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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
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
2,331
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
22.8%
 
 
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1,200
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695
For Trade:
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Photo of Parmesan
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black color, no light coming through with a small brown frothy head and nice soapy lacing

S: Lots of cinnamon and chocolate, some vanilla, a little bit of chili. Very wintery smelling beer.

T: Lots of cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, slight bit of chili burn at end. A little roastiness, and fairly sweet. A very complex stout.

F: Creamy mouthfeel, fully body a little burn from the chili peppers.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Reviewing my second time having this. Essentially went solo on a bottle, girlfriend had a few sips here and there.

Look: Pitch black, a very small coffee colored head, that dissipated slowly, nice lacing.

Smell: Primarily cinnamon upfront, then the chocolate hits, and the teensiest bit of hot chile scent.

Taste: So Good. Strong cinnamon, strong chocolate, and the heat from the chile is much more present here then on the nose. Not too hot though, still super drinkable.

Feel: Near perfect carbonation, at least for my palate. Not too thick or too thin either, a little creamy almost.

Overall: 4.73, in my top ten for sure.

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Photo of Moose90
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a near pitch black hue with a dark roasted coffee color head on-top. Lacing is left in bits around the edges, just sits in the glass with a rich deliciousness.

S — Smell is a great melange of dark chocolate, bitter espresso, spicy chilies, fresh cinnamon, just a lot going on here. Smells predominately of rich luscious dark chocolate and semi sweet vanilla, a little bit of a cinnamon and chili overtone. Such a great balance of sweetness, smells like a Mexican hot chocolate.

T — Taste is wonderful with huge waves of flavors, ranging from dark chocolate, bitter coffee, chewy vanilla, pithy cinnamon, little bit of a warming chili pepper spiciness on the finish. I almost want to drink this beer warm, it is that good. It is rich and focused on deep dark flavors, showing great balance throughout.

M — Rich, full bodied, thick, not overly heavy though, balanced again.

O — Just spectacular overall, this is a great showcase of dark beer with just a touch of spice.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml capped bottle - 2 months old - bottled 11/2015

pours extremely dark black - like used motor oil in a good way - with dark brown thick head - good lacing. can't get better for a stout. lovely aroma of cinnamon, chile and milk chocolate - like hot cocoa. but the taste isn't cloying. not overly sweet - complex rich flavors, excellent flavors. thick body, but super smooth, great feel.
overall - definitely one of the top stouts I've ever drank.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: black, thick looking with a coffee-and-cream colored head.

Aroma: this beer smells like waffle batter. Cinnamon and bready with maybe a hint of maple syrup. The cinnamon is the dominant aroma, though.

Flavor: French toast w/o syrup. Sweet, cinnamon and bready. The chili flavor comes through but without much heat, although the heat reaches very mild levels as the beers warms closer to room temperature. No alcohol or alcoholic heat in the flavor. Definitely a unique flavor profile, and the chilis add a great flavor component and another depth. There is no alcohol heat in this beer, but each sip is warming as it goes down. Is that the alcohol or the chilis?

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-heavy. The body is right at the mid-point between the uber-hyped BA-rated imperial stouts.

Overall: Good but not great. However, in the week that has lapsed since my tasting, my opinion of this beer and the impression it made on me are trending upward. I would not seek out this beer, but I would likely buy it if I came across it. Better Imperial Stouts are readily available at this price point - or less; Nebraska Brewing BA Black Betty comes to mind. As another comparison, I drank Abraxas side by side with a Prairie Bomb, and the Abraxas was considerably better.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick with a dark head that dissipates quickly. Viscous with cinnamon at the forefront of smell and taste. Didnt get the spice as much as i would like. Solid beer!

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. I'd compare it to Prairie BOMB! and I think it's quite similar to it. Slight spiciness and big, bold, dark maltiness. My favorite thing about this beer is the strong cinnamon/nutmeg flavor that comes through. One of the reasons why I loved ST Pumking so much the first couple of times that I had it was the strong nutmeg spiciness. While my love of that beer has faded slightly, this beer does a good job reigniting my love for warm, winter spices.

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Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A small tan cap forms that leaves no lace.
S: I get overwhelmingly cinnamon spice and sugary sweetness all the way. Maybe light roast and chocolate. Though the cinnamon sticks are the show here.
T: Like the nose, cinnamon sticks, clove allspice. Really sweet, with some chocolate that becomes more noticeable as this warms. I don't get much else. The stout is overwhelmed by the cinnamon.
M/O: A big thick and inky/oily body. Really viscous, but still smooth around the edges. It is a big stout, and outside the cinnamon there is not much here. Though still easy to drink, and considering the large sweetness was surprised at how easy this went down.

In many way, this reminds me of Saint Arnold Pumpkinator. A big beer that is more on the cinnamon spiced side of the spectrum and not the stout side. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it becomes to one noted. With the cinnamon, allspice, clove, sugary sweet aspect, just not among my favorite stouts. That said, it is still enjoyable, but not exceptional IMO.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Hop Beacon:
A: Dark walnut brown with tan mahogany head.

S: Cinnamon de leche. Vanilla and cacao. Rum soaked chocolate cake.

M: Smooth, velvety. Creamy and med full. Less than expected burn, chili and alcohol, otherwise.

T:Fruitiness of pepper on back. Maybe they used smoked Ancho chilis but it compliments the roasting of the grains well. But it is chili for the tame yielding flavor over heat. Most of any heat I believe is on the form of hot cinnamon, which grasps control from the gentle and rich chocolate and vanilla cake sweetness from the beginning.

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Photo of Bdawg1
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured black with a nice off white head. Smells of chocolate covered peppers and cinnamon. Thick mouthfeel with very complex flavor profile. I'm not partial to peppers in beer but I think with a little age this will change my mind!

