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 Ozzylizard
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from @Harrison8 (@THSdrummer) in NBS BIF #5.
750 mL bottled 10/2016. Stored at 42 degrees. Served at 58 degrees in a Jester King snifter.
Aroma - primarily chocolate with some faint chilis.
Head – small (Maximum < two cm, aggressive pour), brown, very dense and creamy, good retention. Slowly diminishing to a four mm creamy ring and a thin layer with a few rocks.
Lacing – none.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – The initial hit is cacao and some pleasant anchos. I’m not a fan of putting a piece of the sun in my mouth; anchos are the perfect pepper for me – flavorful with some heat but still edible. As the beer warms in my mouth, the cinnamon kicks in and the anchos heat up a bit. There is a little post-swallow pleasant gastric burn. Behind all the additives, malt can still be detected. The 10% ABV alcohol isn’t detectable until it joins with the anchos to start a small fire just south of my cardiac sphincter. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

I can see why this beer is so highly rated – balance. There is just enough chili to provide some flavor without burning my taste buds out; thank you for that. The cinnamon comes in at the tail end and is not the star of the show, just another important player. The cacao provides a unifying factor, continuity between the aroma, the first taste, and the after taste. And at the heart of it all, you can tell it’s a stout.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black with a small but lasting head. The aroma offers up dark chocolate, spice, cinnamon, and a little pepper seed and flesh. The flavor is also chocolate forward, with notes of milk and dark chocolate intermingled, as well as marshmallow, cocoa powder, spicy chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, and plum. The mouthfeel is full, and rich with light foamy carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall this is very balanced given the boldness of the flavors - the spice is neither overwhelming, nor to light. I see why this is a classic.

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Photo of spoony
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (dated November 28, 2016) to a snifter.

A-The beer pours like motor oil out of the bottle; some of the heaviest looking stuff I have ever seen. The medium-brown head falls almost like a Guinness in the glass before settling to fat two-finger height. Retention is good for the style. The liquid beneath is ebony and still.

S-The aroma delivers on the advertised flavors of chile peppers, cinnamon, and cocao. I also pick up notes of chocolatey brownie batter, mocha, wisps of smoke, and hints of creamy vanilla. The aroma is on the sweet side with suggestions of brown sugar and molasses. Nice, but I'm not blow away.

T-The taste is similar to the smell and there is a lot happening here. It is quite sweet with flavors of molasses, cacao, and vague dark fruits, maybe prune? I also pick up the brownie batter and a creamy, sweet vanilla flavor that reminds me of marshmallow. The cinnamon is moderately strong and blends well with the tickle of the spicy chiles. The finish is sticky with notes of black licorice. Alcohol is well concealed.

M-This thing is heavy (almost like a milkshake) with a fair amount of very fine carbonation. The finish is sticky.

M-This is a good beer with a lot happening. I would suggest seeking this out if you like the heavy mouthfeel and lots of well-done adjunct flavors. I would like to drink this side-by-side with a Prairie Bomb sometime...for the sake of research, of course!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. 2016 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A spicy and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate and spices. Dark roasted malt with a scent of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, toffee, and caramel with yeast. Big scent of spice with some cinnamon and chili peppers. Sweet scent of vanilla and molasses. Hints of leather, tobacco, and dark fruit. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and spices. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, coffee, biscuit, grains, toast, toffee, caramel, and nuts along with yeast. Spice notes of cinnamon and chili peppers. Sweet taste of vanilla bean and molasses. Undertones of dark fruit, leather, and tobacco. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, rich, and slick.

Overall: A great spiced Imperial Stout. Really nice mix of roasty and spice flavor.

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Photo of goblue30
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer, spice isn't overbearing, alcohol very well hidden, and some vanilla and cinnamon mixed in. Definitely happy to have had this beer, but won't seek out again at its price point. You can find similar beers for a fraction of the price and without the need to trade.

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Photo of rmpic82
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Little brother/sister to the BA Abraxas, this beer is a cinnamon bomb with a nice initial mouthfeel that dissipates perhaps a tad too quickly for me. If that front palate could hold on just a shade longer, it would be even better.

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

A very big beer. I enjoyed the cinnamon in the nose, and it has a very silky, chewy mouthfeel. I got notes of chocolate and less so the peppers. I feel like the cinnamon dominates, and it's not too boozy for a 10% beer. Excellent stout. Worth the hype, IMO.

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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 Harrison8
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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