairly well hidden and this paired well with both savory dinner and sweet dessert. Coffee was neither acidic nor sour, and was actually very well done considering other coffee stouts tend to go crazy on the coffee infusion. This one had just the right amount of reserve. Smooth, thick, syrupy, creamy mouthfeel that coated the palate. Just the right amount of carbonation. An excellent beer!

Apr 16, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. No dating information found, but the label does read "Coffee is delicate. Please store cold and enjoy within 60 days for ideal flavor and aroma.".
Black colored body. Initial pour results in two finger of mocha brown small bubble head. The initial head works itself down to scattered islands and a thin ring. Somewhat active surface. Lacing left behind is just a couple of very small spots.
Aroma has an anchor of dark roasted malts, and supplemented by cinnamon, chilies, cocoa, vanilla, and coffee. Smells warm and inviting.
Taste is a mellow dark roasted malts base, with the added flavors of the slight bit of chiles, sweet chocolate and vanilla, spicy cinnamon, and a correct choice of a specialty coffee. All of these brings forth a bit of char but very little bitterness.
Not more than medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
I like the juxtaposition of the slight bite of the chiles and the sweet combination of chocolate and vanilla. The added coffee add on is a bonus, but does not seem out of place.
Taste is

Feb 11, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas has always been one of my favorite stouts without a doubt. I’m excited to have some ‘19 coffee on draft at Beer Temple Chicago. The thing that makes this special is the balance between all the adjuncts and incredible full mouthfeel and body. This is worth the hype and would only ask for a barrel aged version for something potentially better?

Jan 25, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2019 Coffee. Incredible brew!!

Pours black with a creamy thick three finger mocha head that looks like whipped cream ( dissipates within a few minutes). Heavy lacing.

Nose is fresh gourmet coffee bean, vanilla, toasted chocolate malts and slight chillis in the background.

Mouth is thick and creamy with gourmet coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, dark fruits with a lingering subtle chili burn on the tounge.
I am biased to a good coffee brew, but regardless of what your wheelhouse is, if you can get your hands on this, grab it. Exceptionally made brew!!!

Jan 22, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I am drinking Perennial Artisan Ales renowned Coffee Abraxas brewed with Ancho Chili Peppers, Cacao Nibs, Cinnamon, Vanilla and Dark Matter Coffee, ABV 11.50%. This a big Imperial Stout in a big bottle. I am drinking from my one liter Disneyland Cup. It is thick, jet black, syrup like, oily, smooth, a creamy mocca head, coffee and pepper aromas. The flavor is mostly roasted malts and bitter coffee but there is also chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla, and some smokiness. Abraxas is an ancient charm with magical spells and this Stout is magical. You may think it is overwhelming and too much, like drinking black motor oil if you are not into stouts. If you like a big stout from time to time than it is magical with it's high concentration of stout qualities and flavors. It has a bitter coffee flavor but I should say it is not too much. There's no off-putting flavor in it, which is amazing considering how much is going on. I am drinking it fresh as suggested. It is a great big stout if you can take it.


Look: Jet black with a two inch mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate

Taste: coffee, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla, and some smokiness.

Body/Overall: full body, thick, oily

Jan 07, 2020
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detpizzaboi from Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best coffee stout I’ve ever had. Drank back to back with 2019 Abraxas, the depth the roasty, rich, bitter coffee adds is incredible. Coffee, chocolate, milky, cinnamon, light heat from the chilis, this is really something special. So smooth.

Dec 19, 2019
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with just a thin tan head. Smell had cinnamon,pepper,coffee,cocoa and vanilla/chocolate very nice . Taste has fresh roasted coffee that mixes beautifully with cinnamon and the ancho wow its superb. cocoa and cinnamon with roasted chocolate mix in. Mouth feel coffee and cocoa smooth cinnamon with the chilies so superb in the finish. This is the best coffee stout ive ever had.

Dec 18, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the highest beers remaining on my personal want to drink list, so i was overjoyed to see it on offer at the brewery when we were there recently! its been one ive always wanted to try, and to get it have it, side by side, next to the original, was a nice a thing as i could imagine. after careful study, i have to say, as delicious and awesome as this is, abraxas doesnt need the coffee. not that i was let down or disappointed by this, not at all, quite the opposite, its stunning, but the original is the original, it has such perfect balance, and the dark malt in it does everything that coffee would, making the coffee almost superfluous, thus in the coffee edition they have to add so much coffee to push it through the grain that it seems almost a touch out of balance, or rather more coffee driven at the expense of the other added ingredients, not out of balance, the balance is still huge and awesome, i just get a little less from the cinnamon and pepper in here than i do in the original. the coffee is a lot, its bitter for sure, and it also has just a little acidity that kind of interrupts the smoothness the other one has. the depth of this is insane though, and in the coffee i also get leather, burnt wood, smoke, and chocolate, really compelling. it has nice linger, sexy warmth going down, and feels as fancy as it is. a rarity i feel so lucky to have encountered in this fashion, by surprise right at the source! as epic as this is, i still think with a gun to my head i pick the original. yeah i said it. still, this is as good a coffee stout as you will ever find. wow! worth the wait!

Nov 12, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage. Coffee is almost nonexistent. Either the base abraxas flavors over power the coffee, or the coffee died out quick. Still good, but to me does not live up to the name "Coffee Abraxas"

Apr 22, 2019
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding imperial stout. Thick, motor oil pour and feel, coffee is heavy on the nose, and similarly is the most present of the adjuncts. It feels more like it's own beer than an Abraxas variant, as most of the cinnamon and pepper is subdued by the coffee. Not a bad thing, just different than what I expected.

Mar 10, 2019
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very thankful for a good friend that went to the Abraxas release this year and then shared each of the variants at bottle shares. I love the regular Abraxas. But the coffee variant adds an awesome layer to an already great beer.

Mar 10, 2019
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