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RATINGS: 1489   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2487) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
2014 bottle. Dark pour duh tan brown head. Dark chocolate, vanilla cherries and bitter. Complex, boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pressboxjoe (282) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Ugh, long descriptive passage was here, now gone. 2014 bomber. Aroma: tart red wine, roasty malt. Taste: coffee, cherrywood, dark chocolate, acidic red wine, later cherries and vanilla. At first seemed mellow and blah, later complex and dynamic. Great tan head, great lacing. Great beer. Took a few 10 minutes for me to get it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VinegarStroke (319) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle: very dense. Not a great head or lace. The aroma on this is just concentrated. It intense, dense and black. Spice, coffee, chocolate, inky, fresh, cream and clean. Dry to off dry, not sour and moderate bitterness. The flavor is massive. This thing is just concentrated and brooding. Huge flavor but balanced. Chocolate ice cream, cocoa powder. Long and fine. Donít fight this thing. Itís a beast. Itís not a palate wrecker like the DIPAís but it will put you to sleep.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IvoR (82) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is subtle and reminds of toffee and chocolate. Flavor is on the opposite end - full and varied - with chocolate, roasted coffee, and a distinct hint of bourbon. Finish is long lasting. With flavors this overwhelming, this is not a balanced brew but is very good nevertheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle, $14.99 2014 edition. Intend to age some of this for a year or a few, but I picked up an extra to drink fresh since I havenít had this before. Dark black pour; creamy brown head dissipates into a nearly nonexistent ring; light lacing. Flavor coffee, strong cacao bitterness, caramel, light vanilla; lingering, sharply bitter finish . Once this warms, the aroma is fantastic, with every inhale different: chocolate, bourbon, licorice, tobacco, caramel, roast, bubble gum, finishing oak and vanilla. A+ body: full, slick, oily; frothy in the mouth, yet not sugary sticky. Iím torn because there are beers this good for less money, but this is really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
as297 (6) - - FEB 15, 2015 does not count
Very strong on the palate and an overpowering bourbon flavor. balance is a little off and seems very much up the alley of whiskey drinkers. must be sipped and cannot be drank as a pint

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FestDecBeet (386) - - FEB 15, 2015
Look: pours a dark black. Dark brown head. Very thick lacing. Smell: chocolate. Red wine. Molasses. Black licorice. Taste: chocolate. Cherries. Sweet fruit. Molasses. Feel: thick mouthfeel. Very creamy. Medium low carbonation. Overall: great beer. Great smoothness. Not overwhelming in any one flavor. Very balanced. First drank: home 2/15/15 Vintage: 2014

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mfhennig (98) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
22 oz bottle, pours black, brown head. Aroma of fruit, bourbon , molasses. Taste of roasted malts, licorice. Very boozy. I thought I would really enjoy this, but it just didnít work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockey9930 (145) - - FEB 14, 2015
If I didnít know it was a drink Iíd think I was pouring a glass of chocolate syrup. Deep black with a frothy dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, cherry, coffee, vanilla. It struck me at first with an unexpected sharp tanginess and strong alcoholic flavor which is probably the bourbon. Other flavors include chocolate, coffee and licorice. Heavy bodied and syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (749) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours blackish brown with deep coffee colored dense head. Nose of figs, earthy roots, licorice and oak. Molasses and coffee roasted acidity along with oak, raisins and more barrel notes on the palate. 2014 version so going to lay down another bottle but this has the makings of a complex beast to sip for years ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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