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RATINGS: 1455   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (123) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Pours a deep dark chocolate head. Loads of chocolate, licorice, star anise, and a good amount of molasses. The barrels it was aged in are noticeable but not so apparently and is really well hidden. Love it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2014
2013 bottle. Jet black pour with a tan head. Wow there is so much going on here itís unbelievable. Bourbon, molasses, wine, and notes of Licorice. Flavor is a wonderful blend of everything that is going on in the aroma. No one Flavor dominates the others, itís perfectly balanced. A true work of art. Thanks Lectvay for the bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gam (3388) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2014
Big frothy bubbly tan head dark pour near medium carbonation aromas chocolate molasses vanilla rich fruit woody notes the flavours wow! the sweetness really hits you just a mix of goodness alcohol liquorice molasses caramel dark chocolate vanilla creamy note plum raisins the oak wine really good on the palate and the cherry bark giving a bitter taste nutty as well good balance the oak barrelling smoothly done really good note a simply superb bit of brewing by the people at Deschutes the cherry bark fits in so well with the sweet tastes flavours outdo the alcohol volume easily the finish this is a beautiful imperial best notes cherry bark sweet malts oak wine barrelling influence body and balance superb sweetness magical imperial all round

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beechner224 (792) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is strong coffee, very bitter. Way too much, needs pulling back. Not that good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2869) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle, 2011 vintage, thnx to Duffman for sending me this. Pours a pitch black beer with a big, tanned head on top consisting out of small bubbles. Aroma is incredibly full, loads of molasses, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Flavor has loads of wood, loads of sweet stuff, licorice and coffee with chocolate in the finish. Very much complexity going on here, very full bodied with low carbonation. This is amazing stuff, definitely worth itís top 50 status.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (2066) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2014
Pours black, thick, with a dark tan head. Nose shows soft woody oak, faint red wine notes, heacy roast, some sweet rich molassess, chocolate and toasty/bready malt. Bittersweet flavours with lots of roast countered by molasses sweetness. Some booze along with a little vanilla oak notes and a hint of bourbon. More red wine too. Very well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomashall (181) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2009 Bottle shared at Darkness day. Infected bottle. Some barrel smokey smell. Taste smokey and sour (unintentionally I?m sure). Okay...would like to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1793) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2014
September 25, 2014. Bottle at SBWF, 2013 vintage. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet licorice, chocolate, coffee, wood. Taste is medium sweet chocolate and licorice, light dry roasted and woody bitterness. Finish is dry woody,roasted bitterness and sweet licorice. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (987) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 600ml bottle served in a snifter glass. 2009 Reserve edition. Best after: 11/1/2010 printed in the left side of the label. A: Pours a deep brown to black color forming a absolutely beautiful creamy and thin bubbled beige to brow head. Multi tonalities of brown lacings are formed on the top. Excellent retention and only small spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top S: Very sweet and malty upfront. Strong notes of wood, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong notes of dark fruits, mix of grapes, raisins and figs, mainly. Licorice and caramel. Roasted malts and a some notes of alcohol in the end T: Perfect taste. Sweet upfront with strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, caramel, caramel malts, oak, grapes, raisins, figs, smoked malts... End is bitter but not extremely. Bitterness is mainly made of roasted malts than hops M: Heavy body. Creamy and molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Roasted malts bitter aftertaste O: Excellent drinkability. A perfect beer is hard to judge [ BA Review @ 2/17/2013 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garlic_of_Doom (496) - SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2014 2012 bottling. Pours black with a espresso coloured head. Aroma has lots of bourbon, chocolate pudding, liquorice and sweetness. Taste has chocolate, bourbon, liquorice, soy, sweetness and a nice bitterness at the end. Almost full bodied, low carbonation, soft and round mouth feel.
Very easy to drink, perhaps a wee bit to heavy on the bourbon. Still, very good.

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