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
3.84/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A solid imperial stout to be sure, but it's not nearly as unique an idea as it used to be, so I can't say it's worth such a hefty price tag. I'd probably rate it higher if it weren't so deliberately hard to get, but as it stands, it's not really worth the hassle.

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Photo of worldsworstextra
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great stout! I liked this a lot more than hunahpu, which may be due to the fact that it had less chili peppers and a richer/sweeter flavor. It's very smooth as others have noted, while still maintaining a lot of flavor.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour in tulip.

Look: Black with a big Brown frothy head.
Smell: Lots of cinnamon, chocolate, and pepper on the nose. Really nice.
Taste: Much like the nose, get a lot of cinnamon and chocolate. On the tail end you get a nice peppery finish. All these flavors become bolder as the beer warms. The flavors come together in a way that is reminiscent of a cinnamon candle...haha.
Feel: This is where the beer shined. Really velvety mouthfeel. Thick and rich, like a stout should be! Alcohol very well masked.

Overall: I think this beer is awesome, much like everyone else. Haha. It smells fantastic and is as smooth as Velvet. Taste did give me a slightly weird flavor but overall it was still tasty. Seek this one out! Im excited to see how this beer tastes after bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled-11/2014
Poured into snifter

This was my first own personal "whale". What better time to review it than as my first beer of the year.

The top popped with the quietest hiss. So excited about this that I sniffed the mouth of the bottle before pouring(almost took a sip, and maybe I did)... A gluggy pour that filled half of the glass left a 1/2" of quickly dissipating brown head gyrating on top of a black pool. Sweet and spicy nose left me ready to dive in. Taste is straight fudge with a peppery POP! I was expecting the spice to have mellowed after a year+ in the bottle, but it was there in force. Nice med-thick, slick feel with minimal carbonation(almost perfect for the style). Heat creeps in, and just compounds on the palate with each sip. This gets WAY better as it warms. It gives way to some of the flavors that were overpowered by the spice, like vanilla. Great beer, but not mind blowing. Along the lines of BOMB! and Imperial Blud, but I would have to side-by-side to pick out my favorite.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best stouts I've had lately. Packs a punch but very smooth for 10%. I would gladly drink this again if given the chance. Job well done on this.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 on draft
Big dose of cinnamon upfront with a bit of coffee so that the two meld seamlessly. Start to get some Dark fruit, molasses and raisin. This ends with chocolate and light chili peppers. I'm so impressed.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I cracked a 2014 Abraxas with my brother as a Christmas celebration and all we could say was ... "wow." This is a superbly balanced imperial stout. I'm not typically a big fan of stouts brewed with peppers but this was so very subtle and in my opinion brought out the sweet chocolaty flavors. There was just a barley noticeable zip with the addition of peppers, but so well melded together. Very smooth, very rich, very sweet with zip. Will definitely be adding this to my annual wish list. I highly recommend this beer to others.

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Photo of TH28
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. 11/2014 bottle date. Appearance: Jet black, opaque, with low brown head. Aroma: Rich malty complexity or dark chocolate, roast, and strong dark fruit. A touch of cinnamon bread. Taste: Rich malt sweetness with strong dark chocolate and moderate roast, turning to cinnamon toast. A hint of pepper spice shows up after the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate viscosity, light carbonation, and touch of alcohol warmth. Finish: Roast and cinnamon linger long after the swallow. Overall: One of the most unique, and best, imperial stouts I’ve had. A great, powerful aroma and strong chocolate flavor contrasted by a unique cinnamon twist and a touch of pepper.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good. Reminded me a lot of Hunahpu but smoother. Aromas of cinnamon gram cracker, cocoa, and some vanilla, taste is the same but very smoothly blended with a very little heat from the peppers on the end. overall a great beer to sip on this time of year.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the most cinnamon that I have ever experienced in a stout; total cinnamon bomb! The vanilla pops alittle bit too. Light roast and earthy peppers. Nice chewy and oily mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing how smooth this one was. After reading that it had chili peppers in it I was expecting something similar to the heat of a Mexican Cake. It was a pleasant surprise. Rich chocolate dominates with hints of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is a little less than I would want; it's a bit too syrupy. Still, glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

- 2015 vintage
- 750mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 29-Dec-15

This has the edge over Prairie Bomb for me and it's entirely due to the mouthfeel, one of the best I've ever had in an imperial stout. Velvety, rich, creamy, and perfect amount of spice and heat. I wish it were snowing outside so I can peer through the window watching the flakes fall in the moonlit winter evening with the only sound of the cracking from the fireplace. Damn this CA weather!

Beats Xocoveza out of the water, and I enjoy Xocoveza.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer hits all of the notes I want in a good flavored stout. Tons of cinnamon and chocolate. It almost tastes like a liquid graham cracker. All the adjuncts come through in perfect harmony and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Version

Look: Motor oil black with a thin brown head.

Smell: Cinnamon and chocolate come through. Dark malt. No real hint of spiciness from the peppers.

Taste: Cinnamon hits first. Then, the chocolate and vanilla. The peppers give just enough spice on the finish.

Feel: Thick and creamy. A little bit of alcohol burn. Low carbonation.

Overall: An awesome imperial stout and the best beer I have ever had with chiles.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz bottle.

L: Pours black like thick motor oil with small tan head that dissapates quickly.

S: Nose is cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla.

T: Taste is cinnamon upfront, then the chocolate and vanilla finish. There is a hint of spicy peppers in the finish. Really nice.

F: Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Overall this is a great example of an imperial stout. Very enjoyable, especially on a cold winter night. The cinnamon is very prominent in this beer. The spices open up as it warms. Delicious.

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