Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

BA SCORE
98
world-class
2,504 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,504
Reviews:
324
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
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1,208
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730
For Trade:
82
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Photo of vinny21bal
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of AuntBea
3.53/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of erjaq
3.54/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jdimento
3.54/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kenzilka007
3.56/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/2013. 750ml brown glass bottle with appealing brown label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired earlier today at a local CO bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation and current 96 rating. 10% ABV confirmed per the label. Reviewed as a chili imperial stout.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a gorgeous rich dark tan colour head of one finger width. Fantastic creaminess and thickness. Beautifully soft shiny complexion. Lovely even consistency. The head is wonderful, but recedes inside two minutes - likely due to the high ABV. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, nor can I get any to stick by tilting the glass.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid jet black. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a gorgeous looking stout with an impressive head. I'd call it a special appearance, but it isn't unique. There are no flaws here

Sm: Hidden roast, heavy cacao nib dust, chocolate malts, dark malts, dusty powdered chilis (but no overt spice or heat), rich cinnamon dust, and cream. Some burnt/caramelized sugars.

Really appealing.

The cinnamon obscures the chilis, but overall I'm really impressed. A mouthwatering aroma of mild strength. I can't wait to try it.

No yeast character, hop character, or overt alcohol is detectable.

T: Dark malts, cocoa powder/dust, chocolate malts, milk chocolate, caramel, caramelized/burnt sugars, well-integrated cinnamon spice, a faint hint of chili heat, brown/muscavado sugar, and cream. Cocoa dust is dominant, and boy is that note executed well here. A bit ashy and burnt. Any vanilla is pretty tame, and doesn't evoke authentic vanilla bean (or artificial vanillicin).

Very well balanced, though there isn't a great deal of complexity (relative to the style) or subtlety. It isn't an intricate brew, but the subtle chili pepper lends it some interesting nuance and the cinnamon is a nice touch.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Very cohesive, but not quite gestalt.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Thick and full-bodied. Unrefreshing. Really good presence on the palate. Comforting, approachable, and somewhat soft. A biteen overcarbonated.

Not too sticky.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable for the 10% ABV, but the ABV isn't that well hidden. I quite like it, and I'd certainly order it again at a bar, but I don't know that it's world class. It's almost a unique take on an imperial stout, and I love the subtlety of the chili pepper. I'll have to try more beers from Perennial. This one is damn solid.

The mouthfeel is a highlight for me, but the earthiness of the flavour profile detracts from the beer overall.

Low B

***
12/29/15 impression of a 2014 vintage:

B

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Photo of thebigredone
3.59/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this bottle. High expectations for this.

Looks great coming out of the bottle. Good color and nice tan head.

Smell isn't quite what I was expecting. Not much stout aroma, heavy on the pepper and cinnamon.

Taste - Starts out with heavy pepper, some cinnamon, and a touch of cocoa. Sounds great in writing, not so good in actuality. The pepper and cinnamon flavors were unpleasant, and there was not enough balance between the stout and the additions. No heat from the peppers comes through, also no vanilla that I could detect.

Mouthfeel is fine.

Overall, I was incredibly disappointed with this beer. It seems this has to do with my palate as opposed to getting a bad bottle, as the other tasting group members all really enjoyed it. I couldn't even finish my 4 oz taster of this. I did really enjoy Hunahpu, so I'm not sure why Abraxas didn't work for me, but it's not a beer I would seek to drink again.

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Photo of Liberatiscioli
3.62/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A small tan cap forms that leaves no lace.
S: I get overwhelmingly cinnamon spice and sugary sweetness all the way. Maybe light roast and chocolate. Though the cinnamon sticks are the show here.
T: Like the nose, cinnamon sticks, clove allspice. Really sweet, with some chocolate that becomes more noticeable as this warms. I don't get much else. The stout is overwhelmed by the cinnamon.
M/O: A big thick and inky/oily body. Really viscous, but still smooth around the edges. It is a big stout, and outside the cinnamon there is not much here. Though still easy to drink, and considering the large sweetness was surprised at how easy this went down.

In many way, this reminds me of Saint Arnold Pumpkinator. A big beer that is more on the cinnamon spiced side of the spectrum and not the stout side. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it becomes to one noted. With the cinnamon, allspice, clove, sugary sweet aspect, just not among my favorite stouts. That said, it is still enjoyable, but not exceptional IMO.

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Photo of JFear
3.65/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FrankHammer
3.65/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
3.66/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown-black with a huge creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate with some cinnamon and spice. Kind of smells like a Mexican mocha. Alcohol comes out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet fudgy lactic chocolate with some cinnamon and spicy chili with a bitter roast finish and some booze and black licorice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, very interesting with a lot going on. Everything doesn't blend real well - the chocolate is a bit too sweet, the roast is a bit too bitter, the black licorice is a bit strong. It would be interesting to try this aged to see if it mellows some. It is a bit pricey at $22 a bottle.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and almost flat. The aroma is almost herbal. Very much spicy, but it has an almost ginger aroma to it, though the chili peppers and cinnamon are there. Lots of licorice and roasted malt, too. The flavor is quite a bit sweeter than expected. Licorice, molasses, and burnt sugar to go with a bit of chocolate. The same chili character with a dash of cinnamon. Certainly an intensely flavored beer.

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Photo of darehulk112
3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kdown
3.69/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HOMEPL8
3.69/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Etan
3.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle shared by Jason. Thanks!

A: Thick, oily black body with a nice milk chocolate-colored head.

S: Greenish pepper is most apparent, followed by cinnamon and chocolate notes. Pretty rich aroma - smells like a Mexican chocolate cake.

T: Cinnamon, bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, some moderate pepper heat and slightly astringent vegetal pepper flavor. The pepper flavor, along with the roasted malt, gives the beer a somewhat off-putting bitterness.

M: Thick-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Although the spicing and base beer seem to have the potential to be really good together, the pepper flavors are throwing the beer off. I think the barrel-aged version is far superior, in part because the pepper flavor seems more subdued.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
3.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pitch black. Looks like a slightly viscous texture. Next to no head.
S: Smells faintly of cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee. Too faint for a spiced stout.
T: Was expecting alot more. Solid imperial stout base with a few hints of the pepper, cinnamon and malt. Has a slight cereal flavor to it.
F: Relatively low carbonation. Was expecting a more sticky texture, but it's fairly thin.

O: Was expecting alot more. Truly a hype beer, since there are alot of spiced imperial stouts that taste better. This reminded me of a cinnamony Stone Xocoveza. Price is double its actual value.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to Auror to bringing this to the tasting. Poured into Founders snifter, shared 3 ways.

A- Pours a completely opaque dark black with about a finger of very creamy mocha brown head that has decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Lots of cinnamon followed by light chilis and some chocolate. Definitely above average aroma strength. Kind of a little bit too much cinnamon and overall the smell is a little bit off-putting, definitely unique though.

T- Lots of cinnamon, some light chili peppers that don't add too much heat but a little bit of flavor, finishes with some dark chocolate mixed with light cinnamon that lingers on the palate. Interesting, not as off-putting as the aroma, but not bad. Chili builds a little bit as you drink but never too hot.

M- Creamy, a tiny bit thin for a double, smooth, a tiny bit syrupy but not bad. Easy to drink.

O- This was definitely an interesting beer. I wouldn't say I completely liked the taste but it was definitely an interesting try that I enjoyed having. I would have definitely toned down the cinnamon a little bit, I found that to be a tiny bit off putting but not bad. I'd recommend trying this if you like unique stouts.

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Sinatra716
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Atomicskis5
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of BKArmstrong
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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