Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #105
Ranked #250
4.47 | pDev: 7.61%
May 08, 2022
Dec 16, 2011
Notes: *ABV varies by year*

An Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Pouring deep brown with a thick head, this beer has a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness. Abraxas is brewed with unique ingredients intended to challenge and excite the palate. It may be enjoyed right away or allowed to age in the bottle. Vertical tastings are encouraged.
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3.58 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on May 08, 2022
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4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by CHickman from New York

Got this bottle in December 2017 and the age mellowed out the alcohol burn. It poured as black as ink with a small brown head that faded slowly and left basically zero lacing. It smells of cinnamon, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds and roasted peppers up front, followed by cocoa powder, brown sugar, charred wood and cooking spices. The ABV was quite subdued in the nose.

Tastes of dark chocolate and smoked chili peppers up front, followed by cinnamon, milk chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, roasted grains, cocoa powder, brown sugar, molasses, red wine, charred wood and cooking spices. The flavor has a lot of smoky, charred aspects but still does down easy like a well aged bourbon. The char and oaky components give it some hints of vanilla and campfire smoke, while covering up the ABV. Pretty smooth drinking for a heavy stout, this was quite enjoyable.

May 07, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

Minimalist dark khaki colored lopsided froth... Minimal retention... Color is an inky black... Huge aroma that can be detected without bringing nose near the glass... Cinnamon... Vanilla... Peppers... Cocoa... Loads of depth and complexity on the nose make this a delight... The complexity follows through to the palate... All the expected characters are present... Nothing dominates... They all ebb and flow lending to the richness and complexity... Full bodied... Sleek... A touch of chalkiness on the finish... World class exquisite brew... Well rounded... Complex... Challenging yet enjoyable... Wonderful beer and wonderful experience...

Apr 30, 2022
4.28 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Apr 22, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

Crowler filled at Half Time in Mamaroneck on 3/26/22, unknown vintage but presumably the latest release from 2021

Yet another legendary Stout acquired at Half Time yesterday! The difference in rankings between this and the barrel aged version of it is shocking to me, at #245 vs #3, respectively. Still, I’m expecting a quality beer with this one. Let’s get into it

Pours jet black with a finger of dark tan head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The peppery spice in the nose is really nice, it combines well with everything. I’m picking up on aromas of chipotle pepper, earthy cinnamon, roasty coffee, milk chocolate, spicy whiskey, light raisin, and vanilla

The balance carries over into taste, with the pepper adding a nice but firm spice. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting milk chocolate, cocoa powder, sweetened coffee, chili pepper, dates, and vanilla. The swallow brings notes of earthy cinnamon, cocoa powder, vanilla, spicy whiskey, roasty coffee, and toasted oak

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a silky beer. Finishes mostly dry with a nice sweetness

This is a very good beer. The balance is really nice and nothing is overwhelming. I can’t wait to try the BA version

Mar 27, 2022
4.23 by GOBLIN from Ohio on Mar 15, 2022
4.61 by Dope from Massachusetts on Mar 12, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bbtkd from South Dakota

Perennial Abraxas Imperial Stout 2021, 11.5% ABV. Pours black and thick with a one-finger medium brown head that left no lacing but the cap lingered. Nose is chocolate, cinnamon, and faint peppers. Taste follows, weak pepper, plus vanilla. The more it warmed, the cinnamon really popped, nose and taste. Excellent smooth and thick mouthfeel, overall world class. Way better than Prairie Bomb or Stone Xocoveza.

Mar 06, 2022
5 by akopczyk from Ohio on Feb 16, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

great mixture of flavors - can't taste the chill peppers mostly cocoa flavor comes thru

Jan 25, 2022
5 by birdsellam from Indiana on Jan 25, 2022
4.47 by Dgman8053 from New York on Jan 22, 2022
4.32 by Appearanceswc from Virginia on Jan 17, 2022
4.5 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 13, 2022
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4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Historiker from Ohio

If you're a fan of Christmas Bomb or Xocoveza, then congrats - you're already a fan of Abraxas.

