Barrel-Aged Abraxas
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #3
ABV:
11%
Score:
100
Ranked #4
Avg:
4.78 | pDev: 6.28%
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
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Notes: Imperial Stout aged Twelve months in Rittenhouse Rye barrels with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, ancho chiles & cinnamon sticks
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark black with a thin tan head on top, Smells of Cinnamon Toast Crunch soaked in Bourbon which I think is pretty nice. The taste of the beer has the cinnamon and the touch of spice in there along with the vanilla and chocolate. The feel is nice and silky, doesn't burn the throat or mouth from the adjuncts which is perfect. Overall it's an outstanding beer and was fortunate to try it finally.

Sep 20, 2021
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big time grail for me. Vintage 2019 on tap at Bier Station, consumed and reviewed October 2021.

Pours black with a finger and a half of dark caramel foam. Good head retention. Aroma is spices, cinnamon, chocolate, toffee, caramel, and molasses. Roasty and toasty malts offer up a firm base, adding a strong malty stout backbone to each whiff. As the sweetness crescendos to a peak, barrel character sweeps in to add some char, bourbon, and bitterness. Alcohol remains an after thought, allowing the beer to shine forward of its ABV. Loaded from first whiff to last sniff. Flavor profile is more of the same - a firm stout base of roasty and toasty malts form the foundation of cinnamon, spices, vanilla, caramel, molasses, toffee, and cream. It opens up less spicy than the nose, but finishes more spicy than the nose, that is to say, the dynamics are shaped in contrast - mirrored. Only caveat to the mirror image is the barrel character notes of char and bourbon that come thru at the end again, dropping this stout an octave into deeper heartiness. Despite the bourbon character popping through the beer, the beer never comes off as hot. Mouth feel is thick with a smooth, consistent grit. Its feel is uniform from front to back. Overall, incredible depth with loads of barrel complimenting the initial spices well. It borders on an ADHD stout, spreading it's attention in a spiderweb of directions, but remains cohesive enough to form an intoxicating melody.

Draft. 8oz pour.

Aug 27, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - black thick and a nice tan rimming almost no head. Fantastic skimming
Smell - so much barrel with a great balance of vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate
Taste - boozy with a fantastic blend of cinnamon vanilla chocolate. Nice woody caramel bba taste. Boozy
Feel - full body creamy with a slight carb
Overall - just incredible

Aug 18, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a friend surprise me with this, so excited to finally give it a try! Black body with a brown head. Aromas of the barrel fueling the cinnamon, vanilla, and cocoa to decent heights, peppers, rye and oak linger. Taste has the whiskey from the barrel merge well with the caramel, vanilla, cocoa, brown sugar and cinnamon, with the peppers, rye, and oak providing a beautiful contrasting wave. Almost has hints of cola as it warms. Feel is warm and more sturdy than the orignal, but the adjunct textures are dulled a bit, oak is a pleasant backbone. It is wonderful, but I have to admit the orignal abraxas still is first in my heart for the series.

May 06, 2021
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

February 5th: Side by side tasking with regular 2018 Abraxas. Low carbonation. A little barrel and pepper heat. Decent thickness. For me this is better than non BA but only marginally.

Mar 02, 2021
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brokensail from California

4.3/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle @ Perennial. Crazy cinnamon sugar, coconut, and marshmallow on the nose. Lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, fudge, and whiskey. Damn. The cinnamon really makes the flavor for me. Great spice balances out the sweet chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. A touch of marshmallow and somewhat moderate rye/whiskey. Awesome beer.

Feb 05, 2021
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Btmcmahon from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On premise pour while picking up bottle from 2020 oznr lottery. Thick, spicy, sweet. Couldn’t be happier about this. King of Mexican chocolate beers

Jan 28, 2021
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fiver29 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is as expected. Roast, spice and booze. Flavor was a tad shallow. I was expecting more bold flavors considering. Overall, I expected more. Still, solid for what it is.

Jan 26, 2021
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JDPchi13 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent execution of the Mayan mocha style. The rye barrel spice marries wonderfully with the adjunct profile the abraxas provides. Absolutely unique and a legendary beer amongst the pastry scene. All hail the king.

Jan 22, 2021
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jdm13 from California

3.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2020 wasn’t as great as previous years and was a let down. I was looking forward to this one more than any other beer out of the societe du chene membership.

Jan 12, 2021
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MostlyMetalz from Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Another one I had for the first time in 2020. Typically I don't care for beer that has chile peppers infused but this one hits the nail on the hand. The perfect blend with cinnamon.

Jan 11, 2021
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.16/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2019 Vintage (13% ABV) - Gold wax-dipped bottle - Poured into a stemless snifter at 48°F.

Pours a thick, oily tar-black, barely forming a dark brown collar before fizzing out, sitting absolutely still and oily in the glass. Coats the glass in a sticky brown sheen.

