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RATINGS: 1387   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 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
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Bottle. [#17 Blind tasting session @ Sk8viking]. Small creamy light brown head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Black color. Aroma of heavy malt, coffee, chocolate, burned malty notes. Light floral, oatmeal notes. Full bodied with a light alcoholic texture and flat carbonation. Moderated sweet flavor with heavy bitter notes. Bitter burned finish. 07-09-2007 Re-Rate: #32 Bottle [Sk8viking great American blind tasting] Small brownish fizzy head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Over the palate came bitter liquorish, bitter chocolate and burned malt. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and thick alcoholic texture. Moderated to heavy sweet and bitter flavor. Lingering bitter English liquorish finish. 8 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 17 = 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of chocolate and coffee. Roasted flavour of dark chocolate and coffee. Dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 2006 Batch Score: 4.5/5.0
2007 Batch In short: A complex stout with everything you can ask for
2006 Batch How: dmac Montreal batchelor party tasting session. Thanks to dmac621 and/or Dickinsonbeer for bringing this one
2006 Batch In long: Wow! What a soft & creamy but intense stout. Lots of bitter black chocolate wrapped in molasses wrapped around roasted campfire wood and dipped into black liquorice. Very roasted. The leafy hops feel like freshly picked green hops and help to make the beer feel lighter and more drinkable than it should be. Overall soft creamy cake feeling. Body couldnít feel more full. The oak barrels showed-up in the form of campfire wood but I didnít get any bourbon. Superb Imperial Stout.
2007 Batch Score: 4.2/5.0
2007 Batch In short: A black liquorice-heavy stout
2007 Batch How: One of the many bottles I got from WeeHeavyHD, after4ever, JW77 and others. Thanks to you all guys
2007 Batch In long: Like the 2006 batch but with a lot more black liquorice (too much), less chocolaty and less of a fresh green hops feeling.
In conclusion: The 2006 was a masterpiece and I was disappointed by the ďonlyĒ excellent 2007 batch. But may that be a lesson of pride and bravery, when facing the Abyss, Glouglouburp The Great didnít back-down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle. A black beer with a big beige head. The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and rye bread, so is the taste. Medium body with a dry light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Bottled. A pitch black beer with a lazing brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with strong notes of chocolate, and lesser notes of bourbon. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of chocolate, medium notes of caramel, and light notes of bourbon, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 (Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of moejuck. Pours completely black and opaque with a creamy, light brown head. Hard roasted malt aroma. Medium-bodied with very burned, coffeeish malt accents and a distinct malt astringent bitter finish. Very solid. 070907 and 260708

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Bomber from Liquidsolutions.biz, thanks Matt. My favorite brew from Deschutes. The name itself will tell you what it looks like as it really is like looking down into a bottomless pit. Canít tell if it is cloudy and unfiltered but at this point it didnít matter as that smell,smell that thereís nothing else like it in the world, it smells like..... an..... Imperial Stout that has been Barrel Aged. Sorry. The BA-ing not being overdone here which is nice as this really is a very nicely done Impy as it stands.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Name: Abyss
Date: February 21, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: solid black, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma with light oak and just a hint of vanilla
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, rich chocolate shows up later backed by a bit of sweet vanilla, good lasting bitterness that is almost over the top but held back by oak based bitterness rather than the roasted or black malts

Name: Abyss
Date: March 10, 2007
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2006
Aroma: dry roasted aroma that finally picks up some sweetness upon warming
Flavor: flavor is a blend of rich roasted, dark chocolate, and vanilla, starts very dry but picks up sweetness once it reaches room temperature, the rich chocolate blossoms upon warming and blends with the sweet vanilla to produce a rich chocolate malt, very low bitterness, at the very end it reverts back to roasted

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Abyss
Date: February 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: huge roasted and dark chocolate malt aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, nice vanilla sweetness complements the dark chocolate, hint of bourbon in the sweetness, roasted with a touch of oak provides balance

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

Name: Abyss
Date: November 21, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and caramel aroma
Flavor: rich sweet chocolate flavor, caramel and vanilla sweetness, oak adds a nice balancing character, touch of black chocolate bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Huge thanks to After4Ever- That "so close" to pitch black color, very dark brown head. Nose is charred oak, caramel and some spice to it. Not sure what. Drinking this I think its molasses or black jelly beans. Big, thick syrupy almost. Finish is just slightly astringent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2007
22 oz shared by Mullman at his own gathering. Almost black in color with a brown head. Aroma is roasty, with chocolate, oak, caramel and light notes of vanilla. Taste is alot of chocolate, moderately roasty, caramel, burnt sugars, and oak. Light on the bourbon, apparent but barely so. Finishes roasty and lightly bitter/astringent. very nice.

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