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RATINGS: 1397   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2135) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Solid imperial stout. Has al the traits of the style, but doesnít trascend above the rest in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (283) - - MAY 4, 2014
Sampled @ Zeebra 2014. Coffee. Vanilla-like taste comparable to Hunapuh (Cigar City) but then more bitter, toffee-like, coffee as well. Sweet vanilla, fudge, noga smell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosbouw (1175) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede bruine kraag. Ruikt koffie, vanille en chocolade. Iets gebrand. Smaakt vanille, gebrand, koffie. Goede bittere nasmaak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abijen (1420) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a pitch black beer with a good tan brown head. Smells rye, coffee, chocolate. Tastes lots of coffee, coffee bitter, roasted. Low carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1334) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours a nice black color with off-white head. Roasted malt, cocoa, oak, and bourbon on the nose; follows onto the palate, very complex. The alcohol is a little hot fresh. Finishes with a molasses sweetness, and just a bit of anise. Should age very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1282) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 25, 2014
2010 version. Perfect looking, pitch oil black with dark brown head. Loads of coffee, roast and molasses in the aroma, tiny oak and bourbon hints. This is a beer that goes on for layers and layers of velvet. Extremely balanced and subtle for the style. Bourbon is tingling as is the heat. This is excellent stuff! Thanks Duffman!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nsanders (488) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2014
2013 version on tap at the Red Cow. Black with a big foamy light brown head. Chocolate, raisins, molasses and smoke. Taste is raising sweet with a chapters finish. Body was full with a foamy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpongeRuiner (691) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
Pours very dark deep. Clearly given the name. A big bourbon and dark fruit color that rolls right into the aroma. Flavors match the nose. Caramel and syrup spice mix in with the bourbon flavors. I really would like to try it again. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (1723) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2014
2010 vintage. Shared with EricTeusink. This bottle is from my very first RB trade. Been holding onto this bad boy, getting advice on when to pop. The result was an extremely mellowed out brew, that did show a hint of age, but it was not a detractor. Thick black pour with ample dark mocha head. The taste showed mellow bourbon that was nicely intergrated with the molasses, and the licorice was just barely a character. Dark fruits swirled with a heavy dose of dark chocolate. Decadent. I would advice on drinking now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (492) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2014
2013 vintage bottle at Northern Taproom, Chicago. Black black oily with big foam head. Aroma is licorice and booze. Taste is very complex and chaotic - vanilla, aniseed, heavy body (oak?), tobacco, leather. Lots of dark flavours with a strong abv in the mix. Bitter finish, tannins and syrupy. Overall, this one is too much for me. Astringently serious. Not so much fun to drink. Functions like a lecture on beer.

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