Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

308 Reviews

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates. Nose expresses ethanol, ground coffee, cocoa and cinnamon. Taste follows nose; however, the cinnamon is much more evident in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, perhaps a bit thin for the style, with an almost still carbonation and some residual heat at the back. Overall, a solid offering; however, a fuller mouthfeel would enhance this beer.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle; poured into a snifter

p- black with no head; thin tan ring
n- absolutely massive; spices- cinnamon, nutmeg; underlaying milk choc sweetness; noteworthy
t- follows the nose but on a less bold note; sweet forward- cocoa and vanilla; lots of spices in the fin that pair with roast and linger into the aftertaste; fin is a bit abrasive; med bitterness and light-med alcohol warmth; not bad, but the spicing seems overdone; *spice subsided a bit as I drank; nuttiness came out; became more enjoyable
mf- light-bodied for style; soft-med carb; slick; mf is similar to sump, imo
o- I really regret not drinking this sooner, as I think the experience might have been different (although I'm reading that age actually diminishes the spice); spices seem to overwhelm the finish in this beer; really trying to like it more, but I'm a little disappointed; Bomb and Huna are more likable, imo

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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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Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep black with a rich and creamy espresso head. Smells of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and slight spice. Delicious beer with a creamy and delicate mouthfeel. Almost no noticeable alcohol for a stout of this gravity.

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Photo of Benish
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 batch.

Appearance: poured into snifter glass, amazingly deep black for a 10% ABV beer. Half inch bright tan head after pouring that stayed around for a little while.

Aroma: smelled like Cinnabon rolls. Cinnamon at first with subtle peppers following after.

Taste: started out sweet with chocolate and cinnamon at first and then the slight heat from the peppers. As the beer warmed up, the peppers became far more noticeable throughout the tasting and the cinnamon was less present. The peppers stuck around at the aftertaste but not overwhelming. I just wished there was more cinnamon present. The heat was not harsh, so it was easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: very thick and rich. Impressive for an imperial stout at 10% ABV.

Overall: I love the peppers in this beer but just wish more cinnamon was present to balance it out. I shared this with my dad, he hated it. But l loved it and finished the bottle.

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

2014 vintage; drank 11/26/14 @ the Palace.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Dark khaki head; decent lace.

Cinnamon, banana & mocha nose, with hints of pepper heat.

Thick mouthfeel.

Cinnamon, chocolate, banana & mild pepper heat flavors; complex & delicious.

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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 patre_tim
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas 2015

Pitch black with a deep brown tinge, no carbonation, half finger of chocolate brown head, and foamy chocolatey legs.

Cocoa, dark chocolate, cinnamon, a hint of heat and dark toasted notes.

Chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted notes, a light cinnamon, and chilie pepper note. The spicy heat on the end is light. Chocolate and cocoa resonate on the tongue. For a very long time. Hints of cedar all through as it warms.

Medium oily body but very smooth, foamy carbonation. Slick and smooth.

Got at Rincon Tap Room and Bottle
Shop in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa California. Excellent brew that has good reason for being so well sought after. Drank Sept 15th 2016 at the taproom.

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Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle..... used motor oil. dark and thick. more cinnamon than i prefer but that's the only negative i'm seeing so far. i get some of the chiles and vanilla. decent brew.

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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 Franziskaner
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no light penetration. A trace of Brown foam is barely detectable. Aroma is primarily chilies and cinnamon. I taste luscious milk chocolate, cinnamon, and dark malt. The mouth is viscous and the chiles warm the throat and tongue.

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Photo of NJBrews609
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; Serving - 750ml bottle into a 12oz. snifter

A - Black with thin layer of tan head
S - cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, and chiles
T - LOTS of cinnamon, some chocolate and vanilla, a little bit of chilies. The beer develops nicely as it warms up and the flavors come together a bit better.
M - Medium/full bodied with moderate carb.
O - This vintage definitely seems to have taken a step back, rating it where i am because I've had previous years and thought it was fantastic. This one just didn't integrate too well off the bat.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

finally landed one of these. i was at Perennial in St. Louis a couple of years ago and of course they claimed they didnt have any so I had to find some on the web. expensive but easliy the best tasting beer they make

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, I finally get to cross this off the list.

