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RATINGS: 1430   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerm719 (119) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Jet black. Dark frothy head. Burnt coffee beans, anise, vanilla, marshmallows. Earthy hops, oak. Mild bourbon notes. Extremely balanced for being such a big, full bodied brew. Epic !

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DDiMa54619 (1) - - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
On tap at the Heimat House. 2014 variety was black as night with a sweet liquorice and molasses finish. At 11% ABV you barley notice it. Incredible beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
2011 on draft at Aces and Ales in Las Vegas. Small 3oz flight pour. Pours an opaque nearly black thickness with a very lasting mocha head. Aroma is a combination of anise, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and Brazil nuts. The taste is incredible with dark chocolate, anise, roasted nuts, coffee, and wood barrels. Somewhat booze finish, but not overdone. Medium full body, well carbed. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkleu357 (362) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Black thick pour with a small thick head. Wood smoke aroma. Very bitter taste. Hints of molasses and burnt marshmellows. Itís ok.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (412) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Tap at Busters. The 2011 variety. Snifter glass. Deep black color with frothy head. Intimidating appearance. Aroma has chocolate elements and a freshness not expected. Some roasted malt notes too. Reminds me of the really good chocolate influenced stouts. The bitterness is well hidden...sweetness takes center stage. Incredibly smooth and rich. Nice finish...with warming alcohol presence. Stronger alcohol due to the aging...definitely appreciated. Enjoyable option.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (103) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Pours a deep dark chocolate head. Loads of chocolate, licorice, star anise, and a good amount of molasses. The barrels it was aged in are noticeable but not so apparently and is really well hidden. Love it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2014
2013 bottle. Jet black pour with a tan head. Wow there is so much going on here itís unbelievable. Bourbon, molasses, wine, and notes of Licorice. Flavor is a wonderful blend of everything that is going on in the aroma. No one Flavor dominates the others, itís perfectly balanced. A true work of art. Thanks Lectvay for the bottle!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gam (3346) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2014
Big frothy bubbly tan head dark pour near medium carbonation aromas chocolate molasses vanilla rich fruit woody notes the flavours wow! the sweetness really hits you just a mix of goodness alcohol liquorice molasses caramel dark chocolate vanilla creamy note plum raisins the oak wine really good on the palate and the cherry bark giving a bitter taste nutty as well good balance the oak barrelling smoothly done really good note a simply superb bit of brewing by the people at Deschutes the cherry bark fits in so well with the sweet tastes flavours outdo the alcohol volume easily the finish this is a beautiful imperial best notes cherry bark sweet malts oak wine barrelling influence body and balance superb sweetness magical imperial all round

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beechner224 (773) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is strong coffee, very bitter. Way too much, needs pulling back. Not that good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2765) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle, 2011 vintage, thnx to Duffman for sending me this. Pours a pitch black beer with a big, tanned head on top consisting out of small bubbles. Aroma is incredibly full, loads of molasses, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Flavor has loads of wood, loads of sweet stuff, licorice and coffee with chocolate in the finish. Very much complexity going on here, very full bodied with low carbonation. This is amazing stuff, definitely worth itís top 50 status.


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