Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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98
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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:
2,523
Reviews:
327
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
7.88%
 
 
Wants:
1,210
Gots:
730
For Trade:
79
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,523 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of bnes09
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
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 BeerBeast
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OrangeMen
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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 -12.8%
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 xtonytx
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alpineclimber
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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 BrutisDestructus
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pezhead_79
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bryan_Schmidt
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kegger37
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oldvines
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alby
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of soco89ziegler
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rab53
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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%
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 Gumstump
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chewy6935
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sean32
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BourbonBarrelBeerBelly
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
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 teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tobelerone
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
4.44 out of 5 based on 2,523 ratings.
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