MrChopin (3727) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ @Max’s][ $3][ Taster ][ 06.20.15 ]
jet black, thin cream head, small lacing. Light heat from anchos is married well with sweeter cocoa nibs, think spiced holiday supper. Front palate is harsh sugar, burning and gritty with some heat before softer, more caramel mid, sticky cocoa mid. Not enough heat esp when compared to the nose. No bitterness or hop presence through the watery, light-plastic booze end, full and sweet. Nuance only in nose interplay.
nimbleprop (6160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Max’s Rare and Obscure Part 8. Pours a murky, deep black with some brown head. Nose has... whoa, wow, lots of cinnamon and vanilla, brown sugar, cakey, raisin, molasses, some clove too, a bit of candle. Flavor is solid, malt, brown sugar and caramel, cinnamon, clove, the chili comes through as black pepper, some raisin. The heat on the end is pleasant.
TheEpeeist (3581) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Tria Taproom. Black brown with some edgy tan foam. Nose is chocolate, raisin, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon and mild chili. Medium body with a tang and a tingle. Taste is caramel, chocolate, vanilla, chili and licorice finishing earthy with some wood.
PhillyCraft (4270) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Tria. Pours midnight black with small to medium beige top that fades after a couple minutes. Medium bodied for a barrel aged stout, not overly sticky either. Aromas and flavor are roasted barrel, cocoa, lots of cinnamon stick, light vanilla comes through in the finish/aftertaste. Really well done, I would take a regular or barrel aged Abraxas over any dark lord these days. Only complaint is maybe it could have been creamier with a touch more vanilla.
ryanfolty (2139) - 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 (5481) - 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 (9728) - 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 (5803) - Plymouth, 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 (7825) - 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 (929) - 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.