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RATINGS: 1455   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Pours out black with thick brown head. Nice taste very roasted coffee, chocolate and smoke. The oak brings it all together. Very complex. Nice finish, slight alcohol. This is a great imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
(Dégusté avec french) Tres belle couleur chocolaté, avec un collet brunatre et mousseux. Odeur de sel, creme, alcohol, banane, poivre. Arome d’une douceur incroyable, tres cremeuse et sucré. Biere tres bien balancé par contre un peu trop concentrer en licorice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2008
22 oz. bottle - 2007 vintage; pours jet black with foaming tan head; aromas of chocolate, coffee and a touch of smoke; slight woody too; aromas and flavors are rich and thick; oily texture with roasted aftertaste; incredibly smooth after just 6 weeks or so of sitting; a fresh bottle just after release was very bitter IMO

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 Shared with Pyrozoid. Pitch black poor with a nice foamy light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, lactose, mesquite, smoked wood, burnt toast, banana bread and licorice. Very creamy, velvetty mouthfeel... Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness... Slightly salty. Flavors are predominant of licorice... slightly chocolaty and coffee. Just not what i expected, licorice just doesn’t jive for me... yet VERY commendable.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
’07 Bottle: Wow, what a pour on this, thick, oily black with just a hint of a head. Massive licorice nose with some dark fruits, chocolate, oak and brown sugar. Very enticing and only got better as it warmed. Thick, syrupy mouth feel that lead to a dry coffee blast, followed by a rush of barrel-aged dark fruits, licorice and some slight herbal tones. There seemed to be a very subtle dark chocolate essence lingering that kind of binded everything together perfectly. Very nice stuff, glad I have one more bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 It isn’t the most complex thing ever, but you know what? It’s damn dark and I would absolutely go way out of my way to get it again. It’s like coffee and charcoal jam.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown/black with a foamy 2 finger tan head. Nose is oak, charred malt, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Palate is roasted coffee, cocoa, molasses, fruit and a bit of hop bitter bite at the end. I didn’t detect any licorice. Creamy mouth feel and nice lacing. You can tell it’s not quite there yet, but the pieces are in place. I bet this will really be a great beer in a year or so. Still very good as is.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Had on tap at Newport pizza and Ale. Wow, this pours really dark, you can’t see light through at all. The aroma is insane, it had kinda a blueberry scent that changed into more of a rich chocolatey coffee bean. This stout has many different levels and was nicely balanced masking the abv neatly, I guess I better try to find some of these bombers before there all gone or selling on ebay~ IS NiCCCCccce

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
65 cl bottle. Black colour with a nice light brown head. Nice aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and english licorice. Nice smooth taste of chocolate, licorice, sugar, malt and ends up quite sweet. A very tasty and complex imp. stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2008
07. Pours deep black with foamy brown head. Aromas of sugar, licorice, and coffee. An array of flavors ranging from chocolate to warming alcohol finishes. Wonderful stout and I wish they were on the shelf in my area. Thanks jake!


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