ryanfolty (1777) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
February 5, 2014 - on tap at iTap. Black pour with limited head. Aroma was the usual delicious abraxas shockingly with some vanilla. Taste is like the base as well, but the vanilla sweetness cuts down some of the spice. Full bodied and spicy finish.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was a good bit of vanilla, roast, cinnamon and light alcohol. Flavor is mainly sweet vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon. Dessert beer for sure. Nice stuff.
crossovert (6341) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good variation, lots of vanilla, the pice is still prevalent, it is a bit sweet.
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: The aroma consists of huge chocolate, cinnabuns, vanilla, and light coffee. It’s a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy chocolate and cinnabuns. The finish vanilla, roasted, light chili pepper heat, and a touch of coffee. It’s medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, very similar to what I remember the barrel aged version to be.
phaleslu (5863) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at The Royale’s stout night. Served in a 6 oz. cylindrical glass. Looks just like the regular Abraxas on the pour- a deep, dark, opaque chocolate brown is topped by a small, milk chocolate brown head that leaves spots of lace. Nice vanilla on the aroma, with fudge, marshmallow, and molasses sweetness, all balanced by the cinnamon, roast, and peppery spices. Same goes for the flavor, in which the vanilla is toned down just a touch, along with rich dark chocolate, roast, pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and molasses. Full-bodied, with a rich, spicy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Excellent all the way through. Subtle twist on the regular version, and it absolutely worked for me.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is creamy, dense dark chocolate mousse, vanilla whipped cream, and spice.
Pour is a dark mahogany with molasses puff head, and sticky lacing.
Taste is spicy, pine hops interlaced with layers of alternatingly sweet milk chocolate and bitter mexican cocoa. The vanilla is dolopped delicately on to of the ensemble.
Finish is slightly bitter sweet, creamy, and a final punch of hops and alcohol presence.
Wow. Well made.