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RATINGS: 1383   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brandman (2053) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2014
2010 reserve. Oil black body, light brown head that is gone fast. Aroma has lots of going on: wine, bourbon, chocolate, liqourice, plum, more sweet bourbon and some tobacco. There is very light almost no taste at all in the beginning, but it grows fast. The tobacco, bourbon and some roasted grainy malts come aftewards. Very velvety and smooth. Rich ashy and alcohol is felt, not tasted. Flavour has less fruity and winey charasteristics than aroma. Very complex and quite extraordinary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (6474) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2014
22 oz bottle. 2010 Reserve. Best after 11/15/11.
From a trade with Rosebud butternuts. Huge thanks to Eric! My rating #6000.

Pitch black colour with a tiny tan head. Roasted malt, lots of malty sweetness, molasses, mild alcohol, whiskey and red wine notes and mild chocolate in the aroma. The flavour is... quite incredible. Roasted malt, dryness, sweetness, molasses, alcohol, mild smoke, whiskey, bitterness and sugary sweetness to name a few flavours. Amazing richness and smoothness. Warms nicely. 11% is present in a very positive way. Pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg (825) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2011 version on tap at Urge. Pours a pitch black with a one finger khaki head with nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, licorice, molasses, coffee, bakers coco, dark fruits, some oaked whiskey, and some faint booze. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma but is even smoother and has almost no noticeable booze. Has a full body with a oily, creamy mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter, long, lingering finish. Overall, a fantastic world class stout that is very complex and amazingly smooth after three years of being aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gopherfan99 (349) - CROATIA - MAR 23, 2014
Tap, pours black with a tan head. Sweet tasting with chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. The Bourbon is noticeable but not overpowering. Nicely balanced and very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leveejr (77) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
2012 vintage on draft. Amazing bourbon and oak taste up front with a tobacco dry earthy and spicy aftertaste. Amazingly smooth and drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EtTuCthulhu (991) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2014
The aroma blends roasted, chocolate, and caramel malts with molasses and a hint of bourbon, and the appearance has an opaque black color with a large tan head. The taste is a phenomenal blend of a heavy umami, slight bitterness, and a touch of sweetness, and the palate fuses a slick and thick texture, full body, robust and roasty finish, and a soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Koskela (270) - Marysville, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Chocolately nutty aromas with a hint of licorice come from this very dark brown thick beer with a nice tan head. Taste the alcohol and chocolate with hint of bitterness at first. The charred flavor comes in with a hint of cherries. Then a bitter aftertaste. Its a very fullbodied beer with good carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahshuwuh (346) - USA - MAR 10, 2014
Dark thick pour with a smattering of khaki head. Smells of cherry, chocolate, malty. Tastes of dark chocolate, very malty, vanilla, a good amount of bitter maltiness, cherry, smooth sweet coffee at the end, cigarette ash, char, bready. A slick mouthfeel with a semi hot alcohol. A very good stout, lot of malty bitterness, chocolate covered cherry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (45) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2014
The absolute best Imperial Stout that I have tried. Even better when put in the cellar for a year. Deschutes and Stone are the top breweries that I have tried.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
barshisbrews (4) - - MAR 7, 2014 does not count
This is a review of the Abyss 2008 vintage that I was lucky enough to get a couple bottles of after a brewmasters dinner I did with Cam O'Connor the brewmaster of Deschutes. The 5 years of aging have done wonders for this beer. It is incredibly smooth and unbelievably delicious. I highly recommend aging any more recent incarnations(if you can wait!) to see how it develops. Amazingly chocolately, roasty, smooth, the alcohol has been completely mellowed out, you would never know it was 11%.

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