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RATINGS: 1538   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1145) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
Chosen as my rating #800. Bottle thanks to the almighty Bursprak! Pours a pitch black with a brown head. Aroma has soy sauce, cherry, oak, roasty malts, licorice. Taste is roasty bitter, and with some acidic cherry notes. Some licorice as well. Not very sweet, and very european in general. Didnít quite live up to my expectations, but glad to try this! Slightly boring body and an average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (1582) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle from Aaron, split a couple of ways. Blackish pour with a light head. Nose has loads of soy, light peat, fruity coffee and some light tartness. Taste has licorice, coffee, roast, a lingering tartness, some tar and ash, biter notes with some caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1747) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle split with Dave during GoT S5E7 5/17/2015. Pours a murky black. Aroma of light oak, bourbon. Lightly sweet, some licorocie. Tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
McWorta (1136) - LUXEMBOURG - MAY 14, 2015
Black colour with a small beige lasting pillowy head. Aromas of chcoloate malt, bourbon vanilla liquorice, wood and hints of treacle and subtle roastyness develops. Very light carbonation with a velvety, slick texture and a full body. Harmonically balanced with sweeetness up front with a fine subtle bitterness. Complex and lasting finish. Pretty wonderful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxodom (45) - - MAY 6, 2015
bottle pour. Black, viscous pour. Smell was amazing. However, the fun ended there. Not sure if it was a bad bottle or my taste buds werent all there that night, but the beer was extremely bitter and overall almost undrinkable. Have one more bottle and will try again at a later date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2015
12pz pour on tap into tulip. Minneapolis. On tap from 2011. Pours very dark, basically black. Small rim of mocha head. Aroma is heavy on dark chocolate, coffee, charred oak barrel, bourbon, subtle vanilla. Taste is mostly bitter, a little sweetness, but this is on the drier side for an imperial stout. Body is full. Smooth texture. A little frothy. Long bitter finish. Really nice stout. Bourbon is a little muted - not sure if that is related to the age. Very dry for the style, which I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomat (2828) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle. Very dark brown with no head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, chocolate,, fruit and licorice. Full body with a long bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fcjack1 (255) - Washington, USA - APR 30, 2015
2011 bomber. I donít remember where i got it. Pours inky black. Dark tan head. Scent is black cherries, alcohol and some dark chocolate. Taste some chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Very balanced. Aged well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sulawang (774) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2015
Visual: 2014 edition, black wax sealed. Pours coffee black with a very small head, petri dish lacing, SUPER-fine bubbles. Nose: roasted dark malts, cherry wood, wet red wine barrels. (lvl-4)-pungency Attack: very slick-oily mouthfeel, subdued alcohol Mid-palate: light sourness, (MAIN) brown sugar, thick malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, woody, raspberry ->transition-> (lvl-7)-sweetness+malt Finish: soy sauce, licorice, roasted-burnt bitter exhale, light burpy, cascading alcohol buzz, sweet-light bitter chocolate malt finish. Summary: A beer with impact, both in taste and alcoholic bite. Layers upon layers of flavour, every year is exceptional. Notice the changes in flavours as the temperature decreases; less malt and more fruity characteristics emerge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (531) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
Aroma of tons of dark fruit, anise, barrel characters, taste is lots of dark fruit, maple taste, very dark red to brown appearance, alcohol finishes smooth- taste at DLD 2015. 2014 reserve.

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