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RATINGS: 1475   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.


4.1
   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. It’s 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 (1167) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Black with a frothy head of tan and brown. Sweet acrid tar alcohol and molasses aroma. Overwhelming in flavor and bitterness. It has noticeable Bourbon and vanilla oak flavor. Quite sweet upfront but tempered by burnt and dark caramel malt flavors. I don’t get any licorice. Finishes incredibly bitter. Not as heavy in body as you would expect.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 07 bottle. Poured a thick black color with a thick, deep tan head that receded slowly and left nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, and a hint of oak and smoke. Smooth molasses entry leads into a strong smoke character with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and some oak. Light licorice and smoke on the finish. A bit of alcohol detectable, but it wasn’t too bad. Smooth of the palate, some smoky bite. Nice, but not as good as I expected.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a wonderfull deep dark oily black that doesn’t let even a hint of light through. Head was a medium hight dark tan made of tight small bubbles. Heavy lacing on the side of a cold glass. Nose is sweet, burnt chocolate, vanilla, and hint of woodiness. Attack is soft and creamy, thick and oily across the tongue. Sweetness quickly fades into a pleasant bitterness which slowly turns to a deep dark coffee finishing taste with a hint of citrus and vanilla. great beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2008
Huge, thick, sweet chocolate nose with some obvious suggestions of alcohol. Opaque black body is topped by a dense, fine bubbled tan/brown head that recedes to a lasting cover. Strong sweet chocolate flavour with some light vanilla undertones. Licorice is quite obvious especially in the aftertaste, but I wouldn’t say it is overdone. Alcohol is apparent throughout. Strong warming to the medium-full body with fair to moderate carbonation. Bottle sampled at Oakes’ Xmas tasting 2007.


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