Vanilla Bean 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: 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:
#306
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
185
pDev:
8.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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189
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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of rspauldi
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall: a mess. Too many adjuncts in the kitchen. The vanilla overpowers rather than adding to the base, and it all ends up tasting somewhat abrasive. A surprising miss from Perennial.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black pour with thin dense cream colored lacing.

S - Chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, and light oak.

T - Light coffee and chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Lingering cinnamon and bourbon finish.

M - Semi-dry to wet finish, very little warming on the way down for 10%.

O - Exceptional.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a deep black color with a brown head on top. The head dissolves for the most part and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is pretty close to the original Abraxas, same spices and such. The taste has the spices as well but is a little less intense. I feel that the vanilla softens the potency of the spices here and it makes the beer a little more palatable. The feel of the beer is rich and smooth, coats the mouth nicely. Overall it's a great beer and really glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of LDawg25
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better than Abraxas. The Vanilla is phenomenal in this.

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Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Black body with an ample mocha head. Smells of cinnamon, peppers, and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate with impending cinnamon. Cinnamon becomes the prominent flavor. Cinnamon becomes peppers. Chocolatey finish. I really don't get a ton of vanilla. Medium heavy. Delicious adjuncts.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gcamparone
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Perennial stemmed wine glass.

If you’re into spiced stouts, which I am, the aromas on this are out of this world. Heavy cinnamon and coffee, much more spice aromas than regular abraxas with vanilla added.

The taste is just as potent, complex, and spice-forward with a HUGE amount of flavor, dominated by cinnamon and milk chocolate, following through with vanilla beans, semisweet chocolate, and more spices. Roastyness sticks around on the tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is awesome, super thick with low carbonation.

This is basically coffee abraxas with less coffee flavor and more vanilla. I loved both, with the coffee variant having a slight edge over Vanilla only because it separated itself from regular abraxas more.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerRay
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raziel313
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sandstd1
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I honestly can't get much vanilla out of this variant, but WOW, what a spectacular stout irregardless. The chocolate and cinnamon are really in charge here. Mouth feel is incredible. Finish is long.

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Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of vfgccp
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Much better than regular

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as good as regular

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 185 ratings