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Coffee Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 353
Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was awesome! Been waiting to try with a friend for a while and this didn't disappoint at all!! The base beer and peppers are not muted at all by the coffee! Very impressed! Solid as hell!!

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tan head. Black in color.

Cinnamon and coffee. Lots of spice. Lighter peppers. Roasted malts. Lots of chocolate. Has an off flavor that isn't working.

The spice and Heat are nice and the body is full. The only complaint is the odd flavor that's off. I think I prefer regular abrax. The peppers are nice here, however.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this next to Abraxas and Barrel Aged Abraxas and thought it was simply wonderful but may have paled comparatively. The coffee front seemed to be a bit light, for a beer that calls itself "Coffee Abraxas." Instead it was every bit as good as Abraxas but left me wanting more.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: liquid fudge. Super thick pour, no head
S: wow! Coffee,cinnamon, chocolate. Very sweet, reminds me of chocolate and cinnamon pretzel sticks but with coffee. Complex and very unique.
T: the big difference here is, I get the chili heat as well as the chocolate, cinnamon and coffee. It's amazing how distinct all 4 flavors are. And it freaking delicious!
F: ultra coating, one sip coats for several minutes. Very smooth and slick. My only knock is that it's not as thick as the thickest stouts I've had.
O: the best none barrel aged beer I've ever had. And only one beer (vanilla rye) tops this one. Truly fantastic!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly decadent, smooth and without backing down from its power and grace, the complex Abraxas stout from Perennial simply oozes with roasty, malty, coffee goodness on its own. But when it's tied together with the tethers of added coffee, something even more magical happens.

Like latte and milkshake, the stout layers with viscous silky smoothness. Lavishly dark and floating with a mocha-stain lather, the handsome and masculine ale casts no other but a rich dark chocolate and espresso-laden scent. Its taste delivers on the rich and creamy roast, chocolate and earth as the rounded taste of chocolate covered espresso beans immediately come to mind.

The stout coats the palate with sweet cream, vanilla and walnut to complement the leading tastes of Italian espresso, bittersweet chocolate, campfire and milkshake. Just shy of comparisons to brownie batter or tiramisu, its dessert-like succulence is hard to ignore.

Full, velvety and with the creaminess of chocolate milk, the beer's alcohol warmth is soothing and kahlua-like. Finishing with a long coffee-like bitterness, earthy walnut plays an earthy tone as the stout continues its after dinner digestive track.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted next to regular and vanilla. This was by far my favorite as it smooth's out the cinnamon and chili heat from the regular. Not really my preferred adjunct for a stout though.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted next to regular & vanilla. Coffee had more head than the other two. Coffee is strong both on the nose and on the palate and compliments the base flavors extremely well. A nice amount of heat just like the regular. My favorite of the three by far.

A much stronger and better coffee flavor than I got from the Kyoto at GTMW.

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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Tasted as a 5 oz flight with standard Abraxas and Abraxas Vanilla at Dexter's Pub in Madison, WI. L: Thick, oily cling to the glass. A reflective molasses look. I think you get more of the oil from the coffee beans, because it's noticeably more oily than the standard and vanilla. S: Coffee and chilies super strong up front. You almost get a jalapeño heat. Bitter coffee beans. Big aromatic adjuncts. Almost like a coffee nose cleanser at a perfume store. T: Heat! I would've guessed this was a chili beer more so than a coffee beer. BIG adjunct flavor at the finish. F: A bit sharper than the standard Abraxas, which was like silk or somewhat thin molasses. O: My least favorite next to the standard Abraxas and vanilla varietals in the flight. But it's still good. I would prefer less chili heat. Blending the vanilla varietal takes the heat down and makes me wonder if I would like a vanilla/coffee combo varietal. Try it out, Perennial!

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Photo of boothbeer
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Abraxas Day 2015 on Saturday. Fantastic beer. I like this just a hair better than regular abraxas because I think the coffee, although subtle in my opinion, helped blend this beer and make it more complete. This beer pours with almost no head (as do all Abraxas variations). I could be wrong, but I think either the cinnamon or chiles somehow affect head retention. Smell is perfect. I love cinnamon, and it dominates. Can barely pick up the coffee, which is similar to the taste. This is regular Abraxas that is a little more balanced and less cinnamon because the roast comes through more. Great beer!