Nose: Dark roasted malts lend plenty of cocoa, as well as molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Plenty of barrel presence, with charred oak, spicy rye whiskey, and a lot of woody vanillin. Definitely some pepper heat, and just a touch of savoury, almost smoky chilies, with a hint of cacao nib, and just a dusting of a dusting of cinnamon. Really does bring a Mexican hot cocoa vibe.

Palate: This one's a bit of a sleeper on the nose. Barrel-Aged Abraxas greets the palate with brown sugar, caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, and chocolate fudge, with a nice prominent whiskey barrel presence threading all the way through. A vanilla bean intensity builds quickly, making you double-check the label to see if there's vanilla here. Sweetness is there, but is surprisingly tame for what this is. A slight cacao nib bitterness unfurls, and just a touch of chili heat, gently warming the tongue, and sending a peppery bite down the throat. Some darker, roastier notes appear, quickly drying out the malt sweetness with a bit of charred malt. The finish brings dark chocolate, burned sugar, a kiss of chili sharpness, and just a minute whisper of blink-and-you'll-miss-it cinnamon, ultimately concluding with lingering roast and dry oak.

Mouthfeel/Body: There's a rich fullness to this, but more in a creamy lactose way. It's actually not terribly fudgy or at all syrupy, and goes down fairly easily - perhaps even a little thin, despite its size. Little effervescence - just some soft underlying fizz. Only a touch of stickiness around the lips. Dries out very well in the finish, and just some mild warmth going down. Again, very balanced.

Overall: One cannot help but have some lofty expectations when opening a beer such as this. For all intents and purposes, it's a fine barrel-aged stout, with a nice whiskey presence and a pleasingly balanced chili influence. The lack of cinnamon hurts this one, as does the thinner body and swift roasty finish. Perhaps other vintages convey the Mexican cake theme a bit better, but at the end of the day, this isn't a top 3/250 beer for me. Nevertheless, a quality stout.

Jan 03, 2021
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750 ml / 1pt 9.4 fl oz gold wax dipped bottle acquired in a trade with cpsfgd
2020 vintage

Review #2000

Viscous, completely pitch black appearance. The oily looking body was topped by a small, frothy, saddle brown head that quickly dissolved. A thin collar encircled the liquid. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was solid but definitely less potent than I anticipated. Boozy with strong whiskey/bourbon notes. Malty and robust. Moderately roasty. Brown sugar was apparent. Subtle cinnamon notes came through as well. A touch spicy. As the beer warmed, the nose turned sweeter and smoother. Vanilla was also noticeable. With time, the vanilla really intensified.

The flavor profile was also enjoyable but not as intense or as complex as I expected. Rich and malty up front. Big roasted and caramel malt presence. Boozy bourbon/whiskey notes appeared as the beer moved along the palate. I had a difficult time telling whether the heat was from the booze or the ancho chilies. Vanilla and cinnamon came through on the back end. The beer finished with more lingering roast and booze. Later, powdered cocoa notes were detectable.

The mouthfeel was respectable, though, like the aroma and the flavor, not as impressive as I had hoped for a beer of this magnitude. Fluffy and medium in body for the style. The liquid contained a finely bubbled, greater-than-average effervescence that turned frothy and slick on the palate. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled and the beer seemed to become more oily and rich.

Barrel-Aged Abraxas was impressive but, in today’s beer landscape, it failed to truly stand apart from other highly rated barrel-aged imperial stouts. I am glad I had a chance to crack this beer for my 2,000th review, but I would not go out of my way to acquire it again.

Nov 29, 2020
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Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

4.58/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Insanely great stout! Lots of the expected goodies: Choco, coffee- but also the amazing cinnamon. Really good, and much more solid body than the none BA.

Nov 17, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with no penetration to light. The aroma is of cinnamon, chocolate fudge, vanilla, and whiskey. I’m tasting dark chocolate brownies, cinnamon, vanilla, and whiskey. The mouth is lusciously smooth and insanely drinkable for 13%.

Jul 28, 2020
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Jlabs from New York

4.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2019 edition poured into a tulip glass via draft

Color is a milk chocolate brown

Smell is light cinnamon, vanilla and bourbon

Taste is a more muted cinnamon and chili pepper flavor than i was expecting which was a bit of a disappointment, yet even with the toned down flavors this was still great as everything blended well. Some creamy vanilla was evident and the barrel presence was nice

Carbonation was low

Mouthfeel was exceptional and the best part as it was thick and creamy and just enough sweetness.

I had high expectations for this beer and while it was very good i wanted a bit more spice from it

Nov 23, 2019
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft from a snifter at Perennial.
L: Dark, not totally black, but close, with a thin brown head.
S: Choc-o-lot
T: Very chocolate as well, cinnamon rounded out at the end. I didn't get a ton of heat when cold, but the second half of my pour it comes out nicely at the back end and really augments the rest of the bear. The whiskey is apparent throughout as well, but not as some of their other barrel aged beers.
F: Viscous and in a way that works well with the beer.
O: This was like drinking two different beers warm and cold, which was awesome. A nearly perfectly balanced beer and this coming from someone who usually doesn't like cinnamon in his stouts.

