Coffee Abraxas
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #51
Ranked #200
4.5 | pDev: 8%
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Coffee AbraxasCoffee Abraxas
Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho Chiles, Cacao Nibs, and Cinnamon Sticks with Ethiopian Hambela Coffee Beans.
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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!

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Apr 16, 2020
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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.
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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?

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5toutman75 from Illinois, Jan 25, 2020
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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!!!

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Msp004 from New York, Jan 22, 2020
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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

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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.

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detpizzaboi from Michigan, Dec 19, 2019
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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.

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gatornation from Minnesota, Dec 18, 2019
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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!

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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"

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jheimbigner from Washington, Apr 22, 2019
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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.

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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.

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mjpolzin from Wisconsin, Mar 10, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and after a very moderate intensity pour, nets near zero head. What head is there comes via a ring of khaki foam that lingers a long while. Aroma is huge, hitting all the notes of the base beer - cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, chilies and other spices. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder add a little dry sweetness. Medium-bodied, dark coffee is interwoven throughout the structure of the nose, never taking the limelight, instead subtly reminding the palate it's there. Roasty, toasty malts add firm and dark support, but are an afterthought to the additive flavors. Flavor profile is deep notes of mingling cardamon, nutmeg, ancho (mild) chilies and cinnamon with medium-bodied, dark coffee, and roasty malts up front. Medium-bodied coffee hits center stage for a brief glimpse between spices and malts, and then returns to lingering and observing from aside the curtain. While spices eagerly welcome each sip like a used car salesman do for a visitor to the lot, they quickly fade to show the frame work of this beer - roasty, toasty, nutty malts - in other words, robust and dark. Between the dynamics of spices, coffee, and malts, there are flashes of chocolate, cocoa powder, and molasses. Very dynamic despite a slightly heavy hand on the spices. Perhaps more so than any other beer I've had, serving temperature is critical here. Too cold and the spices come off heavy, but as the beer warms a touch, the spices meld into the dark malt backdrop, forming a sublime experience. As this beer nears the 50F mark, it develops a sublime balance. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a smooth, creamy texture that develops a fairly still texture when served directly out of the fridge. As the beer warms, it develops a more grainy, velvety texture, enhancing the experience. Overall, the headline here is "ABRAXAS", with the subtitle being "enters a non-mutually exclusive relationship with coffee". Coffee is present, particularly as the beer warms, but never steps into the limelight for more than a brief second or two. Due to the namesake of this beer "Coffee Abraxas", this is a slight disappointment, although it is still a dynamic, complex stout worthy of cozying up to on the coldest of nights.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Dec 09, 2018
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5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am normally not a big fan of cinnamon in my stouts but the coffee really hides it in this. Balancing it out very well, I actually like this more than OG Abraxas.

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JLK7299 from North Carolina, Nov 22, 2018
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4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade awhile back and left it in the fridge for about 6 months before tasting with family and friends recently. I honestly think this helped preserve the coffee flavor, which was still strong and very well-balanced. I've never had BAA or regular Abraxas, but I will say that this was the first beer we drank on Dark Lord Day 18, and it was definitely the best beer we drank all day.

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3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sorry but regular abraxis is better. I was disappointed this varaints didn't have a stronger coffee flavor. I had it from the tap at the brewery pub.

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Seeker_11 from Indiana, May 21, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with a large mocha foam that dies to a creamy thin blanket, then nothing, leaving brown legs that stain the glass with a swirl.

Smell is raisin and loads of cinnamon, much like a spiced bagel, with a red fruity sort of pepper, or is that the coffee? There's a slight char of brown sugar and a touch of licorice as well.

A tangy flavor of roasted dark malt is joined by a solid punch of dusty cinnamon-brown sugar and a good toastiness. I can actually feel a bite of pepper towards the swallow, which I don't normally expect much of in Abraxas. Coffee isn't contributing much but a red fruitiness and maybe a touch of bitterness, even as it warms, which is pretty disappointing, considering the clout that something like BA Sump brings.

