Barrel-Aged Abraxas
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #3
ABV:
11%
Score:
100
Ranked #4
Avg:
4.79 | pDev: 6.26%
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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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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.74/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of ajnepple
4.74/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.22/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.34/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of PlinyTheEsq
4.9/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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Photo of TasterTester
5/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.91/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of WickedBeer
5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the top beer of the night, in a tasting that included the likes of BBT, BA Sump, and multiple pre-2013 Dark Lord Variants.

The pour is viscous and black.. a dark tan head of foam settles around the glass, drawing out medium lace designs around my 5oz taster glass.

The nose is all cinnamon, with a subtle but apparent vanilla backbone. The Ancho is such a subtlety but the balance is incredible. Milk chocolate finish rounds out the flavors and holds the beer together. I’ve never experienced a beer where all the adjuncts work so well together.

BAA boasts a medium body, with low carb and a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Vidblain
5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once in a while, a bottle comes along that you'd be happy to drink, even if it were poured on to a gravel road. Barrel-aged Abraxas is that bottle for me.

The peppers and cinnamon are so well-balanced that it's difficult to believe. I drank my first bottle of BA Abraxas side by side with a similar beer - Chemtrail Mix (2017) - and the differences were startling. Likewise, the differences from the base beer. Again, it's a matter of balance - also of mouth feel. BA Abraxas is so rich that it's almost a different beer. The chocolate comes out very distinctly, along with light vanilla notes. The nose is so robust, sweet, and full of bourbon that I'd almost be happy to just smell it.

While I still hate the secondary value that the beer carries, I'd trade for it every single year if I could - even if it carried a higher value.

I love this beer. It's very likely my new #1, trumping even Marshmallow Handjee.

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Photo of MattJ12
5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is for 2016 BAA

Straight Cinnamon Toast Crunch. This is probably my favorite beer of all time. 2017 isn’t quite on 2016 level but it’s really good as well.

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Photo of donovansill
4.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn that’s good! rich cinnamon goodness I feel the peppers in my belly. The Barrel definitely makes it feel thicker and mixes with the cinnamon well.

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Photo of MichaelCoyne
4.78/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2017 Bottle. Drank in a snifter.

World class beer. Definitely lives up to the hype. Highlight of the beer is how thick it is. It completely coats your entire mouth. Worth seeking out

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Photo of Treyliff
4.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage
750ml bottle poured into a snifter
Taken from notes, Aug 2017

Pours a deep black color with a thin khaki colored head that has short retention before setting to a ring around the edge. Cinnamon leads the way in aroma, followed by undertones of pepper skin, vanilla bean and chocolate. Peppery barrel aroma closes it out and adds some woody oak and a hint of caramel. Cinnamon leads the flavor as well and is immediately complimented by some peppery rye notes form the barrel that seems to enhance the cinnamon. Mid-palate brings out some sweet notes of cocoa & vanilla bean. The finish brings out just a hint of pepper heat, that is immediately followed by light notes of peppery rye, woody oak and a hint of caramel sweetness on the linger. Medium body with moderate carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel and warming finish. Take an already outstanding beer and age it in rye barrels, it's delicious

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.97/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Legit smells like cinnamon toast crunch w/ cacao, whiskey, light pepper; tons of cinnamon, barrel, big malts, nilla, lasting whiskey. What a luxurious mouthfeel; bitter, big whiskey finish w/ notes of cinnamon, cacao, and light spiciness; wowzers, love this beer, again.

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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It just doesn't get much better than this. All the robust flavors of the base Abraxas plus the additional barrel vanilla and wood notes. Exceptionally well balanced. Simply Amazing!

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Photo of eppie82
4.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle. Chalice glass. Had at a share. 4 bottles-4 people with Barrel Aged Dark Lord '16, French Vanilla Militia '17, Marshmallow Handjee '17 and Barrel Aged Abraxas '17, in that order.

Poured completely black with minimal amount of caramel colored foam which only stuck around the edge of glass. I don't know if it was that I already had some high quality barrel aged beers before it or if it was Marshmallow Handjee just prior, but the smell was predominantly cinnamon and cinnamon alone. As the beer warmed, yes got a bit of cacao and chocolate, but the barrel was extremely faint and I got no semblance of coffee. Very similar flavor to the smell. It was predominantly cinnamon with only faint traces of other ingredients, even after letting it warm all the way to room temperature. The feel was good. On thicker side and sticky.

In the tasting it finished as a 3rd out of 4 for three of us (myself included) behind Handjee '17 and BADL '16, and 4th for the fourth person. I don't know if was the quality of the other stouts or the order in which we drank them (could have been), but the expectations were quite high and they weren't met. I, most of all had the high expectations of it being every bit as good as Handjee '17 and perhaps even better, but the beer seemed relatively one dimensional with the cinnamon dominating. The lack of barrel presence, especially compared to the three DL variants was obvious. Just didn't seem like BA Abraxas was all that much 'more' than a regular Abraxas.

This is a high quality stout, but not quite the world class for which it trades for in my opinion or what I was expecting.

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Photo of Delmarvabeer
4.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm doing this off of memory as I've had the beer at the 2017 and 2018 Snallygasters, so I won't do a full review.
This is probably the best beer I have drank so far and that includes CBS, many mole' styles of beer, Xocoveza and various others.

The smell is similar to homemade hot chocolate with cinnamon.
The flavor is hot chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, marshmallow and a slight booziness.
What really makes this beer is the mouthfeel. For a high ABV, this is an amazingly smooth beer.

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Photo of danh53
4.81/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is worth the hype. The aroma is off the chart good. Cinnamon is delicious and this reminds me of a snickerdoodle cookie. Tons of chocolate as well with subdued pepper, creamy vanilla, and subtle barrel in a medium plus mouth feel. I'm not tasting anything really complex but this is excellent and the cinnamon and vanilla make it a real treat.

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Photo of thatche2
5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a pour at the Shelton Fest, and this is one of the best beers that I have tasted. Coffee/cinnamon and barrel notes up front with some spice on the end (absolutely perfect balance). This beer is surprisingly drinkable given the ABV and flavor profile. Absolutely worth the hype.

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Photo of WhaleSlayer85
4.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

5oz pour into a snifter. 2017 Edition

L: Pours pitch black with one finger of khaki head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a tan ring around the edge.

N: Cinnamon stix up front. Getting the spicy notes from the rye barrels. Oak, Bourbon, vanilla.

T: Follows the nose, cinnamon stix, get the warm Bourbon on the back end. Vanilla frosting. Tastes like a cinnamon roll. Some chocolate and fudge quality. Would warm you up on a cold winter night.

F: Moderate body, not sticky viscous, but good, smooth mouthfeel.

O: Lives up to the hype. Would love a bottle to enjoy. Very well crafted BA Stout from Perennial.

2018: Less barrel forward, good cinnamon, overall down a notch from 2017. 4.6

2019: Very little cinnamon, peppery. Barrel is present, but almost enhances the peppers. 4.3

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Photo of Zaximus
5/5  rDev +4.4%
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 StonedTrippin
4.71/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Jkolls
5/5  rDev +4.4%
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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