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RATINGS: 1562   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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 16/20
Whatup14 (1269) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
Bouteille 650ml, gracieuseté de Beervana lors du CanBIF Spring 2015, Thanks Cameron! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée fugace. Arôme de malt torréfié, cerise, Bourbon, anisé, café, cacao, cendré, mélasse. Goût de café, malt torréfié, légère acidité, chocolat, boisé. Carbonatation faible, corps moyen-dense.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (770) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2015
2014 Vintage. Dark, syrupy black pour with a nice brown head. Aroma is vanilla, licorice, cocoa, oak. Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, oak and whiskey. Complex. Full bodied, medium carb. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (4503) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Tap. Black with one finger head. First sip is a wtf moment, but in a good way. There is so much flavor complexity. Wood, dark fruit, berry, dark chocolate, light bourbon. Medium bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madelfonatree (303) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Bottled 11/11/2014 and enjoyed 12/1/2015 in a MadTree tulip/snifter. Look - Dark brown with a half finger of khaki head. It settled to a ring very quickly after slowly developing. Lacing is blotchy. Smell - Chocolate. Tobacco. Bourbon. Vanilla. Licorice. Chocolate. Fruit. Taste - Drink it cold and it tastes almost like a barely wine. Let it warm and it is apparent it is a stout. Follows the nose. This is so complex. Feel - Finishes dry. No alcohol burn. Medium carbonation. Chewy feel. Overall - There are good barley wines, good sweet stouts, and good dry stouts. This is all of those. It is complex and worth the wait. I hope I pick up a 2015 in late 2016 like I did the 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewHaMeister (368) - - NOV 27, 2015
Thanks to Bytemesis, the 2012 Reserve bottle poured jet black with a thick tan head and nice lacing. Aromas of fresh coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a slight booze warmth. Flavor is mildly coffee bitter that lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2015
A ton of wood flavor with some smoke. Some people will like this and some will not. I do like it but it's a bit in-your-face flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (456) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle (22oz $21): (2014) Dark Dark brown with brown head. Aromas are light roastyness. Taste was of roasted malts, almost Smokey. Then some licorice, but not too sweet. Very nice if you can get it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (1967) - GREECE - NOV 23, 2015
650ml bottle (v2013) from trade with RobertDale. Thank you Bob!! Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, licorice, dark dried fruits, raisins, wood, smoked notes. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky oily to creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuzzcro (99) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Oak barrel aging doesn’t fit my taste but the black strap molasses is front and center here...it tones down the oak flavor and creates a more agreeable flavor for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainBoosh (46) - - NOV 19, 2015
Pours jet black from tap with cocoa brown head. Aroma dark chocolate, dark cherries. Taste is cocoa nibs, slight coffee, dark cherry, slightly roasted, slightly sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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