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RATINGS: 1491   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Thick black pour with nice roasty aroma. lots of roast, coffee, and chocolate flavor. very drinkable beer considering the freshness factor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Aroma is a deep sweet burnt scent. Color is deep, deep black with mellow carbonation and a thin tight brown head. Taste is roasted, sweet and dry. Starting with a full body it goes down with a sharp rich feel. Finish is rich with a deep roasted flavor that is a bit sweet and burnt nest a faint citric and hop flavor come in. The burnt taste comes out with a bitterness that is almost sour then there is a hint of oak and bourbon. After taste is dry with a tiny alcohol feel. As it warms a bit and you drink a bit more the hops show a little more. This is a wonderful Imperial Stout. Its deep, rich, complex and very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhclem (385) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours a deep coffee color with a dark tan head. Minimal lacing. Nose has a definite tone of licorice, moderated by coffee, chocolate and molasses. Very smooth presentation - licorice, toffee and molasses resting comfortably on a bed of alcohol. Mouthfeel was superb - silky and oily, but tempered by just the right amount of carbonation. Aftertaste lets you know there are hops and malt involved in the process. Interestingly, the foretaste lingers nicely as well. One piece of advice for the brewers - lose the wax. Itís a little precious. Itís also quite brittle and went all over my counter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2008
22oz from HimerMan - thanks, Brian!!! Last year I got a bottle from jake65 but Iím rating the 2007 bottling. Deep, oily, inky, with minimal head on this one. Very prominent molasses notes in the nose, and some of the sharpness of the licorice too (which comes through more in the flavor). I sticky, resinous body thatís just the ticket (wish it head slightly more vibrancy to it, but thatís not a big knock). This yearís young Abyss, however, is a bit less complex than less yearís. There are some nice malts, some earthy grain, and a shit-ton of roasted coffee dimensions, the latter of which tends to overwrite many of the other qualities. Still a very nice drink, but the oaking isnít really coming through much at all and the roasts are a bit too face-wrecking at this point. Rates highly, but Iíll have to give this a while (or tuck into my remaining 2006 bottle).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Beautiful color. Dark with a nice tan head. Dominating thought is that this is very dry. Thick with a bit of bourbon and hoppy graininess in the finish. Dry dry dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2332) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
clean tasting and a good blend with the right weight to the barrel flavors. tends toward cleaner flavors (away from fat fruit flavors) and the anise and molasses do a great job of rounding out the malt sugars and providing depth. piutch black, some of the darkest foam Iíve seen in a while. even warming it doesnít expand much flavorwise alth9ough some earthiness emerges. Straight forward and gigantic. Way fun stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Big thanks to Old Mr. Crow for sending an í06 and í07. This rating is for the í06 version. The pour is jet black with 2-fingers of dark brown head, a minor Guinness cascade, and sticky lacing. The nose is big; dark malt, chocoff, blackstrap moiasses, mild nuts, some earthy peaty bourbon notes. The palate is rich, hefty, with a flavor profile that reminds me of a slightly heftier and more complex Gonzo. The roasty dark malt taste is there, with a lot of molasses, dark choc, coffee, and a solid, noticeable hop bill. It gets a tiny bit hot as it warms, and the palate heft isnít as massive as some Impy stouts Iíve had, but I have no problem with all the acclaim this beer has received. It is very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2008
black pour with a chocolate brown head. sweet roasted malts, molasses and sugar on the nose. huge coffee and roasted malts, oak and some other stuff i canít name. not quite as thick as i was hoping but itís very easy and seems well balanced on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2008
2007 bottle. Nicely balanced, if not overly complex, imperial stout. Very drinkable. Opaque body with a deep tan head. It clings to the side of the glass like motor oil. The aroma is not as strong as I thought it would be, but there are notes of burnt malts, licorice, cherry, coffee and chocolate ó and a hint of fresh-cut oak. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter in the finish. Full body with a velvety texture. Moderate carbonation. Not as complex as Dark Lord and not as intense as Expedition, but a solid and thoroughly enjoyable imperial stout. Thanks Randy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8239) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2008
2007 edition - many thanks people! Huge creamy head, choco-mousse lookalike, fed by small but insistent pearling from black beer, and leaving textbook rings of dirty lace. Molasses, dry cacao powder, some ureum, used sportsshirts, and faraway wood, as well as spruce needle aromas. Very roasted, burnt flavours: grain, coffee, and in the end, burnt hops. Retronasal false liquorice sweetness, if just a hint, and some black chocolate. After some time, one starts to recognise some hops, greenery-like. Very slight astringency. Very creamy & rich-velvety texture, full-bodied being an euphemism. Alcohol very well hidden. What was all the fuzz about? Itís well crafted and reasonably complex, but then again, at 11% ABV that is not exactly a miracle.

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