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Perennial Barrel Aged Abraxas

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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Imperial Stout aged 11 months in Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey barrels with cacao nibs, ancho chilies, vanilla beans, and cinnamon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Draft at Snallygaster 2016. The only beer I have ever done an old man fast-walk to get in line for. Glad I did. Near black with small tan head. Dark chocolate, molasses, booze, vanilla, chili spice, cinnamon, all integrated perfectly. The quintessential spiced stout. Just an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc1762 (845) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Tap at Snallyghaster 2016 showing pitch black with quickly dissipating latte colored foam. The nose shows notes of vanilla and molasses. Upon warming up, a clear coconut profile comes out. The palate is full bodied and syrup slick showing barely any carbonation. Vanilla and clean coconut notes ring throughout the beer with the attack beginning with a mix of light chocolate, cinnamon, and tobacco. A very distinct alcoholic also appears in the front end. The mid palate shows intense coconut with a finish on light tobacco and burnt notes. Not bad at all, but I fully prefer the non-barrel aged version.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
This is just so much better than regular Abraxas in every aspect. Not too much herb, much more cinnamon forward, thick mouthfeel, full body, crazy taste overall. Extremely complex beer. Rye whiskey barrel tastes fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (4105) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2016
Pours an opaque black from the bottle, motor oil thick with thin ring of bubbly tan brown head. Aroma of big barrel notes over hints of spice and roast. Taste follows, chilies are subdued a bit by the barrel, big sweetness all over it, not sure the vanilla beans were necessary for the barrel version. Thick and viscous, a bit of warming booze, but not too bad. A really solid barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (7836) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle at the End of an Era tasting at ABC Beers, Den Haag. Poured an oily dark brown with little life. The aroma is sweet malt, coconut, cinnamon, dark chocolate. The flavour is moderate to strong sweet with a rich malt, molasses, alcohol bitter, coffee, light vanilla, spicy chocolate palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (9211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2015
bomber shared at an adhoc THT tasting. No head or carbonation. lear black pour. Vanilla spiciness and chocolate. Very good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
This barrel aged example is one of the best stouts made today. The aroma smells like chocolate, chili and cinnamon. It has a dark appearance but not as black as many of the stouts. The taste is quite amazing with hints of the chillis, the cacao nibs, vanilla with that slightly spicy aftertaste. The Rye barrels fit it perfectly and the 11% is disguised quite well. Look forward to trying again soon. Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Pitch black and completely opaque without even a trace of lighter color. Half finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Nice color but has poor retention. Foam head fades and there’s not much in the way of lacing. The nose on this beer is really incredible. Excellent barrel character that doesn’t completely overpower the complex malt bill of the base. Perfectly integrated. A touch of damp oak and subtle toothpick but not too strong of a wood flavor. Really nice spirit with spicy whiskey/boozy bourbon flavor. Barrel also gives off a lot of vanilla bean, toasted coconut and gooey marshmallow. Underneath, there is a very nice blend of roasted and sweet, desert-like malts. Subtle roast but not overpowering with some coffee bean, burnt toast, smoke, oatmeal and bitter dark chocolate. This is countered by silky chocolate-like sweetness, caramel, milk chocolate, lactic cream, fudge and molasses. This beer smells crazy good. Full body with oily viscosity and a blast of boozy heat that lingers over the other barrel notes and complex malts into a dry, hot finish. Lots of alcohol flavor and the ABV isnt very well masked. spicy rye whiskey along with dry oak/toothpick. Barrel isn’t as complex as in the nose. Spirit is really strong and it has a stronger wood flavor than I prefer. Some subtle vanilla/coconut sweetness. Malts flavors are still lingering underneath but they are blasted and overwhelmed by the heat/whiskey. Stronger roasted malt presence than expected with burnt sugary sweetness. Deeply roasted robust espresso/coffee flavor along with smoke, burnt wood, charred toast and bitter dark cocoa. As the palate adjusts the sweet fudge/baker’s chocolate notes start to show. Pretty good but isn’t as complex as expected. The chile spiciness and cinnamon show up after it warms but the palate needs to adjust to the overwhelming whiskey and heat. Smells great but it’s really hot and boozy and the malt bill is overly charred/roasted. Decent but kind of underwhelming considering the fanfare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Going from memory of a bottle share. Lots of cinnamon came through. Loads of barrel character from the rye and most of the other spices were faint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baggio (333) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle@gothenburg-tasting. Thanks to blomster for sharing! Apperance: Dark brown with a vicious, brown, head. Aroma: Spices, Chocolate, Malt,. Taste: Cinnamon, Chili, Chocolate, Vanilla mm. Yummy! Palate: Supersmooth with a little kick from the spices. Like a delicious dessert. One of the best beers to cross my path!

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