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 Sir_Whats-his-face
3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A solid imperial stout to be sure, but it's not nearly as unique an idea as it used to be, so I can't say it's worth such a hefty price tag. I'd probably rate it higher if it weren't so deliberately hard to get, but as it stands, it's not really worth the hassle.

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Photo of worldsworstextra
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great stout! I liked this a lot more than hunahpu, which may be due to the fact that it had less chili peppers and a richer/sweeter flavor. It's very smooth as others have noted, while still maintaining a lot of flavor.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour in tulip.

Look: Black with a big Brown frothy head.
Smell: Lots of cinnamon, chocolate, and pepper on the nose. Really nice.
Taste: Much like the nose, get a lot of cinnamon and chocolate. On the tail end you get a nice peppery finish. All these flavors become bolder as the beer warms. The flavors come together in a way that is reminiscent of a cinnamon candle...haha.
Feel: This is where the beer shined. Really velvety mouthfeel. Thick and rich, like a stout should be! Alcohol very well masked.

Overall: I think this beer is awesome, much like everyone else. Haha. It smells fantastic and is as smooth as Velvet. Taste did give me a slightly weird flavor but overall it was still tasty. Seek this one out! Im excited to see how this beer tastes after bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter

This was my first own personal "whale". What better time to review it than as my first beer of the year.

The top popped with the quietest hiss. So excited about this that I sniffed the mouth of the bottle before pouring(almost took a sip, and maybe I did)... A gluggy pour that filled half of the glass left a 1/2" of quickly dissipating brown head gyrating on top of a black pool. Sweet and spicy nose left me ready to dive in. Taste is straight fudge with a peppery POP! I was expecting the spice to have mellowed after a year+ in the bottle, but it was there in force. Nice med-thick, slick feel with minimal carbonation(almost perfect for the style). Heat creeps in, and just compounds on the palate with each sip. This gets WAY better as it warms. It gives way to some of the flavors that were overpowered by the spice, like vanilla. Great beer, but not mind blowing. Along the lines of BOMB! and Imperial Blud, but I would have to side-by-side to pick out my favorite.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best stouts I've had lately. Packs a punch but very smooth for 10%. I would gladly drink this again if given the chance. Job well done on this.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 on draft
Big dose of cinnamon upfront with a bit of coffee so that the two meld seamlessly. Start to get some Dark fruit, molasses and raisin. This ends with chocolate and light chili peppers. I'm so impressed.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I cracked a 2014 Abraxas with my brother as a Christmas celebration and all we could say was ... "wow." This is a superbly balanced imperial stout. I'm not typically a big fan of stouts brewed with peppers but this was so very subtle and in my opinion brought out the sweet chocolaty flavors. There was just a barley noticeable zip with the addition of peppers, but so well melded together. Very smooth, very rich, very sweet with zip. Will definitely be adding this to my annual wish list. I highly recommend this beer to others.

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Photo of TH28
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. 11/2014 bottle date. Appearance: Jet black, opaque, with low brown head. Aroma: Rich malty complexity or dark chocolate, roast, and strong dark fruit. A touch of cinnamon bread. Taste: Rich malt sweetness with strong dark chocolate and moderate roast, turning to cinnamon toast. A hint of pepper spice shows up after the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate viscosity, light carbonation, and touch of alcohol warmth. Finish: Roast and cinnamon linger long after the swallow. Overall: One of the most unique, and best, imperial stouts I’ve had. A great, powerful aroma and strong chocolate flavor contrasted by a unique cinnamon twist and a touch of pepper.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good. Reminded me a lot of Hunahpu but smoother. Aromas of cinnamon gram cracker, cocoa, and some vanilla, taste is the same but very smoothly blended with a very little heat from the peppers on the end. overall a great beer to sip on this time of year.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the most cinnamon that I have ever experienced in a stout; total cinnamon bomb! The vanilla pops alittle bit too. Light roast and earthy peppers. Nice chewy and oily mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing how smooth this one was. After reading that it had chili peppers in it I was expecting something similar to the heat of a Mexican Cake. It was a pleasant surprise. Rich chocolate dominates with hints of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is a little less than I would want; it's a bit too syrupy. Still, glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

- 2015 vintage
- 750mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 29-Dec-15

This has the edge over Prairie Bomb for me and it's entirely due to the mouthfeel, one of the best I've ever had in an imperial stout. Velvety, rich, creamy, and perfect amount of spice and heat. I wish it were snowing outside so I can peer through the window watching the flakes fall in the moonlit winter evening with the only sound of the cracking from the fireplace. Damn this CA weather!

Beats Xocoveza out of the water, and I enjoy Xocoveza.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer hits all of the notes I want in a good flavored stout. Tons of cinnamon and chocolate. It almost tastes like a liquid graham cracker. All the adjuncts come through in perfect harmony and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Version

Look: Motor oil black with a thin brown head.

Smell: Cinnamon and chocolate come through. Dark malt. No real hint of spiciness from the peppers.

Taste: Cinnamon hits first. Then, the chocolate and vanilla. The peppers give just enough spice on the finish.

Feel: Thick and creamy. A little bit of alcohol burn. Low carbonation.

Overall: An awesome imperial stout and the best beer I have ever had with chiles.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz bottle.

L: Pours black like thick motor oil with small tan head that dissapates quickly.

S: Nose is cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla.

T: Taste is cinnamon upfront, then the chocolate and vanilla finish. There is a hint of spicy peppers in the finish. Really nice.

