Barrel-Aged 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): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged Twelve months in Rittenhouse Rye barrels with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, ancho chiles & cinnamon sticks

Added by Etan on 11-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,301
Reviews:
130
Avg:
4.68
pDev:
6.84%
 
 
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Photo of Sporeg
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zaximus
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2017 bottle shared amongst friends.

Finally, finally had the opportunity to try this one and, unlike usual (at least IMHO), the hype was warranted.

Extremely well balanced and smooth. Subtle chili heat balanced by a somewhat sweet chocolate. The alcohol is extremely well hidden but you get just enough barrel. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Just perfect.

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eiwatts9
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

among the very best beers by ranking because now i am quite convinced that it is one of the very best beers! it is absolutely incredible, huge thanks to my homie in saint louis for sharing this one with me, its one of those beers that due to limited production and insane hype, i thought i might never get to try! so glad i did. i was keen on the base beer, but these barrels take it to the next level. fudge brownie or cake batter comes to mind right away, the cocoa and the vanilla together really make it rich and desserty, but synergies abound in this one. the vanilla notes in the whiskey and the actual vanilla, the subtle rye harshness and the spice of the ancho pepper. the smoked element in the pepper and the earthy bitter cacao nibs, the barrel char and the black malts, and the chocolate and the cinnamon together is also an extremely unique interaction! so much going on here, all fudgey and gooey and dense. the booze is little more than warming, the oak envelopes the whole thing, and i feel cozied, snuggled by this beast. cinnamon and soft smoke linger with a charred character in the end, subtle maple and molasses notes, dark ra chocolate, and smooth mellow wood. its all so good, takes an absurdly well done base beer to the next level. i am not often one to clamour for barrels or freak out about them, but this really is a transformation and a maturation unlike any other. an absolute delight, i hope to encounter this one again!!! hands down the king of the adjunct stouts...

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Photo of beast464
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jkolls
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: Very similar to regular abraxas. super dark pour with a small but potent burnt brown head.

smell: boozy cinnamon toast crunch. seriously. absurd how much this smelled like a childhood favorite cereal with a splash of bourbon in there. Cocoa prevalent too, but mostly cinnamon on the nose.

taste: cinnamon hit me first, big and up front, followed by the bourbon heat (arguably a tiny bit too much, but nearly perfect), than the chile. I love cinnamon dominated stouts, so this was perfect.

feel: Would I complain if this was thicker? Absolutely not. Was this still thick enough to have that world class mouthfeel for me? Yup. Viscous enough that it stained the glass.

overall: 5/5, phenomenal

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Photo of Coorsy
4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fireazzi
4.39/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was just straight cinnamon for me. Needs more time I think to get more complex. It was a 2017 bottle. Look was nice, cinnamon on the nose.

Taste was like cinnamon toast crunch, lots of cinnamon.
Feel was just all booze and cinnamon to me.

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Photo of Shogun250
4.29/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 version. I have to admit was underwhelmed with this beer. To me it was completely dominated by cinnamon with some barrel presence. I had one sip and was like tasted like cinnamon toast crunch soaked in whiskey. Not that is a bad thing. Still a great beer and maybe it needs more time to integrate other flavors. It was solid, but I thought it fell a tad short of a world class stout. I actually enjoyed the rich, rye fudginess of Maman 16 over this guy.

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Photo of kevindp9
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SagittariusA
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2017 Vintage from Bottle:
Look: Dark jet black with cocoa colored head that sticks to the side of the glass as you swirl it.
Smell: cinnamon and bourbon mix with vanilla notes to give a rich chocolate cordial smell. Arguably the best smelling beer I have ever tried. Rare 15 and a few others compete in this category, but this is excellent and unique.
Taste: wow... rich dark chocolate notes with cinnamon and a super smooth bourbon finish. Exceptional.
Feel: super thick and velvety. I have always thought Abraxas was amazing in this category, and the barrel has done nothing but improve it, if possible.
Overall: I have to say this is currently the best beer I have ever had. It is exceptional in all categories, and I would recommend it to everyone. Very pleased to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Zhillsgator
4.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of esktime
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MarkSt
4.99/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Egotist
4.99/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This 2017 batch is a cinnamon bomb. You can taste every aspect of the drying, crackling cassia bark, and it overwhelms the other facets of the beer. I've heard previous batches were more balanced. But maybe Perennial decided to lean into the Cinnamon Toast Crunch descriptors and went a bit overboard on this one. Can't say it wasn't a stinkin' delicious cinnamon stout, though.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gcamparone
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No wax, 2016 bottle. Poured from a 750mL glass into a Perennial stemmed wine glass.

Pours a thick, viscous motor oil looking body with a dark brown frothy head that reduces to a ring of foam.

Aromas come out as it warms a little.. Cinnamon and chocolate, coffee and rich fudge.

As for the taste... this is one of the rare 5/5's i'll ever give a beer in this category. I was afraid this was not going to live up to the hype, but it does. Literally cinnamon toast crunch in thick chocolate milk, rich fudge brownies with hints of chilies, charred malt and coffee, and more cinnamon. No taste overtakes the others, the balance is perfect and so is the mouthfeel. Low carbonation and decadent body.

This lives up to the hype. What an insanely tasty beer.

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Photo of edhizdeid
4.84/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brewski
4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle.

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Photo of Billy_Bars
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely world class! Pitch black with a mocha head. Looks viscous. Cinnamon and barrel all up in my nose. Taste is simply amazing. Cinnamon, cacao and barrel. Nothing overwhelming....perfectly balanced. Mouth is spot on. Just the perfect viscosity. Outstanding beer...honestly one of the best I've had.

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Photo of rmpic82
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice bouquet of dark fruits. Rich and robust front palate with raisin and a firm dusting of cinnamon from mid to back. The ancho was probably perfect for my taste, adding just a little "grip" to the overall drink. Not as dense as other BA stouts I have had, but great finesse.

Interestingly, this beer engaged the salivary glands like no other beer I have had. A terrible way to term it...but I can't think of a better...was juicy. While being a decadent and smooth stout, it was so sessionable and had me wanting to take sip after sip. Stellar beer.

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Photo of Rebrown221
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales
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