A pretty leisurely pour into an imperial pint glass produced a thick, beautiful 4 inch tan head. The head itself appeared slowly and almost dramatically, and only after I'd stopped pouring. It breaks down slowly, forming a 1/2" cap with fantastic lacing.

Smelled of molasses, cinnamon, cacao, and chilies. This is a beautiful aroma, very reminiscent of Christmas Bomb, but smoother and more refined.

Taste followed the nose, but with pronounced maltiness that really ties the whole thing together. Too often, winter releases use cinnamon either to conceal deficiencies or act as second fiddle to sugar or honey. Abraxas employs the chilies and cinnamon to great effect, creating a flavor profile that perfectly compliments the vanilla and cacao. To drink this brew is to drink mastery in action.

The mouthfeel of this beer is complex. Drink it before the head dissipates, and you have a milkshake. Drink it after the head reduces down to a 1/2" cap, and you have a thick, viscous, smooth delight. Very light carbonation.

I paid around $25 for a 750ml bottle, and it was worth every penny. This is perfect for a Christmas get together, or just a cold winter night. Most definitely in the same class as Christmas Bomb or Xocoveza, but Abraxas is the elder statesman of the group. Buy it, and be prepared to be amazed.

Dec 27, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

A: pours opaque black with a thick, dark brown , 4 finger head that slowly dissolves to a 1/4" cap. Lots of lacy legging on the sides on the draw down.

S: redolent of cinnamon and cocoa and chillies.

T: roasted malts and chilies up front, with cocoa and cinnamon right behind. The alcohol is buried right behind without being hidden.

F: Viscous and smooth on the tongue. Light to almost non-existent carbonation.

O: A supreme Russian imperial stout with chilies. A little expensive but worth it.

Dec 26, 2021
4.39 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Dec 25, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

750 ml bottle, no bottle date that I noticed on it but it's a 2021 vintage, 11.5% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch or so frothy tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like Ancho chilies, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malt, cacao nibs and some earthiness. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark bread, coffee and burnt/charred malt flavors. I think all the flavors mesh well together with no one flavor overpowering the others. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. Easy and enjoyable to drink for sure. I thought this was a pretty good overall brew, worth picking up if you get the chance!

Dec 23, 2021
4.29 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Dec 19, 2021
4.4 by o29 from Texas on Dec 19, 2021
4.24 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Dec 15, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Poured from a bottle. Very dark with a thick tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, cinnamon and peppers. Very thick mouth feel with flavors of chocolate, cinnamon, peppers and roasted grain. Very unique and it all seems to work together very well. Not something you drink a lot of but something you should try.

Dec 08, 2021
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4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by STLHop-Hed from Missouri

The first time I've tried this was on Valentines day at a dinner at one of my favorite restaurants w/ beer pairings with Perennial beer. It was one that really stood out and I enjoyed them all. Had it a few months after that because I found it at my favorite beer shop(the only place I know that almost exclusively sells nothing but beer and a small selection of liquor). It was just as good as the first time. The only beer I've had that's similar in taste to this is Firestone-Walker's Mole Merkin. There's a ton of flavor in this beer but they all mix together quite wonderfully. This is one of my favorite beers, I'm big on stouts and this one is up there with the best of em . Update for 2021-2022 version, it was as good as the first time I've tried it. One of my all time favorite beers, I can't recommended it enough! If anyone sees it out in the wild definitely pick it up because it can be quiet hard to come by, even for locals.

Oct 29, 2021
4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
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4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by jcbphd from Missouri

Drinking 2017 Abraxas and it's fantastic. Deep rich cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla with just a hint of spice. Very well integrated. This is holding up exceedingly well for being 4 years old.

