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
Reviews:
308
Ratings:
2,431
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.9%
 
 
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1,199
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729
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Reviews: 308 | Ratings: 2,431
Photo of bnes09
4.74/5  rDev +7%
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 +4.5%
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 -12.6%
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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Photo of alpineclimber
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this one sitting in the cellar and I thought it should be drunk before some of the spices fall off. Bottle dated 11/2014.
Poured into my favourite Watou chalice, the pour produces a thick oily brew with a decent tan head. Nose is of chocolate malty goodness and spiced chocolate liqueur, yes there is such a decadent thing! The alcohol is present on the nose. The taste is a challenge with this one, I mean don't get me wrong there is plenty going on here, it's just not easy to pick apart each flavour. The chocolatey goodness of the stout is upfront and then the spices come in. Yes I can really taste the cinnamon but it kind of melds with the chillies, it's a fairly homogenous experience if that makes sense... The mouthfeel is thick and slick. Overall a great brew, its different from Hunahpu's as you can really pick out the spices individually in that brew. This one is a little more homogenous but none the less amazing!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at the 1 year anniversary of Beer Shop, NYC.
Pours a pitch black with a moderate and attractive looking mocha foam head. The head retained well and left some lacing.
Sweet in the nose; chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, almond and cinammon.
Unbelievably smooth and creamy in the mouth. The carbonation is very soft, gentle and just about perfect. Full in the mouth; a sipper and easy to drink at the same time. The chocolate adds a nice coating of sweetness, while the cinammin adds some dessert like spice. Not cloying at all. Instead, perhaps my favorite aspect of this brew is the chili pepper like spice that is evident in the finish and leaves a fantastic aftertaste that makes me want to go back to it. It is similar to when you have a fantastic meal that lingers in the tastebuds and in the memory. The alcohol is perceptible, but barely. It neither burns or is heavily boozy despite the 10% ABV.
I've heard about Abraxas for a long time and was always curious to try it. It was well worth the wait! What a wonderful beer! Maybe my favorite stout yet!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally! After reading the reviews and hearing the hype, I was finally able to procure a bottle of this...

Damn near perfect... The chilies and cinnamon come through loud and clear and they are delicious... The heat of the chilies aren't really a flavor, more of a suggestion... Very subtle... This is the beer Xocoveza wanted to be... Some booze here... I like it quite a bit...love it actually...

Quite intense..

A terrific Christmas Day beer...

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Photo of BourbonBarrelBeerBelly
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Never wrote a review, so I'll keep it short. Incredible, luxurious (hate that word) mouth feel, a touch of cinnamon, modest bitterness, good amount of chocolate, and a tasteful sensation of heat from the peppers (not so much a flavor). Definitely a world class Beer, worthy of it's praise. Seek it out!

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Motor oil black with nearly no head, like a very thing khaki head
Smell: strong chili and cinnamon, not much else
Taste: big cinnamon and chili front with a smooth chocolate and malt finish
Feel: stupidly smooth, medium body, little carbonation, light heat at the end... stupidly drinkable
Overall: outstanding beer... not huna though

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black pour, used motor oil, midnight black, all those usual descriptors, 1/3" tan head on it, small bubbles. Aroma heavy on the roast, a mild amount of peppers and cinnamon on top of it, you've had this beer before in other regions, Stone, Cigar City etc. . .

Taste, good hits with the roast first and foremost, not acrid, not overly sweet, brings the heat pepper wise but with enough two row and black roasted malt to hold its own and not let the spice dominate. Cinnamon in a decent proportion in the mouth feel. Really one of those midwest pour kinds of beers, after around 4oz I'm kind of hitting the point of diminishing returns. A share beer.

Carbonation well done and subdued to allow for different adjuncts to come out. Alcohol noticeable, but not soul crushing. Decent chocolate and cocoa presence.

A good beer, but plenty of easier, more accessible beers doing the same thing as this one.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to tick the mighty Abraxas! Damn does this thing glug into your glass - it's dark as night and smells fantastic. It is a great stout, but honestly the flavors came through a bit subdued compared to was I was expecting. Still wouldn't ever turn one down though...

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Photo of Tommo
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Meets expectations. Huge body, pours like motor oil. Flavor is bursting with spices in a great way. Somewhat sweet but not overwhelming. Overall an excellent Christmas time stout

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Photo of spacecake9
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas 2015 on tap @ Sovereign in Plainfield 12/9/16
A - Pours black with a small tan head.
S - Aroma is not strong but it's mostly cinnamon.
T - Flavor is a wonderfully perfect balance of cinnamon and chocolate with just a touch of pepper flavor and heat on finish.
M - Mouth feel is smooth & creamy, kinda thick, low carbonation.
O - Darn near perfect adjunct stout.

