Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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
Ranking:
#153
Reviews:
367
Ratings:
2,734
pDev:
7.61%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
1,216
Gots:
779
Trade:
83
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Boilerup
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Psilo
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with half a finger of dark khaki foam that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Great viscosity, with golden yellow legs tracing behind the swirling liquid.

Smells of spicy cinnamon chocolate.

Sweet chocolate cinnamon taste. Quite boozy, particularly for being "only" 10%. Not much chili presence and not much spice heat.

Medium boddied and sticky boozy mouthfeel.

I can see how the cinnamon might be overwhelming, and initially wondered if I would be able to make it through a whole bottle, but I spent about ten hours getting another small pour whenever my glass was empty, and enjoyed it down to the last cinnamon chocolate drop.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sonray61
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of umichfan
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LA_Hue24
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dadthew
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ejmontoy1
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love how different the flavor of this beer comes off. You can really taste all the different ingredients in this one and they all work harmoniously to make this a delicious sipping beer.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jacobdunne
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cinnamon goodness

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Photo of Taybeh
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of uturn
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perennial Artisan Ales "Abraxas"
$14/snifter on tap @ Wm. Mulherin's Sons, Philadelphia, PA on 3 February 2018

Notes: Opaque brown-black body beneath a short head of light brown. The aroma is malty sweet with notes of cocoa powder and a dusting of powdered cinnamon. The flavor follows, moderately roasty with touches of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, soft cinnamon, and chili peppers that steadily build on the palate but never get beyond a moderate heat/spiciness. There's not a lot of bitterness but it's not really needed as the spice and a little bit of alcohol do everything that's needed to anchor it. A fair amount of cinnamon lingers in the finish along with some cocoa and light, coffee-like roastiness. It's sweet but not cloying, and would make a great dessert beer, or just a nightcap. It's medium in body and smooth in the mouth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. I'd feared that the cinnamon or chiles would be too much but they're nicely restrained. Extremely well done. Well worth seeking out.

4.25/4.25/4.5/4.25/4.25 = 4.35

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Photo of Johng19751
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of shacawgo24
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of fossage78
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerman2017
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of runeatdrink
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hop_God
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Optics are as expected, head is maybe a tad lacking. Aroma isn’t as action packed as you might think with all the ingredients- some light cinnamon and chocolate, dark malt. Taste is way more robust - tons of cinnamon and smooth chocolate, coffee more towards the back for bitterness and depth, just a kiss of heat. I am wary of peppers in beer but this might have the best balance of heat in one I have seen. Body is a bit thin but not horribly so. Excellent.

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Photo of RMW66
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 2,734 ratings