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RATINGS: 1559   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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Rated again with a bottle of 2009. Poured a nice dark black with a brown rolling head. I didnít expect that out of the bottle. Shared it with my beer-loving cousin from Minnesota. He was duly impressed! On tap at the Deschutes tap room in Portland - This was a surprise beer to get in the summer, and it was not even on the menu! And on Brewfest weekend! What a treat! This is a beer for beer lovers. It is a very good stout with some complex flavors. Iím looking forward to the next winterís brew!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Big thanks to Kevin and Karen for sharing this one. Big coffee, with everything else coming after that. Smooth, partly due to the oak-aging I’m sure, with some other more subtle tastes around it, mostly chocolate.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
stchloe (911) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Its not a bullish stout like Stone’s Imperial Russian, but its softer, sweeter, more delicate. The oak conditioning and maple create smooth aroma and woody flavor. Oh god is it good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (6129) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2008
Bottled. Dark color. Aroma of espresso with a bit of chocolat. Nice bitter taste, espresso. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3663) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2008
22 oz, bottle, 2006 reserve. I was going to include this in my top-rated stouts blind tasting series but decided to drink the four from the barrel aged group over the next week to better enjoy each. Dark brown with a pocked tan head that leaves lacy chunks. Nose is coffee and chocolate cake. Notes of oak and vanilla with touches of licorice and alcohol. Smooth and tingly that abruptly thins with alcohol. Taste is coffee beans, dark chocolate, bitter grass and grapefruit. Very good but not quite special for me.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
A great beer. Pours very thick - kind of like motor oil. The taste is fantastic tastes a little bit sweet at first, and finishes a tad bit bitter. The aroma smells like a lot of chocolate with a hint of molasses and caramel. Fills you up pretty quickly too! After one is done it feels as though you have been satisfied with a great full meal!!!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
2007 Bottle. Thanks to my amazing girlfriend for this great birthday present. This beer lives up to the hype. Pours like motor oil with a large, tight, dark brown head that leaves tons of lacing covering a pitch black body. Aroma has lots of rich cohocolate, vanilla, some oak, and licorice. Taste is amazing. Like drinking slightly bitter chocolate syrup. Very mouthcoating. Slightly burnt, but very rich and full with vanilla and licorice notes. I love it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11669) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2008
2007 bottle @ DTS. Roastaroma, creamy, chocolate and a bit salty. Espresso flavor with dark chocolate and cream. Sweet but also salty finish with licorice and laurel. Well balanced beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Thanks to Mar for this one! ’06 bottle. This beer pours a black with a thin dark brown head. The aromas are burnt chocolate roasted coffee’s and licorice. The flavors are the same with a strong pronounced alcohol to it. Well crafted imperial stou! Worthy of the hype! Cheers!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2109) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2008
Dutch tasting session Bunnik. Bottled. Opaque, brown head. Chocolate, malts, coffee. Very bitter flavour. Solid imperial stout.


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