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RATINGS: 1519   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown/black with a foamy 2 finger tan head. Nose is oak, charred malt, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Palate is roasted coffee, cocoa, molasses, fruit and a bit of hop bitter bite at the end. I didnít detect any licorice. Creamy mouth feel and nice lacing. You can tell itís not quite there yet, but the pieces are in place. I bet this will really be a great beer in a year or so. Still very good as is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Had on tap at Newport pizza and Ale. Wow, this pours really dark, you canít see light through at all. The aroma is insane, it had kinda a blueberry scent that changed into more of a rich chocolatey coffee bean. This stout has many different levels and was nicely balanced masking the abv neatly, I guess I better try to find some of these bombers before there all gone or selling on ebay~ IS NiCCCCccce

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
65 cl bottle. Black colour with a nice light brown head. Nice aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and english licorice. Nice smooth taste of chocolate, licorice, sugar, malt and ends up quite sweet. A very tasty and complex imp. stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2008
07. Pours deep black with foamy brown head. Aromas of sugar, licorice, and coffee. An array of flavors ranging from chocolate to warming alcohol finishes. Wonderful stout and I wish they were on the shelf in my area. Thanks jake!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Via liquidsolutions. Pours a really dark black with a nice consistency and a thin dark tan head. Leaves some film. Nice aroma, sweet, charred, coffee, roasty, coffee, fruity. The flavor is roasty, warming, fruity, warming alcohol, coffee, chocolate, lots of wood, molasses, light barrel aging, a sort of vinous quality. The palate is very full and smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Warming and roasty finish. A very nice round imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2008
The color was opaque, dark, and black. The head was thin, creamy, and medium tan. The aroma was alcohol, coffee, roast, oak, and vanilla. The flavor was the same. The palate was full-bodied. The finish was roasty coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2008
A giant thanks to buckeyeboy. Enormously woody. Some texture to it with the wood, but a smooth finish. Vanilla and chocolate. Hops are in there and bring out that wood flavor, but not assertive. Bitterness is moderate and balances well. Very toasty too. There is a bit of salty soy sauce that creeps in at times that isnít exactly great, but it stays mostly hidden. Gets even softer as it warms. There is a slight touch of bourbon, but itís really just a nuance of the mild sweetness and assertive wood, not its own flavor. Bourbon does come out more as it warms as well. Alcohol can be tasted a bit on the breath, but just slightly. Complexity and the unique huge toasty oak flavor are the big strengths. Lots of points for not being just another imperial stout. However, that saltiness knocks it down a peg and prevents it from really reaching excellence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Wow, this was some amazing stuff. Pours thick black with a thin tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. Great flavor and well balanced, I wish I could get some more.

   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 (1899) - 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.

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