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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

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

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Avg:
4.67
pDev:
23.34%
 
 
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Photo of rngofpower
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know what else I can say about this beer that already hasn't been said. It's all the flavors of regular Abraxas pulled together and mellowed out perfectly by the barrel aging process. One of the richest, thickest, most flavorful beers I've ever had. The rye whiskey notes balance perfectly with the aroma and taste of the chili, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. Undoubtedly the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of tasting, and the 2016 is just as good or better than the 2014. I count myself fortunate to have had both a taste on draft and taken home a bottle today. Epic brew. Hall of fame worthy.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this one and yes, I'm "adding to the hype train" with my rating, but it is very well deserved. Having lucked out and tasted regular Abraxas so many times, to me the difference with Barrel-Aged Abraxas is subtle. The barrel flavors hide much of the cinnamon sweetness, which then allows the chili heat to shine a little more on the back end.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a thick, sludgy ink black colour with a thin layer of espresso coloured that quickly reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - A big (unexpected) coconut aroma up front that is followed by a big sweet cocoa aroma and notes of char, whiskey, chilli peppers and a touch of smoke. An absolutely wonderful nose.

T - A huge toasted coconut flavour up front that gives way to cinnamon and ancho chilli notes that come through beautifully in flavour without a lot of heat. Sweet chocolate and molasses notes enter mid-palate and balance out the spices nicely. The barrel presence is more muted than expected but adds a nice layer of whiskey and char notes throughout and a touch of vanilla that shows up in the finish. The flavours work so well together and are well integrated with the barrel aging.

M - Full body. Somewhat viscous. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - This beer was flawless.

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Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Barrel-Aged Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis, Missouri. This beer is an imperial stout aged 11 months in Rittehouse rye whiskey barrels with cacao nibs, ancho chiles, vanilla beans, and cinnamon.

Score: 100

Tap pour served in a FOBAB taster glass and enjoyed (several times) at FOBAB on 11/17/12. Later enjoyed on tap at the release, and subsequently out of the bottle. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Color is deep brown, almost black. Not much head off the small pour; just a mocha-colored ring around of the glass. Good lacing nonetheless. Out of the bottle, there is a nice layer of head with good lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: This beer straight up smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, peppers and dark chocolate. There is a faint hoppiness and a light bourbon character in the background. 5/5

Taste: Tastes exactly like it smells, but with more pepper and chocolate character. The bourbon is not in-your-face. Instead, it is really well blended into the flavor profile, adding complexity without taking a prominent role. There's also a subtle vanilla throughout. Absolutely delicious and easy drinking! 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. The oatmeal stout base provides an awesome viscosity. Ample spice kick on the tongue with a light peppery prickliness in the throat after the swallow. 5/5

Overall: This is the absolute, unqualified best spiced stout that I have had to date, and it was easily one of the best beers at FOBAB this year. The bourbon is not very prominent, which is not par for the course, but excellent here. The Rittenhouse aging worked wonders on an already amazing beer. Cheers to Perennial for this knock out treat.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out; it's better than Hunahpu's.

Pairings: Chris Gierhart's infamous homemade beef chili or some mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Cost: Unknown.

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Photo of siliconalchemy
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was the fortunate one - the one who, after racing to the back left corner at FOBAB 2014, got the fifth-to-last (or so) pour, and they were pouring liberally... to liberally, probably, but that means that I got 4-5 ounces of this amazing brew. I can barely remember it... except that it was awesome.

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Photo of yumbeer
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy cow! In a night worthy of any share I've ever been a part of, which included DBH, Westly, Hommage, DBJ, Remy Pappy, Pappy Cake and more, this was the clear winner! It wasn't even close and we drank some amazing beer tonight. Cinnamon Toast Crunch mixed with an amazingly smooth bourbon barrel stout, with some slight pepper heat added in for good measure. One of the best beers I've ever had hands down and I previously rated DBH a 5 (the only 5 I've ever given). I stood by that 5 tonight until I had the BA Abraxas. If DBH is a 5 (which I still think it is) BA Abraxas is a 7. Do whatever you need to do to experience this masterpiece.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is inviting of aroma, pepper skin, sweet milk chocolate, cinnamon, chunky dark chocolate, fudge.

The flavor hits of that sweet milk chocolate, some brownie batter, vanilla, raisins, more dark fruit. Then onto a fruit pepper skin with a medium amount of heat. The finish is of cacao along with some bourbon and caramel sweetness.

The barrel character on this is phenomenal along with the already amazing base beer.

Up there with DB Cake and better than DBH.

