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Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho Chiles, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon Sticks.

2011 - 100 cases
2012 - 200 cases

Added by jmvecchio1 on 12-16-2011

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/2015. Poured into a tulip.

Look is dark brown, minimal to half finger sized lacing. Leaves great foamy legs around the glass.

Nose is of cocoa nibs and cinnamon. A great nose, barely can smell any hint of chiles.

Taste follows the nose but with a tiny hint of the chiles on the finish. The cocoa nibs and cinnamon make it incredibly smooth and tasty. Well structured.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Overall one of the better stouts I've had. I wish I had more and definitely want to try the barrel aged version. Incredibly smooth and an amazing finish. I wanted more than the 22 oz it came in.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas 2015

Pitch black with a deep brown tinge, no carbonation, half finger of chocolate brown head, and foamy chocolatey legs.

Cocoa, dark chocolate, cinnamon, a hint of heat and dark toasted notes.

Chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted notes, a light cinnamon, and chilie pepper note. The spicy heat on the end is light. Chocolate and cocoa resonate on the tongue. For a very long time. Hints of cedar all through as it warms.

Medium oily body but very smooth, foamy carbonation. Slick and smooth.

Got at Rincon Tap Room and Bottle
Shop in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa California. Excellent brew that has good reason for being so well sought after. Drank Sept 15th 2016 at the taproom.

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Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle..... used motor oil. dark and thick. more cinnamon than i prefer but that's the only negative i'm seeing so far. i get some of the chiles and vanilla. decent brew.

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Photo of Marius
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Tons of cinnamon up front, followed by cocoa, milk chocolate, molasses and chili peppers. One of my favourite beers at this year’s CBC.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no light penetration. A trace of Brown foam is barely detectable. Aroma is primarily chilies and cinnamon. I taste luscious milk chocolate, cinnamon, and dark malt. The mouth is viscous and the chiles warm the throat and tongue.

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Photo of NJBrews609
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; Serving - 750ml bottle into a 12oz. snifter

A - Black with thin layer of tan head
S - cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, and chiles
T - LOTS of cinnamon, some chocolate and vanilla, a little bit of chilies. The beer develops nicely as it warms up and the flavors come together a bit better.
M - Medium/full bodied with moderate carb.
O - This vintage definitely seems to have taken a step back, rating it where i am because I've had previous years and thought it was fantastic. This one just didn't integrate too well off the bat.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

finally landed one of these. i was at Perennial in St. Louis a couple of years ago and of course they claimed they didnt have any so I had to find some on the web. expensive but easliy the best tasting beer they make

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, I finally get to cross this off the list.

Keg, snifter, 2015

I wanted this to be awesome but it's just really damn good. Not awesome though. Apparently it's been a lot better in the past, with more chili presence, which is definitely missing in a big way here. There's plenty of cinnamon all over, and chocolate is big, but where are the peppers?

As it stands now it's a really good beer but it didn't live up to the hype. I've had plenty of bomb and I'd take that over this all day. Sorry perennial.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2015 into a tulip glass. Pours diesel black with thin rim of dark tan head that never fully dissipates past a ring. Nose is dominant in cinnamon, but enjoyable. Taste matched the nose, not sure if that was due to age, wanted more chile notes. They became more noticeable as it warmed, but still fairly minor. Mouthfeel was solid, carbonation on the lower side, and a finish that lingered a bit with hints of chocolate.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver; poured into a brandy snifter.
Apperance - coal black, with no light penetrating; nonexistent head in the snifter and no lacing.
Smell - chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon and ancho chili!
Taste - flavors from the nose are magnified making this a wonderful sipper!
Feel - big and bold; heavy but very easy to sip! Full flavors stand out and produce a very pleasurable drink from start to finish!
Overall - as good as advertised! Pricey, but you get what you pay for!

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Photo of NoahEllison
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite stout. Imperial brewed in Saint Louis Missouri. The pepper, coffee, chocolate flavors are fantastic. The mouth feel is full, and when you smell it you know it's going to be good.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abraxas pours coffee black, nearing gloppy, with tan, faint whisps of carbonation on the top layer, and soft thin ring of tan foam that dies down to nothing fairly quickly.

Unsweetened chocolate aromas come off first, with some smokey characteristics, and a little fruity vanilla. It begins to smell like a snickerdoodle, then, as it warms I get a distinct olfactory memory of brandy soaked Pain Perdu.

This is the most cinnamon forward of Huna, Mexican Cake, and Xocoveza, yet it's not too intense. There is just a tickle of capsaicin in the finish, unlike the building heat of Mexican Cake. At times it comes off as minty, like the classic Girl Scout thin mints, but with lots of cinnamon. It is rounded out with some nicely roasty characteristics.

