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Vanilla Bean Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

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:
106
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
25.94%
 
 
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4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: So dark it stains the glass
S: cinnamon and chiles, slight vanilla
T: had it at the brewery very fresh, and just like regular Abraxas fresh, it's a cinnamon bomb. Disappointed there is not more vanilla. It's very faint. But it's still great. 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: wait 4 months to drink to let the cinnamon mellow, but this was on tap only and simply can't pass this up.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
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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4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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

Photo of bennyman12
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
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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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jegross2
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri. This is Abraxas with substantially more vanilla beans added.

Score: 91

Tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 11/15/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Inky black body with a thin layer of tan/khaki head that was lighter in color than the Coffee Abraxas was side-by-side. Great lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Very fresh vanilla bean and marshmallow forward aroma. Also present are chocolate and cinnamon/spice in substantially lesser quantum than the vanilla notes. The cinnamon/spice is muted in comparison to Coffee Abraxas, and virtually nonexistent relative to the base beer. This is beer does not scream "hey, I am a variation of Abraxas" but nonetheless features an enticing aroma. Notes of caramel and brown sugar too. Very nice. 4.5/5

Taste: Like the nose, the vanilla character dominates the taste. Cinnamon flavor is present in greater quantity than the nose led on, but no pepper spiciness to be found. Chocolate and brown sugar notes too. The taste is quite solid, but it's less integrated than the nose. Further, I found the beer to be bit overpoweringly sweet and a touch boozy relative to the base beer and coffee variant. Although tasty, I admittedly struggled to finish my 8 oz pour without feeling full. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, spot on carbonation. Creamy and slick mouthfeel, though seemingly less creamy than Coffee Abraxas. Sweet, but not quite "Dark Lord sweet." 4/5

Overall: Good, not great, and a far cry from Abraxas/Barrel Aged Abraxas/Coffee Abraxas in quality. In fact, there is very little "Abraxas" about this beer outside the cinnamon. One of the best qualities about regular Abraxas is how balanced it is, and here the added vanilla comes at the expense, for the worst, of the other ingredients and is just too dominant in my opinion. What's left by the tinkering of this variant is a solid vanilla stout with a cinnamon twist, but certainly not an improvement upon one of the best stouts out there.

Cost: $10 for an 8 oz glass.

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4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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