sitzds (244) - - JAN 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle shared during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into a tulip. This beer is black, black, black - opaque and unyielding. A two-finger brown head forms before collapsing to a film and leaves patches of lace in the process. More lace rings are deposited on the glass during the session. The aroma is as advertised, but deliciously so - roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, molasses, oak, anise, coffee, and barrel notes of vanilla and bourbon. Taste opens up with roasted malt sweetness, molasses, coffee, anise, and vanilla. Some bitterness creeps through on the finish featuring oak, coffee grounds, a little citrus hop bite, keeping the surge of sweetness from washing out everything else. Only trace alcohol flavors come through, surprisingly. Quite full bodied, thick, creamy, silky slick texture, soft carbonation, drying and warming on the finish. Delicious.
Westchesterco (769) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at independent ale house in rapid city it is a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is roasted coffee the taste is of licorice with an amazing roasted coffee flavor that resonated on the palate
addison87 (3) - dallas, USA - JAN 20, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was fortunate enough to have a 2012 bottle and a 2013 draft within a week of each other. The bottle I got to share with some friends who were celebrating the closing of his liquor store, and the draft I got from my local bar. The 2012 was modestly superior. While I have noticed I enjoy bottled beer more than the draft version, the aging is what I feel made it taste better. If you find this gem, pick up at least two: one for now, and one for next year.
Ferris (1868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft - Vintage 2012 - Dark roast coffee, anise and dear fruit. Jet black with a persistent but small brown head. Rich bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruit and coffee. What makes this beer shine is the rich oily body.
tectactoe (1058) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2014 [Bottle / 2012 / 1 year old] Thanks, Kevin! Pours like an abyss (go figure)... Black, oily, & inky as hell with a super-deep tan head that froths up like a latte crema; long lasting, slowly receding. Aroma is full of creamy & roasty coffee beans - "nice" coffee... Some mild cream & sugar reminders with faint, back-end smoke. Lightly roasted malts, cocoa, & a small helping of black licorice. Flavor has lots of oily, roasted coffee beans, too, with a slight bitterness thatís balanced by a creamy sweetness. Bittersweet chocolate pounds hard with some roasted malts, molasses, & faint licorice in the finish. I had no idea this was "partially" barrel aged - there are NO barrel flavors or aromas in it. Good beer, but overrated? Didnít blow me away like I expected. [Original Rating: 7-5-7-4-13; 3.6]
[Bottle / 2011 / 2+ years old] Thanks, Tim! Not sure if itís the vintage or the age (or possibly a combination of both), but this bottle of Abyss was much more enjoyable for me. Looks as good as ever with heavier cocoa in the aroma & flavor, still with plenty of coffee. Light prunes & an underlying milky sweetness leading to a finish of creamy, lightly bitter coffee, roast, & milk chocolate. Again - just about no barrel, but the flavors were a lot more refined to me this time around. Still possibly overrated a touch, but still a very good beer... Much better than I remember.
jdskinns (194) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a dark brown with khaki head. Aroma is sweet and roasty with a decent amount of bourbon coming through. Taste is bitter and roasty, with some sweetness and chocolate. This was a very good beer.
Danyel (445) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pour black with tan head. Has a chocolatey aroma. Rich, extremely bitter, lots of chocolate, burnt coffee. Alright....maybe needs a bit more age on it to mellow out all the bitterness.
Busick (167) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just when I thought nothing could compare to KBS, this showed up in a glass in front of me! What great news for me and my tastes buds. A wonderfully blended batch of beers that are so tasty. Beautiful aromas and tastes of molasses and bourbon. What a delicious brew!
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch Black with a thin filmy head and decent lacing. Aroma of chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, molasses and licorice. Same goes for the flavor. Heavy body and mild carbonation; Very Creamy!
Pdowns916 (9) - Travis AFB, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bomber to Tulip. Pours black with faint brown head.Smell of roasted barley, wood, chocolate and cherry. Taste the same as smell. Different but very well.
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