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RATINGS: 1589   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Dense blackness, dark as you get...huge head, burnt tan, slowly crumbling, leaving lace... Roasty, toasty aroma, chocolate and espresso, yes, and more...carob and raisins, dark rum, and molasses...ah! Dark and lovely! Whoa! Once in the mouth, itís a delivery of rich, thick, deliciousness....whiskey-toned, a bit, mixed with dark chocolate...indulgent, decadent...full, but surprisingly smooth. Velvety...someone should paint a portrait of Elvis on this. Here comes the whiskey kick again...here comes the blackstrap... Iím only halfway through the bottle, and Iím feeling mighty satisfied. Do I wish Iíd saved it for friends? Maybe, but Iím too content to worry about them now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a oil dark-black body with a small large bubbled beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet,coffee, roast, a bit earthy, smoke and some bourbon. Flavor is roasted coffee, some earthy, smoke, caramel and bourbon. Medium bitter chocolate finish. Smooth full body, alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Sampled at DLD 2008. Donít know who to thank as someone handed me this bottle and told me to drink up. Nice espresso aromaís with a bit of bittersweet chocolate dancing up from the cup. Sticky but balanced with a good dose of bitterness from the hops, specialty malt, coffee, molasses and licorice. Tasted with darklord soon after and I thought this was more complex, but lacked the body of darklord. Very well crafted with many layers of complexity. Oak and bourbon come out on the backend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2008
Thick black with a fluffy brown head. Rich mustard, dark chocolate, liquorice, rummy alcohol and potting mix. Extremely complex and rich. Massive body, thick, oily and bitter. Flavour carries loads of mustard, dark chocolate, peach leather, tobacco and warming alcohol. Hot, long finish. Would love to see this with a bit more age. Thanks Mullet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Delirium (645) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 Bomber. Pours black with a large very dark brown head. Aroma is roasty malt, with lots of coffee and chocolate, and a bit of wood and alcohol. Flavor is quite bold, strong semi-sweet malt with substantial hopping and a bit of licorice, nuts, and vanilla. Long finish, with a bit of alcohol bite mixed in. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1272) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Opaque black body with a rich mocha head. Flavor is bitter, chocolatey and roasty with a good deal of alcohol. Tasty, but just another Impy in the grand scheme of things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
From bottle - 2007 : Pours very dark black, with a dark brown finger of rocky head. Sticky lacing all around the glass. Roasted licorice in the nose, with some chocolate and vanilla. Deep taste, lots of chocolate and coffee. Very thick dark feel to the taste. Has a little alcohol taste toward the end. Roasted finish and aftertaste, with some chocolate and coffee. Pretty good Impy Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Thanks to BDR for sharing! 2007 Vintage. The beer was opaque black with high viscosity and luscious thick brown foam. In the aroma I got molasses, roast malt, and mild hops. The flavor was dominated by molasses, subtle anise, roast malt, and alcohol. The beer was smooth, thick, and delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle, courtesy Gillard. Finally got to drink some of this. Pours a dark black, impenetrable by light, with plenty of lacing and a decent-sized head. Roasted goodness in the nose, some licorice, caramel, obvious chocolate, with vanilla and peanut butter mango. Wowzers. Roasted notes strike the tongue first. Warming alcohol, hazelnut. Coffee and chocolate are there and good. Balanced extremely well, very tasty, and so drinkable itís unfair.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Bottle. Enjoying my 2nd bottle in 2 days. Pours black with thin dark brown head. Aroma is rich and roasty with notes of vanilla and whiskey. Flavor is moderately bitter throughout, with some bitter cocoa and coffee. There is some vanilla before it comes to a somewhat hoppy and chocolately finish. Mouthfeel is on the creamy milk-like side. Very nice, and one of the better imperial stouts.

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