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RATINGS: 1358   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2007
22 oz shared by Mullman at his own gathering. Almost black in color with a brown head. Aroma is roasty, with chocolate, oak, caramel and light notes of vanilla. Taste is alot of chocolate, moderately roasty, caramel, burnt sugars, and oak. Light on the bourbon, apparent but barely so. Finishes roasty and lightly bitter/astringent. very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 22oz. bomber at Mullmanís gathering. Dark brown, nearly black color with a small creamy tan head. Nice aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, oak, vanilla and light smoke. Flavor of dark roast coffee, mild roasted malt, molasses, oak and some char. No real aroma or flavor of the bourbon, which is probably why I liked this beer so much.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Easily the best beer Iíve ever had. My good friend was fortunate to score a keg of this stuff. It poured an inky, opaque black color with a thin mocha colored head. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, and dark coffee notes are very present in the taste, however I failed to taste any licorice as the description states. This is an amazing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2007
22oz bottle. Nearly opaque black-brown with a small dark brown head. Chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, and vanilla oakiness in the aroma. Dry bitter flavors, roast malt and heavy toastiness. High notes of oak and alcohol manifest with a coffee bean coarseness. Lasting residual bitterness in the finish, with some vanilla and alcohol. Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy. Flavors need time to meld.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle. Deep black in color with a nice brown head. Chocolatety coffee malty aroma. Caramel roasty notes. Chocolatety malty nutty flavor. Full bodied. Smooth and creamy. Well balanced. Rich. Finish is bittersweet chocolate. Very drinkable. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Dryness and oak. Actually, more oak and hop bitterness, which accentuates dryness, than actual dryness. Pours with a very slight head, a fantastic coffee and bitter aroma. Taste is very intensely oak with roasted coffee in the background. A hard beer to drink much of, but not because of alcohol (I could not even tell it was 11 percent), just a hard beer to quaff. Good beer though. --- Re-rate 12/2 I can drink a lot more of this than I thought. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - AUG 6, 2007
pours completely opaque with small brown head. aroma is cocoa, milk chocolate, black licorice, some wood ester, and some boozy toffee sweetness. taste is lots of bittersweet chocolate, some black licorice, wood, expresso, and very burnt caramel sweetness. finish is dry and roasty astringent and bitter. very good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
This black ale poured with a miniscule beige head, eliciting a strong chocolate aroma. The flavor is extremely complex and includes dark chocolate mocha, coffee, and malt. There is a carbonated mouthfeel and a sharp alcohol finish. This is a very rich and tasty brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Many thanks to badnewsbeers for sharing this bottle. Deep black-brown body, thin to medium tan head. Huge, bitter aroma, complex, with cocoa and coffee taking first billing, an emphasis on roast and bitterness. Licorice lurks about. The body began with an acrid, astringent bitterness, with massive charred malts and coffee, hints of oak and vanilla, and a big bitter finish. A few sips somewhat subdue the palate and allow sweeter undertones to develop. Still, the bitterness was over-the-top for me, keeping this from reaching the echelon of great Imperial Stouts. Very good, yes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2007
bottle from allaboutstout...pours black with minimal beige head..aroma picks up the nicely roasted malt profile, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and molasses... body is of heavy chocolate and molasses as well, with a brutally bitter finish...some grassy hops present as well...very good, but just a tad too harsh for my style


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