Vanilla Bean Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by birchstick on 03-01-2012

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Ratings:
133
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: So dark it stains the glass. Pours with a finger of mocha head.
S: cinnamon and big vanilla.
T: had it at the brewery very fresh, big cinnamon and vanilla. The chiles are present at the end, love it!
F: this is what separates Abraxas from most. Super thick and coating. A small sip and the flavors coat your mouth for 10 minutes. Amazing!
O: The vanilla kicks it up a notch like their coffee version. Great beer!

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Photo of ronricorossi
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Trappist Provisions in Oakland, which has, along with City Beer in San Francisco, brought Abraxas to Bay Area taps for the first time, that I'VE ever seen, anyway...exciting development, hope this is locked in as an annual event in these parts from now on...

I'll say the same thing here that I said for regular Abraxas - for me, to my tastes, this is a perfect beer, a perfect series of beers, worthy of a perfect score beyond any doubt, and, barring some grave unforeseen misstep whereby Perennial puts out something super unbalanced (not likely), I anticipate having no uncertainty whatsoever in giving any other Abraxas varietal I encounter a perfect score as well. If you like big, sweet, spiced stouts, well, you've reached the mountain top.

Having had the great opportunity to drink this side by side with the regular, I think the vanilla version comes out a bit slicker, for whatever reason. And the nose, ha, the nose, big delicious vanilla blast - a much more vigorous scent than that of the regular.

Tasting it, the vanilla flavor doesn't overwhelm the overall profile by any means, but it does mask the other ingredients a touch. The cinnamon and chocolate pop a bit more in the regular, and I even think the heat from the peppers is just a bit more present in the regular.

But this is just looking for differences between champions; it really doesn't matter. Both of these are world-beaters. Two of my favorite beers of all time.

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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 gibgink
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
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 bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of avas
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevwcamp
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CLCardinal84
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of acurtis
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted as a 5 oz flight with Abraxas Coffee and standard Abraxas at Dexter's Pub in Madison, WI.

L: Thick, oily cling to the glass. A reflective molasses look.

S: I feel this one right in my frontal lobe. HUGE vanilla up front, like you stuck vanilla beans in each of my nostrils. Big, big aromatic adjuncts.

T: Big vanilla at finish. The vanilla is more present than the coffee is in the Coffee Abraxas. As with the coffee, in the vanilla you notice the cinnamon sugar take a backseat. The ancho chili heat is second most present, after the coffee. The addition of vanilla here follows the baker's rule in that it turns the milk chocolate flavor of the base beer super dark and rich.

F: Like silk or somewhat thin molasses. Smooth. Syrupy and tacky.

O: Good, but after 5 ounces it gets a little of that artificial French Vanilla coffee at Panera bread headache flavor, even though I know Perennial did it authentically. It's preferable to the coffee Abraxas but doesn't hold a candle to the standard Abraxas.

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Photo of rossracing
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hooliganlife
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of bennyman12
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 edition draft pours at perennial.

Not a big head, but quite the nose. Vanilla comes through balanced with the other adjunct flavors. Surprised how carbonated this is and how cold it's being served. I think I'd appreciate the vanilla addition more if it was warmer, but the flavor's so good I can't let it sit. Really great stuff. I've had oro negro and hunah and decline the compulsion to express a preference between those. My recommendation: don't trade one for the other--just open your inner Mayan and enjoy anything of this ilk.

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Photo of Delz
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose had a nice vanilla note and smell of doughnuts. Taste does not live up to nose. I actually do not get much of the same nuance from it as I do in regular and coffee. No vanilla and pretty one note.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tourdot
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of T-Leb
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of gfunk1121
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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