Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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:
2,524
Reviews:
328
Avg:
4.45
pDev:
7.87%
 
 
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1,210
Gots:
730
For Trade:
79
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3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: half finger dark tan head on a jet black body. Excellent lacing.

S: dark chocolate, vanilla, chili peppers, coffee.

T: tons of dark chocolate throughout with hints of espresso bitterness and Regaulr coffee. Vanilla and Cinnamon, red peppers round this one out.

M: full body and low to moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Overall: complex, great chocolate presence with spicey notes that make this unique and very memorable. Excellent beer, glad I was here for the release.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarthKostritzer for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Batch 2. Bottled November 2011.

Pours an opaque black with a khaki head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form all over the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cocoa, cinnamon, and chile. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cinnamon, chile, cocoa, and slight coffee beans. A medium roasty bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an awesome stout with some awesome aromas and flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

as close to perfect beer as you can really get. brilliant stuff. close to black in color, thick looking, and no light coming in at all. a smallish but persistent mocha colored head rests on top. intimidating yet enticing. the nose on this is one of a kind, best use of cinnamon i have ever seen in a beer, its warming and present more in the nose than the taste. cocoa nibs gives it a rich bitterness fully compatible with the heavy dark malt and coffee like bitterness. the chilies give it a little layer of smoky spice, but im not getting heat here. the alcohol is also expertly well hidden. bakers chocolate and earthy charred barley are the first things i taste, but a sweeter chocolate and ancho pepper hit are right behind. the complexity is only beginning to unfold here. layers of dark grain, cocoa powder dryness, back of throat heat, and warming booze all crescendo into a mild cinnamon finish that fades much faster than it sounds like it would. no alcohol, sugar, or heat left on the palate, just a touch of cinnamon and cocoa. its fantastically well made beer worth all of the hype. full body and carbonated just enough, who knew this was all possible in a stout? certainly one of the best beers ive ever had, and one i will remember fondly until my next one. all of perennials beers are awesome, but this one stands out. positively elite brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

#6000, Thanks to Millerbuffoon for sharing this wonderful brew. The beer poured out black with a nice light brown head on top. The smell is super nice, lots of cinnamon and chocolate. The taste is just as good, it really does give the flavors of cinnamon toast crunch to me. Overall this beer was awesome and I am really thankful that Miller was willing to open this for the monumental occasion.

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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Proletariat, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of cocoa nibs are present in the nose along with strong notes of cinnamon and hints of ancho chilies.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is much more balanced and complex with flavors of ancho chilies, vanilla beans and cocoa nibs along with notes of cinnamon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, thick and creamy (slightly fudgy) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an excellent balance as you can taste all of the flavors in perfect proportions.

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4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gaining inspirations from ancient central America; the sweet, savory, and spicy taste of mole gives this 1-year cellared stout as much meldedness as it does complexity.

Starting off with a mimicry of espresso- the dark black beer has a gaze of cloudiness cast over it and hardly allows any depth of clarity. Capped by a sandy-tan steadfast head, the foam slowly collapses back into the beer until its dainty froth circles the glass in even more espresso-like fashion. Relatively low on retention, the beer speckles the glass with pockets of sticky foam.

A strong foundation of bold-roast coffee, cocoa-rich chocolates, brown sugar, molasses, and campfire roast set the tone for certain stout-like aromas. But its the peppery scent of undeniable cinnamon and the twinge of capsacin that tantalize the nose with complements of black jellybeans and mild vegetal pepper fruit that poke through the malts

Similar to its scent- the bold richness of creamy malts coat the early palate with the sweetness of burnt sugars and malted milk (milkshake). Saturated tastes of bittersweet chocolate is exacerbated with true dry cocoa additions. Just when its middle palate release light fruit and spice of grape, cherry, and aniseed; the sultry spices of pepper and cinnamon come on and extend into the finish. Warm, fruity, spicy, and roasty- the beer keeps rewarding the palate into an indefinite finish.

Undoubted is the beer's full body. The roast is wrapped around a malty center of residual sweetness, heavy cream malt, and marshmallowy carbonation. But as the beer slowly releases its sugars and carbonation, the onset of spice, warmth, and supple dryness keeps the beer developing deep within a savory and extended finish.

The Mexican inspired stout would make the Aztecs proud- as this beer has certainly earned respect among the best that today's craft beer world offers. The beer is meticulously balanced and doesn't shy away from powerful complexities in addition. It's beautiful in its recipe design, brewer execution, and courage.

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3.58/5  rDev -19.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A great looking obsidian-colored stout arrives at the bar, with a massive head that leaves sheets of lacing behind

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, chile and cinnamon aromas all waft upwards from the beer

Taste: Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate the front end with cinnamon appearing in the middle; after the swallow, heat from the chile peppers hits the taste buds though the lasting impression, in the finish, is from the cinnamon

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really nice and complex flavors though the cinnamon is a bit too strong in the finish; still, a keeper

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2 bottle. Thanks Eric for the assist.

Into a mini pint, it pours black with an ample head of persistent dark tan foam, almost the color of dark leather. It leaves rings of intricate lacing all around.

Dark chocolate aroma, clean and dry, some light bitterness and a hint of spicy cinnamon in there as it warms up.

Bittersweet dark chocolate intertwines subtly with mellow cinnamon spice and a vague dark fruit component from the anchos at room temp. Very smooth and chocolaty, the foam itself has a chocolate milkshake consistency. Medium bodied and especially drinkable for an Imperial Stout.

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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a jet-black color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cocoa, chilies, chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Good spicy chile pepper bite with some cinnamon flavor. Nice chocolate taste with some toasty malt and caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish. Surprisingly easy drinking for the style.

O - This is an amazing beer. Glad 44 Stone had it on tap because I've yet to see a bottle of it in town.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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