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RATINGS: 1485   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bwa5879 (786) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Deep brown/black pour. Great aroma of rye, brown sugar, oats, lots of smokey wood, dark sour fruit. Soft carbonation, fluffy carbonation in the mouth feel, carbony bitter dry finish. Taste has strong burnt mesquite wood flavor , molasses, strong smokey bourbon, oats, plum/raisin/bit of currant, chocolate and oak. Really great BBA stout with tons of scotch qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beermack (710) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
2010 bomber shared. Black, small frothy tan head. Big molasses on nose, great oakiness - surprised so much barrel in there - chocolate and bourbon. Incredible taste, deep roastiness, big chocolate, bourbon and big oak. Rich stuff here, maxed out by more molasses. Medium/full body. Well rounded. Fabulous stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmitchell (2) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
Nice Dark color with a great aroma. Very drinkable and smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (1304) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle shared by Damian and Lona. Pours an opaque dark black with a thin layer of toffee colored head. Taste of roasted malts, lingering vanilla, and wood. Aroma of booze, roasted malts, and licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3662) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2015 Black pour from draft at JP Burkes - tan fluffy head. Nutty and maybe cherry aroma to it. Big bold cocoa and fruit taste. Canít tell what all is going on here but it is delicious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2165) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Bomber shared with pals at brian tasting in chicago. ..pitch black surpy.goodness...great!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WABeerFiend (279) - - JAN 20, 2015
2014 edition. 11.10.15 best after date. Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 11.25.14. A: I can smell it after popping the waxed cap. Licorice, deep milk chocolate, truffle, strong molasses, vanilla, and cocoa. Wow. This is so complex and unlike anything. Itís all blended so perfectly. The aromas arenít muted either as they mix. A: 1 finger light brown head that is retained fluffy and beautiful. Midnight black body with no red. T: Oak, cherry, and molasses dominate. Vanilla, truffle, and milk chocolate are more subtle but still strong. P: Creamy smooth. This isnít as bubbly as other BBA stouts, which I like. It has perfect carbonation. O: Oak is first, then molasses, slight vanilla, truffle, and chocolate in the middle. The tart finish comes out as cherry (from the cherry bark) and balances the sweetness along with the oak at the start. It does have amazing depth. I expected to get a lot of vanilla but this goes a different way. Oak wasnít there in the smell but it comes out from the depths and asserts itself in the taste. Every sip seems different. Oak eventually fades to vanilla after dominating for awhile, but the middle and back end remain the same. As big as the flavors are, theyíre not overdone. The balance is incredible. What an experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1516) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bomber thanks to respertFTW. Cloudy brown with a dark head. Grapes, wood and alcohol. Chocolatey and plums with a smokey malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1082) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle 2013 vintage. The pour is black with nice lacing. The aroma is heavy malt and molasses. The taste is bold and roasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdInSaltLake (713) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Malty aroma: Raisin, sweet, toffee, chocolate roast. Sweet, dark fruit, apple-ish flavor. Some molasses. Spicy, and subtle alcohol. Nice dry coffee-like roasted aftertaste. (2013 reserve; drank 1/4/15)

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