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RATINGS: 1525   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1559) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2015
2014 Reserve 650mL wax-seal (which is a pain in the ass, btw) bottle from Beer Cartel. Best after 11/11/15 - whoops!? Looks the part - pitch black, small but firm orange-tan head persisting. Nose not overly prominent, but thereís a lot going on - licorice obviously, charred wood, Bourbon, earthy spice, resiny citrus & leafy hops, dark chocolate, espresso, I could go on... Oh so smooth, velvety texture, scarily drinkable, low carbonation keeps things restrained. Kicks up another gear on the palate, just tremendous really - dark chocolate, rich dark roast espresso, molasses & licorice root, toasty oak vanilla, charred oak, Bourbon like good Bourbon not that Jim Beam tripe, vinous black fruits, resiny hops, piney hops, citrus hops, American hops - you get the idea - and a big American-style bitterness to boot. It lingers, itís brutal, it doesnít let go, feels like i need a glass of water to wash the last bits out of my mouth but i donít think that would suffice. Booze is warming, welcoming, compliments my fireplace, but overall this is a really well balanced beer. I had reservations at first, but this seriously delivers, worthy of its price...yeah, lets not go there...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Krej (170) - USA - JUL 2, 2015
Pretty good. A little creamy. Not my favorite stout but yeah. Somewhere between breakfast stout and something really good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (429) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
2010 vintage. Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is licorice, chocolate, some barrel, booze, vanilla. Appearance is black, thick, a decent brown head. Taste is very roasty, licorice, chocolate, coffee, very nice. Mouthfeel is thick, luscious, great soft carbonation, awesome. Overall, Iíve been waiting for this one and Iím happy to have finally experienced it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (298) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2015
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Best after 8/4/2012. Jet black pour. Nice mocha head with a variety of bubble sizes. Laces and clings all over. Licorice comes through a ton. Coffee malts, chocolate. Fudgy and oaky. I donít get much bourbon on the nose, though. Taste is intensely fudgy. Strong oak presence. Licorice is more mild. The chocolate is really intense, especially in the finish. A slight astringency. Bitter chocolate finish that comes off as a black coffee. Nice and thick. Not quite chewy. Not a ton of booze. Warming, but not boozy. The flavors hang around forever. Complex stout. The flavors bend nicely. Very well crafted. Iíd love more bourbon, but the stout shines through well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BiiruBierBeer (658) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Pool water smell. Taste is roasty stout, malt, dark chocolate, bitter black coffee, and way too much hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brunomoreno (32) - BRAZIL - JUN 22, 2015
Really complex and delicous beer. Black pour, with low tan head. Coffee, chocolate, toffee, wood, coconut and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrelbelly (712) - BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
2014 bottle. Strong oaky, bourbon, chocolate. Slight sourness in this beers aftertaste does not quite fit this beer in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (290) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, raisins and cherries. Flavour is medium sweet and toasted bitterness. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Long and complex finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NBird (528) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle last night.. at dutch trading co. Looks..big and black, med-lge tan head. Smells.. Big malts, dark choc, liquorice, oak and berry, from the red wine barrel. Tastes.. Big roasty malts, choc, liquorice, vanilla oak and red wine barrel.. Some tannins. Sensational.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Perfect imperial stout. Coffee but nit a harsh bitter coffee. Anise and fennel in nose with some walnuts and almonds. Flavor of smooth Starbucks French roast. Some alcohol warmth and finishes chocolate.

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