Vanilla Bean Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

BA SCORE
4.51/5
133 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by birchstick on 03-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#420
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
133
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
175
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of epyon396
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of J_Mueller
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Side Project Cellar. Reviewed from notes. 5oz pour into a stemmed glass. Served at 52*F.

Pours black with a finger of dark khaki head. Nice head retention and lacing. Aroma is huge with a large malty presence. Aroma notes incredible vanilla right off the bat, with coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts backing it up. Plenty of big aroma notes here. Flavor profile is delightfully smooth with a large presence. Vanilla opens up the flavor profile with coffee, cocoa, and spices bolstering the already robust flavor. Mouth feel is thick, but smooth and creamy. Overall, an incredibly flavorful beer with lots of tasty qualities going on in it. Nothing tastes artificial, or forced, or out of balance. Absolutely delightful.

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Photo of jroberts8811
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrBier
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avas
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stardusthotel83
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

On tap at Cooper's. Served in a 6oz tumbler. Pours a dark cola brown body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smells of the richness of the base beer, with cinnamon up front, cocoa, vegetal green apple skin, milk chocolate, touch of spice. It's served cold, so the vanilla isn't obvious right away. As it warms up, it becomes richer; the vanilla comes out in just the appropriate amounts to really accentuate the base flavours. It does so on the palate, with a fair bit of nice vanilla on the mouthfeel and backend. I think the vanilla makes the chocolate and cinnamon pop out even more than it already does, in which case this is an appropriate adjunct. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, smooth like a milkshake. A very tasty beer that is made even tastier than ever.

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Photo of South2NW
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rossracing
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerJ
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of devils3-way
4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Jkolls
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eifster82
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Perennial during Abraxas release event.

The look is typical Abraxas dark, deep brown liquid with very little to no foam head upon pour. The nose has tons of the typical Abraxas cinnamon and cocoa but vanilla is there as well and abundantly. The taste has tons of vanilla, especially as it warms and in my opinion just becomes overly sweet. This would need to be drank with some kind of a desert really. Just very sweet. The feel is still sticky and full mouthfeel, but the sweetness just overwhelms.

Personally, I prefer the regular to the VB variant. And for as much as I don't like chillies in beers, I wish it was more noticeable in the VB variant, just to cut some of the sweetness.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gibgink
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this variant, as I believe it is presented on draft only. Pours like all any other Abraxas, with a good vanilla influence on the nose. The taste on the other hand, while still good, is not on par with other Abraxas beers. The vanilla dominates and destroys what I would call a delicate balance of sweet and heat. With that being said still a good beer, and I was glad I finally got to mark it off my list.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, rich black appearance with some deep brown carb around the rim. Vanilla takes over the nose, which downplays the other ingredients. The dominance of the vanilla in the scent comes off a bit medicinal. The flavor really plays well as it warms. It is big vanilla delivered at cold draft temperature. As it warms, you get toured through the vanilla, cinnamon, and hints of pepper. The pepper gives almost an earthy raisin character with only the slightest hint of spice. Almost more like a fall baking spice. The mouthfeel is thick and rich without heading into motor oil territory. The vanilla seemed to impact mouthfeel to a slight degree when side by side with regular Abraxas.

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Photo of drahodo
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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