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RATINGS: 1525   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4404) - 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 (1900) - 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 (397) - 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 (4902) - 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 (2408) - 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!

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