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RATINGS: 1410   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 – 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2730) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Very nice indeed. Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is lovely with chocolate, sweet malt, a hint of licorice and caramel. The flavor is similar with everything coming together quite well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3172) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle cheers to Andrew and Beau. The nose on this is super complex. I was expecting bourbon over load but the cherry and wine tart focus in this is superb. Tarty dark chocolate and very woody stuff. The bourbon adds a vanilla element but that’s overshadowed by the dark cherries and mild tart throughout. Kind of tannin like. Liquorice is definitely in your face. Complexity is there but not quite the finesse of everything coming together. Still very good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Don_Hague (3) - - SEP 13, 2014 does not count
This is simply the best Imperial Stout I ever tasted. On tap at Deschutes tasting room after skiing or from bottle in BrewHouse. Also growler fill at GrowlerGuys, Bend, OR

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVHouseofBeer (850) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Pours an opaque black with a big tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Wonderful aromas and flavors of licorice, cherry, chocolate, smoked nuts and just a hint of bourbon/alcohol. Full bodied and silky smooth. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (2484) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
2013 bottle. Black with a tan head that fades but laces very well. Intense roasted malt aroma with mocha, licorice, dark berries, molasses, oak. Oily, lowish carbonation, quite silky. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, roast is fairly heavy but not as full on as suggested by the smell. Berries have a touch of sourness about them. Bourbon notes peek out but beer is _just_ about driving the show, although the fruit and barrel treatments gain prominence after a while. Bitter and quite oaky at the end. A slow drinker but not overly boozy. Excellent - just lacks a bit of inviting softness and seems slightly contrived. But excellent. Best after today apparently, so mayhap there’s a timezone issue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (745) - Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Pours completely opaque black with a dark tan head good lacing. Aroma of cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, umami, nuts and an ashy roastiness. Taste of molasses, dark chocolate, cherry, leather, a nuttiness, oak, vanilla and an ashy char. Finishes dry with a roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is oily with a light/ medium body and low carbonation. An excellent stout with so much flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kambei70 (622) - - AUG 15, 2014
2014 bottle. Jet black with a cinnamon brown head. Aroma is cherry, vanilla, tobacco, licorice. Taste has the same with molasses, oak, leather, ash. and roast. A light, slick mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1728) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
this one was a little thinner on the palate than i thought it was going to be. nice but not seeing what the fuss is for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Had this at a fantastic tasting and had such a great time with great people and great beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3030) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, 2010 vintage, best after 11/15/11, trade with rfraga7 (thank you!), savoured on August 1 2014; eye: black, opaque, nice sheet of brown head that turns into a tiny ring, light lacing; nose: molasses, bourbon, woody, anise, light burnt barley, coffee, light alcohol; mouth: molasses, bourbon, woody, anise, light burnt barley, strong coffee, light alcohol, light alcohol warmth, light chocolate milk, finale in molasses with light pleasant acrid presence, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly acrid and lightly silky presence; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, 11 %, millésime 2010, meilleure après 11/15/11, échange avec rfraga7 (thank you!), savourée le 1er août 2014; œil : noire, opaque, belle couverture de mousse brune qui se transforme en un petit anneau, légère dentelle; nez : mélasse, bourbon, boisé, anis, léger orge brûlée, café, léger alcool; bouche : mélasse, bourbon, boisé, anis, léger orge brûlée, café fort, léger alcool, léger chaleur d’alcool, léger lait au chocolat, finale en mélasse avec légère présence d’âcreté plaisante, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, très légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement âcre et légèrement soyeuse; en résumé : très bon

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