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RATINGS: 1535   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2008
A huge beer. Looks like a dark rootbeer float. You can float the USS Nimitz on that head. Aroma is like burnt caramel, with some toffee notes. Flavor transitions well from smooth to creamy to bold. Not so complex as its very drinkable. Alcohol; content is not very noticlble. Some bitter hops come out near the end in the nosr and the palate. I think a few more months in the cask would have brought out the bourbon flavors . A very nice beer that beckens you at every sip. Explore with caution!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeSammy (572) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2008
While the bitter back end might have once swayed me, I found this beer to be extremely enjoyable. Engine sludge with a nice head. Not as thick as dark lord. Nose and flavors of smoked coffee, mocha, chocolate.. I could go on. Sample at FFF Dark lord day 2008.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2008
Pours midnight black with a foamy tan head. Lots of aroma: dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, wood. Deep smoky flavor, with hints of all of the above and just a touch of vanilla. Full thick body. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2008
07 Bottle shared by pudditane. Pours black with a brown colored head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, coffee, oak. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, oak, molasses, and yes some licorice notes, very slight bourbon. Palate is full bodied, medium to mild carbonation, finished very bitter. This just didnít do it for me. Good brew and I can see why people like it so much, but just not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to Thaddeus for this gift. Black color with a foamy medium to dark brown head. The molasses and licorice come through well and the oak barrels smooth out the flavor without adding too much of the bourbon vanilla element. An intense coffee and bitter aftertaste with a rich full bodied finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9998) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 On draught at Freakiní Frog in Las Vegas. Pours black as night with a medium and foamy light brown head that has good retention. Rings of lacing on the glass. Big aroma of cocoa, roasted malt and bourbon. Rich body with bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a bit of spice. Light smoke and bourbon in the background throughout. The finish is full and moderately bitter coffee and hops with a sharp alcohol aftertaste. Would probably benefit from aging a bit. Overall this is a very good Imperial Stout.

   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 (6066) - 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!!

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