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Photo of homebrew311
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at FoBAB. This was my favorite brew of the day. Appearance is a thick black opaque with oily appearance, a short lived cocoa head present. The aroma is simply amazing. An emphasis of cinnamon, reminiscent of cinnamon toast crunch, with heavy vanilla and bourbon in the background which smooths everything out. Notes of cocoa and chilies are present and add to the complexity of the aroma. The taste is divine. All the flavors are perfectly balanced and smooth. Cocoa comes first followed by cinnamon and vanilla. Some sweetness present with notes of Carmel and brown sugar, but the sweetness comes in harmony with the roasted malts and spices. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very smooth. Overall, this beer is fantastic, the barrel treatment has taken this base beer above and beyond. If you are lucky enough, be sure to try this!!

Addendum:

I am currently drinking this in its bottled form and felt the need to edit this review to a perfect 5 across the board. At FoBAB, there is definitely an issue of palate fatigue with all the delicious beers being served. Having this one on its own confirms that this is the best beer I've ever had. The chocolate pops with heavy waves of coconut and a more notable heat at the back, more so than I remember at FoBAB. Simply delicious.

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Photo of Abbbp
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Had at the weekly 24:1 share. Dang man, this is good. Beer of the year. Smells like coconut, tastes like the nectar that Silenus would bring to a share w his ole bud Dionysius. Also what stevedore said above. 6!

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could literally smell this wonderfulness 2 ft away from the glass. Similar to '14 Prop, only more balanced and the ancho pepper puts it over the top. Best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BA Abraxas 2012 (Released 01/2013)

Poured into a snifter from the tap at Perennial Artisan Ales on 1-26-2013. Posted from notes.

Pours a pitch-black brew that is pretty oily and viscous with a nice tan colored ring around the edge of the glass. One nice swirl produces a nice thin head. (5.0)

Aroma is amazing. Exquisite. Like fresh backed cinnamon rolls with chocolate frosting on them and some bourbon drizzled on them. The base beer notes are very present; there is some chili spice and heat in there. Amazing sweet and slightly bitter cocoa notes intermingle deliciously with some nice vanilla sweetness and some great cinnamon spice. The chocolate notes are exquisite, sweet and enticing and blend perfectly with the cinnamon. The chilies give the brew some expanded spice in the nose as well. Then there is the rye whiskey notes. Wow. Sweet honey/caramel/molasses and vanilla mixes perfectly with the base beer notes. So perfectly blended. (5.0)

The taste is wondrous. Abraxas is a great stout. The brew starts off with awesome sweetness. Cinnamon rolls a plenty. There are some awesome spice notes of cinnamon and vanilla that mingle perfectly with the chili heat and then marries perfectly with the sweet and bitter cocoa notes. All these notes play with each other so well but also shine incredibly by themselves. Now this is when this brew explodes with awesome flavor. The whiskey notes bring in another dimensions of molasses and caramel sweetness that blends with the cocoa and the vanilla and then the heat of the chilies and the spice of the cinnamon. The whiskey heat makes the brew that much more enjoyable. The chili heat mixes so well with the bourbon heat as well. Even though it spent nearly a year in the barrel it is not overwhelming. All the flavor profiles are very balanced and shine on their own. Quite complex. This beer is so velvety and silky and oily and smooth. Mouthfeel is full and perfect. (5.0)(5.0)

Overall. This beer is worth the hype. It is stunning. Very complex and if you like BA stouts you will enjoy this one. The flavors of the base beer are accentuated and the whiskey notes are delicious and present but not overwhelming. The flavor integration is flawless as well. One of the best, if not the best brew, I’ve ever had. Delicious job Perennial. (5.0)

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Photo of daryk77
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Ended up drinking this on my Birthday, bottle provided by Emily from Perennial. I was encouraged to chug the remaining half straight form the bottle which I happily obliged. One of the most spectacular events in my life, one of the most glorious beers ever.

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Photo of HOPSareKey
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect way to describe this is a cinnamon infused, super fresh dark fudge brownie. Awesome deep fudge notes along with a nice cinnamon hint. Not a cinnamon bomb like others in this style have been. Barrel comes through exactly like it should with subtle whisky notes. Everything compliments each other well.

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Photo of mks0913
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Got the 2014 version, black wax in a small bottle share.

I can't describe it better than everyone else did in their reviews, but I will say that I heard the sweet sound of angels singing upon my first sip and I sure didn't want my glass to ever empty. That's how delicious it was.

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Photo of ajmmin
5/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Dark. Caramel tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Rich and roasted.

T - Toasted marshmallows with cinnamon and chilies. Or Cinnamon Toast Crunch in whiskey.

M - Coats nicely. Lingers a bit, but not long.

O - May be the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours as thick as molasses and black as December midnight. Dark brown, rich, chocolatey colored head forms and retains prety well. Looks a little intimidating in the glass. High carbonation for the style is both visibily and audibly evident during the pour.

