Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

320 Reviews

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black pour, used motor oil, midnight black, all those usual descriptors, 1/3" tan head on it, small bubbles. Aroma heavy on the roast, a mild amount of peppers and cinnamon on top of it, you've had this beer before in other regions, Stone, Cigar City etc. . .

Taste, good hits with the roast first and foremost, not acrid, not overly sweet, brings the heat pepper wise but with enough two row and black roasted malt to hold its own and not let the spice dominate. Cinnamon in a decent proportion in the mouth feel. Really one of those midwest pour kinds of beers, after around 4oz I'm kind of hitting the point of diminishing returns. A share beer.

Carbonation well done and subdued to allow for different adjuncts to come out. Alcohol noticeable, but not soul crushing. Decent chocolate and cocoa presence.

A good beer, but plenty of easier, more accessible beers doing the same thing as this one.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to tick the mighty Abraxas! Damn does this thing glug into your glass - it's dark as night and smells fantastic. It is a great stout, but honestly the flavors came through a bit subdued compared to was I was expecting. Still wouldn't ever turn one down though...

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Photo of Tommo
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Meets expectations. Huge body, pours like motor oil. Flavor is bursting with spices in a great way. Somewhat sweet but not overwhelming. Overall an excellent Christmas time stout

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Photo of spacecake9
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas 2015 on tap @ Sovereign in Plainfield 12/9/16
A - Pours black with a small tan head.
S - Aroma is not strong but it's mostly cinnamon.
T - Flavor is a wonderfully perfect balance of cinnamon and chocolate with just a touch of pepper flavor and heat on finish.
M - Mouth feel is smooth & creamy, kinda thick, low carbonation.
O - Darn near perfect adjunct stout.

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Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best year yet. Seems to be a little cinnamon heavy fresh, but I'm sure it will die down a bit. Thick, great flavors, spice is in the background on this version.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer. So much going on, and very cinnamon-heavy, but it comes together so well. Look is jet black with a foamy toffee head. Very velvety and smooth. Smell is big and rich, with strong notes of chocolate, cinnamon, mild char, dark fruit (plum, fig, and raisin), molasses and brown sugar, and lighter notes of chili pepper and espresso. Flavor is all of the above, with the cinnamon coming to the forefront with the chocolate, but balanced by the dark fruit and slight heat from the peppers. Coffee and molasses, vanilla and toffee, roasted malt, more sweet than bitter. The booze is noticeable but pleasant. Heavy and viscous and warming beer. Just an incredible sipper on a cold day. I don't love a lot of cinnamon in beer, but I really like it here.

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Photo of Buck89
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A jet-black color with a thick medium-tan head. Nice retention and lacing. Bold aromas of chiles, cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. Beautiful taste Rich cocoa, malt, coffee, spices, and Ancho chile. Well-balanced with malt, cocoa, and spice. Medium bodied and perfectly carbed.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates. Nose expresses ethanol, ground coffee, cocoa and cinnamon. Taste follows nose; however, the cinnamon is much more evident in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, perhaps a bit thin for the style, with an almost still carbonation and some residual heat at the back. Overall, a solid offering; however, a fuller mouthfeel would enhance this beer.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle; poured into a snifter

p- black with no head; thin tan ring
n- absolutely massive; spices- cinnamon, nutmeg; underlaying milk choc sweetness; noteworthy
t- follows the nose but on a less bold note; sweet forward- cocoa and vanilla; lots of spices in the fin that pair with roast and linger into the aftertaste; fin is a bit abrasive; med bitterness and light-med alcohol warmth; not bad, but the spicing seems overdone; *spice subsided a bit as I drank; nuttiness came out; became more enjoyable
mf- light-bodied for style; soft-med carb; slick; mf is similar to sump, imo
o- I really regret not drinking this sooner, as I think the experience might have been different (although I'm reading that age actually diminishes the spice); spices seem to overwhelm the finish in this beer; really trying to like it more, but I'm a little disappointed; Bomb and Huna are more likable, imo

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Photo of WadeBridgman
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly well done beer. It is extremely thick and rich with bitter chocolate on the beginning palate, followed by a fair amount of cinnamon smoothly transitioned by the chili spice. Very delicious

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Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep black with a rich and creamy espresso head. Smells of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and slight spice. Delicious beer with a creamy and delicate mouthfeel. Almost no noticeable alcohol for a stout of this gravity.

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Photo of Benish
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 batch.

Appearance: poured into snifter glass, amazingly deep black for a 10% ABV beer. Half inch bright tan head after pouring that stayed around for a little while.

Aroma: smelled like Cinnabon rolls. Cinnamon at first with subtle peppers following after.

