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:
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:
#208
Reviews:
373
Ratings:
2,769
pDev:
7.61%
 
 
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1,217
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Ratings: 2,769 |  Reviews: 373
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of 4amepiphany
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is it. At least for someone who hasn't had BA Abraxas, Hunahpu & Dark Lord Muerte. Work the drive to St. Louis just to pick up a couple of bottles which they graciously saved the last of their batch for me. You guys are awesome. The first time I had a sip (poured from bottle) it was like drinking liquid fudge. I love my dark chocolate. The cinnamon is nicely balanced along with just the right touch of chilies. And I mean just the right touch. Doesn't linger too long, but is totally present. I can't stop sipping this beer whenever it's around. I do wish it was a little chewier in mouthfeel, though I actually really could care less because of how great a stout it is. A few more bottles aging in the cellar that I can't wait to try someday. Thank you, Perennial.

Side note, I'm part Thai, so I can't feel the heat of chili as much.. it came off mild to me, so in my tastes, it's nicely balanced.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of badboy7113
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a big black body with good carbonation leaving a moderate brown cap which quikly fades leaving some bubbles and spotty lacing

5: Big cinnamon and anchos smothered by chocolate, roasted malt.

T: Taste follows the nose very well. Big cinnamon meets chiles but everything seemed to play second fiddle to the chiles and spice. It provides an initial zing or spiciness which is nice, it lingers from start to finish. It provides a nice heat which smothers the alcohol heat. The chocolate and roasted base is nice and helps keep the beer in check. This one is a little to spicey for my taste. The finish is rather creamy, spicey, sweet and decadent.

M: Full bodied, well carbonated. The spice and heat really coats the palate providing some staying power. Awesome.

O: Good. I do prefer the BA version better because it seemed to hide the chiles a but more

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Photo of BGsWo22
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmarsh123
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to TheAbyss for hooking us up with this bottle for a tasting.

Pours dark and black with a tan head. Decent retention for a beer this side and chunky lacing down the glass.

The nose is filled with cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, anise and a little smokiness. Roasted coffee also lingers in the background and smells just a bit like my chili.

A lot roastier in the flavor than the nose lets on. Lots of the creamy cocoa is still around, but a deep rich almost espresso like bitterness dominates the front end of this beer. Then the cinnamon and chile kicks in giving it a pleasant spicy contrast.

Full bodied beer with lots of sweet components, but the spicy does a good job of balancing those flavors. Because of this, the beer finishes semi-dry with good carbonation.

Very well balanced and well made beer. Good complexity throughout. I feel if I did not immediately contrast this with the deliciousness of the BA version, I may score it even higher.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Gaining inspirations from ancient central America; the sweet, savory, and spicy taste of mole gives this 1-year cellared stout as much meldedness as it does complexity.

Starting off with a mimicry of espresso- the dark black beer has a gaze of cloudiness cast over it and hardly allows any depth of clarity. Capped by a sandy-tan steadfast head, the foam slowly collapses back into the beer until its dainty froth circles the glass in even more espresso-like fashion. Relatively low on retention, the beer speckles the glass with pockets of sticky foam.

A strong foundation of bold-roast coffee, cocoa-rich chocolates, brown sugar, molasses, and campfire roast set the tone for certain stout-like aromas. But its the peppery scent of undeniable cinnamon and the twinge of capsacin that tantalize the nose with complements of black jellybeans and mild vegetal pepper fruit that poke through the malts

Similar to its scent- the bold richness of creamy malts coat the early palate with the sweetness of burnt sugars and malted milk (milkshake). Saturated tastes of bittersweet chocolate is exacerbated with true dry cocoa additions. Just when its middle palate release light fruit and spice of grape, cherry, and aniseed; the sultry spices of pepper and cinnamon come on and extend into the finish. Warm, fruity, spicy, and roasty- the beer keeps rewarding the palate into an indefinite finish.

Undoubted is the beer's full body. The roast is wrapped around a malty center of residual sweetness, heavy cream malt, and marshmallowy carbonation. But as the beer slowly releases its sugars and carbonation, the onset of spice, warmth, and supple dryness keeps the beer developing deep within a savory and extended finish.

The Mexican inspired stout would make the Aztecs proud- as this beer has certainly earned respect among the best that today's craft beer world offers. The beer is meticulously balanced and doesn't shy away from powerful complexities in addition. It's beautiful in its recipe design, brewer execution, and courage.

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2.5/5  rDev -44.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from jaheussner (thanks man!). Batch 1, bottled 11/2011. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours black with a thick two fingers of dark tan head. Nice sheets of lace where the head rested.

Smells of rich cocoa, cinnamon, mild coffee and a light dose of those ancho chillis. Soft but inviting

Even without having ever tried this fresh, the age is evident in the taste (not at all in a bad way). Oh, so smooth blend of bittersweet dark chocolate, cinnamon, mild creamed coffee, fudge, earthy roast grains and a soft chilli pepper heat. Zero noticeable alcohol in this graceful combination.

Creamy medium full feel with light carbonation. Rich, bittersweet cinnamon infused chocolate with subtle chilli pepper heat in the finish.

Similar to Hunahpu or Westbrook Mexican Cake or even Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero but with it's own flair. Based on other reviews it seems that the ancho peppers have faded quite a bit in 16 months. Kind of a shame but I'll take the trade off in the form of this smooth cinnamon fudge treat. I'll be on the lookout for some of the 2013 batch later this year to have a go at a fresh one.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev -32.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Etan
3.71/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle shared by Jason. Thanks!

A: Thick, oily black body with a nice milk chocolate-colored head.

S: Greenish pepper is most apparent, followed by cinnamon and chocolate notes. Pretty rich aroma - smells like a Mexican chocolate cake.

T: Cinnamon, bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, some moderate pepper heat and slightly astringent vegetal pepper flavor. The pepper flavor, along with the roasted malt, gives the beer a somewhat off-putting bitterness.

M: Thick-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Although the spicing and base beer seem to have the potential to be really good together, the pepper flavors are throwing the beer off. I think the barrel-aged version is far superior, in part because the pepper flavor seems more subdued.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 2,769 ratings