Abraxas is a little thin, contradicting the appearance substantially--it sort of feels like wine, with not much carbonation to speak of. There is a bit of a sharp tang, but it's not quite spicy. If you're down with these flavor profiles, this drinks real easy.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely excellent beer. The cinnamon, vanilla, and cacao comes through well with just a little heat from the chiles. The aromas of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon are great as well

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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Struck out several times trying to find this whale. DLD line bottle share and this was one of many great beers but the exchange was very memorable. Complete stranger looked at me and the bottle I was pouring and I looked at his bottle of 2013 Abraxas. No words spoken and we both raised our bottles to offer a pour into the other persons snifter. Toasted and enjoyed! Such a great festival!

But back to Abraxas, such a solid balance of ingredients with vanilla starting and strong but pleasant cinnamon finish. Chiles were not very present and might have faded over the years cellaring. Would love to try this on tap on day. Great beer, similar to Bomb! I am sure the BA version of Abraxas is outstanding given this base.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 11/2015 L: black with no head or lacing S: in your face chili aroma followed by sweet chocolate T: the chilis are the dominant flavor but it's not too spicy, the chocolate and the cinnamon really balance the taste F: very smooth but a little thin and no carbonation O: a great spiced stout that I would love to have again. Unfortunately this one is near impossible to get. Stone Xocoveza is very similar to this beer, and much easier to attain if you are looking for comparable beer.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- deep brown, slight reddish hue around the edges. Not much head or lacing.

S- cinnamon and chili heat.

T- I got different flavors at different times. My first half glass I got quite a bit of spice (cinnamon and chili), though not unpleasant. As I kept drinking, the flavors smoothed out a bit and I got a lot more chocolate.

F- not much carbonation. Creamy.

O- It's well done, but I can't decide how much I like it. At times, the spice overpowers the other flavors. At others it mellows and I enjoy it more. If I get my hands on another one, I'll try to let it warm up a bit first.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Aroma is chocolate roasted malts and chilis. Wow, this is delicious. Favor is chocolate and cinnamon and has a nice heat in the finish but isn't too hot. Overall I really enjoyed this, better than I expected.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A phenomenal stout. This is the real deal - a beer that lives up to the price tag and hype in equal amounts. Find and deeo dark profile with a full body. The cinnamon adds both to the texture and to the taste profile. There is a hint of ground mexican chocolate here along with the spices. The pepper feel is muted yet lends a warming touch. Lots of complexity. An exceptional beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black pour with a thin, toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Cinnamon with a coriander and citrus zing.

T - Chocolate, cinnamon, coriander, oak, and the peppers are subtle but slowly build.

M - Thick, viscous,, full bodied, heavy, and sticky.

O - I'm not a "joiner", but - mind blowing? Epic? Memorable? A combination of all? A pretty darn GOOD beer!!

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark black with a small thin milk chocolate colored head. Aromas and flavors are layers and layers of complexity: bitter dark chocolate, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, roasted coffee, molasses, slight peppers...super creamy and thick mouthfeel. Now that's what I call a beer.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What more can I say about this beer that hasn't already been said before? It pours like black oil, is thick and chewy and tastes, well, amazing. I am not a huge fan of cinnamon but in this beer it works extraordinarily well as it is so well balanced. Another beer that completely lives up to the hype

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Photo of larryarms847
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a lusciously silky dark brown and sits black in the glass with a short tan/light brown head of foam.

Cinnamon and bakers spices, peppers, sweet chocolate, and gentle waves of vanilla.

Chocolate, coffee-esque roastiness, vanilla, bakers spices, and a perfect peppery spice to clear the palate.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, silky, chewy, wonderfully balanced.

Overall, while I've always been hesitant when in comes to beers brewed with peppers, this is truly a masterpiece. Perfect balance of flavors and a silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes this a complex beauty.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, small tan head and nice lacing. Notes of sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, light coffee, cinnamon, and light smoky pepper. Velvety and full mouthfeel with light carbonation and dangerous drinkability. This is world class, the flavor is off the chart and perfect balance. I can't see much being better.

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Photo of FBarber
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer on tap and from a bottle and it is hands down the best stout I've ever had. Pours jet black with a nice head that sticks around. Smell is decadent - get some cinnamon, chocolate and coffee. Tastes notes of cinnamon, chocolate roasted coffee, molasses and pepper. So many flavors that are married so well. Its amazing how well these flavors just play together - no one flavor is dominant. Feels is really nice - its a strong stout but it doesn't taste/feel that way. So smooth so drinkable.

Overall this is the best stout I've had - are there ones out there that are better? maybe. But if you can get your hands on it, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The chocolate is so smooth and fine, with a hint of pepper and cinnamon. Full but light in feel, sweet and warming, with a nice round wrap around the tongue. Some soft, wet, sweet roast lingers on the palate afterwards, with a little sheen of lively tingle. A very delicate and refined stout, easy on the heat, BTW, so don't be deterred.

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