Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

308 Reviews

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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Reviews: 308 | Ratings: 2,434
Photo of ThaneMcC
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.6%
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 +0.9%
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 -5%
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 -16.3%
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 -10.6%
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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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really nice beer, to be sure, but if you can now have Xocoveza for a fraction of the price, it's hard to recommend this one wholeheartedly. It's bigger, and has a fuller (and more syrupy) feel, but I didn't think the taste, or overall experience, was some order of magnitude better. In fact, it may even be slightly worse. At 1/2 the price, I'd have liked this a lot more. As it was, I don't think I'll ever need to have it again.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil, viscous, with khaki colored head. Spice, roast, cocoa, chili peppers, cinnamon are most prevalent on the nose, very spicy; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and thick. Finishes with plenty of spice and just a little heat from the peppers.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of cinnamon on the nose. The first sip has a nice amount of cinnamon but not as to overpower the cocoa and slight coffee roast, and a sweetness from the vanilla. A really impressive beer, glad I got to try.

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Photo of derftron
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a review for 2014, which has been aging for a year

Look - Standard black stout look. Pretty much completely black

Smell - Smells delicious. Like horchata, cinnamon, chocolate, and stout. I kept going back and smelling over and over again. amazing

Taste - completely unique and really outstanding. all the flavors melded perfectly but nothing was overpowering or out of balance. really great. the cinnamon and chili flavors really come through, but the stout flavor balances everything out. Vanilla and chocolate also present

Overall, I really liked this beer.

I had a 2015 right afterwards and didnt like it as much. the cinnamon and chili flavors were much more muted. still very good, but the 2014 was far superior

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Photo of stakem
3.84/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for the share. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a khaki head that holds decent. This smells nutty with chocolate, licorice, roast and coffee. The taste is more like earthy licorice and anise meets char, tobacco and peppers. This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but considering the hype and hysteria ive heard over this beer I guess I was expecting a little more. Wouldnt mind revisiting this one again but considering the price and rarity I doubt id chase after it.

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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted as a 5 oz flight with Abraxas Coffee and Abraxas Vanilla at Dexter's Pub in Madison, WI.

L: Thick, oily cling to the glass. A reflective molasses look.

S: Cinnamon sugar toast. Very subtle heat from the ancho chilies. Chocolate.

T: Cinnamon Toast Crunch in chocolate milk. Mexican hot chocolate. A very subtle heat at the finish from the chilies.

F: Like silk or somewhat thin molasses.

O: A delicious dessert beer. Slow sipper. Like a cake or a tiramisu. Perfectly balanced and superior to the coffee and vanilla varietals. Bravo!

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Photo of foundersfan1
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly watery appearance, but black as midnight in color. Dark chocolate and alcohol dominate the aroma in the best way possible. There comes the cinnamon in the flavor profile, with some chili overlayed upon the dark chocolate backbone. Very smooth for a 10% beer, lends some light warming effect on the very back end.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Black with a light tan head

S: Strong cinnamon and dark chocolate/toffee notes

T: Bursts of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cinnamon spice, and chilies, ending with heat from the booze and more waves of cinnamon.

F: Thick and full

Overall: This was far better than anticipated. There is a definite wow factor associated with the flavors on the palate. Just a fantastic spiced stout, better than its counterparts in Mexican Cake and Hunahpu's. This might be my favorite non-barrel aged stout.

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

November 2014 edition, now a year old

L: black as can be, I love how it stains the glass!
S: cinnamon and chocolate, not quite robust enough to get a 5
T: 3 flavors all in balance; chocolate, cinnamon and spicy finish. Complex and fantastic!
F: thick, one sip and the flavors last for 10 minutes.
O: fantastic! Get some/as much as you can. Happy hunting.

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

Tasted alongside Alesmith Speedway Vietnamese Coffee, and unfortunately this one lost. It's definitely not bad, just overhyped. I liked the sweetness of the Alesmith over the tart chocolate and cinnamon notes of this one. The chilies were barely there, too, which can be a good thing or a bad thing from one's perspective. Most chocolate I've ever tasted in a beer though. This didn't live up my expectations. I'd rather have a Prarie Bomb!, Pipeworks Imperial End of Days, or a Spiteful Malevolence Chocolate Caliente.

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

Enjoyed this amazing 2014 vintage bottle with friends while watching the Hawks win again and keep their undefeated season alive! Awesome stout with plenty of mouthfeel and tons of cinnamon with just the right amount of chilis !!! Would love to find another bottle!!

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle. Chocolate notes along with cinnamon and peppers. Cinnamon was the major flavor in this beer, it came across in a way that I haven't encountered in any other beer. Super tasty!

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle. Chocolate was delcious. The cinnamon and peppers were both present but muted which was perfect for me. Very solid all around. I would like to try it fresh to see the difference.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

4oz pour from a 2014 bottle. What can I add that has already been said about this Beer. A true masterpiece! Perfect flavored stout. I need more! 5.00

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. 2013 cellared bottle, almost two years old. Pours black with thick brown head. Aroma is incredible chocolate, mocha coffee, touch of spice. The taste is rich chocolate, coffee, just a hint of the pepper and cinnamon but not enough to ditract. The flavor and ever present aroma made this just a delishious brew. Super soft creamy mouthfeel. Overall exceeded expectations, put this right up there with the best stouts. Want another bottle.

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

Black with a khaki head. Nose is just like mint chocolate chip or those Andes thin mints, more so as it warms. The cacao dominates the taste. It may be due to the face that it's nearly a year old, but there is no heat from the ancho peppers. It's very nice, I love getting that flavor, mildly tobacco, without being overwhelmed by heat. Velvety mouthfeel. Would love to try the barrel aged version.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had 2014 edition with about one year of age on it. Cinnamon shows through on this beer. Not sweet like many beers of this nature. More of a spicy cinnamon up front flavor. Certainly good, but would love to try the barrel aged version. I imagine that the barrel aging would do wonders to this.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I expected to really enjoy this beer, but I didn't expect it to knock my socks off quite to the extent that it did; this beer is stupid delicious. It smells like a cinnamon mocha latte and tastes exponentially more decadent. Just brilliant.

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