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RATINGS: 1589   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RLiddell (98) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle picked up in Austin, TX. Pours an opaque black with minimal brown head, which dissipated quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and anise. Taste follows with a heavy licorice forward flavor followed by toasty malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Outstanding stout!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bif (1922) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2016
2015 Edition on tap at Shamrocks. Poured a virtual black color with a nice thick head and ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt and bit of chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, bit of molasses and chocolate. Nominal bitterness and a dry finish. Fairly fully body, smooth with a rich texture and subtle touch of alcohol. Very enjoyable and well worth the journey.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3452) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle at Imazato. Great stuff, booze, bit of treacle, light spice. Hints of dark fruit. Bit of smoke. Boozy, bourbon. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (855) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
Bomber purchased from Bottle Jockey in Burnaby, BC. A very dark and inky looking brew with minimal carbonation and a very heavily roasted nose, through which I detect a hint of whisky and vanilla. The taste is evocative of chocolate, coffee, licorice, whisky, and yes, vanilla. No hop detected. I attribute the slight bitterness to the heavily roasted malts. The mouth feel is oily. Yes! 4.1

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Banksiz (78) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJester (2399) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
lownote (462) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyW68 (1361) - 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.

4.8
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markducommun (823) - 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


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