S- Dark, spicy, sweet, and a touch bitter on the nose. Dark malts and barrel are the dominant flavors in the scent, with vanilla sweetness and oaky spiciness being the prominent barrel flavors. The dark malt is s tough burnt and a touch bitter, but great notes of chocolate and just a little tiny bit of the peppers.

T- Starts off with a bang of chocolate and burnt dark malts and then moves straight toward the barrel. The barrel flavors present are led by a sweeter vanilla and a fairly spicy oak, just like in the scent. The chocolate comes rushing back, but this time has a new partner in crime; cinnamon. Malts quickly move in on the cinnamon's territory and take back over with just a touch of the spicy peppers.

M- Thick, smooth, creamy, and of course boozey the whole way. This beer drinks like a champ, but still displays its power in a combination of alcohol burn and rye barrel flavors. Not quite a sipper, only because the flavors are so damn delicious.

Overall, this beer lives up to the hype, enough said. I'm a little sad that I traded one away.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.99/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated June 2014. I had high expectations and this did not disappoint. Somehow, the barrel aging enhanced the flavor of the adjuncts. The barrel character is there, but it is subtle and it blends perfectly with the flavors of the base beer.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle was the 2013 version opened in June 2014. This beer stood out amongst many. It tastes like a rich, fudge brownie with spices and maybe a bourbon glaze. The mouthfeel sets this beer apart. It is as rich as Bourbon County series. The cinnamon and hints of chili are still there to poke through and make this beer interesting. There are hints of vanilla and certainly some booziness. Absolutely decadent and delicious.

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Photo of 1up
4.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap from a sixtel at a Perennial event at Churchkey on 3.19.2013. They also had Aria on cask, Black Walnut Dunkel Weisse, Hommel Bier, and Saison De Lis.

A- opaque very dark blackish brown, almost completely black except when held up to the light the black fades to a dark brown with ruby highlights along the upper rim. There was no head when it arrived at the table.

S- the smell is extremely complex. Lots of coconut (even though it's not listed as an ingredient), chocolate, raisin, slight almond, spice (probably the cinnamon/chile). The coconut and chocolate are the most prevalent. I didn't get any hints of barrel.

T- very rich but not cloying at all. The beer is strong and sweet, but the sweetness and alcohol are not even close to overpowering. The chile works very well balancing out the sweetness like hops usually do. All the flavors meld together in what tastes like a spiced Christmas dessert or a york peppermint pattie. Coconut, chocolate, slight spice are the main flavors. This did not much resemble a beer in a traditional sense. Again, I tasted no barrel.

M- Medium bodied. I've had thicker stouts (Ten Fidy) and thinner stouts (Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout) but it works for this beer and feels right.

O- If you're looking for a dessert beer this is really good. Given it's scarceness and price, it would be hard to have this a lot. But it tastes really good and is highly recommended for trying at least once. I was lucky enough to have two glasses and that's really all I needed for the night. It will ruin your palette for anything else after it and works very well as a dessert beer.

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Photo of postulanTrappist
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smells like a tobacconist's shop. Cocoa is prominent along with chilies. Vanilla like alcohol pressence. Tases like the best bar of chocolate ever. Harmonious blend of the adjuncts with a thick graham cracker backbone. Pleasant spicy finish.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Yet another bottle provided by my favorite trader. Thanks, Dan... Again. Opened at a small share a few weeks ago. This review is from notes. Though, the beer has stuck in my head.

A- Beautiful sludge. Finger of brown head fades within a minute or so. You're not gonna get more black than this. An intimidating and ominous onyx.

S- Big time bourbon and chocolate/fudge right off the bat. Some delicate cinnamon follows. Splendid barrel character on this beer lending some vanilla and caramel to the mix. The bourbon rides the whole way through. I would give it a five, but I'm not smelling any spice. Especially compared to regular Abraxas.

T- Bourbony fudge and dark/sweet chocolates with hints of cinnamon. Can't get over how wonderful this beer takes to bourbon. The tannins provide a understated vanilla/toffee flavor. While I didn't get spice on the nose, I'm getting hints of it here and there on the flavor. There is also the faintest bit of booze, but it only adds to the complexity. Such balance here.

M- Thick. Oily. Awesome.

