Barrel-Aged Abraxas | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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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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 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 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 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 wulfie85
4.91/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Top five beers I have ever had right here. Imagine if you took Abraxas and made brownies out of it. Ridiculous bourbon and chocolate flavors and heavy mouth feel that couples very well with the base flavors.

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Photo of mig100
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rating #2000. Bottled 2/2016

Motor oil pour, no light shines through whatsoever. Head is basically non-existent, leaves huge legs on the glass. Syrupy and sludgy.

Aroma is whiskey soaked fudge, brownies and raisins with some slight fruit/cherry-esque scent coming through. Actually smells very similar to BCBS.

Taste is a perfect balance of whiskey, cinnamon, marshmallow, brown sugar and oak, with rich dark chocolate hitting at the back of the tongue and lingering in the mouth.

Feel is silky beyond belief and voluptuous on the tongue, zero alcohol heat, no acrid roastiness, carbonation is very low allowing all the flavors to really shine. Peppers are understated on the drink down and prevent it from becoming too sweet. No trace of palate fatigue through the course of the bottle. Not sure how this was achieved.

Overall, worthy of the hype. Destroys DBH.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Poured into a snifter at the brewery. Practically no head or lacing, and very little carbonation. The pepper is very subtle, more heat than taste. The chocolate cools the heat very nicely. Coats the mouth, tongue, throat, stomach...who am I kidding, it was a big fuzzy blanket, a hot tub in a snow storm, a hot toddy and a beautiful red head all rolled into one.

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

I don't rate many beers but this one is just to good not too. Lives up to they hype and comes through on all levels.

Motor oil thick and with a nice balance of spice (I m not a spice guy either). The heat from the bourbon along with the spice warm you up on the way down. Just an amazing beer , definitely should be top 3 on the 250 list.

Read a review once on this site and who ever wrote it nailed it..... Cinnamon Toast Crunch......

Amazing beer well worth the price of admission

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

L: pitch black, no head
S: cinnamon, sweet whisky, dark chocolate.
T: wow! Well balanced flavors. The cinnamon, barrel, chocolate and slight spice on the back end.
F: so smooth, and coating.
O: doing a side by side with dbh, and this is better.

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Photo of mothman
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +6.8%
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 +6.8%
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 +2.1%
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 +6.8%
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 -0.6%
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 +1.3%
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 +3.4%
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 +6.8%
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 +4.7%
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 +0.9%
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 +6.8%
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 +6.8%
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 +1.1%
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 -3%
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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