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RATINGS: 1585   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This special Reserve Series brew will only be offered December – February (limited distribution)
The Abyss: Stout brewed with licorice and molasses with 33% aged in oak and oak bourbon barrels. It’s dark. It’s deep. It’s mysterious. Aged in French Oak and Bourbon barrels, this special brew has immeasureable depth inviting you to explore and discover its rich, complex profile. The flavor of molasses and licorice draw you in further and further with each sip. The Abyss beckons. Enjoy the journey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Banksiz (74) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 2, 2016
This is the 2013 edition. The nose is treacle at first and then gives way to raisins, dates and a bit of smokiness. Taste and moth fee are wonderful. A bitter, but not harsh, backbone with a moderate sweetness, all wrapped up in a creamy body. Slight alcoholic warmth as it goes down, and a satisfying creamy-bitter finish. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJester (2377) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
500 mL bottle. Biiig. Complex. Dark. So much going on, and it doesn’t get muddled at all. Roast, mocha, licorice, maraschino cherries, vanilla, molasses. Outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
lownote (456) - USA - APR 29, 2016
Alcohol aroma. Strong red winy. . Pours black with a tan head. Taste is very sweet. Some roast bitterness balances, but it lingers in not a good way. It’s just way sweet at first and way bitter after. It’s not bad, but I’m not getting a lot besides the slight stone fruit flavor which is disappointing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyW68 (1336) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2016
Near black pour with tan head and Aroma of sweet roast malt. Taste is dry roast chocolate malt. Very creamy and bitter finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BruceHartford3 (13) - - APR 14, 2016
2015 Reserve. Delicious. Full bodied. Pretty much what you would expect. Not hot. Good smokiness. Tight bite in the back.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markducommun (801) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Deep opaque black brown, quite deep brown, ample head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, light coffee. Light tang, some bitterness, some sweetness. Very complex, very long quite dry finish. Medium heavy body, fairly syrupy. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bchifley (5) - Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2016 does not count
A great stout but recent versions have lacked some robustness for my taste. Get it if you can however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (889) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2016
From bottle into wine glass. Black large brown head. Intense malted barley, chocolate, blueberry. Sweet, medium bitterness, dry finish. Huge body, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1592) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Molasses and cherry notes on a rich imperial stout. Lots of alcohol on the palate, long finish, some coffee and licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wombat23 (333) - Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2016
Shared 22 oz. bottle. 2015 edition. Bottle states ’Best after 12/08/2016’. Couldn’t wait that long; wanted to try this. Pours like oil and is almost black with a thick, creamy brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Tons of flavor. Taste is bourbon, oak, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and has hints of licorice and vanilla. Maybe faint vinous notes as well. Thick, full-bodied and extremely rich. This is made for slow sipping. My only complaint is that there might be a little too much bourbon flavor, but it’s not nearly as strong as some of the other barrel-aged stuff out there. Looking forward to aging this. Fantastic!

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