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RATINGS: 1529   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2008
Bottle. Nose is chocolate with light smoke and soft acidity. Something fruity, light fig and plum are possibilities. Warms up with more fruit, cherries and raspberries. Black with a thin patchy creme head, small bubbles and great lacing. Loads of chocolate, lightly acidic, nice but without much depth. Roasty finish with some alcohol in the aftertaste. Seems that it needs some time to truly express itself. Lots of potential. Thick but a bit dry. Easy drinking for the style, other than all the alcohol presence. Flavor opens up a lot with warmth, but is matched by a huge rise in alcohol presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Pours a nice medium-brown with a decent head & some lacing. Wow! Strong aroma, very bready & nutty. Tastes very nice - a stout with a barleywine malt balance, strong warm finish. Ok body - a tad thin, and reasonable carbonation. Pleasant beer - I like the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6041) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
Shared bottle, thanks to Chris from thebeergeek.com. Poured pitch black with a solidly tan head. Full-up aroma ... what is that, currants? Licorice, chocolate, moderately bittered, rich milkiness, definitely rich. Like a mocha gone wild. (#3410, 4/11/2008)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
Poured from a 2007 22 oz. bottle. Dark black with a medium brownish tan head. Aromas jump at you of smoky oak and licorice. Very smooth and velvety on your tongue. Great complexity of flavors with chocolate, coffee, molasses, and alcohol. Long finish of flavor. Excellent!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1471) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 This is by far the biggest, richest and darkest beer Iíve ever tasted. As a good friend of mine put it, it made a Stone Imperial Russian Stout we had afterward taste like Budweiser. It pours like motor oil. Black. Not dark brown, black... with just a bit of a coffee-colored head that doesnít stick around long. Initial aroma of yeasty chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, soy sauce and molasses - and it opens up beautifully as it warms. The first thing you notice on the first taste is the mouthfeel - itís so thick and viscous that itís syrupy, and coats your mouth beautifully with initial flavors of dark-roasted coffee, molasses and licorice, with just a hint of oak from the barrels. Sweet at first, but it leaves a dry, bitter aftertaste that lingers forever in your mouth. The alcohol is hidden completely. Iím still not a huge fan of stouts, but this is by far the best Iíve had - itís a trip. RE-RATE 11.28.08. 2008 bottle. I managed to get my hands on a few bottles of this year’s release, and I have to bump up my score for this brew a few notches. I’ve developed a taste for stouts, and this one might just take the cake. 100% opaque, even around the edges. Great chocolate head. The flavors are as I described last year (above), with a bit of bourbon, too... but what strikes me is how incredibly smooth this brew manages to be for how huge it is. It does for Imp. stouts what Pliny does for Imp. IPAs. Just utterly fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoubleBubble (107) - Mescal Lakes (wherever that is), Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a 1" mocha head that disappears quickly. Very spotty lacing. Aroma of roasty malts, licorice, dark esters, and chocolate. Flavors of molasses, roasty malts, light chocolate, licorice, and dark esters. Sweet and a little dry. Taste the alcohol a little, but definitely feel the warming sensation of the alcohol on the way down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2008
Bottle courtesy tpd975. Pours blackwith a small but lasting tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of molasses, roasted malt, coffee, licorice, oak, dark fruit, caramel, and bourbon. Taste is the same as aroma. Full oily wonderfull mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol. One of the best Imperial Stouts ever.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2008
Now THIS is a top 50 imperial stout which actually lives up to they hype. The deScription (1/3rd oak-aged, molasses, licorice) makes it sound like a bit of a dogís breakfast, but this is decidedly subtle. To the extent that such a huge beer can be subtle at least. No piney American hops or weird bourbon character here, the dominant character is immense, rich, espresso-like maltiness. Not so much the high-end roasty notes, more the middle-ground toasty, walnutty elements of a really good, concentrated long black. It tastes like brown malt to me, but who knows. British hop pellets in the aroma, with some hay and perhaps licorice (not sure of the power of suggestion element here). Just so intense and rich and concentrated, without any weirdness. Massively rich, smooth mouthfeel too. Has a real element of class about it that most American (and other) imperial stouts lack. Top darts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
a damn good irs.....mid bodied in the grand scheme of things.....donít drink your bourban county stout before this....it is super complex and a great beer...too bad they did not make more......

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (5266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Bchung52077: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a huge dark brown color foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vanilla, light smoke and huge black chocolate notes is pretty intense but well balance as well. Taste is a sublime mix between some black chocolate, some light smoke, molasses, some oak and bourbon. This is a very well balance mix with no flavour taking over and completely overshadowing the rest of the flavours. Body is full with engine oil consistency but with a creamy texture as well and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not being a big fan of imperial stout usually I must admit that I was really impressed by the craftsmanship of this one.

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