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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
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284
Ratings:
2,321
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.9%
 
 
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Photo of HOP_KING
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of derftron
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a review for 2014, which has been aging for a year

Look - Standard black stout look. Pretty much completely black

Smell - Smells delicious. Like horchata, cinnamon, chocolate, and stout. I kept going back and smelling over and over again. amazing

Taste - completely unique and really outstanding. all the flavors melded perfectly but nothing was overpowering or out of balance. really great. the cinnamon and chili flavors really come through, but the stout flavor balances everything out. Vanilla and chocolate also present

Overall, I really liked this beer.

I had a 2015 right afterwards and didnt like it as much. the cinnamon and chili flavors were much more muted. still very good, but the 2014 was far superior

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Photo of maximum12
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jon2465 for this bottle. My only regret from Great Taste of the Midwest 2012 is missing the Perennial booth completely. But the 2013 Great Taste is only five months away, & I plan on camping out there this year. 750ML skull-crusher split with my wife.

Pour is appropriately dark with a slow-rising head that would be impressive, if I cared about that sort of thing. The nose is an ode to extremes: wild chiles, chocolate, sweets, undercarriage of spicing. My stomach quails a little bit. It's late enough on a school night that I'll put my brain on acid reflux alert.

Abraxas isn't that shy kid you never knew in gym class. Pie-kaw! Right in the kisser. The chiles burn the crap off my esophagus, pulse open my cardia, sear the inner wall, & go to work on my small intestines. Wow. Takes a while to get underneath the heat, but there's chocolate, random spiciness. Big roast shows up as the beer begins to warm. But it's the chile heat that steals this show. Huge, thick, chewy. Stupid drinkable.

Sometimes extreme beers come off as a desperate plea for help: not so here. This is a genuine work of art, with a great combo of flavors that just beg to be devoured as quickly as possible. I can't think of one reason why this isn't an elite level beer - simply excellent.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/2015. Poured into a tulip.

Look is dark brown, minimal to half finger sized lacing. Leaves great foamy legs around the glass.

Nose is of cocoa nibs and cinnamon. A great nose, barely can smell any hint of chiles.

Taste follows the nose but with a tiny hint of the chiles on the finish. The cocoa nibs and cinnamon make it incredibly smooth and tasty. Well structured.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Overall one of the better stouts I've had. I wish I had more and definitely want to try the barrel aged version. Incredibly smooth and an amazing finish. I wanted more than the 22 oz it came in.

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Photo of KCBeerNerd
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the Foundry in KCMO 1/22/14

A: Jet black with an inch of tan head that dissipates after a min to a subtle 1/4 inch tan foam.

S: The noise of this beer is very complex. Cocoa, peppers, a mild coffee, spicy, cinnamon, and a strong nutmeg smell. This smell reminds me of going home to my parents house for christmas, with my moms christmas yankee candles lit and a banana nutbread in the oven.

T: The taste is outrageously spicy on the front end, while subtle on the back end. The back end leaves you with a bit of heat. You can definitely taste the cacao nibs and ancho chili peppers. This beer at the front punches you with cinnamon and then leaves you with the heat of the ancho chili peppers.

M: The feel of this beer is creamy, thick and almost chewy.

O: Overall this is an incredibly enjoyable beer. This beer tastes distinctively different than alot of other imperial stouts. While a lot of other breweries try to spice their imperial stouts with different things, it either A: doesn't work, or B:gets lost behind the chocolate and coffee tastes that are normally prevalent in imperial stouts, or C: is overpowering with one individual spice. But this beer does not fall into those categories. It is complex yet enjoyable. The ancho chili peppers, cinnamon sticks, and cacao nibs are very prevalent but enjoyable. This beer is a success in its uniqueness

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A phenomenal stout. This is the real deal - a beer that lives up to the price tag and hype in equal amounts. Find and deeo dark profile with a full body. The cinnamon adds both to the texture and to the taste profile. There is a hint of ground mexican chocolate here along with the spices. The pepper feel is muted yet lends a warming touch. Lots of complexity. An exceptional beer.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This smells and tastes like the best parts of Christmas. This is so damn good. Cinnamon and bourbon abound! The alcohol is there but it isn't too hot on the tongue.

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

Bottled-11/2014
Poured into snifter

This was my first own personal "whale". What better time to review it than as my first beer of the year.

The top popped with the quietest hiss. So excited about this that I sniffed the mouth of the bottle before pouring(almost took a sip, and maybe I did)... A gluggy pour that filled half of the glass left a 1/2" of quickly dissipating brown head gyrating on top of a black pool. Sweet and spicy nose left me ready to dive in. Taste is straight fudge with a peppery POP! I was expecting the spice to have mellowed after a year+ in the bottle, but it was there in force. Nice med-thick, slick feel with minimal carbonation(almost perfect for the style). Heat creeps in, and just compounds on the palate with each sip. This gets WAY better as it warms. It gives way to some of the flavors that were overpowered by the spice, like vanilla. Great beer, but not mind blowing. Along the lines of BOMB! and Imperial Blud, but I would have to side-by-side to pick out my favorite.

