Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

313 Reviews

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 Mateo2699
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version, super dark inky pour with a mocha colored head that doesn't last long at all. Getting cinnamon and cacao nibs upfront, super roasty. Mild licorice and dark fruit. Lots of lacto, chocolate and roasty malt with the taste. Cinnamon and spices not quite as noticeable as the aroma, but still there. Mouthfeel is the highlight here, super thick and velvety. Palate coating, and sticky. Slight burn, but the sweetness balances this all out.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's good but I'm not dropping $30 on a bottle again when a sixer of Xocoveza can be had for half the cost. So many other beers out there doing the same style nowadays.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark coffee-black pour with a thin dark khaki head
Smells like brown sugar, cinnamon, chilies, molasses
Coffee chocolate upfront, sweet cinnamon that fades into subtle but present peppered heat -sweet but not cloyingly so
Thick, chewy without seeming like syrup
Overall worth seeking out!

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with hardly any light passing through. Has a dark caramel head on top. Can smell cinnamon as well as something sweet. Taste is full of cinnamon with a hint of spice.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas 2016, at Side Project Cellar

This is a beautiful imperial Stout, black with a dark head and nice lacing.

Smell is chocolate, roasted malts, cinnamon, Chile.

Taste follows the smell, lots of chocolate and roasted malts, Chile peppers, vanilla, cinnamon. Feel is thick.

Near perfect imperial Stout, the flavors complement each other beautifully. The ABV is well hidden. Simply delicious.

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Photo of Tacostacostacos
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A solid cinnamon, chocolate, chili stout that's pleasant to sip during cold months. Flavors are strong but mesh well. Will definitely be ordering again.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with thin mocha head.

Aroma is chocolate, cinnamon and pepper

Taste chocolate upfront, cinnamon mud pallet. The pepper comes in late aftertaste . Very similar taste to prairie bomb.

Mouthfeel is super thick . This is what I want in an imperial stout.

Overall- totally worth the hype. Actually exceeds my expectations. Prefer this over bomb and huhnapu due to mouthfeel. Would LOVE to try barrel aged version. Elite beer in every way

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a very nice brown head that dissipates at a moderate pace but is actually kind of slower than you would expect. The head creates a really nice looking fuzz that spreads out across the surface and creates a nice blanket with some good weight to it. The beer itself is also very good looking. It has a nice black chocolate syrup note to it with a nice weighty texture.

The smell is very good. It has a nice pepper smell that acts as a great topping to the strong yet not overpowering cinnamon aroma. The cocoa nibs are interestingly moderate and subtle but works well and creates a good powdery sweetness that mixes well with the cinnamon.

The taste is fantastic. It has the same notes as the smell but with a lighter pepper note and a stronger cocoa nib note that makes it a bit more milk chocolate sweet that goes well with the cinnamon.

The feel is pretty good. It has a strong heavy body that feels thick and luxurious with a nice syrupy feel. There is also a slight burn but not enough to turn people off. The carbonation is . . . foamy but it adds a nice and constant texture to the beer.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and worth the chase. It's a great full bodied beer with great strong notes that really tantalizes the senses. It's an extremely well rounded beer with strong notes and worth getting your hands on if you can.

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Photo of funk_master_flex
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beers pours a thick dark brown to black. It looks like a syrup and leave light brown legging and bubbles when swirled. The smell is straight up cinnnamon, vanilla, chile spice, and deep dark chocolate. The taste is dark chocolate with a huge flavor of cinnamon, vanilla, and whiskey barrel flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth AF. Reminiscent of a milkshake. I love this beer. Drinkable and without a trace of alcohol even at 10%. Fantastic. Tremendous (a la Trump) lol

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into snifter; modest carbonation with nice head. Peppers, coffee, chocolate notes and cinnamon greet the new nose. Chili pepper, coffee, cinnamon and fruits on palate. Full body with peppery malts linger. Well done!

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap in a snifter at a local bar.

A: Pours jet black in color with a small, foamy, dark brown to khaki colored head with minimal retention. Thin, khaki colored lacing throughout.

S: Huge aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and chili peppers exactly as advertised. Milder notes of coffee, toffee, and dark fruits.

