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Barrel-Aged AbraxasBarrel-Aged Abraxas

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

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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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 1,238
Photo of mothman
4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage

Light tan head. Black in color.

Tons of cinnamon and vanilla. Very little chipotle heat, however. Chocolate and cocoa. Bourbon and oak. Rich and complex.

Typical Perennial BA stout thickness. Very big. A little spice shows in the finish.

This is an amazing beer, but I wish it was spicier. It is incredibly thick and smooth.

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

There are no adequate words to describe the awesomeness of this amazing beer. I truly believe it is only a matter of time before BA Abraxas finds itself rightfully at the very top of the BA Top 250 list. And once it gets to the top, like Hulk Hogan in the mid/late 80's, expect it to stay there.

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

There are many great BA stouts out there, but I would say this might top the list. Nothing overpowers itself, the bourbon, cinnamon, and chilies all work in perfect combination. Great cinnamon up front, with a smooth well hidden abv on the back end. Amazing!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 waxed bottle
L: Pours a dark, thick and syrupy onyx stream with a very thin rust-colored head that recedes quickly
S: After I cracked the wax and before I opened the cap, a spicy aroma filled my nostrils. Peppery and cinnamon-forward nose
T: As others have commented, the barrel aging deftly subdues and complements the piquant cinnamon and spicy profile of the base beer. Vanilla beans, dark chocolate, leather, and dried tobacco round out each sip
F: Thick and chewy with a moderate carb
O: Thoroughly enjoyable entry in the barrel-aged spiced stout category. The barrel aging provides a welcomed complexity to an already rich flavor profile. Overall a very impressive stout.

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Photo of luvtotri140
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't usually say much when rating a beer but this beer was amazing. Good base beer and the barrel brings it to a whole new level. If you like thick chewy BA stouts , get it! this one is well worth the price of admission

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Photo of ragnar3
4.65/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage, poured from the bottle into a taster. All the flavors from the base beer come out but muted with an added layer of complexity from the barrel. Excellent!

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Photo of Jslay013
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Worth the hype. So much better than the base beer. Barrel mutes the spice and balances it. Not quite worth the price of admission, but at this level, not much truly is!

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.84/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Black with minimal head

S: Big cinnamon with chocolate notes vanilla and bourbon on the nose.

T: Cinnamon was strong with chocolate and hints of peppers vanilla and bourbon.

F: Thick and decadent it coats the mouth, extremely smooth.

O: This is a fantastic beer it's super easy to drink. The only complaint I would have is there was to much cinnamon but that should fall off and make this beer that much better.

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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 rabbott2
4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 vintage drank in a snifter on 4/29/2016

Look - motor oily thick, reddish tan head, thick lacing

Smell - bourbon, cinnamon, vanilla, oak, marshmallow, milk chocolate, a little graham crackery. Probably the best smelling beer I've ever had

Taste - bourbon, oak, peppers after warming, some spice along with cinnamon, milk chocolate

Feel - creamy as heck. coats the mouth big time, a tad boozy after warming but not in a bad way. extremely smooth and drinkable

Overall - certainly lives up to the hype, which i wondered how that would be possible. Really an incredible offering, and really tastes like it has something different than Abraxas in the base. So creamy and milk chocolatey. The barrel does wonders for this. Only knock is that the taste didn't come through as amazing as the smell. That's nitpicking big time because it was all wonderful and spectacular.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark black with minimal head

S: Chocolate, cinnamon, chilies, and soy sauce.

T: Bittersweet Baker's Chocolate, mild chili and cinnamon spice, alcoholic heat from the barrel, and a touch of vanilla.

F: Thick, heavy, and full. One of the best I have ever had.

O: This is an immaculately well balanced beer with a delightful combination of flavors and an exceptional mouthfeel. Certainly one of the top stouts on the market and in the conversation for best in its class.

BA Abraxas vs. Abraxas:

The barrel-aged version of Abraxas brings about a deeper layer of complexity to an already sensational base beer and enhances the mouthfeel to near perfection. It is a world class stout that is executed virtually flawlessly. It is, however, one of the most difficult beers to acquire, whether by lottery or by trade, and the value of a single bottle -to me- is too high a price to pay for what other beers could be enjoyed in its stead.

