bytemesis (3437) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to beernbourbon! Pours opaque black with a medium dark brown head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, very coffee forward, cocoa, perhaps a touch of cinnamon. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, roasty with a touch of cinnamon. Definitely coffee forward. Medium body with a bit of acidity. The coffee in this case detracts from the subtle nuances of the base beer. Bummer.
barn0216 (417) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark obviously, little head but a little dusting remains throughout. Cinnamon dark chocolate with some roast. Cinnamon in the flavor as well, not picking up much chili, but the coffee subjugated other flavors quickly. Bitter, cocoa finish. I like it but feels diminished compared to my memory of regular Abraxas.
anders37 (17212) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee aroma with weak hints of spicy chili. Roasted malty weak tart coffee flavor with hints of chocolate and chili. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.
seymour (1465) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at Greg’s honey-themed beer gathering, thanks for sharing Tony. It poured an opaque black colour with thin but persistent brown foam. It’s as crazily complex and delicious as advertised: imperial stout with ancho chiles, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, aged on Sump coffee beans. Exquisite smoky, woodsy, roasty, nutty aspects. Tart and toasty, with a subtle yogurt-y bite. Great balance of sweet, tart, bready, and pleasantly acidic, like cherry pie. Fantastic stuff.
brokensail (11269) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Black pour with no head. Woah, really, really disappointing. Infected? Slight sourness and lots of green peppercorn on the nose. Some cinnamon, plenty of roasted malt, and cocoa powder. Not very good... Flavor is quite acidic and borderline sour. Tons of bitter coffee grounds and green pepper. Kind of spicy with some cinnamon and mild chili. A lot of roast and ash. A let down.
GenDV138 (1622) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle during RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. Black with tan head. Aromas of oak, dark fruit, smoke. Tastes of oak, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit. Full body with a dry finish. Prefer regular Abraxas to this one.
gregwilsonstl (1123) - Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black. Ancho chilles. Chocolate. Coffee. Vanilla. Berry at the end. Solid. Thanks tony b.
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ RBWG, Asheville. Thanks to whoever provided this! Brown pour with a small head. Strong coffee. Dark roast. Plenty of ash. Earthy spiced coffee cake. Similar flavor. Toasted shredded coconut covered in dark chocolate. Charred grain, forest fire. Burnt toast, a bit of chili. Rich and supple, oily. Good stuff.
Frank (2966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
When viewed critically, the Abraxas variants are simply not great beers. They are overly sweet and hot w/ burning boozy alcohol. The alcohol especially is a flavor flaw. There is a certainly limited appeal to drinking a beer that tastes like coffee mixed mixed w/ cinnamon schnapps, I will admit but in this case even that is limited by a certain harsh ashy character. I will say though this is a bit better than the barrel aged version. Perennial makes specialty beers for geeks and that is a great thing to do but I wish they would lay off the sugar bomb imperial stouts and stick to what they do well.
Homer321 (2035) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at RBSG 2014. Holy balls awesome coffee nose with roastiness all over the place. Taste has a very earthy coffee flavor with some cinnamon on further inspection. Thick chewy mouthfeel. Awesome.