Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Pouring deep brown with a thick head, this beer has a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness. Abraxas is brewed with unique ingredients intended to challenge and excite the palate. It may be enjoyed right away or allowed to age in the bottle. Vertical tastings are encouraged.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 409 | Ratings: 2,879
Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks absolutely beautiful in the glass. Very dark with some sexy dark brown head that settles quickly. Smell is dominated by cinnamon with a bit of chocolate and pepper spice in the background. The taste heavy on the cinnamon spice, yet somewhat balanced. You get some chocolate as well as some creamy vanilla on the finish. The peppers are there in the background but there's not too much heat to it. I kind of wish it had a bit more of a spicy kick to be honest. Feel is pretty thick overall, a little oily and coats the tongue. Carbonation is on the plus side of average. Overall, this is probably the best tasting "spiced" stout that I have had to date, much better than Huna for sure. Definitely a must try!

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Photo of q33jeff
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5


On tsp, local 44.

LOOK: dark black, big sturdy dark brown head, looks awesome.
AROMA: chocolate, some spice. Maybe it's the glassware, but I don't get much of the crazy good smell that I do in sipping the beer.
TASTE: Dry cocoa, pepper, cinnamon. Actually tasted it off my finger as the bartender gave me a sloppy pour, but it still looks beautiful.
FEEL: silky smooth, small bubble carbonation makes this awesome to sip. Full bodied, but not heavy.

May be the best of this style I've had...and I've had some great ones.


Philly beer week again. On tap at Bru. Super smooth. Top of the class here sampling against: birthday bomb Prairie paradise and adroit Theory BAYS. All very good beers, but Abraxas is tops.


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Photo of BWood
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours super thick. Not much head. But dark as night with a dark tan ring.

S: chocolate up front. Some malt.

T: holy crap. Ultra balanced. Chocolate up front with cinnamon in the middle and chile bringing up the back. Nothing over powers the other. Alcohol is hidden perfectly. Reminds me of bomb but better.

F: velvet smooth. Thick and oily. No complaints.

O: might be the best beer I have had. I can only imaging how he BA version would be.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is an extremely thick pouring beer. It pours very dark. The head was minimal, but a nice shade of tan. There's a ring of carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass, that looks quite cool as the pop, and reform.

The nose of this beer is chocolate. I also get a hint of cinnamon. I do not get the peppers they put into the beer.

The taste of this beer is very well balanced between the chocolate, cinnamon, and on the back end, peppers. All 3 really work to give an amazing taste to this beer.

Feel is quite thick and sticky going down. it really coats the throat all the way down with it's goodness.

Overall, AMAZING! Damn! I wish I had more. I'm going to be savoring this beer all night.

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Photo of mschrei
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yet another outstanding offering from Perennial. Bottled 10/16 and drank 5/17, so had a little time to mellow out. Standard looking stout. Smells mildly chocolatey and spicy. When it comes to taste, this is where they shine: I love how understated their beers are. The flavors are never over the top-there's plenty of cinnamon and chocolate blending with the mild heat of the peppers over a very strong roasty stout base. Perfectly smooth feel. If they had this out year round, I'd be drinking it all the time.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage Very dark appearance with no head and little carbination. Aroma is heavenly vanilla and cinnamon. Taste is very smooth vanilla, cinnamon and some chocolate without any alcohol aftertaste

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from @Harrison8 (@THSdrummer) in NBS BIF #5.
750 mL bottled 10/2016. Stored at 42 degrees. Served at 58 degrees in a Jester King snifter.
Aroma - primarily chocolate with some faint chilis.
Head – small (Maximum < two cm, aggressive pour), brown, very dense and creamy, good retention. Slowly diminishing to a four mm creamy ring and a thin layer with a few rocks.
Lacing – none.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – The initial hit is cacao and some pleasant anchos. I’m not a fan of putting a piece of the sun in my mouth; anchos are the perfect pepper for me – flavorful with some heat but still edible. As the beer warms in my mouth, the cinnamon kicks in and the anchos heat up a bit. There is a little post-swallow pleasant gastric burn. Behind all the additives, malt can still be detected. The 10% ABV alcohol isn’t detectable until it joins with the anchos to start a small fire just south of my cardiac sphincter. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

