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RATINGS: 1427   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2008 Bottle. Courtesy of Enzofan. Ink black pour with thick foamy tan head. Great lace. Chocolate, roast, slight green apple aroma. Chocolate flavors and roast dominate. Slight smokiness in there as well. Full velvety mouthfeel. Smooth, warming finish. Very good, but a bit over-hyped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle at cgarvieukís sunday sojourn. Nose is woody malt, some hops, very dry. Taste is malty coffee, cotton wool, some malt, but a bit 1D. Coffee malts last in the mouth. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Aroma is really hoppy, pine hints of peach, but minimal in comparison to what id expected, underlying caramel malts. Taste is burnt dry coffee, really drying in the mouth, not good, over powering and one dimentional. My add roasty malt to such a hoppy beast, no doubt would be an excellent IIPA without? RERATING: as it warms, aroma disapears and its all roasty tar, hard to drink, horrible stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (15169) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Bottle at home with Tom ... Thanks to Dough77 for this ... Deep dark viscous black with short lived brown foam head ... mellow soft piney hop nose ... viscouse mouth feel ... lots of coffee roast with a resiny hop back ground ... 3.8 Bottle at home ... thanks to stephanos ... dark black ... thin tan head ... sweet dark roast .... mellow chocolate nose ... sweet chocolate malt ... rich dark complex ... dark roast ... nice roast . maybe a 4.0 today Bottle at home ... deep black ... soft sark toffee roast malts ... chewy malts nose... sweet roast ... chocolate ... heavy roast ... dark malts ... 4.1 bottle at chrisO ....huge chocolate ... dark roast ... goood malt ... lovely

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2008
2006 release, and itís been in my cellar for more than a year now, thank you Tom/After4ever, itís wonderful! We drink it to celebrate my new position as top woman rater here on RB, its the beginning of February 2008. Itís pitch black with a huge, nice, creamy mocha-brown head. The aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate and hints of oak/vanilla. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour is smooth, velvety seducing with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, light bitterness and very light oak/whisky and the finish has a roasted bitterness. Itís lovely, complex and very full bodied!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 Bottle courtesy of tytoanderso, thanks Tyler! Pours an evil spawn of satan black with a beautiful creamy brown head. Aroma of powdered cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and brown sugar. This beer has a nice creamy mouthfeel and flavors of coffee, powdered cocoa, malt, barley and wood all come together to form a very nice imperial stout. Well done Deschutes, YUM!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Happy to say this is my 100th rating!!! Pours heavily-used motor oil topped wth a frothy milk-chocolate shake. Licorice and sticky sweet fragrance wtih a bit of oak, smoke, and vanilla. More sugary than most in this style, doesnít begin with bitter but definitely displays chocolate and campfire burn. Extremely complex with multiple layers...caramel/toffee erodes into an almost hop finish. You can paint with this it coats the palate so well. Amazing beer...wish it was more readily available!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
highibus (737) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Deep deep black like the abyss it is names for. Nice tan head lasts awhile. Aroma of vanilla, oak and chocolate. Very nice as it warmed. Flavor much of the same with a great texture and chewiness. Completely coats the tongue yet is not overbearing. Really nice impy stout. I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (726) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: APR 23, 2011 2007 22oz. Pours very Black with dark tan head. Burnt coffee and grain nose. Chewy and smooth. Well balanced flavors. Bourbon does not stand out, nor does the oak barrel, subtle. Alcohol is hidden. I still canít get over how well blended this Imp Stout is. Its smoothness separates this one from others. One problem is that this beer is limited to once a year. One of the best that I have had. 2010 bottle, still one of the best! I notice more bourbon in this vintage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2008
2007 version: 22 oz bomber. Pours wicked dark black-opaque with a thick, brown head. Damn wax is a bitch to get off the cap....Nose of chocolate, sweetness, oatmeal, some alcohol-a bit of brown alcohol...Taste is caramelly, chocolate, alcohol, faint background of bourbon/whiskey but not overwhelming. This beer rocks with the mouth-thick, viscous, chewy, full and lasting all the way down. Definitely one of the better Impys, if not overall beers, Iíve had. Wonderful.

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