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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
133
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
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4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Rifugium
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of billab914
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abraxas with 5x the vanilla beans and ancho chiles. On-tap at Fountainhead, served in a snifter.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and some spotty lace. Pitch black body, albeit in low lighting conditions. We ended up drinking on the patio due to the hordes.

S - Massive vanilla bean and ancho chiles - surprise! Cinnamon, Mexican hot chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Not all that different from regular Abraxas, other than the exponential increase in intensity.

T - The taste is similar, but with less of the vegetal chiles flavors and more cinnamon and spice. Vanilla is also downplayed a bit and integrates more with the dark sugar, milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts.

M - Medium-full body, smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Mild chile warmth that lingers for a while but never becomes oppresive. Well-hidden alcohol, and only mild residual stickiness after a moderately dry finish.

D - Quite good, albeit a sipper. It's better than regular Abraxas, but the chile and cinnamon flavors and alcohol content conspire against the drinkability. I briefly considered having a second glass, an on a fresh liver I probably would have gone ahead, but this is more of a nightcap.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cooper's. Served in a 6oz tumbler. Pours a dark cola brown body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smells of the richness of the base beer, with cinnamon up front, cocoa, vegetal green apple skin, milk chocolate, touch of spice. It's served cold, so the vanilla isn't obvious right away. As it warms up, it becomes richer; the vanilla comes out in just the appropriate amounts to really accentuate the base flavours. It does so on the palate, with a fair bit of nice vanilla on the mouthfeel and backend. I think the vanilla makes the chocolate and cinnamon pop out even more than it already does, in which case this is an appropriate adjunct. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, smooth like a milkshake. A very tasty beer that is made even tastier than ever.

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

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4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

This is my favorite Abraxas variant that I have tried. You definitely get the extra vanilla in this variant and it still allows all the other Abraxas flavors to remain present. Medium body with low carbonation.

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

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Vanilla Bean Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
4.5 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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