Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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

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Ranking:
#148
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
2,663
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri.
Score: 97

November 2012 vintage bottle served in a Half Acre snifter and enjoyed on 01/04/12.

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with two or three fingers of dark mocha head off the pour that slowly settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Awesome lacing and retention. Pitch perfect stout appearance. 5/5

Smell: The nose is dominated by it's three primary advertised ingredients. The cinnamon is most prominent, followed in "boldness" by the chili peppers and milk chocolate. There is some brown sugar and roast too. The chili pepper aroma grows as the beer warms up. At room temperature, there is a faint dark fruit character present in the nose as well. 4.75/5

Taste: The flavor is likewise defined by it's three primary ingredients, but with the amount of chili and cinnamon flipped (that is to say that the chili pepper flavor is more prevalent than the cinnamon on the palate). The pepper element imparts a nice amount of "life" on the tongue without being overly "spicy" courtesy of the the chocolate backbone anchor. The cinnamon flavor reminds me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal because it is paired with malted barley/cereal grain flavor too. Cocoa, dark chocolate and faint vanilla round out the flavor profile. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, but approaching it. Spot on carbonation. Good liveliness on the palate from the chili peppers. 4.5/5

Overall: This brew is an absolute Hunahpu's killer without the accompanying "rarity tax." Kudos to Perennial for yet another knock out brew.

Recommendation: Fans of chili stouts and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal NEED to seek this one out.

Pairings: Chris Gierhart's homemade chili.

Cost: $22.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark black with a quickly fading brown head. Dark Chocolate, chilies, cinnamon dominate the nose. Taste matches the nose with the dark chocolate most noticeable and a nice lingering burn from the chilies and spices on the finish. Cinnamon and spices become more noticeable as it warms up. Nice thick and creamy mouth feel. Excellent beer!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle served in a FFF teku. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a dark and viscous black color with a dark mocha head forming on the pour. Great retention and nice lace sticking to the glass.

S: Chilies, cinnamon with a sweet milk chocolate. Light vanilla, sweet malts with a heavy dose of roast as well.

T: So much chocolate in this guy. Fudge and brownie notes with a lot of milk chocolate creaminess. Cinnamon with a light chili flavor. Very rich and decadent. A touch of roasted malts on the finish cuts the sweetness.

M: Heavy bodied, rich and creamy mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation level. The finish is delicious chocolate with a subtle hint of chili flavor.

O: This is how a chili chocolate stout should taste like. This blows Hunahpu's out of the water IMO and I'm not afraid to say it. Perennial killed it on this last batch.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to hooliganlife

Pours a deep, dark, near-blacked out color with a thinner tanned head resting on top. Faint retention with filmy coating and spotty lacing on the glass.

Absolutely wonderful nose with an excellent mix of spices - cinnamon, vanilla beans, chile spice. Chocolate and toasted dark malts with cocoa and light sweetness. Faint alcohol warmth.

Combination of warmth from chiles and sweetness from chocolate and vanilla beans up front. Cinnamon and spice throughout the profile, which is masterfully balanced with the roasted dark malts. Sweetness driven by cocoa and dark chocolate. Finishes with chile spice, vanilla and light boozy heat.

Full body, well carbonated, chewy and creamy on the tongue. I LOVE the idea of chiles and spice in beers, but rarely are they ever executed this well. Next to Hunahpu's, this is one of my favorite non-barrel aged stouts of all time.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Ommegang Challis. Thanks to fo1kguitar for the bottles!

A- Deep Black with a brown skim of a head and no lacing

S-Cinnamon, bakers chocolate, slight pepper, oak, and well.... snickers? really nice

T-Fudge, cinnamon, chocolate and nutty oak with a subtle hint of pepper heat. Wow, really really good

M-Fairly effervescent for the style yet still creamy

O- A really well put together beer. Super integrated, complex and delicious

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. Pours jet black with a trace of bubbles for a head. First sip you notice the heavy cinnamon, then the cocoa nibs, then the chili aftertaste. They sure aren't lying, you can taste all that crazy stuff in there. Its a very good beer, but I had a hard time finishing an 8 ounce glass of it because of all the other stuff thrown in there. Not exactly my style of beer, but definitely an experience.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a jet-black color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cocoa, chilies, chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Good spicy chile pepper bite with some cinnamon flavor. Nice chocolate taste with some toasty malt and caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish. Surprisingly easy drinking for the style.

O - This is an amazing beer. Glad 44 Stone had it on tap because I've yet to see a bottle of it in town.

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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 2,663 ratings