mariuspoenari (3202) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2017
Sampled at Billie's Craft Beer Festival 2017, Antwerp. Pitch black pour with a fine-grained tan head. Notes of chocolate, cocoa, chili peppers, smooth whiskey, oak. Full body, thick and smooth texture, medium to low carbonation and a sweet finish. Very well balanced and full of flavour. HonusWagner (2250) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Kind of loses the plot from Abraxas, in my opinion. Very barrel heavy beer with vanillin dominating. Not nearly as good as regular Abraxas. Alengrin (6017) - BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2017
Perennial's most highly acclaimed product, a rye whisky barrel aged edition of the classic Abraxas - finally able to taste this quite famous beer at BCBF (and I was not the only one interested, considering the long queue of beer geeks lining up when this one was opened...). Thin, moussy, deep brownish-tinged bead head, opening middle but stable in the form of a ring, over a black beer with deep bronze-ish brown edges. Overwhelming, incredibly rich bouquet of Christmas cake, gingerbread including a lot of soft spicy cinnamon, hot chocolate sauce and chocolate liqueur, nutmeg, vanilla-ish bourbon and oak, fudge, brownies, rum, liquorice, fresh cloves, juniper leaves, 'kruidenkoeken' en 'pepernoten' galore. Sweet onset, brown sugariness thickly coating hints of dates and raisins, noble and very concentrated, soft carbo, very thick and greasy mouthfeel. Profoundly deep 'chocolateness' and toffeeish malt goodness ensues, deeply and elegantly nutty, like a mixture of liquid chocolate bars and liquid gingerbread. This huge and decadently delicious pile of malts is brightened by soft woody tannins, vanilla-ish oak and bourbon colours, all on top of the familiar sweet and almost 'Christmassy' ethereal cinnamon and vanilla bean flavours. The chili heat, like in the regular version, accentuates a warming, obviously very bourbon-like alcohol effect without becoming too obtrusive. This is a majestic, caleidoscopic, awe-inspiring masterpiece of a stout - I had already fallen in love with the regular one, but this one is even better, and exceeds my highest expectations. One of the very best stouts I ever had the honour to taste, regardless of hype; I do not see how any stout can get any better than this so after a moment of doubt and comparing it with other top class stouts I had so far, I have no other choice but to give this perfect beauty the perfect score... 77ships (11609) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2017
BIG THANKS to Alengrin. 750 ml. bottle sampled @ Billie's Craft Beer Fest 2017. Black oily syrup. Nose is amazing cinnamon is upfront but all massive bourbon chocolate pralines syrup candy to the max. Taste is melted pralines chocolate cinnamon warming candy, chocolate, bourbon pralines, vanilla, bourbon sugar, vanilla,… Pure praline beer, damn this is phenomenal. Holly molly. ajnepple (7565) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2017
On tap at Hops & Pie. Black appearance with a small tan colored head. Pleasant aroma of light chili peppers, chocolate malt, vanilla, cinnamon, light oak and a touch of whiskey barrel. Similar flavor, rich, malty and moderately sweet with a lightly spiced bitterness. Medium to full body with soft carbonation, a smooth feel and a balanced finish. An excellent sipper overall.
rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle, thanks to the Gbg-crew. Pitch black beer with a decent head. Aroma brings coconut and cinnamon, chocolate, licorice notes, some cocoa nibs. Coconut flavor, cinnamon, vinous notes, cocoa nibs, vanilla and some barrel notes. Well hidden alcohol. Really good beer. _angst_ (5009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2017
Bottle received in trade. 2017 vintage. Pitch black pour with a mocha head. Intense coffee, chocolate, coconut, cinnamon & bourbon nose. Nice coffee & chocolate balance. Sweet, bitter, malty, roasty & nutty taste. Soft, round, velvety & tiny astringent mouth. Wow! Very impressive! Especially when comparing to the base. The barrel really did wonders. hackobock (4073) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2017
September 29, 2017. Bottle, 2017 vintage. AdmiralVernon (1200) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2017
Black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is spicy and roasted with cinnamon, toasted coconuts, fruity dried chili notes, dark chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is sweet, spicy and warming. Full bodied, oily texture; smooth with soft carbonation. Finish is smooth, sweet malty and spicy, smooth roasted bitterness.
Very nice one, balanced spicy notes.
A: Dark black with a thin dark brown head N: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, dark roasted coffee T: Coconut! Vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, bourbon O: Super smooth...! Me likey! ilovedarkbeer (2752) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2017
Crazy good. Pours a thick dark black brown color with reddish brown head. Notes of heavy vanilla, faint smoke, cinnamon, coconut, and dust. Perfect amount of chili.