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Photo of Mgm54
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A 2012, 750ml bottle, served in a brandy snifter.

A - Beautiful, dark, very black, what one can expect from a proper Imperial Stout

S - Smells like a well made imperial stout, with the adjuncts they brewed with, and this is a fantastic thing. Dark, roasted notes, with a bit of coffee, chocolate, and Cinnamon, with a bit of heat coming form the chillies.

T - Sipping on the brew, you get a perfect amount of chocolate and roasted notes, with a bit of Cinnamon, and then at the end the bit of spice hits you, and it all melds together into beer perfection. Sipping on this beer at a reasonable rate, the heat of the chillies seems to stick in your palette, but at a fantastic level, and it does not overpower the rest of the flavors of the beer either. Just an amazing balance of chillies, chocolate, and Cinnamon.

M - Usual Imperial stout affair, very smooth and velvety on the palette, as one would expect.

O - One of the greatest beers I have ever had. I do like spice quite a bit, and as such this is a perfect beer for me. Well worth the price of entry. Cheers!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a lusciously silky dark brown and sits black in the glass with a short tan/light brown head of foam.

Cinnamon and bakers spices, peppers, sweet chocolate, and gentle waves of vanilla.

Chocolate, coffee-esque roastiness, vanilla, bakers spices, and a perfect peppery spice to clear the palate.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, silky, chewy, wonderfully balanced.

Overall, while I've always been hesitant when in comes to beers brewed with peppers, this is truly a masterpiece. Perfect balance of flavors and a silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes this a complex beauty.

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Photo of MCain04
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Split this big beer with BostonRyan. $21/25oz. Poured at cellar temp into 2 mini-goblet glasses.

A: This is a dark brown/black beer, head is a little lighter than I imagined solid retention and lacing.

S: A lot of chilli, coffee, chocolate, and cinnamon on the nose. Some roasty malts as well. Very pleasing.

T: Wow, chilli. Chilli presence is crazy on this beer. The cinnamon is also very present. Nice chocolatey notes add a richness to it. Roasty malts and coffee as you might imagine. Little to no booziness.

M: Sadly, the only unremarkable aspect of this beer. Its tastes and smells compete with Huna's, but the moutfeel is too thin and overcarbonated. Wet throughout but some dryness on the finish from the pepper.

O: A fantastic imperial stout that is almost as good as Huna. Perhaps the BA version of this thickens the mouthfeels and tones down the carbonation. I imagine with that, plus perhaps some barrel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes, this could be one of the best beers ever. Definitely would want to try the BA version of this.

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Photo of emyers
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Founders tulip.

Appearance: Black with a thick, creamy dark brown head. Head stays a good 15 minutes - phenomenal head retention for an imperial stout of this abv.

Smell: Excellent. Rich, dark chocolate, cinnamon, chipotle peppers. Intense and yet very balanced.

Taste: Same as the smell. Dark chocolate and a nice smoky chipotle flavor up front, then cinnamon. Bittersweet finish. The heat from the chile peppers comes in on the finish and lingers for a while after the finish. The chocolate stays on the palate throughout. I'm really impressed by the depth and richness of the dark chocolate flavor. The chipotle heat is perfect too - gently warming but not overly hot. It makes its presence known without ever being overwhelming. Really just phenomenal flavor in this one.

Mouthfeel: Thick, velvety. Mild carbonation. Gentle heat lingers well after you finish a sip. There really isn't anything that this beer does extremely well.

Overall: Flat out phenomenal. Chile stouts are one of those styles that I absolutely love trying but am often disappointed with. They either have too much spice, too little spice, too little stout character, etc. This one nails every aspect.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Shared a bottle with Treebs. This was a big want for me!

A: Super rich dark brown with a small espresso head. Sticky lacing.

S: Smell cinnamon right away, chocolate, spice, and some roasty notes. Very bold.

T: Big chocolate up front. Cinnamon is also prominent with a considerable amount of the spice from the chilies. Incredibly rich, bold, and tasty.

M: This is a thick, full-bodied treat. I personally couldn't drink more than I had. Creamy mouthfeel and smooth.

O: One of the most interesting beers I've had the opportunity to try. The advertised chocolate, cinnamon, and chili are all very easy to pick up on and meld well together. A great take on the style.

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Photo of BMart
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark black with a quickly fading brown head. Dark Chocolate, chilies, cinnamon dominate the nose. Taste matches the nose with the dark chocolate most noticeable and a nice lingering burn from the chilies and spices on the finish. Cinnamon and spices become more noticeable as it warms up. Nice thick and creamy mouth feel. Excellent beer!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another treat to have in my glass and an overdue review. Thanks to jamminjohnson for sending me this bottle of 13 and the matching abraxas snifter.

