Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #102
Ranked #239
4.47 | pDev: 7.61%
Oct 02, 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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Rated by tsfinn23 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%

Jul 03, 2014
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Im sampling a cellar temp 750 ml bottle poured into my snifter. Beer is part of a BIF winnings from the NFL BIF 33, I think.
Beer was received last fall (2021) and has been in my cellar till today. I think it is a 2019 vintage.
The beer pours a jet black color with a fluffy tan head foaming up 2 cm even with a gentle pour. This foam slowly fades to a sturdy edge layer after the pour.
Aroma on this brew is rich dark chocolate, fudge brownie, cinnamon notes and some earthy slightly spicy pepper notes. No hint of hops nor the ABV of this beer.
First sip from the glass reveals a medium body with fine tingly carbonation and a silky texture. The mouthfeel is a little less full than I expected, but this seems a nice stout on physical traits.
Flavor is roasted malts, dark chocolate, and fudge. I then get some cinnamon and peppery notes, with very mild tingly warmth buried in the background. This warmth does show up again on the burps on the beer. I never get any hint of the ABV and hops are absent on flavor profile too.
Very glad to have tried this one as its been on my wants for a bit. Would gladly drink again.
Oct 02, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2019 vintage bottle. Black pour, miniscule ring of head. Dark, roasty aroma. Taste is a straightforward roasty stout, peppers show up in a small way, adding some heat. Deep and rich. A true classic.
Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by cdinardo21 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2021 Variant - did this back to back with the BA version - was badly missing the peppers, which was a big disappointment for me - had the 2019 variant on tap a few years back, and just remember it being fantastic - this was good - not fantastic - I dont' want to make it sound like I didn't enjoy this, but the thing that makes Abraxas great, that perfect mix of the cinnamon, chilis, etc...it just wasn't there on this bottle.
Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Well i traveled north to a beer joint i'd never been to before but i knew they had good ratings and were a well liked store. Mack's Beverage in Parma, Ohio. Well yes, the place was very cool and had a lot to choose from. But i was really surprised to see multiple vintages of Abraxas on the shelf. The different years were different prices so i just bought the oldest and most expensive one which was a 2020. $25. Worth a try. Poured into a snifter and man that head just disappeared as soon as i poured it. Color was dark brown. The smell is sweet like cocoa and coffee, with a tinge of spiciness to it that tingles the nose a bit. Taste is rich and velvety, warm smooth melting chocolate and a slight bitterness of coffee. Yes the cinnamon is also there enriching the experience. I'm looking for more chili pepper in the beer. It's slight but not nearly strong enough to get my top marks. I like it when the beer bites back. Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and full, bubbling only the slightest bit. Another reviewer compared this to Christmas Bomb and Xocoveza, and having had both those beers, I would say this rates pretty highly up there with both of those brews. Overall this is an awesome beer, and definitely one of the better stouts i've tried. There's nothing spectacularly unique about it, but as far as a stout goes, this sets the bar pretty high, manifesting what a stout can be if it's done well and done right. Cheers!
Jul 23, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by admonster00 from Illinois

Jul 19, 2022
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Reviewed by CyrusT

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
L: Pitch black . An abyss . Carefully poured into a 12oz snifter glass . Absolutely no head or lacing . Straight motor oil .

S: Vanilla , Cinnamon , and chocolate .

T: Vanilla , Chocolate , and coffee upfront . Chocolate on the finish too , as well as cinnamon , and peppers . Warm and spicy on the finish . Somewhat sweet.

F: Thick , silky mouthfeel . A good tinge of mild to low carbonation on the finish .

Overall I think this beer is fantastic . I’m a big fan of stouts . It’s expensive , but I would definitely buy this again .
Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jul 01, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Affinity from Missouri

Jun 02, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by mvansis

May 21, 2022
Rated: 4.98 by dan_amdg from Illinois

May 21, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.28 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Apr 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.7 by TakiMan42

Mar 18, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Mar 15, 2022
Rated: 4.61 by Dope from Massachusetts

Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.75 by akopczyk from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
great mixture of flavors - can't taste the chill peppers mostly cocoa flavor comes thru
Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 5 by birdsellam from Indiana

Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by Dgman8053 from New York

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 4.32 by Appearanceswc from Virginia

Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Historiker from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
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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Reviewed by mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.39 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.29 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by o29 from Texas

Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Dec 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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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Reviewed by STLHop-Hed from Missouri

4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by jcbphd from Missouri

4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.12 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Oct 03, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by timmy2b from New York

Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio

Aug 24, 2021
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