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RATINGS: 1390   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 – 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Thanks MikeTD. Pitch black pour, small brown head. Aroma is coffee, oats, chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy and lots of carbonation. Flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, espresso, a caaramel sweetness touch also. Tons of straight dark chocolate the whole time, coffee riding along, some smoke and roastiness. Great thick mouthfeel with a creaminess to it and tons of flavor. Hop bitterness is there with fresh leafy hops.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
t4h2c0 (89) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 This beer is very strong with high bourbon notes and pours dark as night. I had it on tap and it was like mothers milk. Complex as hell, very nice!! Way better last year it was more flavorful, had more bourbon notes, and was cheaper! Let me get this straight it was better last year and cheaper, this year not as good and 10 bucks a bottle, what the fuck? I know the time, effort, and demand for this beer is extreme but we are getting ripped off. Tone down the beer and double the price that sounds good. NOT!!!!!!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3901) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle shared above DDC. Poured a super thick viscous black with a light tan creamy head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, tobacco and espresso beans. Full bodied with some noticable alcohol warming but not bad considering the 11%. Flavor of chocolate coffee with a slightly bitter burnt aftertaste. Very good beer but not even in the same league as Peche Mortel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
I didn’t have room for notes on this one - just wrote scores. It was damn good though. I would like to get my hands on some more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2007
Bottled. Thx Marsiblursi. Black colour with pale brown head. Cocoa and chocolate most prominent in aroma, along with little caramel and berries. Very compact nose here. Light chalky/powdery mouthfeel with chocolate flavour/bitterness and undertones of espresso and pepper/chili. Caramel here as well. Bit oaky with subtle notes of berries. Very tasty beer with big mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (2993) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 (Bottle, thanks hopscotch!) Pours Black with a brown head. Roasted malt aroma with tones of cocoa, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, liquorice, roasted nuts, dark bread and brown sugar/molasses. Wood and bourbon tones in the background of vanilla up front but also tiny hints of coco nut. Some notes resiny and peppery hops. Hints of green pepper, chilly, gravel, chalk, parsley. Medium to heavy roasted malt flavour with tones of espresso/coffee beans, cocoa/dark chocolate, brown sugar/molasses and liquorice. Subtle dark berries in the undertones both in the nose and taste. Rather. Buttery and oily mouthfeel. A good medium bitter blend of hop resiny and light piny bitterness first but also some roast bitterness. Coffee and cocoa lingers. Medium to full bodied. Fantastic. Second try: (Bottle from 2006) Pours black with a dark brown head. The aroma is of vanilla-ish oak and mild tar and burned roast. Undertones of chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, burned liquorice, molasses, mild dry coffee, dark dried fruits/prunes and hints of blue grapes. Not overly massive on the nose but the maltiness is solid. Just a touch of hops. The flavour is of molasses, vanilla, woody oak, chocolate, coffee, dark bread, liquorice and some blackberry jelly. Bit vinous. Medium to heavily roasted and medium burned. The mouthfeel is oily and soft carbonated. The aftertaste is of molasses, dark/sweet berries and caramel/roasted malt. Medium to full bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours black with a dense brown head. Nice appearance with notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and hops. Has a somewhat dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Dark with a thick reddish-brown head, nice sheeting around the glass. Nose roasty, lots of dark fruit, noticeable hops. Flavor very rich, quite dry at the end. Some oakiness, but, for once, it’s not overdone--it doesn’t taste like I’m sucking on wood chips. Quite nice.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2007
One fantastic brew! We are waiting here in Boise with baited breath for this years batch. Send enough Bend! We’ll drink it. Trust me we’ll drink it. On Tap @ the Front Door Boise ID. My wife’s favorite beer hands down. Everything else she drinks she unfairly compares it to this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5641) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2007
Bouteille de 22 oz dégustée en compagnie de Dmac621, Dickinsonbeer, Cathschlag et Glouglouburp. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de mélasse avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un très mince col beige avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de vanille. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de chocolat en arrière goût. (Rating #1236)


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