Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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 CNoj012
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a jet black motor oil color with just a thin cap of brownish caramel colored head. The head may be small, but it sticks around forever, and there is lots of spotted lacing. The smell is a wonderful mix of milk chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malts, coffee and the slightest bit of heat from the peppers. Taste is similar, but the cinnamon takes center stage with a nice bit of chocolate as well. Just the slightest bit of heat and some roasted malt in the background too. Very sweet. Feel is medium and slick, but lighter than what I would have expected. ABV is not noticeable at all. Overall a great stout, but I prefer bomb! I was told this beer was extremely spicy and to let it mellow, but I'm glad I didn't wait too long. I actually wish there was more heat from the peppers to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haymarket in NYC.

6 ounce pour in a snifter. Smell is spicy with cinnamon. Almost too spiced. Notes of chocolate and vanilla even things out.

The flavor is initially just as overwhelmingly spicy as the nose was, but as I let it sit, it integrates a bit and the chocolatte emerges along with vanilla and coffee and roasted malt notes.

Not sure if it was the taps I had this from, but both this and Sump felt a bit undercarbonated, to the point of being flat, but at the same time, it kind of accentuates the creamy, full mouthfeel.

I'll say it once, I'll say it again, Xocoveza undermined every highly tradable spiced stout. This is good, but there's comparable for cheaper prices and more accessible.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes. I really wasn't sure I would like this. Just gave it a go based on it's popularity and the fact that it's readily available on tap here in Portland. Pours a very viscous black. The legs leage a mocha brown lace on the glass. The flavor is incredible. Dark chocolates, coffee and a hint of pepper to cleanse the palate and keep it nice and drinkable, love that effect in this one.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage from a bottle share last night. Great aroma, lots of cinnamon and sugar on the nose. Tastes great with no pepper presence. Was a little thin for a stout, but great overall

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

Black as midnight. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of fudge. Did not get much cinnamon out of mine, but may have just been my palate that day. Totally blows Huna out of the water, IMO.

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

Had this in a blind tasting. Was second best to hunaphu which won overall. This is a solid beer with a full body. The chiles are a great addition here really pulling the flavors together.

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Photo of stortore
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2015 issue (forgot to look for the bottling date), into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown, opaque with swirls throughout, no head at all, some oily lacing. Smells awesome. Cinnamon, chocolate, malt, vanilla. Taste leads more with the malt, but still strong with the cinnamon. Chocolate, chilies- some low heat, vanilla, little coffee, no bitterness. Smooth, well carbonated, full bodied- although it's a lighter body.

This is a pretty awesome beer. The flavors just pop out, a really well blended beer. The body is a bit lighter than you would expect, but it's in no way thin feeling. You want to try this, if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Shermski
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has that motor oil barrel aged look, best non BA stout visually other than OB ten fidy. Cinnamon is definitely dominant, definitely a fantastic stout, and unique among all of them out there. That being said I probably would not make an effort to seek out again unless it's the BA whale. Hopefully Perennial is increasing their BA capacity because there is only money to be made.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750mL bottle poured into a Founder's taproom snifter. Bottled 11/2015, making this basically 3 months old at this point.

A: Pours a super viscous and oily black. Essentially no head or carbonation whatsoever. Outstanding looking beer.

S: Undeniably up front is a huge wave of cinnamon. If you can get past that, you'll pick out subtle chocolate, vanilla and cake notes. Some milk chocolate sweetness here as well.

T: Again, right up front is that cinnamon wave. Middle of the mouth comes some noticeable chile pepper flavor, but certainly not much heat. Finish is creamy smooth, lots of vanilla and cacao here to round it out. Faint dark chocolate bitterness on the finish as well.

M: Updated for 2016 release, the mouthfeel on this is insane. Last year, came off a bit thin for me, but holy crap, 2016 is super thick. It almost has the consistency of creamer. Best mouthfeel I've had on a stout in a while. Closest thing I can think of is Dark Lord.

O: After missing out on last year's release, I finally snagged a bottle this year. Was fortunate to have this within a couple weeks of Hunahpu and XOCOVEZA for comparison as well. I think I slightly prefer Hunahpu due its greater complexity, depth, and overall better balance, but this one comes darn close. There's some slight balance issues with the heavy cinnamon notes, but the mouthfeel is too large to be ignored. It's still a great beer in the style, and right up there with Bomb! and Huna.

Recommendation: A fantastic beer that stands out among its peers in this style. Definitely worth the chase.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Black, oily, not much head. Looks great in the glass
Smell - Chiles and cinnamon stick out to me. Chocolate and coffee come thru as well.
Taste - Cinnamon dominates on the palate. Chiles, chocolate, sweetness from the vanilla beans
Feel - Medium creaminess, velvety......not as thick as I was expecting though.

Overall - My expectations might have been a little too high for this one. Didn't quite live up to them. Good, but not mind blowing. Like Stone's Xocoveza better.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Perennial. Chocolate, a bit of vanilla and ancho chilies, which are very well integrated, however the cinnamon steals the show in this one. Highly enjoyable, unique offering.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottled 11/2015.

3.75 A: Black color. One finger of light brown creamy head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer this big and a few wisps of lacing are left.

4.0 S: Quite sweet overall. It starts and finishes with dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. Slight vegetal pepper from the anchos which meshes well with the cinnamon and vanilla. Just a touch of dark roast coffee with stronger molasses and caramel. Supple roastiness that falls behind the chocolate sweetness. It's a bit more mellow than I was expecting, but it's still pretty good.

4.0 T: Despite the nose having just hints of coffee in it, the taste is a borderline coffee bomb. Again the chiles, cinnamon, and vanilla are mellow and complementary. Just a touch of heat is realized. Sweet chocolate would be the dominant flavor if the coffee wasn't so abundant. Moderately sweet throughout but with a roasty bitter finish. Again, this is good, but the flavors aren't as impressive as the reputation might suggest.

3.75 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild-moderate creaminess and a mild heat that builds some momentum as it is consumed.

4.0 D: It's a good beer, but I was expecting quite a bit more. Honestly, it doesn't hold a candle to the regular Speedway Stout that I had a couple nights ago. This mixed with the fact that this costs a ton more and is infinitely harder to get a bottle of makes me okay if I never have this again.

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

Pours black from the bottle. Nice nose of cinnamon, chocolate and some vanilla here and there. The body has a smooth chocolate flavor with cinnamon support. It finishes with a perfect heat from the chiles. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of pants678
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black with brownish head.

Chili and cinnamon.

Right on the line of just enough spice. Rich, robust but not palate wrecking. Chilis not as strong as in Hunahpu (but it's been a while). The balance reminds me of Prairie Bomb. I can't pick out vanilla but chocolate wraps up all the adjuncts nicely.

Viscous as a stout should be.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out motor oil black with a dark brown head. The aroma leaps put of the glass with cinnamon soaked fudge with hints of the pepper and a sweetness. The taste is exactly the same with the cinnamon taking a dominating role. This slaughtered mex cake and is right behind huna. Amazing

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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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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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