Jul 01, 2019
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ajnepple from Colorado

4.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hops & Pie(10/2017). Black appearance with a small tan colored head. Pleasant aroma of light chili peppers, chocolate malt, vanilla, cinnamon, light oak and a touch of whiskey barrel. Similar flavor, rich, malty and moderately sweet with a lightly spiced bitterness. Medium to full body with soft carbonation, a smooth feel and a balanced finish. An excellent sipper overall.

May 22, 2019
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours Pitch Black with a medium dark brown head that recedes quickly. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, Chillies, and earthy chocolate. It tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, mild spice from the Chillies, earthy chocolate, and light barrel. The feel is medium and well balanced. A great barrel aged stout, but not really blowing me away.

Apr 07, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Obsidian black, with burnt motor oil brown edges at a closer look, and very minimal visible carbonation, but for a thin dark mocha ring that dies to a silky surface fairly quickly.

Smell is potent of cinnamon toast and Red Hots, and lesser of vanilla nougat.

The medium to thick body has a crackly fizz that firms up and brings out a more dusty cinnamon than on the nose, while the barrel is splintery and adds some heat to the peppery sassafras of the oak that gives a hint of cola at times. Cocoa dusted dates comes out of the semi-dry, warming finish, as rounding chocolate and a smoky char continue to develop over top of the mild to low presence of spicy chili peppers.

Having this side by side a bottle regular Abraxas of the same year, the adjuncts seem like they have ten times the potency here by comparison. It's also not quite as thick or viscous as the BA Sumps I've had.

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In October 2021, a friend was generous enough to share a 2020 vintage, which was probably my favorite take so far, as the cinnamon was way more balanced than any Abraxas variant I've ever had, while the barrel added a pleasant but not imposing presence. Overall, it was a smoother, more well put together expression.

Mar 26, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.3/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black coloration with a small, creamy head. Smell is dominated by rich chocolate fudge and an intense cinnamon note, as well as a strong earthy, oaky, peppery rye barrel note and hints of vanilla and chili. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by chocolate fudge, cinnamon and and a subtle but complex rye barrel character of earthy, musty, oaky, peppery notes, as well as lighter notes of roasted malt, vanilla, chili peppers and just a hint of dark fruits. Finishes with a light sweetness and some cinnamon and oaky, spicy notes lingering in the aftertaste. Full, creamy mouthfeel with a rich body and low carbonation.

The cinnamon and chili work really well with the peppery, spicy rye barrel character, although I have to say that the cinnamon presence is way overdone here for my personal taste and that there is also not quite enough of a bitter/roasty counterpoint to the sweeter chocolate and vanilla notes. While mouthfeel is nice and creamy, it's still disappointing compared to Sump as well. Does not live up well to the hype.

Feb 24, 2019
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PlinyTheEsq from Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had side-by-side with KBBS and it won the night. Retains all the amazing notes of regular Abraxas with a perfect barrel character and mouth feel. Amazing beer!

Dec 05, 2018
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TasterTester from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Completely by accident, I ran across this beer at a craft beer bar that I frequent - had never heard of Abraxas. Barrel aged imperial stout sounded like the kind of beer I like, so I got a small taste just to see if I wanted a full pour. Didn't take long to decide...in fact, I had a second pour because I couldn't imagine any of the other 99 or so taps could have anything this delicious.

If you've had Canadian Breakfast Stout, and Prairie Bomb!, It tasted like a mix of the two. Absolutely delicious. Definitely World Class!

Oct 04, 2018
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.91/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lucky enough to get a tip of when this was tapping at this year's Great Taste of the Midwest. Otherwise I probably would have missed it. Because with so many beers to try, I find it hard to keep track of when specific beers are being tapped. But I am very grateful that I was near the Perennial tent around 2:00 when they started pouring what turned out to be one of the best beers I have ever had.

Regular Abraxas has always been one of my favorite beers. I was curious to see what barrel aging would do to adjuncts that are already in a fairly perfect balance. It was amazing how the barrel stood out but yet still allowed all of the other flavors to shine through. The beer almost tasted like a candy bar but was not overly sweet in anyway. The barrel muted the adjuncts slightly but if possible, put them into even more of a perfect balance than the regular version.

This year's Great Taste took place on a fairly hot day making barrel aged stouts a bit harder to drink. But this stood out by far and I easily would have downed another pour had it not been in such great demand.

Aug 26, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.7/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Green Session. Aroma has spicy notes like cinnamon and chili with whiskey and dark chocolate on top. Taste is spicy but well balanced with dark chocolate bitterness and light chili heat.

Jun 20, 2018
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