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RATINGS: 1434   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11531) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Aromas of licorice and darkly toasted malt. And itís not that simple. Opaque black color with a dark tan head thatís enduring. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavors are coffee, dark burnt sugar, wood, salt or soy. Itís not dry, but not all that sweet. The finish is a bit more dry, but itís really about a soft landing. Itís incredibly distinct and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Sampled @ GABBF - I will be honest this did really not blow the wind up my skirt. I thought it was extremely overdone. Loads of licorice and dark chocolate, with some dark fruits, molasses and a large amount of heat from the alcohol in the finish, along with a salty kind of soy sauce astrigency.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Tap @ Front Door: Black, intimidating solar-radiation-absorption capacity. Frothy chunks of cream/mocha head, sticky lacing. Nose of licorice, bitter chocolate milkshake, alcohol, light roasted coffee, milk and molasses. The flavor is so balanced; bread, alcohol, sweet dry coffee and chocolate spread, bright alcohol and light whiskey note. Almost grape like sweetness. The finish is chewy and astringent. Full body, roast and a snappy but not overbearing alcohol and bitterness. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
The night capper in DM 2/9/08 at Jís pad in carlsbad. Thanks for the goods on this one bro. í06 Vintage. This will be a combined score for an í07 sample on draft this very same day at Liarís Club. This one put me into "la-la" land, zombie party. What a long day of boozin it had been - donít forget the quazz too. Appearance was larger spotty bubbles and a loose knit carbonation. Aroma and flavor were similar - dark chocolate wrapped with smoke, charred and roasty marshmallow, and a hint of sweet creamy vanilla. Finishes long, slightly bitter, deadly drinkable. Leaves a delicate film all over the mouth and gums - just outstanding. Only knock is picking up a slight bit of a astrigent salt here and there - but it didnít ruin or deter my fascination with its excellence. Just a great stout all-around. A fitting end to a tasting filled with brews that didnít drop below a 4 - solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (955) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 2006 Reserve 22oz bottle shared with jarspag for the final beer of the 2/9 Death Metal in Carlsbad. Pitch black pour with red edges and a deep beige head and big bubbly center and minimal lacing. Instantaneous aroma of robust dark chocolates and molasses with notes of burnt barley and wood. Faint hints of brewerís licorice as well. Very smoky flavor with rich chocolate truffle and espresso, with a subtle oak barrel character. Hickory wood and a light soy sauce presence are detectable. I liked how a third of it was barrel-aged, so there is not an overwhelming bourbon presence, yet the smoothed oak presence is very nice. Thick and soft body with the palate transitioning from sweet to bitter very efficiently at each sip. Yum yum yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle shared with Dave at the Brick House Pub. Soapy head on dark chocolate. Yeast in aroma. Taste is coffee mostly. Drying mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Draft@Pizza Port. Dark with a small tan head. Malt, coffee, oak, and molasses make this a great beer. Had again on tap @ Callahanís. Sweet Molases smell with caramel. Good carbonation and great lasting aftertaste. Not changing a thing, but thought I would confirm. 2008 & 2009 not as good whatsoever. Lowering my rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phil (178) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2008
Good stuff. Thankfully bought two bottles. read others description. My body is telling me, no more. But, is this just another big american impy stout? I kinda think so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
22oz Bomber 2007 Bottling I was lucky enough to get this in a recent trade, a big thanks goes out to you Bill. Abyss gurgles from the bottle and appears as a black mass in my snifter. The tan head grew to one finger as I poured and left some quality drink lines after ech sip. The head eventually falls to a skimming with a thick ring surrounding the body. A good looking stout for sure. The aroma doesnít have as much of the noticeable barrel aging as I expected. As this beer warms the aroma gets better and better. I left this one sitting out of the fridge for probably 40 minutes before opening and still the aroma just keeps getting better. Each time I bury my nose in the glass I find myself ihaling healthy doses of roasted grains, freshly ground coffee, and molasses in order from most aggressive to least. Hints of anise, oak, and spicy alcohol make ghost like appearances here and there along with a solid pine hop presence toward the back. Flavor follows in stride with the aroma. If you want to read about the flavor profile take a look at the paragraph above. Everything is smooth and balanced for such big flavors. Iím not sure of the IBUs but theyíre in a good place considering theyíre not only balancing out the malts but also making a show of themselves. Thereís a solid roasty bitterness on the swallow to create a good finish. Body is full without a doubt. Starts off moderately full and as it works itís way through becomes creamy and coating. Sluggish carbonation keeps this one working at itís own pace and lets each flavor work on the tastebuds. This beer sips along smoothly for an 11% monster but after I kill off this bomber itís going to be bedtime. This is a beer to sip throughout the night. Another excellent Imperial Stout. The barrel aging was done very nicely for this beer. The barrel compliments instead of takes over like what happens with so many other barrel aged beers. 2/8/08

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Thanks to tytoanderso for sharing this at the Zippís Liquors tasting (which was an amazing tasting!). Black motor oil pour with a small brown head. Aroma of licorice and roasted malt with some oak. Coffee, licorice and bourbon are a few of the flavors. This hides the alcohol well and has a nice finish with a good hop balance. Great beer!

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