Abraxas - Barrel-Aged
Perennial Artisan Ales

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From:
Perennial Artisan Ales
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #3
ABV:
11%
Score:
100
Ranked #3
Avg:
4.73 | pDev: 6.34%
Ratings:
1,643
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 29, 2022
Added:
Nov 18, 2012
Wants:
  2,606
Gots:
  244
SCORE
100
World-Class
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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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Ratings by Knapp85:
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4.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

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
More User Ratings:
 
4.52 by Affinity from Missouri on Apr 29, 2022
 
4.81 by mmoore9363 from Arizona on Apr 22, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Kapaopango from Spain

Exceptional beer. Like a christmas pudding with a hint of chilli and bourbon.

Apr 15, 2022
 
4.53 by forum8417 from New Jersey on Apr 01, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by John_M from Oregon

This is a beer I've been wanting to try for some time now (was able to obtain it in a trade for Fremont B5K).

The beer pours fairly dark, blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer certainly looks impressive enough. On the nose, I pick up vanilla, green chili peppers, some chocolate, underlying coffee and considerable whiskey. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though I thought it a bit hot on the finish (something that is especially noticeable, given the chili flavor in this beer). That being said, the barrel aging seems to mute the base beer flavors in this beer somewhat, and really doesn't seem to blend in all that well. It does add another flavor component/dimension, which is always nice, but the whiskey flavor otherwise doesn't seem to bring a lot to the party in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full otherwise, and the alcohol seemed to be pretty well integrated into the flavor profile. Drinkability is pretty good, though it's hard to imagine drinking more than a small amount of this beer at a sitting.

This is a very nice beer, but given it's reputation, I confess I was expecting a bit more from it. Very glad I had the opportunity to try it, but this probably isn't a beer I'd want to seek out again.

Mar 18, 2022
 
5 by ricknelson from Vermont on Mar 09, 2022
 
4.75 by Ajlvt from Washington on Feb 18, 2022
 
4.64 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 18, 2022
 
4.6 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Jan 12, 2022
 
 
4.84 by minstrelwb from Indiana on Dec 19, 2021
 
4.25 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Dec 15, 2021
 
4.5 by kgncfl from Washington on Dec 13, 2021
 
4.68 by wolfpac255 from Illinois on Dec 13, 2021
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4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by jb_4226 from Texas

#90, outstanding!

Dec 05, 2021
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4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Kdouble from Tennessee

Lucky enough to try this one at Xul Beer Company's first bottle share on Nov. 10, 2021.
Poured into an event glass.
Look- A deep black with a nice tan/brown head covering the top.
Smell- Nice chocolate and caramel mix with a hint of cinnamon. The barrel was present but not as strong as I expected.
Taste- Mostly followed the smell except the bourbon added a nice little kick to each sip. The molasses taste seemed more toward the middle of the pour.
Mouthfeel- Smooth with no carbonation. Not as thick and had nice lacing.
Overall- A first class stout with a great finish.

Dec 04, 2021
 
4.37 by mush from Illinois on Nov 30, 2021
 
4.3 by TonyLuvsBeer from Michigan on Nov 18, 2021
 
4.4 by Hawkfish from Washington on Nov 07, 2021
 
4.44 by codytwo from Connecticut on Oct 30, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The poured a thick black color with a dark tan head. The body could block out the sun.

Smell - The nose radiated chocolate with the spice of a cinnamon cookie.

Taste - Initially, the beer was like boozy chocolate. The cinnamon brought to mind spicy cinnamon cookies with ancho heat. Notes of raisin juice and dark fruits follow. It was a bit warming toward the back with a lingering spice.

Mouthfeel - The beer had a huge smooth body with little carbonation.

Overall - The beer may not have been exactly as I expected, but it was quite nice.

Oct 30, 2021
 
4.75 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Oct 09, 2021
 
5 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
 
4.4 by Beerbom from California on Sep 20, 2021
 
4.86 by redfish2942 from South Carolina on Sep 04, 2021
 
4.18 by GolfingGq from California on Aug 28, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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
 
4.95 by Oceanbear1 from Colorado on Aug 27, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Second Review, 2020 in 2021
Look - black and thick syrup
Smell - sweet spice chocolate cinnamon
Taste - lots of spice smell cinnamon with chocolate and nice barrel
Feel - thick body medium carb
Overall - still delicious

First Review 2021 in 2021- 4.74
Look - black thick and a nice tan rimming almost no head. Fantastic skimming (4.5)
Smell - so much barrel with a great balance of vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate (4.75)
Taste - boozy with a fantastic blend of cinnamon vanilla chocolate. Nice woody caramel bba taste. Boozy (4.75)
Feel - full body creamy with a slight carb (4.75)
Overall - just incredible (4.75)

Aug 18, 2021
 
5 by wolverine0712 from Missouri on Aug 18, 2021
 
4.7 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Jun 26, 2021
 
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by bret27 from California

Bottle courtesy of Hopelessly0

Jun 16, 2021
 
4.62 by Hopelessly0 from California on Jun 16, 2021
 
4.83 by CraigPWalker from Wisconsin on Jun 15, 2021
 
4.59 by phizzle from Illinois on May 18, 2021
 
4.85 by Jlee0810 from Indiana on May 09, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

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
 
4.54 by Montanabeerz from Montana on May 03, 2021
Abraxas - Barrel-Aged from Perennial Artisan Ales
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