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:
2,509
Reviews:
326
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
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1,213
Gots:
730
For Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,509 |  Reviews: 326
Photo of Jacob17
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of donovansill
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is an extremely thick pouring beer. It pours very dark. The head was minimal, but a nice shade of tan. There's a ring of carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass, that looks quite cool as the pop, and reform.

The nose of this beer is chocolate. I also get a hint of cinnamon. I do not get the peppers they put into the beer.

The taste of this beer is very well balanced between the chocolate, cinnamon, and on the back end, peppers. All 3 really work to give an amazing taste to this beer.

Feel is quite thick and sticky going down. it really coats the throat all the way down with it's goodness.

Overall, AMAZING! Damn! I wish I had more. I'm going to be savoring this beer all night.

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

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

Photo of mschrei
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yet another outstanding offering from Perennial. Bottled 10/16 and drank 5/17, so had a little time to mellow out. Standard looking stout. Smells mildly chocolatey and spicy. When it comes to taste, this is where they shine: I love how understated their beers are. The flavors are never over the top-there's plenty of cinnamon and chocolate blending with the mild heat of the peppers over a very strong roasty stout base. Perfectly smooth feel. If they had this out year round, I'd be drinking it all the time.

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Photo of hobojungle
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Egotist
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of leitmotif
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasterPenguins
4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuiGeneris1
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

2015 vintage Very dark appearance with no head and little carbination. Aroma is heavenly vanilla and cinnamon. Taste is very smooth vanilla, cinnamon and some chocolate without any alcohol aftertaste

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Photo of BG24
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from @Harrison8 (@THSdrummer) in NBS BIF #5.
750 mL bottled 10/2016. Stored at 42 degrees. Served at 58 degrees in a Jester King snifter.
Aroma - primarily chocolate with some faint chilis.
Head – small (Maximum < two cm, aggressive pour), brown, very dense and creamy, good retention. Slowly diminishing to a four mm creamy ring and a thin layer with a few rocks.
Lacing – none.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – The initial hit is cacao and some pleasant anchos. I’m not a fan of putting a piece of the sun in my mouth; anchos are the perfect pepper for me – flavorful with some heat but still edible. As the beer warms in my mouth, the cinnamon kicks in and the anchos heat up a bit. There is a little post-swallow pleasant gastric burn. Behind all the additives, malt can still be detected. The 10% ABV alcohol isn’t detectable until it joins with the anchos to start a small fire just south of my cardiac sphincter. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

I can see why this beer is so highly rated – balance. There is just enough chili to provide some flavor without burning my taste buds out; thank you for that. The cinnamon comes in at the tail end and is not the star of the show, just another important player. The cacao provides a unifying factor, continuity between the aroma, the first taste, and the after taste. And at the heart of it all, you can tell it’s a stout.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of BrewsNRecords
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black with a small but lasting head. The aroma offers up dark chocolate, spice, cinnamon, and a little pepper seed and flesh. The flavor is also chocolate forward, with notes of milk and dark chocolate intermingled, as well as marshmallow, cocoa powder, spicy chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, and plum. The mouthfeel is full, and rich with light foamy carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall this is very balanced given the boldness of the flavors - the spice is neither overwhelming, nor to light. I see why this is a classic.

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Photo of spoony
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (dated November 28, 2016) to a snifter.

A-The beer pours like motor oil out of the bottle; some of the heaviest looking stuff I have ever seen. The medium-brown head falls almost like a Guinness in the glass before settling to fat two-finger height. Retention is good for the style. The liquid beneath is ebony and still.

S-The aroma delivers on the advertised flavors of chile peppers, cinnamon, and cocao. I also pick up notes of chocolatey brownie batter, mocha, wisps of smoke, and hints of creamy vanilla. The aroma is on the sweet side with suggestions of brown sugar and molasses. Nice, but I'm not blow away.

T-The taste is similar to the smell and there is a lot happening here. It is quite sweet with flavors of molasses, cacao, and vague dark fruits, maybe prune? I also pick up the brownie batter and a creamy, sweet vanilla flavor that reminds me of marshmallow. The cinnamon is moderately strong and blends well with the tickle of the spicy chiles. The finish is sticky with notes of black licorice. Alcohol is well concealed.

M-This thing is heavy (almost like a milkshake) with a fair amount of very fine carbonation. The finish is sticky.

M-This is a good beer with a lot happening. I would suggest seeking this out if you like the heavy mouthfeel and lots of well-done adjunct flavors. I would like to drink this side-by-side with a Prairie Bomb sometime...for the sake of research, of course!

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

Photo of BenBreeg
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dankabier1
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Robomunky
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. 2016 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A spicy and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate and spices. Dark roasted malt with a scent of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, toffee, and caramel with yeast. Big scent of spice with some cinnamon and chili peppers. Sweet scent of vanilla and molasses. Hints of leather, tobacco, and dark fruit. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and spices. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, coffee, biscuit, grains, toast, toffee, caramel, and nuts along with yeast. Spice notes of cinnamon and chili peppers. Sweet taste of vanilla bean and molasses. Undertones of dark fruit, leather, and tobacco. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, rich, and slick.

Overall: A great spiced Imperial Stout. Really nice mix of roasty and spice flavor.

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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
4.44 out of 5 based on 2,509 ratings.
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