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Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
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Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#221
Reviews:
404
Ratings:
2,855
pDev:
7.61%
 
 
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1,210
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Ratings: 2,855 |  Reviews: 404
Photo of TheWolf
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kitch
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000, picked something I know is good. A 750ml bottle, bottled in 2017 (I think 27th November 2017). Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a minimal brown head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Cinnamon, creamy chocolate, carrot cake, and hints of chili peppers.

Taste: Cinnamon dominates when cooler, but as it warms it gets better as the roastiness, rich chocolate and cocoa, tones down the harshness of too much cinnamon. Only hints of chili spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Cinnamon was too strong and harsh at cooler temperatures, but as it warmed, this was a wonderful balanced sipper.

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Photo of tnjsrich
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cambabeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BabaBeer
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brocktune
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stratusjeans
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Greeny87
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLS06
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AleHunter805
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brew-Knows
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an experience. Tons of cinnamon, vanilla and a lingering roastiness that balances the beer perfectly. Definately worthy of the high rating. The only flaw is the peppers could be a bit spicier but that is me being picky. Get this if you can.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keeling
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Old_Dead_Oak
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a beautiful dark black close to jet black color with a quickly dissipating cap of a little off white to tan foamy head softly dissipating to leave some sly lace.
The aroma captured a delicate nuanced blend of ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs and cinnamon sticks. Somewhat seems to bring a slight toasty effect, dark toast mainly.
The flavor seemed to mesh finely but all of the way through the dark and milk chocolate sweet to bitterness gently flowing through the ancho chili spice and cinnamon stick. Quick semi-dry cinnamony aftertaste with a touch of dark chocolate.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation and ABV. Semi-dry with some cinnamon to ancho chili harshness invading my tongue. Nice finish with dried chili pepper to cinnamon quality about it.
Overall, what a damn nice imperial stout with a stellar creativity about it. Of course, I'd have this again. This is the cream of the crop coming from the state of Missouri!

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Photo of Kdouble
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdell15
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a one year, four month old bottle...

There's motor oil, then there's Abraxas. I mean thick fudge plops out of the bottle and pools in the glass like cooling lava. It's pitch black and one smooth mass. Above sits a thin espresso foam, creamy looking, and I don't think it's going anywhere.

Intriguing aroma. Starts off with straight booze and chocolate. Slowly, it morphs into what I can only describe as cola blended with a Little Debbie fudge brownie, complete with toasted nut toppings.

But wow does the flavor take a different approach. Chocolate and cinnamon with a pinch of nutmeg. Vanilla creeps in just enough to be noticed, but not prevelent. Still has that overall cola aspect to it as well, but this has some good depth to it. As it warms, the chili flavor actually does become very defined. Nice.

This is indeed smooth, but not as smooth as I was expecting based on looks, especially considering the additional age. I guess I mean it's not as creamy. It has a tingly carbonation to it that surprisingly cuts through. Well balanced and not as sweet as I was expecting either. A touch of spice is a nice one. 10% abv? No way. It can't be. That's some good coverage.

Abraxas is a damn fine and unique stout. Worth $25? Eh, maybe not. I would never say no to a pour though. I can imagine the barrel does wonders to this thing. Someday perhaps.

Cheers.

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Photo of beergoot
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright and deeply dark brown body with a thin yet dense and creamy tan head. Beautiful aroma of earthy spices; cocoa; curry; chili; fresh ground coffee beans. The flavor amplifies the smells with additional qualities of cinnamon and a nearly whiskey-like booziness. Heavy body; velvety and lush; sweet but not sweet; warm but not hot; chewy.

I've long heard of this beer and have been waiting for a chance to try it, and, boy, the wait was worth it! This beer is a poster-beer for depth, complexity and balance, especially for dark ales. I can only say that if rich and complex dark beers are your thing (or you would like to try one), Abraxas would be a fine starting point. Now, if only I can find a barrel-aged version...

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Photo of WilliamD
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Krappen.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10.30.17' is the bottling date for this 750ml bottle.
Nearly black opaque colored body, with a tiny point of garnet back lit light. Thin cap upon pouring recedes to bubble fed ring. The bubbles left behind with each sip slide back down into body.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, cinnamon, and slight whiff of peppers.
Taste brings forth the cacao chocolate experience, along with the cinnamon, and chilies. Solid malt foundation.
Medium plus mouth feel, somewhat thick and sticky. Carbonation brings along an interesting beer body surface show.
One of my favorites over the years. This one has faced a bit but is still solidly balanced and well mannered. Slight sweetness with minimal bitterness. The cacao and cinnamon are such well performing components here.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 2,855 ratings