Peren­nial Bar­rel-aged Abraxas

LOC: St. Louis, Mis­souri ABV: 11% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

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What the brewer says

“Im­pe­rial stout aged twelve months in Rit­ten­house Rye bar­rels with ca­cao nibs, vanilla beans, an­cho chiles, and cin­na­mon sticks.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Smoky chile notes, with cin­na­mon and vanilla also strong. Hints of plum, sweet to­bacco. The base stout’s slight bit of choco­late malt and roast re­minds one of French-roast cof­fee with some maple sweet­ness.” Fla­vor: “Notes of dried plums, apri­cots, cin­na­mon, chiles. The bal­ance is spot on. The roast base helps bal­ance the sweet­ness and choco­late, and the bar­rel brings things to­gether with deep toffee fla­vor.” Over­all: “The bar­rel char­ac­ter is in­cred­i­ble, only made bet­ter by the base beer and ad­juncts. Com­plex­ity is off the charts, while still main­tain­ing a sur­pris­ing level of drink­a­bil­ity. Be­yond the fla­vors, the mouth­feel truly sets this apart. Rich, vis­cous, and full-bod­ied, but not cloy­ing and just enough back­bone to hold the line for the fla­vors. This is the stan­dard by which all other stouts in this cat­e­gory should be mea­sured.” 100 AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 20 MOUTH­FEEL: 5 OVER­ALL: 10

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