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RATINGS: 1479   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pepsican (1469) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2008
newly bottled 07 batch. Pours black with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is very roasty with some chocolate. Flavor is very roasty as well. Chocolate. vanilla, coffee, smoke, and just a bit of the barrel aged flavor. Finishes creamy, little carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2008 bottle. Very dark black pour with some light brown head. Aroma is very raosted, chocolate, some wood. Flavor is very roasted malt, a little meaty and burnt. Kind of strong, but not that good tasting. I am just tired of beers full of crappy flavors and barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3359) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 Bottle; last time Jon spilled some of it on me. Poured a really nice looking black with a good sized brown head. Liked the aroma better this time. More molasses and oak. Same general impressions as before, but i liked it alot more. Good complexity. I think this beer was too deep into a tasting the last time I had it. 3.7 to 3.9. 100th rating; Bottle courtesy of the clumsy golubj; thanks alot dickhead. Poured a dark black, about as black as possible Aroma of roasted meat, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Pretty complex beer. Oak, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and hops. Almost too assertive in the flavor. Definitely a beer to sip, as mention in the profile. Finish wasnít too good. Well done, but my rating may be a backlash agains the generally rated overated style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2007 Botle - As I poured it into my glass, the room seemed to darken around me. Itís like a black hole from which nothing can escape (in a good way). It smells like espresso and caramel, and has a wonderfully complex taste. Malt, vanilla, coffee and yeast. It showed a lot of the bourbon oak flavour from the barrel, and easily could supplant port after dinner... could probably even pour it over ice cream...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Krausen (102) - USA - FEB 14, 2008
Opens with a deep berry currant and coffee nose, very restrained. A a touch of higher alcohol there. Rich, soy sauce, burnt sugar & espresso flavors and filling mouth feel that just rolls over the tongue and finishes with lingering cocoa like astringency and bitterness. Very viscous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11904) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Aromas of licorice and darkly toasted malt. And itís not that simple. Opaque black color with a dark tan head thatís enduring. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavors are coffee, dark burnt sugar, wood, salt or soy. Itís not dry, but not all that sweet. The finish is a bit more dry, but itís really about a soft landing. Itís incredibly distinct and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Sampled @ GABBF - I will be honest this did really not blow the wind up my skirt. I thought it was extremely overdone. Loads of licorice and dark chocolate, with some dark fruits, molasses and a large amount of heat from the alcohol in the finish, along with a salty kind of soy sauce astrigency.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Tap @ Front Door: Black, intimidating solar-radiation-absorption capacity. Frothy chunks of cream/mocha head, sticky lacing. Nose of licorice, bitter chocolate milkshake, alcohol, light roasted coffee, milk and molasses. The flavor is so balanced; bread, alcohol, sweet dry coffee and chocolate spread, bright alcohol and light whiskey note. Almost grape like sweetness. The finish is chewy and astringent. Full body, roast and a snappy but not overbearing alcohol and bitterness. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
The night capper in DM 2/9/08 at Jís pad in carlsbad. Thanks for the goods on this one bro. í06 Vintage. This will be a combined score for an í07 sample on draft this very same day at Liarís Club. This one put me into "la-la" land, zombie party. What a long day of boozin it had been - donít forget the quazz too. Appearance was larger spotty bubbles and a loose knit carbonation. Aroma and flavor were similar - dark chocolate wrapped with smoke, charred and roasty marshmallow, and a hint of sweet creamy vanilla. Finishes long, slightly bitter, deadly drinkable. Leaves a delicate film all over the mouth and gums - just outstanding. Only knock is picking up a slight bit of a astrigent salt here and there - but it didnít ruin or deter my fascination with its excellence. Just a great stout all-around. A fitting end to a tasting filled with brews that didnít drop below a 4 - solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (963) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 2006 Reserve 22oz bottle shared with jarspag for the final beer of the 2/9 Death Metal in Carlsbad. Pitch black pour with red edges and a deep beige head and big bubbly center and minimal lacing. Instantaneous aroma of robust dark chocolates and molasses with notes of burnt barley and wood. Faint hints of brewerís licorice as well. Very smoky flavor with rich chocolate truffle and espresso, with a subtle oak barrel character. Hickory wood and a light soy sauce presence are detectable. I liked how a third of it was barrel-aged, so there is not an overwhelming bourbon presence, yet the smoothed oak presence is very nice. Thick and soft body with the palate transitioning from sweet to bitter very efficiently at each sip. Yum yum yum.

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