Vanilla Bean Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Additional Vanilla Beans added to our 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.

Added by birchstick on 03-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#261
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
267
pDev:
7.61%
 
 
Wants:
182
Gots:
26
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

gosh i have long wanted to try some of the variants of this fine fine beer, the base is among the best there is in this spiced stout category for my money, and the vanilla here really sets it off. the thing thats cool about this, well, one of the things, its all pretty cool, is that the vanilla doesnt add much sweetness to it. a lot of times with a vanilla forward stout like this, a ton of residual sugar enters the mix alongside it, and its a turn off more often than not, but thats not the case here at all, where the vanilla is rich and natural and up front in aroma and flavor, but it doesnt make the beer any more desserty, i think thats a great success, and perhaps a testament to the quality of the vanilla beans used. this is so luxurious, with the vanilla wrapping in all warmly around cinnamon and chili, light smoke, bitter cocoa, and the roasty dark malt keeping it from being too decadent, and adding a neat earthy bitter layer that i also appreciated in the original version of this beer. the proportions of things here are amazing, not too much of one element, and even with the enhanced vanilla experience here, its not at all too much, just sort of the leader of the pack instead of another dog. the smoothness here is incredible, no alcohol heat at all, yet its not so sticky and viscous that i dont want more than one of them. overall among the best i have had from perennial in any style, and really a leader of its field. this has me even more stoked to try the coffee one, i hope it too shows up in colorado! this was on tap at hops and pie, they get all the good stuff!

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Photo of MTKATL
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OompaMentor
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Abraxas holds its own.

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

Photo of Frus77
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even though, this is still Abraxas, the additional vanilla makes this almost a different beer. Still really good though. I'm a sucker for vanilla, so naturally I like it a lot. The cinnamon and peppers are pretty muted compared to the regular one.

Honestly just tastes like vanilla and chocolate with hints of cinnamon on the backend.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick. Smell is all peppers, then the cinnamon and finally a sweetness that is imperceptible, I guess it’s the cocoa and vanilla, but it’s not extremely different from regular

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

I actually like this variant of Abraxas (especially 2018) better than the heralded BA Abraxas. As far as a non-barrel aged adjunct stouts go, you won't find one better aside from maybe Shared Coconut Vibes. A must try.

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Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Winston3737
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of KRG
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kdouble
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of peterpunk15
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pmarlowe
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage. Released a month or two ago. The cap seems to be leaking very slightly.

A: Pours thick and black with a ring of thick, dark brown espresso-like head. Some dots of lacing and pretty good retention.

S: Cinnamon, rich coffee and dark chocolate, and a bit of vanilla (esp. as it warms).

T: Darkish roast coffee dominates the palate; it’s really delicious but covers most of the other flavors. There’s some dark roasted malt, slight burnt note, a bit of cinnamon (less noticeable than on the aroma), boozy vanilla bean, and chili heat. Very mild sweetness.

M: Full bodied, medium-light carbonation. Decent amount of alcohol warmth and a tinge of burn.

O: Like all the Abraxas variants, this is good but basically tastes like the base beer. Maybe slightly better. The coffee is the star.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 7irondave
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of wellsnb
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lare453
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 267 ratings