I can see why this beer is so highly rated – balance. There is just enough chili to provide some flavor without burning my taste buds out; thank you for that. The cinnamon comes in at the tail end and is not the star of the show, just another important player. The cacao provides a unifying factor, continuity between the aroma, the first taste, and the after taste. And at the heart of it all, you can tell it’s a stout.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black with a small but lasting head. The aroma offers up dark chocolate, spice, cinnamon, and a little pepper seed and flesh. The flavor is also chocolate forward, with notes of milk and dark chocolate intermingled, as well as marshmallow, cocoa powder, spicy chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, and plum. The mouthfeel is full, and rich with light foamy carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall this is very balanced given the boldness of the flavors - the spice is neither overwhelming, nor to light. I see why this is a classic.

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Photo of spoony
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (dated November 28, 2016) to a snifter.

A-The beer pours like motor oil out of the bottle; some of the heaviest looking stuff I have ever seen. The medium-brown head falls almost like a Guinness in the glass before settling to fat two-finger height. Retention is good for the style. The liquid beneath is ebony and still.

S-The aroma delivers on the advertised flavors of chile peppers, cinnamon, and cocao. I also pick up notes of chocolatey brownie batter, mocha, wisps of smoke, and hints of creamy vanilla. The aroma is on the sweet side with suggestions of brown sugar and molasses. Nice, but I'm not blow away.

T-The taste is similar to the smell and there is a lot happening here. It is quite sweet with flavors of molasses, cacao, and vague dark fruits, maybe prune? I also pick up the brownie batter and a creamy, sweet vanilla flavor that reminds me of marshmallow. The cinnamon is moderately strong and blends well with the tickle of the spicy chiles. The finish is sticky with notes of black licorice. Alcohol is well concealed.

M-This thing is heavy (almost like a milkshake) with a fair amount of very fine carbonation. The finish is sticky.

M-This is a good beer with a lot happening. I would suggest seeking this out if you like the heavy mouthfeel and lots of well-done adjunct flavors. I would like to drink this side-by-side with a Prairie Bomb sometime...for the sake of research, of course!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. 2016 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A spicy and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate and spices. Dark roasted malt with a scent of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, toffee, and caramel with yeast. Big scent of spice with some cinnamon and chili peppers. Sweet scent of vanilla and molasses. Hints of leather, tobacco, and dark fruit. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and spices. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, coffee, biscuit, grains, toast, toffee, caramel, and nuts along with yeast. Spice notes of cinnamon and chili peppers. Sweet taste of vanilla bean and molasses. Undertones of dark fruit, leather, and tobacco. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, rich, and slick.

Overall: A great spiced Imperial Stout. Really nice mix of roasty and spice flavor.

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Photo of goblue30
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer, spice isn't overbearing, alcohol very well hidden, and some vanilla and cinnamon mixed in. Definitely happy to have had this beer, but won't seek out again at its price point. You can find similar beers for a fraction of the price and without the need to trade.

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Photo of rmpic82
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Little brother/sister to the BA Abraxas, this beer is a cinnamon bomb with a nice initial mouthfeel that dissipates perhaps a tad too quickly for me. If that front palate could hold on just a shade longer, it would be even better.

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Photo of thedifferencemaker
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A very big beer. I enjoyed the cinnamon in the nose, and it has a very silky, chewy mouthfeel. I got notes of chocolate and less so the peppers. I feel like the cinnamon dominates, and it's not too boozy for a 10% beer. Excellent stout. Worth the hype, IMO.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version, super dark inky pour with a mocha colored head that doesn't last long at all. Getting cinnamon and cacao nibs upfront, super roasty. Mild licorice and dark fruit. Lots of lacto, chocolate and roasty malt with the taste. Cinnamon and spices not quite as noticeable as the aroma, but still there. Mouthfeel is the highlight here, super thick and velvety. Palate coating, and sticky. Slight burn, but the sweetness balances this all out.

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

It's good but I'm not dropping $30 on a bottle again when a sixer of Xocoveza can be had for half the cost. So many other beers out there doing the same style nowadays.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark coffee-black pour with a thin dark khaki head
Smells like brown sugar, cinnamon, chilies, molasses
Coffee chocolate upfront, sweet cinnamon that fades into subtle but present peppered heat -sweet but not cloyingly so
Thick, chewy without seeming like syrup
Overall worth seeking out!

