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RATINGS: 1455   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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattH (657) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Stumbled upon this one on tap at a place in Santa Rosa. Overall a well balanced and very drinkable 11% imperial stout. I think the molasses stands out a little more than in other imperial stouts that I have had. The best beer Iíve had in a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
makromaniak (141) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
bottle 2013---very roasted malty, licorice, molassessoy, bourbon, wood, chocolate, and a dash of dark fruit and vanilla leading to a very dry long lasting coffee and hoppy finish. Very smooth...very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crispy34 (422) - Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bomber bottle, 2013 release. Aroma is dark malt and some booze. Hint of bourbon and sweetness. Appearance is black with a little tan lacing. Taste is dark malt up from that has a bourbon booze hint of sweetness that then finishes with a very raw chocolate malt flavor that borders burnt popcorn, but not quite. Palate is dark malt bitter. Overall, an excellent beer. Plays the line between far enough and too far excellently. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3862) - - JAN 1, 2015
2014 bottle. black with small brown head. big, robust and roasty with a fruity red wine note. flavor has more of the vanilla sweetness and oak character over the wine. full body and silky. toast, mild caramel sweetness and charred wood.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zoucrew102 (659) - - JAN 1, 2015
Bomber, 2007 vintage. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, some toast, licorice, molasses and bourbon. Pours inky black with a thin mocha brown head and excellent lacing. Starts with a silky smooth body with licorice and molasses flavors. Finishes extremely smooth with chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Absolutely delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3399) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours basically black with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is licorice, chocolate, vanilla and lots of roast. Itís decently sweet smelling but balanced.

The flavor is very roasty with plenty of espresso, some licorice and a good bitterness. the sweetness is fairly well controlled albeit a big part of the beer.

Iíve wanted to try this for ages, cool.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AWISLguy (1468) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2014
2013 bomber from ck1, Cellar aged 13 months. Shared by all in Austinís honor. Yum! Choco-caramel and smooooooth. Best of the night, or many nights. 17

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
supershea (19) - Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2014
First off let me say that this beer needs to be held onto for at least a year before you open it. I am more than certain that this beer would have been perfect a year from now, not that it wasnít darn near perfection. The aroma was absolute heaven, roasted malts, coffee, oak and vanilla. The taste was very complex, with notes of caramel, chocolate, hints of bourbon, spices, vanilla, oak and cinnamon. The finish was surprisingly sweet and I wanted more. It did need to mature a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2068) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Ben brought this one. Pours dark brown to black with a thin tan head. Aroma is slight dark fruit vanilla lots of dark chocolate. Flavor follows. Dark sweet chocolate. Some smoke. Fairly sweet. Really nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericdevin (935) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle from Market of Choice, Eugene. 2013 Vintage. Pours a deep, dark brown/black, not much head. Aroma sweet, candi sugar, molasses, vanilla. Body punchy and oaky, very complex, can really taste oak, wine, Bourbon, before a generally tannic licorice note winds things up. Even though Iíve lived in Oregon for years and had plenty of Abyss, I have really appreciated drinking this critically, a great beer.

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