F: Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Overall this is a great example of an imperial stout. Very enjoyable, especially on a cold winter night. The cinnamon is very prominent in this beer. The spices open up as it warms. Delicious.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a snifter

L - Dark and viscous. Khaki colored head that lingered for a bit
S - Cinnamon and a little bit of vanilla.
T - Cinnamon dominates which is followed up by some chocolate and vanilla.
M - Full bodied and viscous. Definitely coats the mouth. Medium carb.
O - Outstanding stout....the heat had faded on this probably due to it being over a year old but the beer it became was absolutely a delight!

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Photo of Kraj30
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours out nice dark brown color.. chiles right away in the smell with a hint of cinnamon.. taste follows the nose with the cinnamon shining through but still spicy from pepper.. very solid stuff..

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Mexican hot chocolate. I've had most of the highly ranked versions of the style and this is the winner. The smell is cinnamon and vanilla and the taste is so subtle until you decide to search and wow the flavors carry an amazing depth finding delicious chocolate mixed with a delicate cinnamon and slight vanilla followed up with a unique peppery finish and it's all delivered so smooth and velvety...I'm lucky enough to live a few miles from the brewery and have had the unique coffee and vanilla variants which are spectacular but the original is so well crafted I can truly tell they care about what they are brewing. Don't hype this beer just enjoy it if you find it because it's truly a treat..Cheers!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely. Pours a deep black with copious tan head. Smells strongly of cinnamon, cocoa, chilis, vanilla. Tastes is strong dark cocoa, cinnamon and sweet molasses notes forward with pleasant transition to chili burn or tingle – balances out the sweetness without injecting bitterness. Akin to some of the Mexican chocolate stouts (e.g. chocolate sombrero from clown shoes or calvera Mexican imperial stout) – with emphasis on the cinnamon/vanilla . Mouthfeel was medium bodied, scant carbonation and pleasant lingering finish akin to a good desert beer or aperitif. ABV well hidden by the flavors.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer – well balanced and interesting without being too spicy or using adjuvants excessively – a solid stout.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex last night.

Black with a nice brown head. Nose is a beautiful blend of cinnamon, chocolate, molasses, a touch of nutmeg and ancho chilis. The palate opens with sweet cinnamon, molasses, buckwheat honey, burnt sugar, milky coffee. A little chili pepper flavor, a touch smoky, pairing very nicely with the malt base. Brilliant full body with soft creamy carbonation and long finish with honey, chocolate and cinnamon. The malt base here is more creamy and chocolatey rather than heavy on the black patent or similarly bitter malts, really allowing the more fragrant cinnamon to carry the palate. Delicious.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells like peppers and pie spices. Quite inviting.

The flavor brings those peppers and pie spices hinted at on the nose, but in moderation, and against a chocolatey backdrop. Notes of smoke and creamy vanilla waft throughout. Caramel, toffee and maple syrup sweetness brings up the rear. Just a very mild chipotle burn around the edges.

Astoundingly understated and in your face at the same time. An extremely well melded beer. Hats off to Perennial, as this and Sump are two of the best imperial stouts on the market.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

15' on draft
L: Black with very little head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Looks like a nice sticky stout.
S: Cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, chilli, and milk chocolate.
T: Follows the nose with tons of cinnamon and dark chocolate. Almost no roasted malt or bitterness. Taste similar to a cinnamon roll.
F: Creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. Leaves the mouth feeling sticky, like you just ate caramel. Very drinkable for 10%.
Overall a unique and delicious stout. A bit pricy but something worth trying.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with virtually no signs of carbonation, although a thin ring of light brown bubbles forms around the edges of the glass. Nice aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, cinnamon, chocolate and a hint of hot peppers, quite reminiscent of Mexican chocolate. Flavor follows, with rich chocolaty dark toasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla and a pleasant, light chili burn in the finish. Medium to heavy creamy body and adequate carbonation in the mouth feel despite the visible absence. A very nice, velvety and rich chocolate and spice infused stout. The resemblance to Mexican chocolate is appealing and flavorful. Spicing and the chilis are done deftly. Very tasty and enjoyable. The price point is scary, but it delivers on the taste and experience.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
3.71/5  rDev -16.1%
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 corby112
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger mocha head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Nice color but this beer has poor head retention and lacks lacing.

Slightly spicy, roasted dark malt aroma with silky dessert-like sweetness and a zesty pepper presence. Lots of cinnamon and chili pepper in the nose along with faint vanilla bean. Decent amour of robust dark malt with coffee bean, burnt sugar, toast and oatmeal. Luscious silky chocolate character with cocoa bean, bakers chocolate, caramel, toffee and moist chocolate cake. Smells pretty good with a nice balance of spice, peppers, roast and sweeter malt. Was expecting more pepper but there's a decent amount of chocolate and cinnamon.

Fuller end of medium body with a blast of spicy cinnamon and a zesty pepper kick that lingers throughout. The cinnamon is really, really strong and along with the chili dominates the palate. Underneath, there is a complex malt bill with robust dark roast and dessert-like chocolate sweetness. Cocoa really comes through as it warms with fudge and molasses sweetness. Slightly burnt tasting but not acrid with coffee, charred toast, oatmeal and subtle smoke. Smoked peppers are strong and cinnamon is a bit overpowering. chocolate malts balance things out with some dessert/cake sweetness, licorice and caramel. Nice beer but the spices are a bit strong for my preference, making this beer slightly one dimensional. My palate adjusted to the heat/peppers after a while and I'm really enjoying those flavors.

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