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Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best year yet. Seems to be a little cinnamon heavy fresh, but I'm sure it will die down a bit. Thick, great flavors, spice is in the background on this version.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer. So much going on, and very cinnamon-heavy, but it comes together so well. Look is jet black with a foamy toffee head. Very velvety and smooth. Smell is big and rich, with strong notes of chocolate, cinnamon, mild char, dark fruit (plum, fig, and raisin), molasses and brown sugar, and lighter notes of chili pepper and espresso. Flavor is all of the above, with the cinnamon coming to the forefront with the chocolate, but balanced by the dark fruit and slight heat from the peppers. Coffee and molasses, vanilla and toffee, roasted malt, more sweet than bitter. The booze is noticeable but pleasant. Heavy and viscous and warming beer. Just an incredible sipper on a cold day. I don't love a lot of cinnamon in beer, but I really like it here.

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Photo of Buck89
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A jet-black color with a thick medium-tan head. Nice retention and lacing. Bold aromas of chiles, cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. Beautiful taste Rich cocoa, malt, coffee, spices, and Ancho chile. Well-balanced with malt, cocoa, and spice. Medium bodied and perfectly carbed.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates. Nose expresses ethanol, ground coffee, cocoa and cinnamon. Taste follows nose; however, the cinnamon is much more evident in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, perhaps a bit thin for the style, with an almost still carbonation and some residual heat at the back. Overall, a solid offering; however, a fuller mouthfeel would enhance this beer.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle; poured into a snifter

p- black with no head; thin tan ring
n- absolutely massive; spices- cinnamon, nutmeg; underlaying milk choc sweetness; noteworthy
t- follows the nose but on a less bold note; sweet forward- cocoa and vanilla; lots of spices in the fin that pair with roast and linger into the aftertaste; fin is a bit abrasive; med bitterness and light-med alcohol warmth; not bad, but the spicing seems overdone; *spice subsided a bit as I drank; nuttiness came out; became more enjoyable
mf- light-bodied for style; soft-med carb; slick; mf is similar to sump, imo
o- I really regret not drinking this sooner, as I think the experience might have been different (although I'm reading that age actually diminishes the spice); spices seem to overwhelm the finish in this beer; really trying to like it more, but I'm a little disappointed; Bomb and Huna are more likable, imo

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Photo of WadeBridgman
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly well done beer. It is extremely thick and rich with bitter chocolate on the beginning palate, followed by a fair amount of cinnamon smoothly transitioned by the chili spice. Very delicious

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Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep black with a rich and creamy espresso head. Smells of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and slight spice. Delicious beer with a creamy and delicate mouthfeel. Almost no noticeable alcohol for a stout of this gravity.

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Photo of Benish
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 batch.

Appearance: poured into snifter glass, amazingly deep black for a 10% ABV beer. Half inch bright tan head after pouring that stayed around for a little while.

Aroma: smelled like Cinnabon rolls. Cinnamon at first with subtle peppers following after.

Taste: started out sweet with chocolate and cinnamon at first and then the slight heat from the peppers. As the beer warmed up, the peppers became far more noticeable throughout the tasting and the cinnamon was less present. The peppers stuck around at the aftertaste but not overwhelming. I just wished there was more cinnamon present. The heat was not harsh, so it was easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: very thick and rich. Impressive for an imperial stout at 10% ABV.

Overall: I love the peppers in this beer but just wish more cinnamon was present to balance it out. I shared this with my dad, he hated it. But l loved it and finished the bottle.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This smells and tastes like the best parts of Christmas. This is so damn good. Cinnamon and bourbon abound! The alcohol is there but it isn't too hot on the tongue.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage; drank 11/26/14 @ the Palace.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Dark khaki head; decent lace.

Cinnamon, banana & mocha nose, with hints of pepper heat.

Thick mouthfeel.

Cinnamon, chocolate, banana & mild pepper heat flavors; complex & delicious.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/2015. Poured into a tulip.

Look is dark brown, minimal to half finger sized lacing. Leaves great foamy legs around the glass.

Nose is of cocoa nibs and cinnamon. A great nose, barely can smell any hint of chiles.

Taste follows the nose but with a tiny hint of the chiles on the finish. The cocoa nibs and cinnamon make it incredibly smooth and tasty. Well structured.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Overall one of the better stouts I've had. I wish I had more and definitely want to try the barrel aged version. Incredibly smooth and an amazing finish. I wanted more than the 22 oz it came in.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas 2015

Pitch black with a deep brown tinge, no carbonation, half finger of chocolate brown head, and foamy chocolatey legs.

Cocoa, dark chocolate, cinnamon, a hint of heat and dark toasted notes.

Chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted notes, a light cinnamon, and chilie pepper note. The spicy heat on the end is light. Chocolate and cocoa resonate on the tongue. For a very long time. Hints of cedar all through as it warms.

Medium oily body but very smooth, foamy carbonation. Slick and smooth.

Got at Rincon Tap Room and Bottle
Shop in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa California. Excellent brew that has good reason for being so well sought after. Drank Sept 15th 2016 at the taproom.

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Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle..... used motor oil. dark and thick. more cinnamon than i prefer but that's the only negative i'm seeing so far. i get some of the chiles and vanilla. decent brew.

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