The body is moderate, but a swish creates a substantial thickening with a soft carbonation before the semi-dry, tingly finish.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 09, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a Pitch Black with a large frothy brown head. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells of cinnamon sticks, coffee roast, baker’s chocolate, hot pepper, cayenne, and nutmeg. It tastes of cinnamon sticks, roasted coffee beans, cayenne, nutmeg, with mild chille heat. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Overall, a very good stout from Perrnnial. Just wish there was more spicy, hunapu is my favorite in this style of stout.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Mar 04, 2018
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4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a black hole..smell is cinnamon, coffee and chili throat tingles a bit from the chilli pepper..taste is cinnamon up front mixed nicely with the chili pepperz and coffee is bringing up the rear..very nicely done.. sweet and thick with very little carbonation..this turns the regular abraxas up a hefty notch, and is quite of the best coffee stouts ive had and one of the best stouts period..fantastic!!

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Jlabs from New York, Feb 27, 2018
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4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG 17 grand tasting. Oily black pour, thin ring of beige head, curtains of lacing. Aroma has coffee (as expected) up front, lot sof coffee cake flavors behind. Taste has the roast malts, coffee, cinnamon and chocolate, raisins. A big breakfast sweet roll. Nice

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stevoj from Idaho, Feb 26, 2018
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4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Perennial stemmed wine glass. Thanks Ray for sharing this one.

If you’re into spiced stouts, which I am, the aromas on this are out of this world. Heavy cinnamon and coffee, much more spice aromas than regular abraxas with the addition of coffee. Cinnamon toast crunch is the first thing that came to my head.

The taste is just as potent, complex, and spice-forward with a HUGE amount of flavor, dominated by cinnamon and milk chocolate, following through with freshly roasted coffee, semisweet chocolate, vanilla, and more spices. Mouthfeel is awesome, super thick with low carbonation.

This beer is superb. I was expecting a great beer, but it ended up being outstanding. Will seek out another bottle.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Jan 29, 2018
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4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 bottle poured into a tulip. Poured deep black with a mocha head. Smells of cinnamon, spice and subtle coffee. I could smell this beer forever. Taste was cinnamon and spice all balanced out by the coffee. Really enjoyable. Feel was slick, mouth coating and spot on for the style. Overall, this beer is outstanding in the spiced stout category. Not sure I’ve had one (non BA) that I enjoyed as much as this.

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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts, Jan 27, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It poured out as a rich deep black color with a mocha colored head on top. The smell of the beer is good but the coffee is a bit masked by the cinnamon. The taste of the beer has a good balance of flavors. The coffee is still a little hidden but creeeps through in the finish. The feel of the beer is very nice, smooth and rich. Overall it’s a very good brew. A real treat to try!

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Dec 16, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottling.

A: Pours black with a dense, Guinness-like rising dark brown head. Decent retention.

S: Cinnamon dominates the aroma, alongside light dark roast coffee, roast, sweet chili pepper, vanilla, and a whiff of dark dried fruit.

T: Rich, nutty, liquid dark chocolate, a hefty dose of cinnamon, just a touch of peppery heat, hint of blueberry and plum. Finishes with a medium-light sweetness that brings things together. A moderate-light amount of coffee comes through especially on the finish.

M: Full bodied, extremely creamy (too much so), with medium-light carbonation. Mild alcohol heat.

O: A tasty adjunct-y stout, though the coffee presence is fairly light and the cinnamon is a bit heavy handed. So, this tastes basically on par with regular Abraxas but is orders of magnitude harder to acquire. Nice. Still, at a manageable 10% ABV this is easy drinking.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, Nov 26, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750mL bottle into an oversized snifter. pours pitch black with fluffy dark brown head. smells of coffee, cinnamon, chocolate and slight vanilla. coffee and cinnamon are dominant aromas. taste follows with dominant cinnamon coffee finished with chocolate, vanilla and a slight pepper burn for good measure. mouthfeel is thick, oily, low carb with the cinnamon pop providing the bubbly effect on the tongue. overall, this has long been my favorite variant and favorite iteration of abraxas. keeps all the aspects that make abraxas so great but with an added level of flavor and aromas complexity through the coffee addition.

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4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Abraxas is my favorite Stout, and the Coffee varient does not disappoint. Tastes of Cinnamon, Chocolate, and Coffee. If you like Coffee stouts this is sure to impress.

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NoahEllison from Missouri, Oct 24, 2017
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