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
Reviews:
308
Ratings:
2,431
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.9%
 
 
Wants:
1,199
Gots:
729
For Trade:
81
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Reviews: 308 | Ratings: 2,431
Photo of foundersfan1
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly watery appearance, but black as midnight in color. Dark chocolate and alcohol dominate the aroma in the best way possible. There comes the cinnamon in the flavor profile, with some chili overlayed upon the dark chocolate backbone. Very smooth for a 10% beer, lends some light warming effect on the very back end.

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Photo of Cvescalante
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this bottle with my buddy Gtermi. Big thanks to Arcook11 for working out a great trade and going out of his way to make this happen for me.

Pours black big dark brown head that holds for a little bit, then slowly fades to nothing. This gets overused, but it looked like I was pouring motor oil into a tulip.

Chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon invite the nose to dive into the glass and stay for a while. A little heat from the alcohol and chiles are present, but not overwhelming.

At the beginning of each sip, rich chocolatey goodness is what I got, followed by vanilla and cinnamon at the end. I know those damn chiles were messing around somewhere, but they showed up here and there, only for a positive contribution.

Thick and velvety smooth, exactly what I want in an imperial stout. Not much carbonation.

This one exceeded all of my hopes and expectations by so far. It definitely lives up to the hype it recieves and is worth trying hard to seek out. Could be a candidate for my favorite imperial stout. I loved it!

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Photo of Marius
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
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 wulfie85
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely excellent beer. The cinnamon, vanilla, and cacao comes through well with just a little heat from the chiles. The aromas of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon are great as well

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

What more can I say about this beer that hasn't already been said before? It pours like black oil, is thick and chewy and tastes, well, amazing. I am not a huge fan of cinnamon but in this beer it works extraordinarily well as it is so well balanced. Another beer that completely lives up to the hype

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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 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 JohnG190
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

Thank you Chadwicktorres for your profound generosity! Pours black with a thick mocha head and good lacing. Good retention. Aroma redolent of chiles, cinnamon, and chocolate. Spicy heat on the front of the tongue from the chiles with notes of sweet cinnamon spice. Rich chocolate follows with hints of roastiness. Full bodied with ample carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, an extremely balanced offering from Perennial.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 1, 2011 poured a very dark brown an almost black to a Victory tulip glass. Fingers with of rich khaki colored head dissipates on top. Smell is vibrant: chocolate and cinnamon come across very nicely maybe a touch of nutmeg and vanilla. The taste on this is fantastic: cinnamon really shines with a nice balance of chocolate and chilli peppers. Roasted coffee and slight vanilla peeking out in there. Perfect. Coating mouthfeel, very rich and soothing. This beer is top notch, the price is a little high but it truly is one of the best representations of the style.

Big Thanks to Andrew for this!

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Packaging reads: Abraxas - 10% ABV - Ale brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, and cinnamon sticks.

As part of their 'The Cellar' series, Perennial has churned out their take on a Mexican hot chocolate. The beer is an American Imperial Stout in style and is brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, freshly ground cinnamon sticks, and freshly cut and scraped vanilla beans.

The beer pours out deep brown with a light brown head and wonderful lacing. The smell of the beer showcases what you will experience during the drink. You're able to individually pull out each of the ingredients used both in the aroma and throughout the drink. Upfront on the drink you get the blend of chocolate and vanilla with a little cinnamon. On the swallow you get a pop of the cinnamon and a pleasant heat from the chili peppers. The heat - which isn't over or underdone - really comes from the peppers, not from the alcohol. The beer drinks dangerously smooth for it's higher ABV and is one you can sip all night if it suits your fancy.

Overall, an amazing beer that I highly recommend either driving to St Louis for or looking for people to trade with for their 750ml bottles. It's sure to be an highly anticipated annual release from one of St Louis' newest breweries.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Pours a deep, dark black, with a cinnamon-colored orange-ish red head, one inches, awesome color. There's a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and cinnamon, with only a small amount of pepper.

