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RATINGS: 1501   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2008
22oz. wax dipped bomber served in a brandy snifter. 2007 vintage. Poured a deep black with tan head that faded quickly. A lot going on in the aroma. Vanilla, molasses, some charcoal. Massive body with a huge roasted malt flavor with coffee. There is a good amount of hop bitterness evident in the start. Incredibly long finish of roasted barley. Alcohol was not evident, very drinkable for the ABV. I didnít get much wood flavor, just the vanilla in aroma. This one lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad. I was so excited when I saw this, and I can happily say that it lived up to all of my expectations. Midnight black pour with a thick, 1 cm tall brown head. Heavy aroma of burnt coffee, tobacco, chocolate, molasses, leather, wood, and just a little bourbon. Amazing taste. Lots of roasty malt, bitter coffee, bakerís chocolate up front and throughout. A deep, rich oak taste accompanies the sweeter molasses and licorice flavors. A bittersweet finish with just a little caramel malt and hop bite. I could drown in this beer its so good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Excellent! On par with NCís Old Rasputin Barrel Aged. Pours a dark, opaque black that no light can penetrate. Forms a frothy brown head that dissapates. The first flavors are coffee, chocolate and a lingering bitter taste that sticks around when the tannins from the barrels start to make their presence known. The tannins arenít overpowering, and work well with the dark bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1210) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 (bottle, thanks for sharing tytoanderso!) Pours out black with a lasting dark tan head. Aroma is strong with licorice, roasted malt, some coffee, and a slight bit of oak. Taste contains the usual suspects for an impy, with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, with a light bit of vanilla, and a hint of oak along with roasted malt in the finish. Full, thick mouthfeel, very well made.

(2007 bottle, via Gunhaver) Pours inky black with a dark tan head, perfect five. Aromas of smoke, coffee, licorice, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. When warm, the beer takes on a sweeter aroma. Just an amazing taste of dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, and a good dose of chocolate that really stands out mid-palate. The finish of this beer is the highlight, with just a perfectly roasty/bitter finish, that is not overpowering or astringent like some Impys can be. Very well made, and a year of aging has vastly improved this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2008
pours a black with mild caramel head, sweet smooth whisky aroma. strong front to mild finish, with mocha aftertaste. dry aftertaste, mocha coffee complex background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours very black and velvety; thick fudge milkshake on the surface leaving a sticky film of espresso foam up the sides. Aromas of black cherry, red licorice, pineapple, and alcohol, bolstered underneath by lots of roast venison, chocolate, and vanilla; very earthy, spicy, and savory. Balanced amicably between chunky malts, vibrant hops and barrel accents. Bitten slightly with soapy espresso grounds. Flavor is soft and pensive at first, giving only milk chocolate, lactose, pine, and citrus dishsoap. In the mid palate lots of roasty, rich tobacco and acrid coffee bitterness alternate pleasant and painful punches of meatiness, though the tropical hops evident in the aroma never really concede the sugary acidity they provide. Blackberry, cocoa nib and port wine with bourbony licks of vanilla, oak, and nougat rush in after that hint of synthetic bitterness. Very creamy in the mouth, with soft carbonation; full and rich, but never imposing. Hints of pear, burnt meats, and lots of vinousness with full roasted mocha java in the end. Finishes fruity, juicy and bloody. Moments of this experience are less than extraordinary, but these are quickly passing, and it is altogether a very well made example, one which integrates the barrel seamlessly into an already carefully balanced presentation. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Had this on tap at the Green Dragon in Portland, OR. This is a fantastic Imperial Stout! Pours black with a nice tan head. Amazing mouthfeel. Itís all there in both aroma and taste...oak, chocolate, chocolate, molasses, bourbon and more. Iíll likely have to rerate after I drink the 22oz. I picked up @ Belmont Station.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Pours dark as night with a light brown head. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and oak all play apart in the aroma. Sweet to bitter. Flavors are licorice, chocolate, molasses, and alcohol. Wonderful mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Wow, had this on tap at Beerapaloosa mardi gras. It is oil black with a great looking frothy tan foam head. Aromas of coffee, toast, smoke waif upwards. The tastes run through a variety of flavors - coffee, chocolate, smoke, vanilla oak, molasses, slight bitterness but overall incredibly smooth with all the flavors well blended. All I wish is if I could find more. There is always next year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HughConway (829) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Second bottle Iíve picked up, from of all places, Fred Meyers. Only getting better on the second gander. Amazing aroma, dark impenetrable black appearance, rich tan head, fine palate especially considering the alcohol, well worth a try. Very curious to see how this would age.

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