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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cam_Dynamite (105) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2015
Initial reaction to this was itís hideously overrated. The more I drank the more I appreciated though. A little polarising in that I think my expectations based on its reputation didnít 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 (545) - 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 (635) - 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 (173) - 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 (455) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (755) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle shared by Bursprak the man. Thanks so much for bringing this! Been a big want for some time. Alright, let me explain how this went down: I thought Abyss was a regular bourbon barrelaged imperial stout, so when I smelled the open bottle I was quite surprised. Even more did the aroma surprise me, when it came from a glass. Lets dig in; pours pitch black with a medium dark brown head. Aromas of port wine, cherries, soy, dark fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, caramel, light tobacco. Taste is roasted, bitter, port wine, vanilla, licorice, salmiak, dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, cherries, dry woody notes, light smoke, burned wood, light heat. Even though Iím not usually much into this style of imperial stout, this was really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (958) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
Chosen as my rating #800. Bottle thanks to the almighty Bursprak! Pours a pitch black with a brown head. Aroma has soy sauce, cherry, oak, roasty malts, licorice. Taste is roasty bitter, and with some acidic cherry notes. Some licorice as well. Not very sweet, and very european in general. Didnít quite live up to my expectations, but glad to try this! Slightly boring body and an average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (1409) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle from Aaron, split a couple of ways. Blackish pour with a light head. Nose has loads of soy, light peat, fruity coffee and some light tartness. Taste has licorice, coffee, roast, a lingering tartness, some tar and ash, biter notes with some caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1706) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle split with Dave during GoT S5E7 5/17/2015. Pours a murky black. Aroma of light oak, bourbon. Lightly sweet, some licorocie. Tasty.

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