Vanilla Bean Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by birchstick on 03-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#258
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
261
pDev:
7.61%
 
 
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183
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Reviews by beercoach:
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1/5  rDev -77.6%

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Photo of ronricorossi
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | 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: A small sip and the flavors coat your mouth for 10 minutes. Medium thickness, but smooth.
O: The vanilla kicks it up a notch like their coffee version. Great beer!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Perennial stemmed wine glass.

If you’re into spiced stouts, which I am, the aromas on this are out of this world. Heavy cinnamon and coffee, much more spice aromas than regular abraxas with vanilla added.

The taste is just as potent, complex, and spice-forward with a HUGE amount of flavor, dominated by cinnamon and milk chocolate, following through with vanilla beans, semisweet chocolate, and more spices. Roastyness sticks around on the tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is awesome, super thick with low carbonation.

This is basically coffee abraxas with less coffee flavor and more vanilla. I loved both, with the coffee variant having a slight edge over Vanilla only because it separated itself from regular abraxas more.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gibgink
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of avas
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevwcamp
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CLCardinal84
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of acurtis
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADG2995
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Blue Session. Aroma has cinnamon, coffee beans and spicy dark malts. Taste is spicy with brown sugar notes and bitter, roasty finish. Sticky, syrupy feel on the palate.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samdaddy
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Still too much cinnamon for me but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Black body with an ample mocha head. Smells of cinnamon, peppers, and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate with impending cinnamon. Cinnamon becomes the prominent flavor. Cinnamon becomes peppers. Chocolatey finish. I really don't get a ton of vanilla. Medium heavy. Delicious adjuncts.

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 261 ratings