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RATINGS: 1597   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle (22oz). Shared with biegaman, via trade with Irishboy. Thick-looking, near-opague ruby-black pour, smallish tan frothy head. Deep roast coffee/cocoa, bitter, herbal, slight treacle. Taste - same, bitter, thick, treace-ly, some syrup, hint of cola - no oak or borbon or anything at all - strong, but subdued - blended and impy-ish. Slick, roasty, mild carbonation, bitter-burnt finish. Lovely, well-done, not over the top, woody and silky - well done.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kallay (3) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2008 does not count
Sampled at GABF for the first time. Probably the most orgasmic first encounter with a beer I’ve ever had! A - Dark brown/almost fudge-like, with a rich 3-fingered head of tan. S - A walnut brownie dunked in a cup of espresso. T - Dark flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dusty cocoa. M - Full bodied, goes down like melted pudding, but with nice acidity. D - Seriously, like someone melted your favorite decadent dessert and married it with a mellow stout. I cannot remember being blown away by a first impression like this in quite awhile.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2008
Bottled at SBWF08. Pours out in a black colour with a creamy pale brown foam. Big and bold, yet deep and quite refined aroma of milky dark chocolate, oak, blackberries, vanilla, roasted malts, mild sweet licorice, fudge and mild alcohol. Full and creamy mouthfeel with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, dark berries, vanilla, anise and oak. Long warming finish of oak, licorice dark chocolate roasted malts and roasted almonds. Tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Thanks to jjpm79 for the bottle!
Black, large decadent tan head, long lasting. Nose is quite sugary, lots of malt, milky chocolate, sweet fruit, oat, alcohol. Not very cohesive. Flavor is less so, lots of bitter coffee and strong alcohol smack. Huge body, but too syrup like. Some minor hop in the background. Overall decent, but not much nuance after the initial punch it delivers.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2008
Thanks to ajm for popping my trade cherry. Pours jet black from the bottle with a firm reddish brown head. Light in the nose, but overwhelming in flavor. Full of dark cocoa, molasses, licorice, caramel, coffee, chalk, and mild hops. Full-bodied and syruppy. Worth hunting.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Had some of this on tap at Hamltons Tavern in San Diego. Ahh man, this is some seriously dark and good stuff with great tanins and burnt espresso flavor. This imp stout is definitly in the big boys league.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
Pours beautyful pitch black with a caramel colured creamy head that lasts. Aroma is hoppy and roasted with lots of chocolate, coffee, caramel/toffee and vinious. Flavour is again hoppy and roasted with lovely chocolate, coffee, caramel/toffee and the viniousity which contributes to a nice volume and creamyness :o)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11930) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
[my 4,000th rating!! (and 100 places)]
[vintage 2007]
Pours motor-oil black with a fine, creamy, light beige head. Great duration for an IS. Wonderful aroma, light biscuity malts behind a heavy roastiness, some tar, some vanilla, some light bourbon notes. A whole lot of dark chocolate. Light carbonation, great creaminess. Flavour is intense, the hops are very present, hard roasted malts, sweetish chocolate. Good amount of alcohol warmth. There is light ginger and vanilla notes from the oak as well. It is a very good beer, but somehow there is a little bit missing... mostly softness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2067) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2008
22oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured into a big brandy snifter, the color is glossy black. The aroma is lots of bitter roast and rich chocolate. The flavor is deep dark chocolate and biting hop bitterness. Good but not particularly interesting. Hopefully I can try it again the future and discover what I’m missing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Bottle shared by Afterexile. I love the aroma and the licorice and woodiness in the flavor. This rich and complex flavor stands out. I love this beer! It has a certain tingly texture as I sort through all its nuances while other RIS beers are heavy and sweet. This one keeps my attention and has a nice coffee-like finish. Thanks Kevin! The only negative is there might be a bit too much of the licorice aspect when the wood pieces shine.


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