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RATINGS: 1387   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3116) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing this one at his inaugural tasting. This starts with a black opaque pour that throws up a dark mocha head. Huge coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Smooth, great body. Very complex and satisfying flavor. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unrulythings (73) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2008
2007 bottle. pours a deep, oily black color with a thick, mocha brown head. aroma is rich with dark chocolate and berries. full of complex flavors from coffee and caramel to smoke and molasses. a truly fabulous beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Bottle 2007. Pours with a very dark color and a brown head. Not much of an oak character but very interesting flavors of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee. It needs to warm up significantly before it can show its full compleixcty. Medium body, not too heavy but not watery. Quite good, but probably a tad overhyped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2008
2007 bottle. Rich and delicious. Dark plus, with brown and red hilights, coffee, cranberry, silk, very viscous, so much...thereís a choclatey aftertaste, very dark, wish I could say itís Venezuelan or Honduran or some such but Iím not yet that much of a cocoa nerd...anyway, just great and surprisingly hype worthy, a dark stain inducing monster!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
#1600: Multiple tap samples at brewery. Very black pour with a dark tan head that lasts. Aroma shows great complexity with notes of coffee, chocolate, roast, caramel, moderate to low hops and barrel characteristics. Barrel flavors are there, but by no means dominate. Not a world beater, but itís got most of what I look for in an Impy Stout. Heavy bodied, nearly dry finish. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle at City Beer Store, with a framboise chaser. Dark brown color, looks thick from far away but sloshes around just like regular beer. Huge aroma of molasses, alcohol, raspberry, bourbon--taste also has caramel, chocolate, burnt wood. Soothing smooth mouthfeel with a kick at the finish of sour licorice and lemons. Wow beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Batch 1, @ Stevofest, courtesy of stevo. Man, what a great beer. I could give a laundry list of the aromas and flavors (its a nice mix of smoke, chocolate, blueberry and balck walnuts, along a bunch of other stuff, if you must know). But really it come together to a lot more than the sum of its parts. Immensely satifying beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
First batch, sampled at stevoís. Pours ultra-black with some mahogany edges and a big tan head. The aroma is ashy with plenty of chocolate, a touch of oatmeal, and a hint of cappuccino. The flavor is very ashy with some smoke, chocolate, a hint of alcohol, a touch of coffee, some meaty nuts, and some vanilla. This here is a great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Black, with thin-medium brown head. Strong alcohol aroma, slight underlying sweetness. Medium bodied, tastes sweet with an underlying bitter chocolate and alcoho, tart finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 Winter 2007 vintage, just a few months old. In contrast to the aged 2006 version, this one showed alot more roast and hardly any anise character. An earthy hoppiness shined through as well, lending balance and depth. I preferred the fresher version slightly. Both are excellent, but the 2007 really shined. The bourbon is incredibly subtle in both, enhancing the brew slightly while allowing the traditional Imperial Stout to take center stage. Great beer.

Original rating 8/4/8/4/17 4.1. Courtesy CaptainCougar. 2006 vintage, consumed January 2008. Pours as dark as something called The Abyss should.....pitch black. A small, frothy, bubbly tan head leaves behind random spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is rich and deep, with anise, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and roasty espresso all showing strong. The chocolate intensifies in the flavor profile, leaning towards very dark chocolate with a high cocoa butter content. Oak is present in the form of woodsy vanilla. The roastiness is huge in this one. Smooth, almost creamy palate, but not quite as full bodied as I expected. Overall, this is a very, very good brew.

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