T: Holy wow. Tasty cinnamon roll in a glass. Starts off with big notes of chocolate and cinnamon followed by vanilla, coffee, caramel, and toffee. Finishes with hints of chili peppers, raisins, and other dark fruits. Mild lingering bitterness on the end.

F: Full bodied. Thick, smooth, and super creamy. Light carbonation.

O: Overall, this is an amazing Imperial Stout. Literally tastes like a liquified cinnamon roll. My first time trying this and I will definitely be revisiting this one. One of my new all time favorites. Worth the hunt for a bottle if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of yasky
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap. Black pour, minimal beige head. Aroma of peppers, anise, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla. Cinnamon up front here, vanilla, dark chocolate, pepper, salted black liquorice, dark toffee. Incredibly smooth with a little bit of heat in the mouthfeel, oily. Superb.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with tan head. Smells of vanilla and cinnamon. A terrific blend of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cinnamon, and a touch of heat from the peppers. The peppers kind of give it a coconut feel. The mouthfeel is incredible rich and luscious. It's beyond decadent. This might be one of my favorite stouts. Period.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour at my local craft beer bar.

This seems to be everywhere this year, at least this is not the first opportunity I've had to try it. Finally, I decided to give it a go, and it did not disappoint. You have to love cinnamon to like this beer.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4 ounce pour from the draft, came out pitch black with a half a finger of caramel foamy head. Lacing is great. Aroma is strong, but extremely well balanced. Notes of spices, peppers, cinnamon, vanilla, all sing and dance with roasted malts playing bass. Extremely well balanced and put together. Flavor profile answers the standard set by the aroma, with notes of spices, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, peppers, and roasted malts. Note, there is some spiciness to this beer, and yet it refrains from being a heartburn catalyst. Flavor profile is well balanced and smooth. Mouth feel is thick, and creamy. Without a doubt, the feel packs a wallop, delivering all the goodness of the aroma and flavor profile in a thick, but extremely drinkable, feel. There is a bit of grain to the feel as the beer warms. Concluding word in my notes "woah". Despite lots and lots of complexity to this beer, it remains extremely approachable and drinkable. Top notch stout with chilis.

Served in a 4oz snifter. Draft.

**This was my first drink of Abraxas. I've been hunting it for a while. I do work hard to squeeze out any bias in my number ratings, but as a local guy, I may be biased.

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Photo of bnes09
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dense, dark and viscous, dirty motor-oil like liquid. Very complex and well balanced flavors. The cinnamon, the chili peppers, the cocoa and the vanilla all seem to dance around my tongue. A little less vanilla then the rest but enough to mellow and smooth out the flavor. Thick, milk shake like feel. Slight stickiness is welcome as it allows for a prolonged taste on the tongue and second tasting on the lips. This is one of the best non-BA stouts I've ever had. Would love to try the BA and coffee versions.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage
~1-2 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, oily body, opaque. Thin layer of dark brown colored head, fizzy / creamy. Lots of spotty head lacing and thick sticky alcohol legs coat glass.

Aroma- Dry cocoa, fudgy dark chocolates. Sweet creaminess, caramel syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet cinnamon bun with vanilla frosting. Subtle sweet pepper in the background, no heat though.

Taste- Smooth sweetness, sweet chocolate, caramel, cinnamon swirl, vanilla. Fudgy dark chocolates, cocoa, roast, coffee. Peppers add a spiciness and just a touch of balanced heat. Chocolatey sweetness lingers.

Feel- Full bodied, thick and hugely creamy. Lower carbonation, silky smooth.

Overall- Incredible dessert-like qualities with the cinnamon and sweetness. Chocolate is just over the top chewy and fudgy. Peppers add a nice spice, not overly hot. Everything comes together so well, and the creamy mouthfeel enhances the beer. A remarkable beer.

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Photo of Ri0
3.87/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 750ml bottle into a snifter, bottled 11/2015. Color is obsidian with a paper thin tan head and no lacing. Aroma of weaker coffee, a bit of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, toasted malts, maybe some vanilla. All the aromas are together and pleasant, but not as strong as I would have expected from other reviews. The taste is a very nice roasted malt stout, but lacks coffee flavor. There are notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, and faint spicy pepper. I thought this would be more spicy, but it is rather mild. The feel is medium, but seems a bit thin for a big stout like this. The carbonation is also somewhat lacking. I found this to be quite good, but I was expecting much more based on the reviews. My fear of a spicy beer when fresh is partly to blame.

