Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Pouring deep brown with a thick head, this beer has a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness. Abraxas is brewed with unique ingredients intended to challenge and excite the palate. It may be enjoyed right away or allowed to age in the bottle. Vertical tastings are encouraged.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#226
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
2,867
pDev:
7.61%
 
 
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 406 | Ratings: 2,867
Photo of Frus77
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 version here.

Glad I was finally able to get this. I mostly get cinnamon on the nose. Definitely tastes better than it smells. Get a good amount of chocolate + cinnamon with the peppers on the back end, without being overly spicy.

Really good stout here. Very impressed

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

2017 vintage in a 10-oz clear plastic tumbler type cup while standing around a bonfire/fire pit with a couple other beer-geek friends and handing out Halloween candy.

Absolutely loved this beer. Hard to give it a perfect "5" cuz that's just too perfect.

There's a lot going on in this beer. The pepper is present in the nose, and subtle in taste, not spicy, just present. The chocolate and cinnamon are balanced.

I'm now on a quest to get more. I hear the '18 is a little cinnamon-y, maybe it has to sit a bit. I don't know. It's not distributed into my state, so gonna trade or travel.

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Photo of micada
3.52/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Saw it on a shelf, read great things about it, bought one to drink, one to cellar. Poured room temp, hard to a tulip glass. Nose is chocolate, Chile pepper, cinnamon, chocolate. First sips follow the nose...and I’m out. The cinnamon is very strong and IMO doesn’t let up. I can agree with stout subcategories for bourbon, coffee, chocolate, but cinnamon is evidently where I draw the line. That second bottle might find it’s way to a tenth birthday.

Having a half bottle left, I added 6 oz of this with 6 oz of Evil Twin imperial biscotti. I figure if they’re going to make it a cinnamon bomb, maybe it would work as a blend with something that likes cinnamon...meh at 50/50. I kept diluting to about 1/4 or 1/5 Abraxas to Evil Twin, and it’s not bad. The cinnamon backs off and the chile comes out more up front. Try your own mix and report back!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(on tap at Pinocchio's 9th anniversary event... served in a 5 oz snifter)

as it was the first time I had it (also on tap) last year at a barrel-age event - an absolute dream... dark, almost sunburnt-copper colored foam - dirty activity atop dirty motor oil... toasty snickerdoodle, slightly smoky, softly roasty on the nose... the mellow smoke and heat from the chilies is fantastically measured atop the greasy, luscious, subtly spicy, cakey, milky, malt plasma... I hesitate but can't help comparing the spicing to horchata, of which I'm an admirer... slight whoosh of heat in the aftertaste, no doubt colored by the additives... its nectary, oily textures and rich, yet surprisingly balanced flavors are mesmerizing

I sipped this slow and I could've gone 10x slower, savored every last sip... I'm not supposed to love a beer injected with all this crap, but I can't help myself

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Photo of thebeers
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark and thick-looking black with a half finger of dark tan head. Modest lacing.

Huge cinnamon in the nose, with toasted malt, chocolate, red wine and smokey pepper behind.

Dryer and more roasty tasting than I expected. Really pleasant with just a hint of red wine and stone fruit behind a great, lingering chocolate flavor, with strong, but not overpowering, pepper and cinnamon throughout.

On the light side of thick bodied, with an oily slickness that coasts the mouth, and just enough carbonation.

It’s easy to be too heavy-handed with this much spice, but the flavors here are amazing. The long-lasting aftertaste is phenomenal. 2017 bottling.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

what a treat. two weeks old yesterday. there's not much to say about this that hasn't already been said. it's a glass of cinnamon toast crunch with added spice and almost honey like sweetness. it covers your mouth and leaves it numb. it's delicious. this batch is reading 11.5% and it's creeping up on me quickly.

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

Bottle Date: November 2016
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Color is that dark brown that doesn't let any light through. Fine, foamy head that's one of the darker browns I've seen, although by any normal description it's still a medium-light version.

Smell is cinnamon. And more cinnamon. There's a slight bit of anise and toast. There's just not much room for anything other than cinnamon.

Taste is Cinnamon Toast Crunch, of course. Clove honey. There's an herbal element that goes well with the sweetness. Good intensity – which is good for two years of aging – and it even increases as it warms. The toast is a bit too toasty, but it doesn't quite get to acrid. Super heavy molasses show up late.

