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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
Ranking:
#145
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
2,597
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
1,216
Gots:
749
Trade:
82
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Photo of Datdubj1988
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chris1907
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome full-bodied stout... cinnamon flavored beer, real pleasant! On tap. VERY good highly recommended!
It's up there with Breakfast Stout near or world class! Dry enough not too sweet, and malty not hoppy. Wow.

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Photo of ledouge
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of unimatrix1
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hophugger
3.34/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled June, 2017. Purchase price of $25.99. Lots of mixed reviews on this one. Pours like motor oil with a deep tan head and coating lacing that dissipates quickly. Aroma is strong cinnamon and malt. Taste is bold and somewhat disheveled. Cinnamon is the strong part of the taste with a dry cocoa powder following. The end has just a very very light amount of heat from the peppers, no vanilla. Overall this beer is somewhat off-balanced with the dry cinnamon and cocoa taking the lead and keeping others out. The stout base does not seem to have the quality that a good stout should be. A decent beer but would have liked ot better at a lower price point, not really worth the cost. UPDATE, I let this warm a little to see if anything changed. Still too much cinnamon and dryness to this stout, lowering rating !

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Photo of grover37
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redpine42
3.1/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

When we poured this it looked like motor oil. Cinnamon and pepper hide the rather mediocre stout that is base for this beer. The sweetness is over the top. Finish is the redeeming part of this beer. Love the pepper finish.

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Photo of jdub11
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ranking for '17, poor dark chocolate color with faint smells of cinnamon and vanilla. From the bottle the cinnamon is less intense than on tap with sweetness from chocolate and vanilla tastes. Great mouthfeel with slight coating texture.

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Photo of adidaswp
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigZ2214
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GClarkage
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hypnotoad1
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darktronica
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2017 release, dated November 13. Pours a dark, thick chocolate brown with little fanfare or fuss, aside from legs uncommon to a 10% abv beer. I'm surprised by the relative sweetness, with the cacao nibs and vanilla leading the way, and the chile and cinnamon struggling to catch up. This is more to my taste, as I find cinnamon too easily overwhelming, but Abraxas takes a pronounced but more balanced approach. I'm not sure if it is still such a standout now that so many other breweries are jumping aboard the Mexican hot chocolate train and doing it well, but the full body and silky mouthfeel is what sells it for me as something quite special.

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Photo of RebornStussy
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of teromous
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the right side of the label, it says: "Bottled 2017"

Appearance: The body is black and it is headless. The beer has a very thin brown ring. No head or lacing.

Aroma: There is a nice cinnamon aroma with a spiciness that burns the nose. There is a bit of a chocolate aroma but it tends to get lost in the cinnamon. It smells a lot like an Atomic Fireball.

Taste: Up front there is a lot of cinnamon and a very nice toasty flavor with a bit of a burnt caramel taste. It honestly tastes just like a cinnamon roll. After a while, when the palate starts to become more adjusted to the bombardment of cinnamon, a nice chocolatey flavor starts to emerge with hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this beer is truly its highlight. It is smooth, thick, and full bodied. It has this decadent texture that really lays a solid foundation for this beer. It's perfect.

Overall: It really takes a while for this beer to open up and give everything that it has to offer. A small portion of that might be attributed to warming but an even greater part of that has to do with how the palate adjusts to the cinnamon. There is this nice underbelly of flavor that gives off a touch of roasted coffee and chocolate. When that comes out the beer really starts to shine. While the bottle for this beer is large and the alcohol volume is also high, I would recommend that if you share this bottle with others that you take this into consideration. If you are drinking it on your own then you are in for a wealth of flavors that you don't get tired of drinking. I would both highly recommend this beer and drink it again.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bnewt21
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mando31
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lonestarstate97
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ladle69
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Umdrunner
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost black very dark brown with a fair amount of tan head that recedes slowly. Smells mostly of cinnamon with the flavor following the nose. You get a touch of heat in the end. Nice and thick, overall a wonderful beer.

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