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RATINGS: 1479   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 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2008
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 2007 22oz bottle enjoyed at An Evening with Pantanap #4. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Nose is lots of chocolate with some roasted and toasted biscuit malts. Creamy roast and chocolate flavors. The subtler notes were of coffee, dark fruit, molasses and vanilla. The bittersweet chocolate has a bit of a chalky flavor to it. Finishes really dry. Good beer, but Iím not blown away by this one.

í06 and 08 side by side thanks to xnoxhatex and 17th floor. Both pour a dark black with a beige head. 06 has a rich chocolatey nose thatís slightly ashy with molasses and bourbon. 08 is flatter with mostly just malt and some ash. 06 has roasted burnt ashy flavors that are slightly sour though not distracting. 08 is much more sweet and nutty, kinda hard to drink. The 06 was more enjoyable and better than most times iíve had it. 8/4/8/4/16 = 4.0 08ís sweetness and lack of depth made it not fun or too enjoyable. 7/4/7/3/12 = 3.3

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
This is the best imperial stout that I have ever tried. This beer is legendary. Just unbelievable!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1788) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2008
Looks fantastic; very dark brown with a choc / orange head. Chocolate biscuit aromas (Oriel cookies?), roast, chocolate.....damn good. Bitter chocolate flavours early before some sweetness kicks in mid-palate. Very firm and tight flavours from this point onwards. Great length. So so young....this will live a long time.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (3356) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2008
jet black, looks like 10 year old motor oil. thick This is easily the biggest roasted malt aroma i have ever smelled. Not much hops, just malt. some slight coffee, and lots of chocolate. Flavour is very roasty, with big notes of chocolate, and coffee. the finish is soooooooo bitter. not mcuh going on with the oak aging, i cant really find much oak in here. but the finish is so bitter, and roasty, incredible stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - APR 2, 2008
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. 2007 Reserve batch. Black wax on top. Took me 10 mins to get the bottle open, by which time it had warmed slightly. Poured out a deep bittersweet chocolate brown, with a sticky mocha head. Aromas are mostly licorice, vanilla, oak barrel, smoky Bourbon. Flavors are licorice, smoky Bourbon, vanilla beans, some alcohol. Thick mouthfeel, rich and chewy. Almost a meal in a glass. Aftertastes of brown sugar, earthy hops, creme brulee. Tasty stout overall.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2008
22 oz. bomber. Opaque black pour into a snifter produces a tight, tan head that is short-lived. Lace is irregular. Aroma is full of woody sherry and bourbon, carrying along the rich coffee and chocolate for a ride. The flavor is full-on dark fruit, chocolate, and a pinch of spice. This is a nearly perfect imperial stout, and a nearly favorite beer for me. Gotta save some room at the top, I guess.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
Tasted at the February Northern California Beer Tasting. This Imperial Stout pours a dark black color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee with a touch of vanilla and wood. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Itís a little light in the mouth but is an excellent Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is a slightly bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Courtesy of Dragonstout. Pours a dark brown with a little tan head. Aroma is burnt cocoa. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, molasses, and some dark fruit. Palate is creamy and smooth, with a vanilla taste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 One of the most flavorfilled drinks I have ever poured. Heavily roasted with a strong, spiced licorice and root component. Many earthy flavors that all backup the spicy sweetness of the molasses with a silky smooth light bitter milk chocolate piece. Burnt caramel malt and vanilla with espresso bean and toasted breadiness as well. Pronounced alcohol in an medium-heavy body with richness that is present from first sip to well beyond the finish. Impressive drink. 2010 edition: More spice character than 2008. Heavy root and licorice. Deep roast and chocolate nibs. No change to score.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Black pour with a minimal tan head. Toasted malt aroma with a dash of cocoa. Flavor is rich and malty with some bittersweet dark chocolate and sugared coffee. Very enjoyable.


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