Keg, snifter, 2015

I wanted this to be awesome but it's just really damn good. Not awesome though. Apparently it's been a lot better in the past, with more chili presence, which is definitely missing in a big way here. There's plenty of cinnamon all over, and chocolate is big, but where are the peppers?

As it stands now it's a really good beer but it didn't live up to the hype. I've had plenty of bomb and I'd take that over this all day. Sorry perennial.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2015 into a tulip glass. Pours diesel black with thin rim of dark tan head that never fully dissipates past a ring. Nose is dominant in cinnamon, but enjoyable. Taste matched the nose, not sure if that was due to age, wanted more chile notes. They became more noticeable as it warmed, but still fairly minor. Mouthfeel was solid, carbonation on the lower side, and a finish that lingered a bit with hints of chocolate.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver; poured into a brandy snifter.
Apperance - coal black, with no light penetrating; nonexistent head in the snifter and no lacing.
Smell - chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon and ancho chili!
Taste - flavors from the nose are magnified making this a wonderful sipper!
Feel - big and bold; heavy but very easy to sip! Full flavors stand out and produce a very pleasurable drink from start to finish!
Overall - as good as advertised! Pricey, but you get what you pay for!

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Photo of NoahEllison
4.99/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite stout. Imperial brewed in Saint Louis Missouri. The pepper, coffee, chocolate flavors are fantastic. The mouth feel is full, and when you smell it you know it's going to be good.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abraxas pours coffee black, nearing gloppy, with tan, faint whisps of carbonation on the top layer, and soft thin ring of tan foam that dies down to nothing fairly quickly.

Unsweetened chocolate aromas come off first, with some smokey characteristics, and a little fruity vanilla. It begins to smell like a snickerdoodle, then, as it warms I get a distinct olfactory memory of brandy soaked Pain Perdu.

This is the most cinnamon forward of Huna, Mexican Cake, and Xocoveza, yet it's not too intense. There is just a tickle of capsaicin in the finish, unlike the building heat of Mexican Cake. At times it comes off as minty, like the classic Girl Scout thin mints, but with lots of cinnamon. It is rounded out with some nicely roasty characteristics.

Abraxas is a little thin, contradicting the appearance substantially--it sort of feels like wine, with not much carbonation to speak of. There is a bit of a sharp tang, but it's not quite spicy. If you're down with these flavor profiles, this drinks real easy.

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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 Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Struck out several times trying to find this whale. DLD line bottle share and this was one of many great beers but the exchange was very memorable. Complete stranger looked at me and the bottle I was pouring and I looked at his bottle of 2013 Abraxas. No words spoken and we both raised our bottles to offer a pour into the other persons snifter. Toasted and enjoyed! Such a great festival!

But back to Abraxas, such a solid balance of ingredients with vanilla starting and strong but pleasant cinnamon finish. Chiles were not very present and might have faded over the years cellaring. Would love to try this on tap on day. Great beer, similar to Bomb! I am sure the BA version of Abraxas is outstanding given this base.

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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 Zoomslowik
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- deep brown, slight reddish hue around the edges. Not much head or lacing.

S- cinnamon and chili heat.

T- I got different flavors at different times. My first half glass I got quite a bit of spice (cinnamon and chili), though not unpleasant. As I kept drinking, the flavors smoothed out a bit and I got a lot more chocolate.

F- not much carbonation. Creamy.

O- It's well done, but I can't decide how much I like it. At times, the spice overpowers the other flavors. At others it mellows and I enjoy it more. If I get my hands on another one, I'll try to let it warm up a bit first.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Aroma is chocolate roasted malts and chilis. Wow, this is delicious. Favor is chocolate and cinnamon and has a nice heat in the finish but isn't too hot. Overall I really enjoyed this, better than I expected.

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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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