Style: Spiced Stout
Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas 2016
What the brewers say
“Ale brewed with ancho chile peppers, cacao nibs, and cinnamon sticks.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Strong cinnamon at first, and then some chocolate, vanilla, and cayenne. Notes of chile spice, mole spice, and alcohol notes, as well as light roasted malt aromas, dried cherry esters, and other dark fruits. Resinous hops add a touch of light lemon.”
Flavor: “Very mole. The cinnamon is big, with lighter cocoa, paired with caramel and chocolate malt. Rich, complex spicy blend of the standard Mexican chocolate players. Moderately strong alcohol contributes complementary spicy notes and warmth—it’s definitely a sipper. Some sweet dark fruits, possibly plums and dates. The carbonation makes the spice pop just enough without being harsh, and the dryness from the roast makes you want another sip.”
Overall: “Everything I want in a Mexican chocolate stout. All the pieces fit together, without any rough edges. It’s a nice mix of flavor, with a rich creamy texture and a balanced slightly dry finish. The spices are nicely subdued, and don’t clash with the high alcohol. Dangerously drinkable.”
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