There are few imperial stouts that I would like to, and probably could, drink the whole bottle. I wish I wasn't so generous in sharing this bottle, cause I could've taken it out alone. 6-7 ounces was such a tease. But who doesn't like to be teased? If the opportunity arises, I must trade for this beer again. Phenomenal stuff.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.95/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at Abraxas Day 2015. There is not much wrong with this beer. The head disappears quickly though. But so did the beer, because this is a fantastic brew. Love the smell and flavor. Cinnamon, chocolate, perfect blend of roast and bourbon with hints of vanilla. Not overly boozy which I appreciate. You can still taste all the flavors of Abraxas, but with the extra goodness from the barrel. Truly a beer I had wanted to try for a long time, and it was worth the wait.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.95/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Shared by my friend Photekut at the end of our Hill Farmstead tasting on 2/16/2013. I brought the regular Abraxas to a tasting a month or so earlier and we knew we had to get this, so thanks JR for doing that. :)

A: Looks much like the regular Abraxas, which is to say an incredibly thick dark chocolate color with a big, thick, frothy chocolate brown head. Like a melted cocoa drink from a nice chocolatier.

S: Holy shit. The smell is unbelievable. Loads of rich chocolate, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon and spicy chili. This smells like a German chocolate cake, but twice as good as any German chocolate cake could actually be. Easily as good an aroma as any beer I've had.

T: And it tastes just as good. Staggeringly rich and complex variety of flavors. Huge chocolate again, tons of vanilla, coconut, caramel, spice, oak...whiskey too but the whiskey is very subtle and seems to be doing more to transform the other flavors than to stand out in its own right. Spicy on the finish but not too much. This is just amazing.

M: Incredibly thick and rich, and yet impossible to stop drinking. We'd have finished numerous bottles of this if someone had offered them, I have no doubt.

O: This is a top five beer for me, maybe number one among stouts. Utterly amazing. I expected great things after having the regular Abraxas, but this vastly exceeded expectations. It's hard to believe how much complexity and balance the barrel aging added to this beer.

9.9/10

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at bottle pick up day today. Was really excited to try this, just had DB Hunahpu no more than two weeks ago. Poured on draft by Pete into a snifter glass at Perennial. This is Batch 2.

A - Extremely dark pour with a minimal 1/4 finger dark mocha foam head that slowly recedes but leaves the mocha ring around the glass. This guy has some legs on it.

S - Smell is rich chocolate coffee smells mixed with cinnamon on the front with some light hints of vanilla and whiskey on the end. It all blends together into a mesmerizing smell.

T - The taste follows the nose with almost a Cinnamon toast crunch flavor but with more chocolate coffee flavors on the front of the palate. The cinnamon lingers throughout the sips as I swish it about my mouth. It finishes with a cinnamon vanilla whiskey ever so slight burn.

M - This is probably the most perfect mouthfeel I've ever had on a stout. Within the style this is no. 1 for me. Chewy viscous creamy smooth beer that sits in your mouth and coats the entire inside. This really is a top beer in the world. The mouthfeel is to die for on draft. lets hop the bottle is that same.

O - I was not expecting as much cinnamon, but with the base it was obviously going to be there. This rivals DB Hunahpu as the best mexican style stout in the world, I am just missing AB Mexi Cake now! This was everything that I thought it would be and is dead even or even slightly ahead of DB Huna. I will be doing a side by side here soon to tell for sure!


2016 BA Abraxas

More reminiscent of b1, and a good deal better than 2014 from the bottle.

Thick sryupy, coats the mouth. Cinammon toast crunch out the asss

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Photo of dbc5
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into Southern Tier Pumking tulip.

A: Great looking pour. Pitch black with absolutely no light penetrating the glass even when held directly to a lamp. Moderate pour yields a one finger mocha head that hangs around a decent length of time given the 11% abv. Once it receded however, I didn't get any lacing.

S: I think this is one of my favorite smelling beers ever. I'm taken back to my childhood and mornings of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and milk. Whiskey is present yet not overpowering, perfectly integrated. Loads of vanilla too, almost like cinnamon roll icing. The stout characteristics are also apparent at the back end.

T: Wow! This is an incredibly unique and interesting beer. I don't think I've tasted anything quite like it. So much flavor in every sip. Whiskey, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and chile heat are there in droves. The chile heat crept up on me just a bit as it wasn't as discernible in the nose as it is on the palate. It works nicely and adds another layer of complexity and an interesting dynamic to the beer.

M: Silky, smooth, and slightly oily on the tongue. If I have any criticism here, it is that I could have used just a bit of a thicker mouthfeel (although this one certainly isn't thin). Outside of that, the low to moderate carbonation and smoothness allow the flavors to really shine.

O: There is no doubt about it, this beer is phenomenal. There is slightly more chile heat on the tongue than I anticipated from the nose, but that adds a nice little surprise to the first sip. I do think I would like to lay another bottle down for awhile and see what happens when the chile presence fades a bit, although I don't necessarily believe it will make for a better beer, just a different beer. One of the most memorable and enjoyable beer experiences I've had.

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