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RATINGS: 1583   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (640) - GERMANY - MAR 14, 2016
The abyss ’14, consumed on 12.03.16 Pours a pitch black color with a surprisingly big, spongy head. Does smell of an earth entangled grape ripeness, which does not turn sour by any means as for a balancing, subtle integrated oak quality. A fantastic, multilayered chocolate aroma slowly evolves from scorched malts, leading to a restrained, yet enjoyable Bourbon spiciness, adding to the chocolate richness of the nose. A flowery wood bark note completes the utmost originally and well composed aromas, which get pleasantly dominated by the wine barrel and matured hops. Drinks with a world class mouthfeel to it, due to a huge amount of whipped cream, effectivly blending into soothing chocolate. While its carbonation is certainly on the lower end, it is still able to add a subtle, bubbly refreshment during the finish. Tastes of chocolate dipped cherries, evolving to an even fruitier stage in which juicy, matured grapes become visible, which get wrapped up by a pungent blend of burned malts and bitter chocolate. A divine creaminess caresses the tongue while oak, licorice and burned wood bark get recognizable, tied together by a subtle wine tartness, which also produces a nice sweeter quality, enhanced by caramel and rock sugar. Cocoa nibs and matured, grassy hops provide a surprisingly aggressive hop punch during the finish, immediately soothed by the rich creaminess, while molasses, oak and milk chocolate are able to cut through. Wow, this is certainly one of the most complex beers I’ve ever had, which may be due to its rich chocolate maltiness, which only gets carefully accentuated by the different barrels instead of getting dominated by them. This allows to unfold a decadent, rich creaminess, shining for its very silk mouthfeel, which finds it antagonist in dry, scorched earthen malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (6897) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle from Green Dragon in Portland. Black with a minimal tan head. Nicely balanced with roasted malt, bourbon, oak and some vanilla. Also notes of chocolate. A nice one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (1054) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Thick boozy molasses aroma. Deep black color. Taste has grassy and floral notes but dark sour fruit that’s over ripe. Burnt coffee and vanilla. Very good. Nice palate for how high this abv is. Tap

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DandyWolfFloyd (977) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Aroma - big roast, alcohol, molasses, and qualities of dark fruit Appearance - the body is black. The head is fallow brown and well over 2+", and settles very slowly. Subsequent pours result in varying coloration of the head. Very cool. Alcohol cloying pulls beautiful brown suds. Taste - rich dark roast, black strap molasses, licorice, marshmallow, oak, alcohol, vanilla, and a hint of dark cherry. Palate - full body, texture is thick and slick, the carbonation is average, the finish is full of astringent dark dry roast and some alcohol that fires from both barrels.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coachd (477) - Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2016
2015 reserve bottle, dated "best after 12-08-16" and 12.2% ABV. I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time; I hope it doesn’t disappoint. Great aroma of molasses, oak, leather, roast, lactose sweetness and booze. I am getting more wine barrel than bourbon barrel in the aroma and I am also getting some of the cherry bark and vanilla. The appearance is a clear 5. Shiny black color with a light brown tuft of foam. The taste is very strong and complex - heavy oak, red wine, cherry bark with only a touch of molasses from the aroma. Very roasty, hoppy and a bit sour with no sweet or rich flavors to balance it out. Not bad, but I have tasted better. Maybe I should have aged it longer. The palate is not as thick as I would like but does have a good amount of carbonation. Overall I must say I am a tad disappointed; I was expecting this to be a top 10 Imperial stout for me and it fell short of that.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fraternie (972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Aptly named, this is dark and thick. Tons of black licorice, black plum and burnt mocha coffee. Finishes on a spicy note with subtle vanilla and bourbon underneath. Long finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Criz (333) - - FEB 20, 2016
Amazing stout. Pitch black minimal head. Aromas of cherry cordial, molasses, black licorice. Roasty, dry mouthfeel. Very complex.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (2180) - - FEB 18, 2016
Poured from bomber into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a super dark, nearly pitch black color with a two finger head of brown colored thick foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a roasted malt smell mixed with a big showing of coffee and caramel with other notes of vanilla and chocolate being rather strong as well. Along with the these super robust aromas, comes smells of char and smoke as well as a good showing of dark fruits of raisin and prune. A bit of a boozy bourbon aroma is there as well, overall producing a smell that is very dark and roasty with a big showing of a warmingly sweet smell. Taste – The taste begins as the nose would suggest with a massive dark roasted malt flavor and a good showing of coffee. There is a huge rich milk chocolate sweetness upfront which is accompanied by other sweet flavors of molasses and brown sugar. As the taste advances the roasted malt waivers ever so slightly, but with the coffee, is still the overall dominant taste of the brew. With the lightening of the roastiness (which is sorta odd to write as it is still super robust in dark flavors) comes a little bit of a raisin taste as well as a decent showing of vanilla; both of which join the other sweet and chocolate flavors quite nicely. As one may expect for a 12.2 % brew, there is a bit of a bourbon boozy taste that develops later in the tongue, which creates a nice warming feel. Flavors of char and a woody hop develop at the very end, combining with the alcohol, roasty, and sweet nicely to create rich, dark, and warming taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The beer is thick and creamy with a very low level of carbonation level. The feel is nearly perfect for the big mix of dark, sweet and boozy flavors of the brew, coating the tongue and bathing it in all the grandiose tastes of the brew. Overall – This is a very nicely crafted imperial stout. While slightly on the sweeter side all the other attributes of the brew match the sweeter and rich flavors very well. Even while sweet, it not necessarily so, and was still drinkable (in a very slow sipping way) unlike some other imperial stouts of similar strength. Overall I was rather impressed by this brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Aroma is chocolate, molasses, licorice, and oak. Taste has a lot going on- many flavors coming together, a little hot. Wish I would have aged out more so things could have mellowed out a bit more

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGB (576) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2016
2015 reserve edition. Pours black with a nice lasting brown head. Aroma of vanilla oak, dark fruit, toasted bread and chocolate. Taste is very smooth with chocolate malt, vanilla and almost a little tartness from the licorice.


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