Abraxas - Vanilla
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #128
Ranked #337
4.45 | pDev: 7.42%
May 28, 2022
Mar 01, 2012
Abraxas - VanillaAbraxas - Vanilla
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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Ratings by TMoney2591:
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by IMFletcher from Kentucky

2021 version; vanilla smoothed the cinnamon and pepper without becoming distracting.

May 28, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

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
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3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

heavy sweet stout great flavor in every sip

Jan 25, 2022
4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Jan 18, 2022
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4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

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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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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
4.48 by o29 from Texas on Dec 26, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by mschrei from Illinois

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
4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
4.6 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Oct 02, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by gatornation from Minnesota

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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4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

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
4.65 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Aug 01, 2021
4.44 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Jul 18, 2021
4.56 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on Jul 11, 2021
4.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jul 06, 2021
4.39 by loganburgh from Michigan on Jun 29, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Aroma is an improvement from regular Abraxas.

A little too sweet with the vanilla.


Apr 29, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

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
4.22 by beersampler6 from Michigan on Apr 23, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

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
4.33 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Mar 21, 2021
4.62 by mdfb79 from New York on Mar 07, 2021
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3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by maximum12 from Minnesota

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
4.49 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas on Feb 14, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by beergoot from Colorado

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
4.42 by ppavlick from New Jersey on Feb 06, 2021
4.25 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota on Feb 05, 2021
4.4 by smithj4 from New York on Feb 05, 2021
4.24 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Jan 30, 2021
4.41 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
4.08 by Bandi from New York on Jan 12, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by metter98 from New York

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
4.23 by STLBeer7458 from Missouri on Jan 05, 2021
4.5 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 31, 2020
4.45 by WDJersey from Colorado on Dec 31, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

2020 vintage
750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a thick jet black color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- earthy espresso, mocha cream and vanilla on the nose up front, followed by some spiced notes of cinnamon and a hint of pepper. The vanilla really seems to be enhanced by the lactose addition

T- creamy vanilla and milk sugars up front are immediately followed by notes of chocolate and rich mocha coffee. Mid-palate brings out some cinnamon and a hint of pepper skin. The finish gives a bit or roast, along with more chocolate. Lingers of cinnamon and vanilla

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick mouthfeel that continues into a creamy and slightly warming finish

O- the extra vanilla addition seems to make it a bit sweeter than the base beer, very enjoyable

Dec 23, 2020
4.55 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Dec 19, 2020
4.5 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Dec 19, 2020
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