The regular Abraxas is far more approachable and easier to acquire, and carries with it a more pronounced cinnamon spice and roasted malt flavor profile, which is quite inviting. It is a delightful beer that beats out nearly everything else in its category, and minus the mouthfeel, rivals everything its barrel-aged brother offers in a beer. For future visits, regular Abraxas will satisfy my palate quite suitably without the need for barrel-aging.

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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 bennyman12
4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a split bottle at sp cellar. On the heels on derivation 2, so there's that.

Nose is complex: spicy dark intrigue
Taste is still dominated by the cinnamon, but less so than regular abraxas. A pretty good balance of really big flavors. I remember there being more bourbon, but still very good stuff
Mouthfeel is thick--probably on par with bourbon county
Mayans would kill for this. Perennially!

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Photo of Wadetrain9
4.54/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you're into heavy and rich beers, this is the best around. Very dark color, extremely rich body. The chiles and cinnamon stick give this beer a unique finish with some bite.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this side by side with Abraxas and it tasted to me as if the barrel did not leave an imprint but amplified the base beer. Strong chocolate and cinnamon, with an immense amount of coffee and roast. It's as if you are drinking an after dinner coffee with a chocolate, caramel, vanilla and toffee dessert. Light heat from the chile's but it helps to liven the experience.

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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 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 lemmy187
4.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at perennial's 4th anniversary....

Beer pours dark expresso brown with a quick dissipating head. The nose is out of this world..cinnamon,chocolate,subtle barrel....reminds me of a whiskey spiked desert. Taste follows closely...but I did pick up a little pepper heat on the back end. Everything blends so perfectly and the high ABV is well hidden. As the beer warmed....I picked up notes of vanilla, marshmallow, and lactose. This beer truly lived up to the hype...by far the best I've had.

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Photo of timc100
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, enjoyed along side Abraxas '14, Hunahpu's '15, Double Barrel Hunahpu's, Double Barrel Cake '14

Pours darker than the non-barrel aged Abraxas, with a dark espresso head. Aroma of cinnamon, rich dark chocolate, vanilla and coconut, and whiskey barrel. On the taste it remains cinnamon and chocolate heavy with a really nice rich whiskey finish.

To me this beer was nearly identical to Prop 14 just with a more pronounced whiskey character.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rarely does a beer render me nearly speechless. And rarely do I consider giving a beer a perfect score...but this is as close as it gets. Rich chocolate on the nose, with traces of cinnamon spice and oak. On the tongue, all bets are off...this tastes like a cinnamon roll with a bourbon cream cheese frosting. Sticky, lightly charred on the edges and the faintest spiced oak bite. This is hands down the best beer I've tasted all year, and probably top 5 in my life.

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Photo of Mojua
4.89/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just side by sided B1 and B2. B1 had fallen off and wasn't that good, but B2 was absolutely incredible. A nearly perfect beer. Sex in a bottle. Abraxas with the dial turned up to 12. Loved it. Worth finding at any cost.

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Photo of KaeF
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Great smell and tasting of cinnamon, vanilla, barrel, alcohol, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Sweet and spicy, complex and balanced, great beer!

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Photo of JamLand
4.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a deep black with a fingers worth of an almost caramel looking head.

S: Great and foreboding. The cacao, chiles, cinnamon, and more chiles come through. The barrel presence is minimal.

T: The cinnamon and chiles are the dominant taste. The barrel is subtly hanging out in the background. Reminds of a chile spiced, hot chocolate. However, the chiles were too dominant for me.

F: For my taste, the feel was perfect for an imperial stout. Thick and rich, exactly what I'm looking for in this style.

Overall, a great beer, but the spice level of the chiles was too dominant for me. Beers like this have a difficult time living up to their considerable hype, however I can see how for some people this beer would be near perfection. If the chiles were dialed back a bit, this would be one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of jjdc
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Abraxas is a great beer -- no question about it. The real question here is whether the BA version is worth the trouble. The regular is so big it already drinks a bit like a BA version, so you would be forgiven if you found this barrel treatment a bit "subtle." There's some wood added to the complex array of cinammon, chilies, chocolate, etc. already going on, but not too, too much. Still, a nice addition to an already world class beer. You're looking at a 10 percent bump in goodness over the original. That's excellent, but not transcendent. You decide whether it's worth it.

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