Oct 04, 2021
4.12 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York on Oct 03, 2021
4.56 by timmy2b from New York on Sep 05, 2021
4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Aug 24, 2021
4.47 by winehead247 from Georgia on Aug 04, 2021
4.16 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Jul 19, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by TedHead from Illinois

Had from a 64kz growler. Pours a thick motor oil black with a tan head that springs up once you stop pouring. The brew has a beautiful tan colored coating around the glass when swirled. It smells like molasses, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and hints of toffee. The taste is truly incredible. At lower temperatures the chocolate and alcoholic sweetness take the center stage with vanilla extract like aftertaste. The flavor gets better as it warms and almost taste likes a dark chocolate cinnamon roll. It's very very thick and completely coats the mouth, but it's slightly carbonated and much more refreshing than anyone could ever expect. It goes down illegally smoothly for a 12% beer. Overall very very good, don't pass this up if you have a chance to grab it on tap.

Jul 13, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by augustgarage from California

2019 vintage? 11.5% ABV. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Seal brown liquid with a faint ecru collar. Vague lacing; no retention; thick sheen of tears cascades down the sides.

Cocoa, treacle, stewed plums and currant jam, along with faint tobacco and milk chocolate notes in the nose. Lavish and inviting. Some alcohol around the edges, but nothing fusel.

Intense chocolate notes permeate the flavor profile, although the malt base has some definite complexity with a range of toast/char/chocolate notes. Bitterness is balanced between clean earthy hops and cocoa. Some warmth and spice from the ancho, while the spices emerge in the finish with a light dusting of cinnamon and the vanilla almost suggesting some time in a barrel. Rich, deep, but the adjuncts threaten to overwhelm the base beer. Medium, earthy finish.

Creamy, smooth, full-bodied, sticky mouth-feel. Light but sufficient carbonation.

Outstanding, well balanced, bittersweet, and potent.

Jul 11, 2021
4.48 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio on Jun 30, 2021
4.41 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Jun 30, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by dano213 from Pennsylvania

2019 vintage. 750ml bottle purchased off the shelf for $24.49. I tried to let this get closer to room temperature before drinking it, but it might still be kind of cold.

Look: Has a beautiful appearance. Viscous and black with a gorgeous, albeit small, brown head with nice lacing. Very compact, thin foam with good retention. Really looks gorgeous.

Smell: The nose on this beer suggests that it is decadence in a glass. Up front - chocolate galore. Rich, dark baker's chocolate. All of the adjuncts meld so well together with the imperial stout to create a fully integrated, rich aroma. The finish is warm cinnamon and vanilla. It's hard to pick out the ancho chile in the nose. It's a bit fruity on the front end, so maybe that is coming from the ancho chile which foodies describe as a "spicy raisin". The aroma on this beer reminds me of a spiced chocolate cookie. What I find so enticing about the aroma is that it has a creamy richness to it. There is a nice nuttiness in the aroma also - reminds me of candied cinnamon almonds. A touch of alcohol on the nose.

Taste: It's so tasty, complex, and delicious. It's really not very sweet, yet from the list of adjuncts one might jump to call this a "pastry stout". Very malty, the flavor is reminiscent of ovaltine or an adult hot chocolate (mexican hot chocolate flavors, for sure). The finish is bold and robust, the slightly bitter roasted malt flavors linger long on my palate since the beer has such a full mouthfeel. There is a bit of acidity on the finish, and it works just fine here (perhaps welcomed). And there is warm spice on the finish from the cinnamon and ancho chile. Touch of black licorice on the finish as well.

Feel: The mouthfeel is luscious. This is the kind of thickness that imperial stout brewers dream to achieve. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: An extremely well made adjunct imperial stout. You can tell that their base beer must be amazing, adjuncts aside, because the adjuncts can only enhance the base beer and cannot be used to cover up potential flaws. 11.5% ABV is extremely well hidden. How do they achieve such a thick mouthfeel? I used my champagne bottle stopper to store this back in the fridge for a day of two longer....if I cannot drink it fast enough, can I make a super delicious beer ice cream with it?

Jun 22, 2021
4 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.21 by CarpeDiem33 from Minnesota on Jun 16, 2021
5 by relynnjr from North Carolina on Jun 15, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MostlyMetalz from Illinois

Big fan of Perennial and their stouts. I like the vanilla and coffee variants more, but this one is great. Just enough cinnamon to smell/taste but not overpowering.

Jun 15, 2021
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