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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 – February (limited distribution)
The Abyss: Stout brewed with licorice and molasses with 33% aged in oak and oak bourbon barrels. It’s dark. It’s deep. It’s 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Black with a frothy head of tan and brown. Sweet acrid tar alcohol and molasses aroma. Overwhelming in flavor and bitterness. It has noticeable Bourbon and vanilla oak flavor. Quite sweet upfront but tempered by burnt and dark caramel malt flavors. I don’t get any licorice. Finishes incredibly bitter. Not as heavy in body as you would expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 07 bottle. Poured a thick black color with a thick, deep tan head that receded slowly and left nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, and a hint of oak and smoke. Smooth molasses entry leads into a strong smoke character with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and some oak. Light licorice and smoke on the finish. A bit of alcohol detectable, but it wasn’t too bad. Smooth of the palate, some smoky bite. Nice, but not as good as I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a wonderfull deep dark oily black that doesn’t let even a hint of light through. Head was a medium hight dark tan made of tight small bubbles. Heavy lacing on the side of a cold glass. Nose is sweet, burnt chocolate, vanilla, and hint of woodiness. Attack is soft and creamy, thick and oily across the tongue. Sweetness quickly fades into a pleasant bitterness which slowly turns to a deep dark coffee finishing taste with a hint of citrus and vanilla. great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2008
Huge, thick, sweet chocolate nose with some obvious suggestions of alcohol. Opaque black body is topped by a dense, fine bubbled tan/brown head that recedes to a lasting cover. Strong sweet chocolate flavour with some light vanilla undertones. Licorice is quite obvious especially in the aftertaste, but I wouldn’t say it is overdone. Alcohol is apparent throughout. Strong warming to the medium-full body with fair to moderate carbonation. Bottle sampled at Oakes’ Xmas tasting 2007.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Pours out black with thick brown head. Nice taste very roasted coffee, chocolate and smoke. The oak brings it all together. Very complex. Nice finish, slight alcohol. This is a great imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
(Dégusté avec french) Tres belle couleur chocolaté, avec un collet brunatre et mousseux. Odeur de sel, creme, alcohol, banane, poivre. Arome d’une douceur incroyable, tres cremeuse et sucré. Biere tres bien balancé par contre un peu trop concentrer en licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2008
22 oz. bottle - 2007 vintage; pours jet black with foaming tan head; aromas of chocolate, coffee and a touch of smoke; slight woody too; aromas and flavors are rich and thick; oily texture with roasted aftertaste; incredibly smooth after just 6 weeks or so of sitting; a fresh bottle just after release was very bitter IMO

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 Shared with Pyrozoid. Pitch black poor with a nice foamy light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, lactose, mesquite, smoked wood, burnt toast, banana bread and licorice. Very creamy, velvetty mouthfeel... Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness... Slightly salty. Flavors are predominant of licorice... slightly chocolaty and coffee. Just not what i expected, licorice just doesn’t jive for me... yet VERY commendable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
’07 Bottle: Wow, what a pour on this, thick, oily black with just a hint of a head. Massive licorice nose with some dark fruits, chocolate, oak and brown sugar. Very enticing and only got better as it warmed. Thick, syrupy mouth feel that lead to a dry coffee blast, followed by a rush of barrel-aged dark fruits, licorice and some slight herbal tones. There seemed to be a very subtle dark chocolate essence lingering that kind of binded everything together perfectly. Very nice stuff, glad I have one more bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 It isn’t the most complex thing ever, but you know what? It’s damn dark and I would absolutely go way out of my way to get it again. It’s like coffee and charcoal jam.

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