Abraxas - Vanilla
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #137
Ranked #334
4.45 | pDev: 7.42%
Feb 06, 2023
Mar 01, 2012
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Notes: 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.
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Rated: 3.79 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Feb 06, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jan 27, 2023
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look - Black and thick with a really thick tan head and rimming along with sticky lacing
Smell - vanilla forward with chocolate and cinnamon
Taste - Vanilla forward like the smell with the classic abraxas cinnamon, chocolate and pepper. The cinnamon starts getting more dominant the warmer it gets but the vanilla is still fantastic
Feel - full body creamy light carb
Overall - really like the vanilla adder
Jan 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of strong vanilla notes with some chocolate notes and light cinnamon notes. Taste is a mix of vanilla with some chocolate notes with light cinnamon and chiles notes. Body is full with good carbonation with some light warming alcohol notes. Solid imperial stout with some nice spice notes.
Dec 27, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Sweeter and less complex than the original version, and ultimately not as successful. The appearance is an attractive black with light brown foam. Taste is vanilla, cocoa nib, spicy ancho chili, cinnamon and malt. The vanilla tones down the cinnamon and chili a bit and dominates the palate. The feel is outstanding—thick and smooth. Overall a really good beer.
Nov 20, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Sep 24, 2022
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Rated by IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2021 version; vanilla smoothed the cinnamon and pepper without becoming distracting.
May 28, 2022
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle, 2021 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch or so tan head that stuck around while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like vanilla, ancho chiles, cinnamon, burnt/charred malt, cacao nibs and earthiness. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some dark bread and coffee flavors too. Vanilla stands out somewhat compared to the other flavors, but doesn't dominate them either. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick and creamy with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. Easy enough to drink. I liked this brew a lot, definitely worth trying if you like imperial stouts or stouts with vanilla!
Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
heavy sweet stout great flavor in every sip
Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jan 18, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours oily black with a nearly non-existent head of foam and nearly no carbonation. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate with just the faintest of chili peppers. Taste is chocolate front, with vanilla and only the slightest slip of peppers. A complex, deeply satisfying beer that is highly recommended.
Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer poured black with a brownish hue.

Smell - The spice evolved with the stout notes with a modest amount of sweetness.

Taste - This Abraxas variant brought to mind the regular with vanilla marshmallows. The spice of the original took a backseat to the sweetness. The cinnamon was present more so than the ancho chilies. The finish was like cinnamon marshmallows.

Mouthfeel - The feel was slick and smooth with the little carbonation.

Overall - The beer did not reach Handjee levels of vanilla sweetness, but it was a fine beer.
Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by o29 from Texas

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Year old. Pours dark, brown edging, healthy head and lacing that disappears quickly. Scents of vanilla and cinnamon over dark roasted malt. Taste presents sweetly with vanilla, then a mildly spiciness from peppers and cinnamon. Full, big body with a slight syrupyness and a boozy presence. Yet another excellent version of this, but I need to have this year’s vintage fresher.
Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a thick black color with a nice brown cocoa head Smell is cinnamon, roasted malts peppers and faint vanilla. Taste is smooth roasted malts chocolate ,nice amount of pepper heat. Vanilla is very subtle. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth is full bodied with a good dose of peppers,would have like more vanilla
Sep 01, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap. Tan head. Black color. Some lace.

Chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla. The peppers are a bit more muted, which is a bummer. Cocoa powder. Sweet, desserty.

Full bodied, pretty smooth, and easy drinking. Solid, but could use more heat.
Aug 27, 2021
Rated: 4.65 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Aug 01, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Jul 11, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jul 06, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jun 29, 2021
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Rated by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is an improvement from regular Abraxas.

A little too sweet with the vanilla.

Apr 29, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla, cacao, and a touch of chili pepper

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, cinnamon, and lots of vanilla. Picks up the cacao and a touch of chili pepper. Finishes with lingering roast and vanilla

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy from the lactose

O: Another very good version of Abraxas. Makes for a great sipper and is a bit sweeter than original and coffee, which tones down the cinnamon a bit. Definitely worth checking out
Apr 28, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by beersampler6 from Michigan

Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle, 2020, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Chocolate, cinnamon, peppers, vanilla, some roasted malts. This isn’t a vanilla bomb, but definitely more vanilla an regular Abraxas.

T- Chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, chili peppers, some roasted malts, caramel malts.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- Not very different from Abraxas but the vanilla is very noticeable in this without being a vanilla bomb. Peppers still have a great kick and the vanilla is turned up on this.
Apr 03, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2021
Rated: 4.62 by mdfb79 from New York

Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Split this 750ML bottle with my lovely Abraxas-loving wife.

The pour is dark black with a compact, slow-rising, mocha head. The nose is swallowed by vanilla with a bit of cinnamon. This is Abraxas?

Vanilla Bean Abraxas is a weird corruption of an iconic brew. Tons of vanilla buries the chocolate (gone) & downgrades the cinnamon (faint) & chilies (more felt in the throat & stomach than tasted). The whole shebang just doesn’t work well together. Throw in a mouthfeel that’s thinner than the original & very thin for 10% & this just crashes & burns my expectations to a charred corpse.

It’s the rare beer that’s downgraded with the addition of delicious vanilla beans, but here stands one. The addition muddled a great beer into a mediocre, confused beer. Eh.
Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Opaque ebony body; thick and creamy light tan head. Sublime smell comprised of light cocoa and charred grain, coffee, cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. Huge taste profile; sweet cocoa and milk chocolate offset with a light, spicy cinnamon; molasses and brown sugar; subdued bitterness and alcohol presence; very minor note of chili pepper. Immensely thick and creamy body; soft and velvety; luscious residual sugars coat the palate.

This is a powerhouse beer with some intense flavors and even more incredible mouthfeel. The beer delivers richness, lushness, and a most pleasurable soft chocolate and roasted grain flavor.
Feb 13, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by smithj4 from New York

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by GaryM6 from New York

Jan 28, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by Bandi from New York

Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark tan head that died down and brightened up to a lighter shade of tan, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of cocoa nibs and dark malts along with notes of vanilla and hints of cinnamon and chili peppers towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-to full-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed how all of the different ingredients where showcased in the taste of this stout. It had a very nice smooth mouthfeel and was quite easy to drink considering its strength.

Serving type: can
Jan 12, 2021
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