tightslice (789) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, bourbon (as it warms). Taste is tangy dark chocolate, licorice (sometimes medicinal), bourbon-y booze, cocoa, mild cherry liqueur. Some warming burn as it goes down. More bourbon and coffee as it warms. Very cozy and complex. Changes from sip to sip.
donandres (276) - , Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2016 From tap growler to wine glass
Appearance: very dark- almost pitch black but not when held against the light in a wine glass
Aroma: aroma oof Chocolate
Taste : Excellent
Mouth feel : Creamy
Overrall: excellent beer, one of the best, (i reallyy prefer stouts and porters
MetalNHopHead (1209) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
How do you welcome a new year? When choosing a beer, it should be something bright and with an optimistic title to match the high hopes and promise of a new beginning. That’s, er, why we picked pitch black beer with the cheerful title of The Abyss. I’m not sure what that says about our coming year, but what a beer for the occasion. Pour is inky black. Oaky, roasty, boozy, syrupy aromas. Flavors of oak, licorice, molasses, burnt sugar, bittersweet dark chocolate, bourbon, and charred malt. This is a huge beer, but it’ll seduce you with its smoothness. Sink into The Abyss.
BucannonXC5 (1331) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear plastic juice glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Purchased: Jan. 7, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 31, 2015
Misc.: Best after Nov. 11, 2015; 2014 vintage
Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of rocky, tan head. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 4.00)
Smelled boozy chocolate, roasted toffee, dark caramel, oaky vanilla, dark fruits, mainly purple grape, plum and black raspberry, dark wet cocoa, molasses, wintry spices, light licorice and faint roasty malts. (Smell - 4.50)
First taste reminded me of a slightly stronger Obsidian Stout or Black Butte Porter. Got roasted dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits - black raspberry and purple grape - molasses, smoky fire, char wood, oaky vanilla and licorice. (Taste - 4.25)
Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)
This was a very good imperial stout, but not as good as I hoped. Can’t get over how close it is to Obsidian Stout and Black Butter Porter. Would have it again though, but not for $16.99. (Overall - 4.25)
4.32 96 A
HuskerTan (1450) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A- Dark molasses, chocolate, subtle coffee, mild roastiness.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Subtle oak, subtle bourbon, molasses, chocolate.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish.
O- 2014 Vintage. What a beer for my first of 2016. No particular flavor stood out in this beer. In fact, it was hard to take notes because it was so well balanced. This was a great beer that most definitely lives up to the hype.
bubblehouse (1177) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really dark and bitter. Good but probably couldn’t drink more than one at a time. Good.
blueshockey24 (348) - Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 Reserve Bottle. Pours Black with tan head. Aroma is Chocolate, Bourbon and Malt. Taste is sweet malt chocolate up front with a bourbon alcohol chocolate finish. Excellent beer.
Whatup14 (1414) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 650ml, gracieuseté de Beervana lors du CanBIF Spring 2015, Thanks Cameron! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée fugace. Arôme de malt torréfié, cerise, Bourbon, anisé, café, cacao, cendré, mélasse. Goût de café, malt torréfié, légère acidité, chocolat, boisé. Carbonatation faible, corps moyen-dense.
DrunkSanta410 (807) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 Vintage. Dark, syrupy black pour with a nice brown head. Aroma is vanilla, licorice, cocoa, oak. Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, oak and whiskey. Complex. Full bodied, medium carb. Awesome.
rumproasts (4720) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Black with one finger head. First sip is a wtf moment, but in a good way. There is so much flavor complexity. Wood, dark fruit, berry, dark chocolate, light bourbon. Medium bitterness in the finish.