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RATINGS: 1519   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrelbelly (703) - 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 (238) - 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 (503) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cam_Dynamite (99) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2015
Initial reaction to this was it’s hideously overrated. The more I drank the more I appreciated though. A little polarising in that I think my expectations based on its reputation didn’t match up. But I did love the vanilla and liquorice bitterness. Just enjoy it for what it is

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggsbowler (537) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle - Pours dark black. Nose is bourbon, oak, licorice. dark chocolate. Taste is licorice, dark fruit, sweetness, and dark chocolate. Honestly, the licorice is too much for me to enjoy this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Big licorice and French roast aroma with a little ouzo there. Flavor of rich coffe and dark malts with some of raisin. Flavor of light alcohol heat and a dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsandman (611) - New York, USA - MAY 31, 2015
2014 Bottle in Santa Fe. Pours deep black with dark tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, licorice, oak, campfire, big sweet malt & booze. Flavor is sweet boozy malt, caramel, bitter espresso, chocolate cake, licorice. Major sweet, full body, big beer.. agg IS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tapthis (168) - Baytown, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Definite bourbon and oak flavors with the wine barrel being an after taste. Nice lacing and coronation. Has a coffee and bourbon nose

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RRistow12 (435) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Aroma is peppery, licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is moderately bitter with moderate sweetness. Dark chocolate with spices in flavor. Some licorice and peppery taste with some coffee and caramel. A little dark fruit as well. Very solid imperial stout. Definitely top tier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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