The pepper is stronger in the taste for sure, and quite tasty. There's a ton of sweet, rich chocolate, a little bit of spicy cinnamon, and lots of roasted malt. The flavors meld together really well. This is just another great example of the "Mexican chocolate" style of stout.

Thick, viscous body, coats the mouth with goodness. Very drinkable, because of how well the flavors meld together. Low amount of carbonation.

Just a real treat and pleasure to drink this one, it's so decadent and complex.

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Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Tacostacostacos
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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 MJSFS
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 11/2015 L: black with no head or lacing S: in your face chili aroma followed by sweet chocolate T: the chilis are the dominant flavor but it's not too spicy, the chocolate and the cinnamon really balance the taste F: very smooth but a little thin and no carbonation O: a great spiced stout that I would love to have again. Unfortunately this one is near impossible to get. Stone Xocoveza is very similar to this beer, and much easier to attain if you are looking for comparable beer.

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

Enjoyed this amazing 2014 vintage bottle with friends while watching the Hawks win again and keep their undefeated season alive! Awesome stout with plenty of mouthfeel and tons of cinnamon with just the right amount of chilis !!! Would love to find another bottle!!

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Photo of Tbub18
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A--Pitch black, one inch mocha/tan head that fades with time.
S--Really nice! Cinnamon, anchos, dark chocolate, raisins?
T--Unreal. Sweetness comes through but not overdone (see Dark Lord), cinnamon is there but in a complimentary role, while the dark chocolate/roasted malts are absolutely delicious. It moves through the flavors seamlessly.
M--Very thick, creamy, slick! Not sure if its the chiles or the booze but it warms the chest.
O: Glad to finally check this off my list. I'm not a huge fan of the style, and can really appreciate when I encounter an Imperial Stout that is so complex and balance. This is the best imperial stout I've ever had.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark black with a small thin milk chocolate colored head. Aromas and flavors are layers and layers of complexity: bitter dark chocolate, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, roasted coffee, molasses, slight peppers...super creamy and thick mouthfeel. Now that's what I call a beer.

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

I expected to really enjoy this beer, but I didn't expect it to knock my socks off quite to the extent that it did; this beer is stupid delicious. It smells like a cinnamon mocha latte and tastes exponentially more decadent. Just brilliant.

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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 KCSerdy
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Abraxas is a beer that I have not been able to get in Colorado but found at a local restaurant on the bottle list. I was extremely surprised. I have drank but not rated a lot of stouts before this. This ranks as one of my favorite ever. Smooth, rich, creamy and the cocao nibs follow through. This beer is extremely balanced and a must have for stout lovers if they get a chance.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally! After reading the reviews and hearing the hype, I was finally able to procure a bottle of this...

Damn near perfect... The chilies and cinnamon come through loud and clear and they are delicious... The heat of the chilies aren't really a flavor, more of a suggestion... Very subtle... This is the beer Xocoveza wanted to be... Some booze here... I like it quite a bit...love it actually...

Quite intense..

A terrific Christmas Day beer...

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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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Photo of cvm4
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours pitch black and seems thick with a one finger dark tan head.

S - Cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla bean and fudge... Not your normal nose of "roasted malts and dark chocolate." Very rich, almost indulgence.

T - The taste is dominated by the chili. But, picture a chili wrapped in cinnamon chocolate. To me, it didn't seem overdone, but hit the right notes. You get some pepper heat on the finish.

M - Thick & chewy with medium to high carbonation. Velvety smooth on the texture.

O - This is a rich beer that deserves attention when drinking it. Absolutely stunning in this style.

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Photo of bnes09
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dense, dark and viscous, dirty motor-oil like liquid. Very complex and well balanced flavors. The cinnamon, the chili peppers, the cocoa and the vanilla all seem to dance around my tongue. A little less vanilla then the rest but enough to mellow and smooth out the flavor. Thick, milk shake like feel. Slight stickiness is welcome as it allows for a prolonged taste on the tongue and second tasting on the lips. This is one of the best non-BA stouts I've ever had. Would love to try the BA and coffee versions.

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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,431 ratings.
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