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

Pours black with hardly any light passing through. Has a dark caramel head on top. Can smell cinnamon as well as something sweet. Taste is full of cinnamon with a hint of spice.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas 2016, at Side Project Cellar

This is a beautiful imperial Stout, black with a dark head and nice lacing.

Smell is chocolate, roasted malts, cinnamon, Chile.

Taste follows the smell, lots of chocolate and roasted malts, Chile peppers, vanilla, cinnamon. Feel is thick.

Near perfect imperial Stout, the flavors complement each other beautifully. The ABV is well hidden. Simply delicious.

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Photo of Tacostacostacos
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A solid cinnamon, chocolate, chili stout that's pleasant to sip during cold months. Flavors are strong but mesh well. Will definitely be ordering again.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with thin mocha head.

Aroma is chocolate, cinnamon and pepper

Taste chocolate upfront, cinnamon mud pallet. The pepper comes in late aftertaste . Very similar taste to prairie bomb.

Mouthfeel is super thick . This is what I want in an imperial stout.

Overall- totally worth the hype. Actually exceeds my expectations. Prefer this over bomb and huhnapu due to mouthfeel. Would LOVE to try barrel aged version. Elite beer in every way

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a very nice brown head that dissipates at a moderate pace but is actually kind of slower than you would expect. The head creates a really nice looking fuzz that spreads out across the surface and creates a nice blanket with some good weight to it. The beer itself is also very good looking. It has a nice black chocolate syrup note to it with a nice weighty texture.

The smell is very good. It has a nice pepper smell that acts as a great topping to the strong yet not overpowering cinnamon aroma. The cocoa nibs are interestingly moderate and subtle but works well and creates a good powdery sweetness that mixes well with the cinnamon.

The taste is fantastic. It has the same notes as the smell but with a lighter pepper note and a stronger cocoa nib note that makes it a bit more milk chocolate sweet that goes well with the cinnamon.

The feel is pretty good. It has a strong heavy body that feels thick and luxurious with a nice syrupy feel. There is also a slight burn but not enough to turn people off. The carbonation is . . . foamy but it adds a nice and constant texture to the beer.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and worth the chase. It's a great full bodied beer with great strong notes that really tantalizes the senses. It's an extremely well rounded beer with strong notes and worth getting your hands on if you can.

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

This beers pours a thick dark brown to black. It looks like a syrup and leave light brown legging and bubbles when swirled. The smell is straight up cinnnamon, vanilla, chile spice, and deep dark chocolate. The taste is dark chocolate with a huge flavor of cinnamon, vanilla, and whiskey barrel flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth AF. Reminiscent of a milkshake. I love this beer. Drinkable and without a trace of alcohol even at 10%. Fantastic. Tremendous (a la Trump) lol

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage poured from a 750mL bottle into an oversized snifter. pitch black. nice brown head that lingers in the form of tan film on top of the black liquid. smell is roast, cinnamon, peppers and chocolate. taste is similar. very well balanced. thick & creamy mouthfeel. i’ve had abraxas from 13-18 and while i enjoy the cinnamon bombs of earlier vintages, the balance in this 18 is extraordinary. nice pepper burn as it warms. it’s cinnamon-ey and chocolatey. a wonderful stout.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into snifter; modest carbonation with nice head. Peppers, coffee, chocolate notes and cinnamon greet the new nose. Chili pepper, coffee, cinnamon and fruits on palate. Full body with peppery malts linger. Well done!

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap in a snifter at a local bar.

A: Pours jet black in color with a small, foamy, dark brown to khaki colored head with minimal retention. Thin, khaki colored lacing throughout.

S: Huge aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and chili peppers exactly as advertised. Milder notes of coffee, toffee, and dark fruits.

T: Holy wow. Tasty cinnamon roll in a glass. Starts off with big notes of chocolate and cinnamon followed by vanilla, coffee, caramel, and toffee. Finishes with hints of chili peppers, raisins, and other dark fruits. Mild lingering bitterness on the end.

F: Full bodied. Thick, smooth, and super creamy. Light carbonation.

O: Overall, this is an amazing Imperial Stout. Literally tastes like a liquified cinnamon roll. My first time trying this and I will definitely be revisiting this one. One of my new all time favorites. Worth the hunt for a bottle if you have the opportunity.

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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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