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
Ranking:
#155
Reviews:
363
Ratings:
2,725
pDev:
7.61%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
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1,216
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782
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Ratings: 2,725 |  Reviews: 363
Photo of Juggerr
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Badger2121
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of cinnamon. Almost like drinking a cinnamon cake donut. Delicious beer.

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Photo of Slack
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite non ba stouts that is very well balanced

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

Photo of tbone1384
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of David_Porter
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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 jallen5076
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TCOlson
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pbarg
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 pkkosmatka
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mjklaus1
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boilerup
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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 7irondave
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sonray61
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of umichfan
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LA_Hue24
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 2,725 ratings