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RATINGS: 1455   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Thanks to tytoanderso for sharing this at the Zippís Liquors tasting (which was an amazing tasting!). Black motor oil pour with a small brown head. Aroma of licorice and roasted malt with some oak. Coffee, licorice and bourbon are a few of the flavors. This hides the alcohol well and has a nice finish with a good hop balance. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2571) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2008 Tap @ San Diego Brewing Company. Pitch black in color. Dark brownish head. Slightly sweet roasty aroma. Flavor has a lot of chocolate up front with a little sweetness. Followed by a lot of booziness. Lots of roasted coffee. Finish tastes like extremely bitter/burnt coffee beans and is fairly dry. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 2007. This beer needs to be served near room temperature. Even slightly chilled, the nose, flavor and palate are muted, but warmer is outstanding. Aroma of roasted (and slightly charred) malt, plenty of liquorice, a hint of creamy oatmeal, alcohol, leather, bitter chocolate and the smallest note of ashy smoke. Pours thick, oily black - I mean black like midnight. A small quarter inch dark khaki head. Flavor of charred malt, toasted vanilla, bitter chocolate, liquorice, anise, leather, espresso, wet, charred oak. Damn.... nice stuff. Thick, creamy and slightly sticky on the tongue. Not smooth like velvet, but nice nonetheless. A lingering liquorice, spicy and dry hoppy finish. The finish lasts forever This one, with a year or so on it is going to be absolutely stellar! Thanks to Jake, Bruce and Jonathan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2110) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 7, 2008
bottle. black thick body with a big orange brown head. moist fudge brownie nose. some vanilla & roast with some booze in there too. whoa, for something so big, this is incredibly easy to drink. strong woody slight smoke charred roast chocolate. i can taste the licorice, but it is not dominant. all the flavors are working together well, & making "the long goodbye" even more enjoyable to watch. the alcohol doesnít bite, but dries out the sweetness perfectly and leaves a woody vanilla licorice flavor lingering. the roast/coffee gets a bit strong as this warms, and the alcohol comes out a bit more too. how many damn times is a version of this shitty song going to play in this movie? powdered cocoa is coming out nicely as harry swings on the gate. there is something fun about being a drunk, & getting drunk, while watching someone try to act like a drunk, getting drunk on screen. i do it much better, but with less attractive women. a dr. pepper & milk (a few people on the site will get that reference) quality to this i really enjoy. it was a decent film and a damn good beer, and both took 112 minutes to get through. 5 7 8 5 18

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 2006- Shared this w/John_Adam. thanks to Beerlando for this one. God this was smooth. Nice coffee taste and aroma. Very pleasing to drink loved every drop. Very enjoyable beer wish I had another. 2007 -imadeadguy kindly shared this one with me, thanks bro! Nice pleasant chocolate and coffee flavor. Not nearly as mellow as the 2006, but still good. Warmth on the finsh. Iíve noticed more chocolate flavors in the 07. Good, solid will not change my rating since I had the 06 first. I give this one a 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DerrickVee (5) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2008 does not count
Itís been almost three years since my last post. I moved to Portland and Iíve been too busy drinking beer that Iíve slacked on rating beer. But this one beer is so good, I had to get back on the site to rave about it. The nose is sweet and mild, hinting at a mountain of flavor lying just below but only giving you a tease. It looks amazing in a goblet. Rich and dark dark brown with a chocolatey head. The flavors are so complex, my feable vocabulary cannot begin to describe them. Typical stout flavors (chocolate, coffee) enhanced by the oak aging. I usually hate licorice but i can taste it here and it just melds into the mix beautifully. Hints of bourbon. Just incredible, youíd never know it was 11% ABV. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly creamy, but not less so than a guiness or hales cream ale for instance. Just an amazing beer from a fantastic brewery. Hooray Deschutes Public House in Portland coming in April!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5260) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Wow! This beer is just fine. The aroma is hints of a number of things, smoke, chocolate, coffee, borbon, vanilla. The flavor is just as satisfying as the aroma. The semi sweet chocolate comes out at me first followed by a nutty, roasty flavor that really dazzles the tongue. You could almost drink this beer with a spoon. Carbonation and mouthfeel just donít get any better. All round excellent beer that someday I hope to drink one by myself. WOW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
2007 vintage. 22 oz bottle poured at 1/28 Houston tasting, courtesy of myself. Poured black with a thick brown head. Smell was a woody, smoky, funky smell. Smoke and some ash. Rather earthy with some coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-to-thick and dry.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
This was excellent. 2006. Poured like motor oil, jet black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. More coffee. Lots of coffee flavors with some chocolate. Very smooth. Big thanks to Therealbastard for sharing and Beerlando for trading him.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8293) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 2006, sampled multiple times, fresh to 3 months old. The nose is decent enough, with a mild mocha, licorice and dry roasted coffee scent, but flavor-wise itís not such a stellar beer as itís been made out. This actually tastes like a bad bottle of Rogue Imperial Stout, with the dry, ashy, hot alcohol and wood pretty much ruining any positives in this beer. The bakers chocolate malt and bitter coffee qualities take a while for me to warm up to, and the hops I really donít enjoy. Any stout this large should not need hops like this. This is not a beer that knocks my socks off the second I taste it, in fact it took me a good twenty minutes in order to write down anything complimentary. But after some time Iím actually digging it. The finish at first was a major turn-off; being so parched and dry like licking an oak plank - thatís not something I enjoy. The molasses is barely noticeable, so light that without having been told that it tastes like molasses and licorice I doubt I would pick it up. All I can really say about this beer is that the palate is a complete mess. I love Deschutes, but this is not one of their better efforts. 7/4/7/2/14 = 3.4

2007 fresh bottle. The nose is much less ashy and roasty, and much more chocolatey and sweet. Has a distinct chocolate syrup flavor, and the dryness is still quite high, but itís not so ashy, bitter or coarse. Much better than 2006, but perhaps my tastes have changed. I gave the 2006 some serious attention, two entire bottles, but didnít like it. The 2007 is absolutely killer. 8/4/9/5/17 = 4.3

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