Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

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:
273
Ratings:
2,242
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.14%
 
 
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1,215
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652
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Photo of wulfie85
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +8.8%
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 Shaler_Tate
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +8.6%
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 +8.6%

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 +8.6%
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 +8.4%
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 +8.4%
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 +8.1%
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 MJSFS
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%

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 Nic1985Ace
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +7.2%
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 JohnnyHopps
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The beer was a dark black color, looking like used motor oil. A slight mocha head topped the glass.

Smell - The aroma I detected was almost a syrupy coffee smell. The sweetness in the aroma was almost overwhelming.

Taste - This is heavy. Initially, I am led to believe this will be sweet like molasses. Then, I notice cinnamon, vanilla, and a hint of pepper. The malts give the impression of coffee, but it is not overwhelming. The warming in the aftertaste is mild, but it is the thick sweetness that gives the biggest impression.

Mouthfeel - This is thick and coats the tongue and throat. It leaves an impression well after the swallow.

Overall - I liked this one a lot. This is a fantastic stout.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I recently had Huna I have had Bomb in the past so far I still think Bomb is the best, but this one does edge out Huna, next will be Mexican Cake to finish off the big 4 Horseman.

Appearance: Black as night, head is relative to the type of beer. Kind of light around the edges with swirls in the middle of tan creamy head.

Aroma: Initially I got cinnamon as a strong characteristic. After a while sweeter dark fruits join the bouquet of aromas. Nicely done, its pretty complex on the nose.

Taste: I can tell the cinnamon, some sour yeasty note is present but it isn't off putting at all its just there, it could also be the peppers. The taste is cleaner and not very sweet, but just sweet enough. I liked the heat that hits the lips and tongue as it warms. Very nicely done beer. Its also less cloying than Huna came off to me and to the others who drank these with me.

Overall: I did like this one more than Huna, now after almost exactly a year the 2014 Huna I drank might have lost some impact, this bottle is not as old, they came out in (early November?) I believe so it has held its adjunct impact pretty well in that amount of time, now after a year in bottle like Huna I may be saying the same thing. I really need to revisit Huna as soon as I can to give it a more thorough analysis. So far, however, I still like the heat and earthiness of Bomb the best of the ones I have tried from this style. This is a close second. Love the cinnamon impact, goes really well with the combination of flavors they are working with.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.73/5  rDev +7%
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 LambicPentameter
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap for Bier Station's one year anniversary Midwest tap takeover event. They had both the 2012 and the 2013 on tap, so it was really fun to do a mini-vertical and compare the beer to itself after a year. The scores and review will be for the 2013 (fresh) vintage, but I will make reference to the 2012 as well. Both were served in small Belgian tulip glasses.

Appearance - Yields a healthy two finger head mocha tan head of bubbles so small it looked a bit like chocolate mousse. The body beneath is a pitch black with zero light penetrating, not even around the edges of the glass. The dense head helps keep out the light as well. Retention is moderate, and the head dissipates to a rim of foam around the edge of the glass with a mottling of film across the surface. Lacing is spotty and very sparse. The 2012 is different in that it has much less head at first pour, starting out with a lazy half-finger foam that dissipates almost immediately. It also happens to have more legs than the 2013, with the foam leaving a sheet across the side of the glass when I tilt it, but it slinks back down, leaving zero lacing.

Smell - Rich with notes of cinnamon stick, dried chile, melting baker's chocolate and molasses. I also get a nice element of char from the roasted malt that you expect from a stout or porter. The aroma is so aggressive, with cinnamon and chile being front and center. The 2012, by contrast, has mellowed way out on the cinnamon and chile, allowing the rich, decadent notes of bittersweet chocolate to shine through. I think I prefer the fresh, although if I had never had it fresh, the one-year version would be an outstanding beer in it's own rite.

Taste - Like with the aroma, the cinnamon and chile work together to provide quite a punch to start. Spiced devil's food cake with an invigorating burn from the spice that is kept relatively in-check by the rich bittersweet element from the roasted malt and burnt caramel. The heat lingers for a long time, but it's a pleasant heat. Would be the perfect beer for a cold night. The 2012 vintage has mellowed considerably, with the cinnamon becoming a mere accent to the rich chocolatey taste and the pepper becoming a gentle tingle instead of the noticeable heat. Here, I think I prefer the 2012, but only by a shade. I still think the 2013 is unmatched for the right situation--when you want a big stout with some aggressive character.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, rich and creamy. Luscious. Carbonation is moderate and the finish is lingering and coats the mouth to a degree. The 2012 is a tiny bit thinner, but still nice and creamy. Lower carbonation levels are to be expected as well.

Overall, this is just a top-notch offering from Perennial. Outstanding and unique as a fresh beer, and wonderfully age-able as well. I've not had many different beers from this "Spiced Imperial Stout" sub-style that has been popular, but this one is fantastic. Now I just need to get my hands on the BA version...

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade in December 2015, haven't had it since 2013. This is from 2015 release. Poured into oversize snifter. You simply must let this beer warm to room temp..while chilled, The cinnamon is clearly the alpha in regard to the spice influence...I can't say that I can grab any ancho chiles nor vanilla..maybe a tad chocolate? But as it warmed I can taste the vanilla influence as well. Such a wonderful beer I absolutely love it.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
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 HOP_KING
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers, oddly enough only beer that I have dreams about. I simply find myself craving it at the most unusual times and it's unfortunately not a beer I often have.

It's the best stout I've ever had. Beats all of goose's BCBS offerings IMO. Superb tastes the whole way through.

Well done perennial.

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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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