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RATINGS: 1604   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bastarda (413) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JUN 19, 2016
Kindly shared by bartlebier@impuritylaw’s bachelor’s farewell tasting, thanks a lot! This 6 year old work of art offers a taste experience that lives up to its well-chosen name. For sure, aging has added to this three-dimensional impression. Molasses and sweet licorice descend into burnt toast deepening into layers and layers of bitter chocolate getting fruitier and more and more wine-like, with sherry and port notes towards the finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebastokrator (56) - - JUN 19, 2016
2015 batch. Pours a dark, inky black with a brown head. Smells of oak, bourbon, vanilla, coffee and maybe some licorice. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, cherry, followed by wood and bourbon. A very complex flavor. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Well balanced. Abyss was my first big beer and it still holds up.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3076) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2016
This is the 2008 version. Very boozy. Extremely rich and complex.Surprised the whisk is still so strong.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1493) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2016
Aroma is molasses, caramel, toffee, coaco and coffee beans , vanilla and roasted malts. Taste is richly toasted malts, vanilla, toffee, espresso, caramel and coffee bean hinted by vanilla. Light tartiness on the finish. Appearance is black with a dark brown head that retains quite well. Complex and delicious.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GC1379 (20) - - JUN 8, 2016
Snifter at WoB Fort Worth - pours dark black - slight head - dissipated quickly - smells fantastic - taste coffee molasses licorice - all the rumors on this beer are true.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RLiddell (112) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle picked up in Austin, TX. Pours an opaque black with minimal brown head, which dissipated quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and anise. Taste follows with a heavy licorice forward flavor followed by toasty malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Outstanding stout!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bif (2003) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2016
2015 Edition on tap at Shamrocks. Poured a virtual black color with a nice thick head and ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt and bit of chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, bit of molasses and chocolate. Nominal bitterness and a dry finish. Fairly fully body, smooth with a rich texture and subtle touch of alcohol. Very enjoyable and well worth the journey.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3658) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle at Imazato. Great stuff, booze, bit of treacle, light spice. Hints of dark fruit. Bit of smoke. Boozy, bourbon. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (892) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
Bomber purchased from Bottle Jockey in Burnaby, BC. A very dark and inky looking brew with minimal carbonation and a very heavily roasted nose, through which I detect a hint of whisky and vanilla. The taste is evocative of chocolate, coffee, licorice, whisky, and yes, vanilla. No hop detected. I attribute the slight bitterness to the heavily roasted malts. The mouth feel is oily. Yes! 4.1

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Banksiz (89) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 2, 2016
This is the 2013 edition. The nose is treacle at first and then gives way to raisins, dates and a bit of smokiness. Taste and moth fee are wonderful. A bitter, but not harsh, backbone with a moderate sweetness, all wrapped up in a creamy body. Slight alcoholic warmth as it goes down, and a satisfying creamy-bitter finish. Wonderful.


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