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this one sitting in the cellar and I thought it should be drunk before some of the spices fall off. Bottle dated 11/2014.
Poured into my favourite Watou chalice, the pour produces a thick oily brew with a decent tan head. Nose is of chocolate malty goodness and spiced chocolate liqueur, yes there is such a decadent thing! The alcohol is present on the nose. The taste is a challenge with this one, I mean don't get me wrong there is plenty going on here, it's just not easy to pick apart each flavour. The chocolatey goodness of the stout is upfront and then the spices come in. Yes I can really taste the cinnamon but it kind of melds with the chillies, it's a fairly homogenous experience if that makes sense... The mouthfeel is thick and slick. Overall a great brew, its different from Hunahpu's as you can really pick out the spices individually in that brew. This one is a little more homogenous but none the less amazing!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at the 1 year anniversary of Beer Shop, NYC.
Pours a pitch black with a moderate and attractive looking mocha foam head. The head retained well and left some lacing.
Sweet in the nose; chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, almond and cinammon.
Unbelievably smooth and creamy in the mouth. The carbonation is very soft, gentle and just about perfect. Full in the mouth; a sipper and easy to drink at the same time. The chocolate adds a nice coating of sweetness, while the cinammin adds some dessert like spice. Not cloying at all. Instead, perhaps my favorite aspect of this brew is the chili pepper like spice that is evident in the finish and leaves a fantastic aftertaste that makes me want to go back to it. It is similar to when you have a fantastic meal that lingers in the tastebuds and in the memory. The alcohol is perceptible, but barely. It neither burns or is heavily boozy despite the 10% ABV.
I've heard about Abraxas for a long time and was always curious to try it. It was well worth the wait! What a wonderful beer! Maybe my favorite stout yet!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally! After reading the reviews and hearing the hype, I was finally able to procure a bottle of this...

Damn near perfect... The chilies and cinnamon come through loud and clear and they are delicious... The heat of the chilies aren't really a flavor, more of a suggestion... Very subtle... This is the beer Xocoveza wanted to be... Some booze here... I like it quite a bit...love it actually...

Quite intense..

A terrific Christmas Day beer...

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Photo of BourbonBarrelBeerBelly
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Never wrote a review, so I'll keep it short. Incredible, luxurious (hate that word) mouth feel, a touch of cinnamon, modest bitterness, good amount of chocolate, and a tasteful sensation of heat from the peppers (not so much a flavor). Definitely a world class Beer, worthy of it's praise. Seek it out!

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Motor oil black with nearly no head, like a very thing khaki head
Smell: strong chili and cinnamon, not much else
Taste: big cinnamon and chili front with a smooth chocolate and malt finish
Feel: stupidly smooth, medium body, little carbonation, light heat at the end... stupidly drinkable
Overall: outstanding beer... not huna though

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black pour, used motor oil, midnight black, all those usual descriptors, 1/3" tan head on it, small bubbles. Aroma heavy on the roast, a mild amount of peppers and cinnamon on top of it, you've had this beer before in other regions, Stone, Cigar City etc. . .

Taste, good hits with the roast first and foremost, not acrid, not overly sweet, brings the heat pepper wise but with enough two row and black roasted malt to hold its own and not let the spice dominate. Cinnamon in a decent proportion in the mouth feel. Really one of those midwest pour kinds of beers, after around 4oz I'm kind of hitting the point of diminishing returns. A share beer.

Carbonation well done and subdued to allow for different adjuncts to come out. Alcohol noticeable, but not soul crushing. Decent chocolate and cocoa presence.

A good beer, but plenty of easier, more accessible beers doing the same thing as this one.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to tick the mighty Abraxas! Damn does this thing glug into your glass - it's dark as night and smells fantastic. It is a great stout, but honestly the flavors came through a bit subdued compared to was I was expecting. Still wouldn't ever turn one down though...

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