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Photo of ccbstl
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 batch on tap at Side Project Cellar. Coffee is still vibrant and fades as the beer warms. Familiar chocolate and chile flavors take over, with the chile retaining is warmth. Cinnamon is almost nonexistent. Body is thinner than regular Abraxas, but still substantial. Overall, not an improvement over the regular but still absolutely delicious.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Abraxas Day 2014. Name is exactly what comes through. The coffee flavor adds a complexity factor to the original, while not overpowering the other flavors. Had side by side with regular Abraxas, and like the coffee addition even more.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's Abraxas...with coffee. Abraxas is a great beer. The coffee component is delicious, but it subdues the typically prominent cinnamon and chili notes. A really tasty beer, but my advice would be to not break the bank chasing this.

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Photo of jaken0ss
3.37/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the addition of coffee did nothing good to this beer, to be blunt it just wasn't good. The nose was green pepper, and the taste was pretty bad as well. Preference to the base beer here. This was disappointing

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -8.9%

As with many other reviewers, I find the coffee detracts from the regular beer rather than adding to it. Aroma overall is fairly muted; some coffee but restrained. Flavor is coffee dominated, overwhelming the spice and vanilla notes of the base beer. Body seems much thinner. I love the base beer, perhaps more than the BA version, and the creamy body is one of the reasons. By no means a bad coffee beer, but I'd take regular old Speedway over this for what it's worth.

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Photo of PhishNoC
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Just returned from Abraxas Day 2014. Outstanding event. Abraxas is an outstanding beer and the cinnamon comes through even stronger with Coffee Abraxas.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes from Abraxas Day.

A- Draft poured black as night with about a one finger thick head of a chocolatey brown color. Looks just like Abraxas in the glass, being black in body with a brown head that both laces and retains very, very well.

S- The coffee is the prominent scent here right up front, but the other aspects of the beer quickly mix in. The coffee is somewhat dark and bitter, but not as much as in other coffee stouts, with the vanilla and cinnamon mixing in and providing a sweet and spicy element. Not much of the peppers on the nose.

T- Starts off with the same coffee as the scent then moves quickly into the cinnamon and vanilla. The coffee is fairly dark, but not too much and a little bitter, then the other flavors move the taste towards sweetness. The cinnamon and anchos turn the flavor more spicy with just a touch of heat before the dark malts flavors and coffee linger on the tongue after the drink.

M- Thick and smooth with a low to medium level of carbonation on the tongue. Dangerously drinkable with no detectable alcohol for the 10%.

Overall, this is basically just Abraxas with a touch more dark flavors. Pretty much what I expected from this beer, but man this has a lot going on. Super complexy due to the high number of ingredients here (vanilla, coffee, ancho, and cinnamon). A very good beer overall.

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Photo of c-rum
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at 2014 Abraxas Day

Appearance - Viscous black with a khaki head. Great retention..

Smell - cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate

Taste - Cinnamon, coffee and chocolate not getting much pepper.

Mouthfeel - Thick and viscous, but not too sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Lots of cinnamon and coffee with some chocolate in the finish.

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Photo of helios7
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%

2014 vintage. On-draft at Abraxas Day 2014. Very coffee-forward with lots of marshmallow and cocoa. The chili is difficult to find, though a hint of heat peeks through as the beer warms up. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured into a large 14oz Abraxas snifter.

2014 vintage. Bottle 10/31/014.

Pours a nice dark oily liquid with a nice1 inch tan/mocha head. No light gets through this brew.

Aroma starts off with coffee roast, dark bitter chocolate and cinnamon notes as plenty. Slight boozy heat is present in the nose but is tempered by the delicious chocolate and coffee notes.

Flavor is delicious. The coffee is milder in the flavor than in the nose. But it is still present. Mocha notes with a nice strong cinnamon spiciness. Then there are notes of thick sweetness an sugary goodness. Molasses and caramel with delicious coffee background. Delicious roasty oily body.

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Photo of horsehockey
5/5  rDev +13.9%

On Draft at the Abraxas release day.

Appearance: Dark black with a nice coffee and cream colored head.

Aroma: I get more Chili peppers than cinnamon. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste: Coffee right away and then it finishes with some slight heat. There is some sweetness to go along with the chocolate, coffee and spice.