Weight is medium-heavy for the type. Foamy carbonation. Alcohol is present, but not as much heat as one would expect for a tenner.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris or TJ, thanks whoever brought!
Sweet light alcohol with some prune and raisin with light smoke. Molasses and rich earthy hops. I got the end of the bottle and would love to try a larger sample but it is tasty and I'm glad to have tried.

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Photo of Holderness
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L — 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a very dark black body, as expected. Half a finger of deep brown head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and minimal lacing
S — Cinnamon, nutmeg, graham cracker, caramel, milk chocolate, cookie dough, clove, vanilla, fig, hint of booze. Very nice and warming
T — Ginger snap cookie, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, maple syrup, milk chocolate, mocha, sugar-dusted dried fruits, french toast, and just a touch of ancho heat. Delightfully holiday-like, this is a great harbinger-of-winter stout. My only complaint is the ancho heat could be turned up a notch
F — Thick, velvety, and viscous. Medium- carb. Really smooth and surprisingly mellow for the ABV
O — Aside from the lack of ancho character, this stout is wonderful. These xocolatl beers are always a favorite of mine, and this one is amongst the best I’ve had to date

91/100

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Photo of Fernans
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Huge beer. Pours ink black with a caramel head. Aromas of cinnamon and vanilla.... Tastes of vanilla and cinnamon. The Chiles show up on the finish which is long and memorable. Excellent.

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Photo of rypkr
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - draft pour to the rim. Tough to analyze. Looks thick.

As I drink it down its thick indeed. Very sticky lacing.

S - indistinguishable from bomb! Imo. Cinnamon, char, peppers.

T - sweet. Great pepper presence. Lots and lots of cinnamon. Chalky on the finish. Lots of bitter bakers chocolate as it warms offseting the until sweetness.

M - pretty thick. Very, very creamy. Well above average mouthfeel flirting with a 4.75/5.

O - great. Better than bomb! ? Probably about the same.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black thick and with a small beige head

Smell of coffee, loads of cinnamon, a bit of cocoa

The taste follows with an amazing fruitiness from the ancho chili. The cacao is very nice.
The taste is absolutely balanced. A bit of stone fruits sweetness from the pepper. A very nice spiciness with mostly cinnamon. The hops are floral and a bit citrusy. This is really amazing

The carbonation is fine and the mouthfeel is thick with a semi dry impression

A great mole imperial stout. Not the most hot, not the most roasted one. Certainly the most balanced one.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Cinnamon, nutmeg, dried chilies. The chilies give of this sweet fruity flavor, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, espresso, light vanilla in the finish. Full, thick mouthfeel, semi dry, a beer that is a sipper. This is great!

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Photo of BergBeer
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Thick. Pours like motor oil and stains the glass. Opaque black body with a root beer colored head.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and chilies. Like Mexican dark chocolate. Heavy one the nose.

Taste: The attack is all dark chocolate fudge with rich notes of cinnamon and vanilla. This mellows to a body with dried smoked chilies and nut meg. The finish is slightly burnt malt bitterness and marshmallows.

Feel: Viscous. Heavy on the palate. Medium bitterness. Medium alcohol. Dry finish. Thin carbonation.

Overall: One of the best adjunct stouts I’ve ever had. So flavorful but not overly sweet. Outstanding.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.87/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Hopt. 2017 version. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 3. Well balanced combination of cinnamon and peppers, all soft enough to not dominate. Invites to slow drinking, maybe too much. Too big size for one single person. Took 4 hours to finish

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super dark, thick beer with a brown head. Smells like cinnamon, chocolate vanilla and peppers. Sweet with all the elements of the nose amplified in the taste. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at The Answer, poured into a snifter glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very good aroma of chocolate, chili peppers, vanilla, roasted malt, and cinnamon.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of roasted malt (present throughout), some chili peppers (not as much as I expected), lots of chocolate, a good shot of cinnamon, and a tinge of vanilla. An incredibly well-balanced and focused flavor. It's a bit more subtle than some stouts, but it's certainly complex and tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth and clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very solidly made, easy to like imperial stout. Well worth a try.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark viscous pour, deep tan head of foam that leaves a noticeable level of lace around the glass.

