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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
megabeergulper (13) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Licorice, rasins, booze, dark chocolate, bread rolls and an incredible velvet mouthfeel. Don’t notice the pomegranate at all....Bombers the last two years. Both were excellent. Bought an extra to lay down for a vertical tasting in 2yrs. Will update if I can remember any thing after three glasses of this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4317) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, malts, roasted malts. Sweet, light bitter flavour, roasted malts, liquorice and coffee. Finish roasted malts, liquorice, coffee and cacao.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’ Oirschot. 2012 Reserve. Thanks for sharing, Koen!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Tar black pour with aroma of vanilla, molasses, oak, and roasted malt. Licorice, molasses, vanilla flavor with some oak, a touch of bourbon, and roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (721) - Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Pours jet black with tan head and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, molasses, and light soy sauce. Taste is the same with some vanilla oakiness. Very complex and vey smooth for the abv. Great brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jared_Clifton (96) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2015
2014 reserve. Pours black with brown head. Heavy body. Black licorice, little bit if vanilla, chocolate flavor, oak flavor, slight bourbon alcohol heat, caramel. Finishes pretty sweet like dark fruits and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (4594) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Draft pour at Snallygaster shared by solidfunk, thanks Josh! Black with tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, roast, chocolate. Tastes of similar. Full body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (6482) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2015 Very nice stuff. Huge roast and some dark chocolate. Some coffee and nut. Pours black with good head and lacing. Thick creamy consistency. Soft carbonation. Bittersweet finish. Tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2015 Vintage bottle from 2007, thanks Lieven of Velootje for sharing. Thickly lacing, stable, beige head over an ink black beer. Complex and interesting aroma of dry red wine, old madera wine, cigar ashes, liquorice (apparently added), chestnuts, coffee grounds, passion fruit, port, hint of soy sauce, vague banana. Somewhat candied onset (candied figs) but very subtly so, not even becoming sweet, blue plum or grape peel, cocoa, evolving quickly into a very dry, coffeeish, bitter chocolate roasted flavour, bit resiny, with the added liquorice all the way at the back, far less prominent than I had feared, but leaving a resiny bittersweet sensation on the root of the tongue; roasted coffee and charcoal bitterness remains along with peppery hop bitterness and a glow of warming, brown rhum-like alcohol; mouthfeel is thick and oily with very soft carb, but a little bit thinner than expected (possibly due to age). Not sure if this is the way this beer is supposed to taste, but after eight years, I get no signs of oxidation whatsoever; I do assume it was sweeter and more fragrant when young, but in this condition, this works perfectly. It has gained a tartness not unlike an ’oud bruin’ (Flemish red) which does make it different from most other ’hyped’ RIS beers I had. Interesting and memorable experience for sure, and glad I got a chance to taste this classic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerly There (26) - Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2015
VINTAGE 2014 Pours black as tar with a rapidly dissipating chocolate brown head. Strong alcohol aroma and not much else, a hint of things to come. Drinking it out of my favorite Duvel beer glass at about 50°F. A bit thick or oily but not syrupy. I couldn’t find its o.g., but it is well attenuated given the 11% abv. The first taste you sense is the from the very dark roasted barley. Next comes in the alcohol mixed with delicate flavors of licorice, and a touch of vanilla and cherry. There is a nice, mildly bitter hop aftertaste. It is getting better as I write this, by time I hit the Enter button it might rank a 5.0 or that may be the alcohol getting to me. I should have let this one age longer. Luckily, I still have a bottle of the 2009 Vintage, which I am saving for a special event. Great beer. Do yourself a favor; buy a case and enjoy a bottle with a friend every six months. Prost !!!!!!!!&#

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markoijelena (1586) - Belgrade, SERBIA - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle 0.65l at The 8th Belgrade tasting Session One at the Beerville Beer Bar.17.07.2015.Thanks to Matt for bringing this vintage bottle to Serbia.Special from Matt’s cellar Vintage 2011 bottle.Pour it dark color woth thick black head.Aroma of sweet black fruits.Taste so complexed, wau, dark fruits, vanilla,licorice, american hops bitterness present, figs, really perfect complexed, aged very well.After taste dark chocolate.Perfection.

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