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:
1,293
Reviews:
127
Avg:
4.68
pDev:
6.84%
 
 
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2,457
Gots:
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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

Photo of pcshotsauce33
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of jmasher85
4.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There's no messing around with this one. It's a heavy duty, great and powerful, sludge til ya can't budge dessert in a glass kind of beer. Chocolate and vanilla fudge brownies with a little coconut on top, and that's what you're drinking. Thick, slick, and drinkable forever.

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Photo of Hopsiam14
4.84/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Bottled February 2016; drank 4/29/16 @ Locked Whispers.

Brown/black appearance.

Almost no tan head; almost no lace.

Marshmallow, cinnamon, graham cracker, cream & sweet chocolate notes in the nose; the aroma was incredible!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet chocolate, marshmallow & cinnamon flavors up front; mild whiskey notes on the finish. Vanilla settled on my lips over the course of the quaff. The nose promised transcendence and the flavor almost delivered. Delicious.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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