Heavy cinnamon, roast, chocolate accurately describe the balance of aromas on the nose. Abundance of cinnamon hits first, but the other adjuncts really balance it out.

Slight bitterness initially, not unpleasantly featured by the dark roast coffee... it is quickly followed up by more heavy cinnamon, with a sweet vanilla backbone.

The body on this is sticky, creamy, and thick. Think Strong Vietnamese coffee.

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Photo of Seeker_11
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer twice. Once at my bachelor party and then again at the brewery pub. Both times it was excellent. Loved the subtle cinnamon flavor. Top notch

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Photo of dafla67
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why, but I was disappointed when I finally got a few bottles. Way too much cinnamon. Felt like i was drinking a cinnamon stick. Liked the vanilla and chocolate.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I drank this beer out of my 1 liter Disneyland cup. The cinnamon is very present but just right and is a very nice addition to both the flavor and the aroma. It is really great tasting beer with hardly any hint of the alcohol, despite the ABV 10.00% (IBU 80).

Look: dark brown almost black with a very thick and fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, cinnamon, chocolate

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, peppers, maybe some coffee.

Feel: medium to full body.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into 20oz imperial snifter. Bottled 11/21/17.

Look: Pours pitch black, and has appearance similar to that of pouring motor oil. As the beer sits in the glass collectively, it is still pitch black. From a fairly non-vigorous pour, I achieved about 3 fingers worth of a chestnut-dark tan head, which dissipated rapidly. There is a bubbly ring that remains around the edge of the glass, but not much residual lacing.

Smell:Cinnamon is upfront, with a little bit of a sugary backbone which reminds be of a churro. Apart from cinnamon, I can pick up on some roasted malts, chocolate, a little vanilla and some coffee-ish smell. Knowing that ancho chili peppers are in the beer, the more I get a nose on it, the more I am able to detect a peppery smell that distinguishes itself from the cinnamon. Damn, what a great smelling stout.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a slight more emphasis on peppers than the nose leads on. Upfront, loads of cinnamon flavor is present. Chocolate from the cacao nibs is evident as well. The ancho chili taste is detected as I drink the beer, and as it goes down. There is a heat to the beer that is without a doubt from the peppers. The heat isn't overly done though, and I would not call it spicy. Everything is well blended, with no astringent tastes. I would say though that for someone who isn't a fan of cinnamon, this probably won't be the stout for you, since cinnamon takes center stage. I love cinnamon, so no wonder I am loving this beer. Booze is completely masked.

Feel: Really nice and thick viscosity to this beer, which is typical in Perennial's stouts. The beer has a heavy feeling on the tongue with a medium embodiment. Leaves a sticky residue coating on your tongue. Carbonation is very low. Very easy drinking.

Overall: This beer did not disappoint. I have been wanting to try it for a while now, and it has met all my expectations. The flavors are bold, but blend exceptionally well. The cinnamon is forward, but the chocolate and ancho chili somehow pull it back to a more blended tone. This is an exceptional beer, and one I am very glad to finally have tried. As always, I am grateful to have tried. I look forward to the next release. Cheers!

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Photo of argock
3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

An exceedingly dense Beer with a ton of vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and chili in both the aroma and flavor departments. Solid base stout, heavy with a kiss of booze but nothing over the top. Feel has a lot of heft, a bit too much, it feels like it could use a touch more carbonation. Glad I tried it but a bit too much body and spicing for me.

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Photo of Psilo
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with half a finger of dark khaki foam that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Great viscosity, with golden yellow legs tracing behind the swirling liquid.

Smells of spicy cinnamon chocolate.

Sweet chocolate cinnamon taste. Quite boozy, particularly for being "only" 10%. Not much chili presence and not much spice heat.

Medium boddied and sticky boozy mouthfeel.

I can see how the cinnamon might be overwhelming, and initially wondered if I would be able to make it through a whole bottle, but I spent about ten hours getting another small pour whenever my glass was empty, and enjoyed it down to the last cinnamon chocolate drop.

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Photo of ejmontoy1
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love how different the flavor of this beer comes off. You can really taste all the different ingredients in this one and they all work harmoniously to make this a delicious sipping beer.

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