Taste: started out sweet with chocolate and cinnamon at first and then the slight heat from the peppers. As the beer warmed up, the peppers became far more noticeable throughout the tasting and the cinnamon was less present. The peppers stuck around at the aftertaste but not overwhelming. I just wished there was more cinnamon present. The heat was not harsh, so it was easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: very thick and rich. Impressive for an imperial stout at 10% ABV.

Overall: I love the peppers in this beer but just wish more cinnamon was present to balance it out. I shared this with my dad, he hated it. But l loved it and finished the bottle.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This smells and tastes like the best parts of Christmas. This is so damn good. Cinnamon and bourbon abound! The alcohol is there but it isn't too hot on the tongue.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage; drank 11/26/14 @ the Palace.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Dark khaki head; decent lace.

Cinnamon, banana & mocha nose, with hints of pepper heat.

Thick mouthfeel.

Cinnamon, chocolate, banana & mild pepper heat flavors; complex & delicious.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/2015. Poured into a tulip.

Look is dark brown, minimal to half finger sized lacing. Leaves great foamy legs around the glass.

Nose is of cocoa nibs and cinnamon. A great nose, barely can smell any hint of chiles.

Taste follows the nose but with a tiny hint of the chiles on the finish. The cocoa nibs and cinnamon make it incredibly smooth and tasty. Well structured.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Overall one of the better stouts I've had. I wish I had more and definitely want to try the barrel aged version. Incredibly smooth and an amazing finish. I wanted more than the 22 oz it came in.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas 2015

Pitch black with a deep brown tinge, no carbonation, half finger of chocolate brown head, and foamy chocolatey legs.

Cocoa, dark chocolate, cinnamon, a hint of heat and dark toasted notes.

Chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted notes, a light cinnamon, and chilie pepper note. The spicy heat on the end is light. Chocolate and cocoa resonate on the tongue. For a very long time. Hints of cedar all through as it warms.

Medium oily body but very smooth, foamy carbonation. Slick and smooth.

Got at Rincon Tap Room and Bottle
Shop in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa California. Excellent brew that has good reason for being so well sought after. Drank Sept 15th 2016 at the taproom.

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Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle..... used motor oil. dark and thick. more cinnamon than i prefer but that's the only negative i'm seeing so far. i get some of the chiles and vanilla. decent brew.

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Photo of Marius
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Tons of cinnamon up front, followed by cocoa, milk chocolate, molasses and chili peppers. One of my favourite beers at this year’s CBC.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no light penetration. A trace of Brown foam is barely detectable. Aroma is primarily chilies and cinnamon. I taste luscious milk chocolate, cinnamon, and dark malt. The mouth is viscous and the chiles warm the throat and tongue.

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Photo of NJBrews609
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; Serving - 750ml bottle into a 12oz. snifter

A - Black with thin layer of tan head
S - cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, and chiles
T - LOTS of cinnamon, some chocolate and vanilla, a little bit of chilies. The beer develops nicely as it warms up and the flavors come together a bit better.
M - Medium/full bodied with moderate carb.
O - This vintage definitely seems to have taken a step back, rating it where i am because I've had previous years and thought it was fantastic. This one just didn't integrate too well off the bat.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

finally landed one of these. i was at Perennial in St. Louis a couple of years ago and of course they claimed they didnt have any so I had to find some on the web. expensive but easliy the best tasting beer they make

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, I finally get to cross this off the list.

Keg, snifter, 2015

I wanted this to be awesome but it's just really damn good. Not awesome though. Apparently it's been a lot better in the past, with more chili presence, which is definitely missing in a big way here. There's plenty of cinnamon all over, and chocolate is big, but where are the peppers?

As it stands now it's a really good beer but it didn't live up to the hype. I've had plenty of bomb and I'd take that over this all day. Sorry perennial.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2015 into a tulip glass. Pours diesel black with thin rim of dark tan head that never fully dissipates past a ring. Nose is dominant in cinnamon, but enjoyable. Taste matched the nose, not sure if that was due to age, wanted more chile notes. They became more noticeable as it warmed, but still fairly minor. Mouthfeel was solid, carbonation on the lower side, and a finish that lingered a bit with hints of chocolate.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver; poured into a brandy snifter.
Apperance - coal black, with no light penetrating; nonexistent head in the snifter and no lacing.
Smell - chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon and ancho chili!
Taste - flavors from the nose are magnified making this a wonderful sipper!
Feel - big and bold; heavy but very easy to sip! Full flavors stand out and produce a very pleasurable drink from start to finish!
Overall - as good as advertised! Pricey, but you get what you pay for!

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Photo of NoahEllison
4.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite stout. Imperial brewed in Saint Louis Missouri. The pepper, coffee, chocolate flavors are fantastic. The mouth feel is full, and when you smell it you know it's going to be good.

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