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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133
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
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4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried next to regular and coffee. Smell is awesome with tons of strong, natural smelling vanilla. The vanilla doesn't work quite as well on the palate though and just doesn't seem to go with the other flavors. The least heat of the 3 versions which is likely a good thing since I can't think of ever having a spicy vanilla flavor in food or beer before and there is probably a good reason for that. Flavorwise it's my least favorite of the three but the smell is wonderful.

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4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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