Bottle from 11/2013

a one of the more attractive stouts, rich and sludgy with a great shine. Nice dark brown head that hangs a minute and streaky lacing on the glass.

s all the goodies. Cinnamon chocolate roasted coffee, really nice balance. Small hints of the heat

t takes the pass from the nose and slam dunk. All the flavors in perfect harmony. Rich chocolate with a glazing of cinnamon and a dash of spice. Really nice.

m great full body. Lush and rich. Big and unapologetic, but oh so silky and easy to destroy the entire bottle on my own.

o overall this is a hunah killer. I am not usually a fan of spicy beers and this beer, right now 6 months post bottle is just perfect. I have had this beer a few times and this is probably my favorite experience with it. Really just fantastic

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, small tan head and nice lacing. Notes of sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, light coffee, cinnamon, and light smoky pepper. Velvety and full mouthfeel with light carbonation and dangerous drinkability. This is world class, the flavor is off the chart and perfect balance. I can't see much being better.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome three-finger head slowly rises and just as slowly falls. Great retention of the crispy colored caramel dense foamy head. Brew is thick and black as night, no light shines through. Missing lacing...

Whoa. The aroma is godly. Tons of cinnamon roasted espresso. Burnt faint peppered caramel on the nose. Deep dark chocolate, roasty & toasty.

This is just fantastic. Dry, roasty, high bitterness, even smooth carbonation that's high and fitting. Sweetness is nice and dark chocolate upfront and slowly fades to bitter espresso coffee beans. Flavor lasts and lasts. Creamy, chewy, oaty, full bodied, roasty, delicious. The Ancho is very faint and not prevalent, just as it should.

Magic. Highly drinkable due to well placed dry bitterness and branded sweetness. Kick ass beer! A definite sipper... I can't wait to try Abraxas later down the road. Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Black with a light tan head

S: Strong cinnamon and dark chocolate/toffee notes

T: Bursts of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cinnamon spice, and chilies, ending with heat from the booze and more waves of cinnamon.

F: Thick and full

Overall: This was far better than anticipated. There is a definite wow factor associated with the flavors on the palate. Just a fantastic spiced stout, better than its counterparts in Mexican Cake and Hunahpu's. This might be my favorite non-barrel aged stout.

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Photo of jegross2
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri.
Score: 97

November 2012 vintage bottle served in a Half Acre snifter and enjoyed on 01/04/12.

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with two or three fingers of dark mocha head off the pour that slowly settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Awesome lacing and retention. Pitch perfect stout appearance. 5/5

Smell: The nose is dominated by it's three primary advertised ingredients. The cinnamon is most prominent, followed in "boldness" by the chili peppers and milk chocolate. There is some brown sugar and roast too. The chili pepper aroma grows as the beer warms up. At room temperature, there is a faint dark fruit character present in the nose as well. 4.75/5

Taste: The flavor is likewise defined by it's three primary ingredients, but with the amount of chili and cinnamon flipped (that is to say that the chili pepper flavor is more prevalent than the cinnamon on the palate). The pepper element imparts a nice amount of "life" on the tongue without being overly "spicy" courtesy of the the chocolate backbone anchor. The cinnamon flavor reminds me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal because it is paired with malted barley/cereal grain flavor too. Cocoa, dark chocolate and faint vanilla round out the flavor profile. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, but approaching it. Spot on carbonation. Good liveliness on the palate from the chili peppers. 4.5/5

Overall: This brew is an absolute Hunahpu's killer without the accompanying "rarity tax." Kudos to Perennial for yet another knock out brew.

Recommendation: Fans of chili stouts and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal NEED to seek this one out.

Pairings: Chris Gierhart's homemade chili.

Cost: $22.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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

The chocolate is so smooth and fine, with a hint of pepper and cinnamon. Full but light in feel, sweet and warming, with a nice round wrap around the tongue. Some soft, wet, sweet roast lingers on the palate afterwards, with a little sheen of lively tingle. A very delicate and refined stout, easy on the heat, BTW, so don't be deterred.

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Photo of larryi86
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, 2014, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Cinnamon, chocolate, chili peppers, some vanilla, some roasted malts, caramel.

T- Lot is cinnamon, chocolate, just enough heat fron the chili peppers, coffee in the finish that lingers, vanilla, some caramel and roasted Malta, very nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, creamy, full body.

O- My first beer from Perenial and it is a good one! Wish I had a second bottle, this is a great beer, very well put together.

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

November 2014 edition, now a year old

L: black as can be, I love how it stains the glass!
S: cinnamon and chocolate, not quite robust enough to get a 5
T: 3 flavors all in balance; chocolate, cinnamon and spicy finish. Complex and fantastic!
F: thick, one sip and the flavors last for 10 minutes.
O: fantastic! Get some/as much as you can. Happy hunting.

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

Black with a khaki head. Nose is just like mint chocolate chip or those Andes thin mints, more so as it warms. The cacao dominates the taste. It may be due to the face that it's nearly a year old, but there is no heat from the ancho peppers. It's very nice, I love getting that flavor, mildly tobacco, without being overwhelmed by heat. Velvety mouthfeel. Would love to try the barrel aged version.

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

Incredibly well done beer. It is extremely thick and rich with bitter chocolate on the beginning palate, followed by a fair amount of cinnamon smoothly transitioned by the chili spice. Very delicious

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Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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