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RATINGS: 1608   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 Ė February (limited distribution)
The Abyss: Stout brewed with licorice and molasses with 33% aged in oak and oak bourbon barrels. Itís dark. Itís deep. Itís 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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Poured dark black with heafty multi-colored head ranging from light brown to dark - the pour was visibly thick in appearance like no beer I have seen - aroma is sweet licorice, and bourbon. Lacing on the glass is smooth and silky -First sip was licorice, chocolate, sweet yet with a bite, with an aftertaste of pure heaven. 2nd sip was same but I noticed some fruit. Palate is perfect with a lot of carbonation and thick oily feel. Thanks to BIGBANG for this brew! This is the best of all the beers that I have tried all rolled into one. WOW. No flavor is too overpowering- as soon as I feel the licorice is a bit much I get a nice coffee undertone, or cherry, or bourbon, or carmel, or molasses. There is so much packed into this beer. This is the Biggest beer I have tried to date- Love it. I didnt think it would live up to the hype. As you drink this DARK brew and set the glass down, you can see the dark brew trickle through the tan head creating a kaleidoscopelike visual with the bubbles - Very cool! Not only a great beer but entertaining as well. I will now spend the next hour or so enjoying the remaining 3/4 of this beer. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 3, 2008
very dark, thick pour, brown head. sweet aroma, lots of alcohol, coffee, and maltyness flavor is similar, sweet but not cloying and very nice nice long bittersweet finish very nice heavy body

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Abyss is truly the best name they could have come up with for this thing. Black Hole is the only other thing that even comes close, because absolutely no light shines through this mother. Beautiful tan head as well. Smells like coffee and nuts and some whiskey notes with a little hop scent buried in the back. Huge licorice flavor with notes of chocolate, molasses and bourbon, very roasty as well. Beer doesn’t get much more perfect than this one, I just wish they’d produce more every year!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Draft @ GABF. Pours pitch black with generous tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol and dark fruits. Taste was filled with licorice, malt, coffee and molasses. Huge mouthfeel with long finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
Damn DUDE! Pours a thick, disgustingly delicious blackness that can only be compared to a black hole. Nice 1.5" mocha colored head that fades slowly with a lot of sticking left behind :) Molasses but not DL molasses. I don’t know much about the stuff but this is different than that. Fudgey with a nice whiskey nose [from the barrel]. Prunes or some other dark fruit is present and bringing in the rear of aromas. Thick, rich and nasty (in a good way). This is one bad Larry! The thickness has an eruption of chocolate, molasses and whiskey oak. A very good and slightly bitter combo! Feels nice and heavy but goes down so smooth you can’t tell your about to be attacked by some serious flavors. A must pick up and try! Have one, have two. This is one damn damn great beer. It’s up there with the DL and Kate IMHO.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 2008 bottle. Pours black with big head . Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, cocoa. Flavor is nicely complex. Carbonation is a little more than other big RIS. Super lacing. Mouthfeel is lush, smooth, and lingers forever like a fine stout should (but not many do) with bitter chocolate aftertaste. ABV is well hidden but definitely warms the tummy. Not hot at all. I think this will age very well. Iím not a big licorice fan and was concerned but I didnít really notice much. Hint of bourbon but not a lot, which is fine - thereís something to said for moderation and complementary flavors. This is a truly delicious beverage.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Some bourbon comes through in the aroma, especially as it warms-not in a harsh way though. Liquirioce-in finish as well. Very low carb, liquid smooth, very rich and velvety. Nice chocolate in the finish with a pleasant chalkiness. A really good hop/malt bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2008
2007 batch. (Accidentally frozen, oops, and then unaccidentally thawed. Seems no worse for wear! oily dark black brown with a medium tan thin head. Deep dark sweet roast. Very much round, mostly roast. A big piny hop note seems to pop into the roast and alcohol. Anise perhaps? Luxurious mouthfeel. Slick, viscous with lower carbonation. Some serious substance. Big brash bold impy stout. Huge roast, murky dark sweetness. Alcohol, piny hops. Licorice. If there is oak, it is very sublte and bourbon seems absent other than some hints of vanilla. Really a lovely beer. Subtle and bold where it ought to be!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 08 Batch, Tap @ their Portland spot... Poured black with a thin, brown head. Was served in snifter that pleasantly forced the aromas in my face; which consisted of liquor, roasted barley-malt and was a little musty. Really thick palate that had a lot of carbonation and an acidic sting that attacked the back of my tongue. Tasted of vanilla with a little bit of hops and roasted flavors. It had become surprisingly dry towards the finish which did a great job balancing. Other amaretto flavors which kept the sweetness consistent and easy to savor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours like motor oil with thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, and dark fruits. Taste of dark fruits, molasses, hops, and vanilla. Thick mouthfeel. No signs of bourbon in the nose or in the taste. Was expecting much more due to the hype and it was just OK. Pretty ordinary compared to other oak aged beeers.


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