Mouthfeel: exactly what you would expect from an imperial stout. It seems to coat your mouth with chocolate, cinnamon, spicy peppers, and vanilla. It's nicely carbonated. It's a little less carbonated than Founders Imperial stout, and a little more carbonated than Old Rasputin.

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Photo of jegross2
2.09/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing the Coffee Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri.

Score: 43

Fall 2013 vintage bottle served in an Abraxas glass and enjoyed on 07/25/14, alongside batch 1 and batch 2 Barrel Aged Abraxas.

Appearance: Pours a shiny, inky black color with a finger of head of mocha colored head. Good lacing and retention. Nice oily legs and browning from the swirl too. 4.25/5

Smell: Lots of green pepper, with subtler notes of cinnamon, milk chocolate and very faint coffee behind it. This nose has a lot of vegetal similarity, in a bad way, with Sump and regular Barrel Aged Sump; maybe it has something to do with the coffee blend used? The green pepper character is pretty unpleasant, but the residual aroma of cinnamon and milk chocolate is nice and saves this aroma from being a complete disaster. 2/5

Taste: Has a sharp green pepper flavor upfront with a little tang and fruitiness on the back half. Definitely some minor off flavors present here. There's a mix of milk chocolate and old coffee on the back half, with a kiss of cinnamon on the midpalate. Poor flavor integration here, which is a shame given the balanced master piece of regular Abraxas and Barrel Aged Abraxas. A tinge of booze too. The green pepper character in the taste, like the nose, is quite unpleasant, but it is not undrinkable. The beer finishes with a faint milk chocolate flavor that sticks around a bit. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, low-medium carbonation. Given the viscous body of regular Abraxas and Barrel Aged Abraxas, this is a huge disappointment. Vegetal flavor, but otherwise balanced with a touch of residual sweetness on the finish. 1.5/5

Overall: This beer was much roastier and chocolatey on tap (and it had none of the green pepper character) the night before FOBAB compared to this bottle. I have sampled much fresher pours from two other bottles, and my experience with those bottles was roughly comparable to this one. I think the coffee character here was entirely too vegetal, and that it overshadowed and overpowered the characters that make Abraxas special. I would certainly give this beer another whirl if I saw it on tap, but I would not seek out another pour from a bottle.

Cost: $30 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The beer was a dark black color, looking like used motor oil. A slight mocha head topped the glass.

Smell - The aroma I detected was almost a syrupy coffee smell. The sweetness in the aroma was almost overwhelming.

Taste - This seems a little lighter than regular, but certainly tastier. Initially, I am led to believe this will be sweet like molasses and coffee. Then, I notice cinnamon and vanilla. I do no get the impression of spice in this one. The warming in the aftertaste is mild, but it is the thick sweetness that gives the biggest impression.

Mouthfeel - This is thick and coats the tongue and throat. It leaves an impression well after the swallow.

Overall - I liked this one a lot. This is a fantastic stout.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black with a huge khaki head. Great retention. Surface foam lasts forever.

Smell - Peppers, cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate. Little bit of the graham cracker that I love in Abraxas.

Taste - Chocolatey and more peppery. Coffee adds some acidity to it. Cinnamon and chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and viscous, but not too sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Had this is a second time and it was fantastic.

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Photo of nihiloexnihil
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sump release party. Side by side with Sump and regular Abraxas.

A: Black as night, little to no head, strong legs in the glass.

S: Cinnamon. Less coffee than anticipated, though there is some. A little bit of vanilla.

T: A bit of a letdown, actually. The coffee is present, but muted, especially when compared directly to Sump. The standard Abraxas flavors are also more muted, subtler, smoother... but not in a way that really adds to complexity. This was agreed upon by everyone in my tasting group.

M: Great mouthfeel, just like regular Abaxas, but a little hot in the back.

Overall, this disappointed me. I was hoping for an Abraxas-style cinnamon/coffee bomb, and while the flavors were all there, they seemed to detract from one another rather than amplify.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark chocolate with a big frothy rocky head to it

S - Green, fresh and slightly vegetal coffee, cinnamon, spice, dark chocolate, fudgy goodness, and slight peanut butter

T - Dark chocolate, slightly astringent dark espresso, fresh deep chocolate, slight peanut butter, slight spice and cinnamon meld together well

M - Thick creamy beer with slight astringency and heat from the cinnamon and peppers

O - Really good with the coffee adding a dark chocolate and fresh coffee that adds some nice depth and flavor to a good base beer

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