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RATINGS: 1480   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2162) - 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 (274) - - 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 (1501) - 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 (1066) - 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 (703) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattH (659) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Stumbled upon this one on tap at a place in Santa Rosa. Overall a well balanced and very drinkable 11% imperial stout. I think the molasses stands out a little more than in other imperial stouts that I have had. The best beer Iíve had in a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
makromaniak (141) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
bottle 2013---very roasted malty, licorice, molassessoy, bourbon, wood, chocolate, and a dash of dark fruit and vanilla leading to a very dry long lasting coffee and hoppy finish. Very smooth...very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crispy34 (430) - Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bomber bottle, 2013 release. Aroma is dark malt and some booze. Hint of bourbon and sweetness. Appearance is black with a little tan lacing. Taste is dark malt up from that has a bourbon booze hint of sweetness that then finishes with a very raw chocolate malt flavor that borders burnt popcorn, but not quite. Palate is dark malt bitter. Overall, an excellent beer. Plays the line between far enough and too far excellently. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3891) - - JAN 1, 2015
2014 bottle. black with small brown head. big, robust and roasty with a fruity red wine note. flavor has more of the vanilla sweetness and oak character over the wine. full body and silky. toast, mild caramel sweetness and charred wood.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zoucrew102 (732) - - JAN 1, 2015
Bomber, 2007 vintage. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, some toast, licorice, molasses and bourbon. Pours inky black with a thin mocha brown head and excellent lacing. Starts with a silky smooth body with licorice and molasses flavors. Finishes extremely smooth with chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Absolutely delightful.

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