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RATINGS: 1391   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 – 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (2865) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2014
2012 Bottle. Molasses, sweet chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Black brown with a moderate tan head. Burnt coffee, chocolate, vanilla flavor with a long roasty bitter finish. Body on the lighter side of full, soft carbonation, dry finish. Seems rather thin for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdb288 (489) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours straight black with minimal head. Aroma is molasses, raisin, dark chocolate, oak. Cherry flavor kicks in immediately with the blackstrap molasses adding sweet/sour notes. The barrel aging and blending adds a nice amount of alcohol heat but not overbearing. This one will sit nicely in the cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2200) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2014
2/13/2014. On tap. Pours black with a beige head. Thick, rich and creamy. Licorice, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee aromas. Very nice balance and complexity. Bitter finish... very enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gkeh (186) - Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap at Hay Merchant. 2012 edition. Pours very dark brown, dark tan head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is intensely complex: cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, a slight bitter note. Taste is sweet up front, roasty, burnt in the middle, and mildly bitter at the back. There is the slightest of bourbon taste, and I like it that way. It doesn’t dominate the taste. It is slightly warm going down, though. Kind of a thick mouthfeel. Very smooth. Probably the best beer I’ve ever tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1478) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2013 bottle generously shared at the RBWG grand tasting. Dark brown pour. Nose of dark chocolate and sambucca, a bit hot. Flavor is oak heavy with dark chocolate and sweet, sticky molasses in the finish. Not what I was hoping it was.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwelldeux (3505) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Wow did I want to start making love to this beer right when I was in the bar... Draught. Pours a gorgeous thick black color with a moderate darker tan head on it, and with nice lacing. Nose had just a little bit of bourbon that hits you up front. The strong roasting with just a hint of chocolate comes through the aroma afterwards. The taste is majestic - extremely smooth on the palate, and has a beautiful silky mix of roasting and chocolate, with just a hint of wood coming through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (1725) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pours opaque black. Both the aroma and flavor are amazingly complex yet balanced.. The complexity leads to different aspects of the brew coming forward in successive sniffs, with some featuring the wine barrel effects, another the BBL and yet another the dark roasted grains. Excellent sweet/bitter balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xBEERxNOLA (71) - - FEB 8, 2014
Pour - black. No head Aroma - hint of whiskey Mouth - mild carb. Not as velvety or creamy as some. Taste - sweet wine like finish. Slight whiskey. Long finish. Little boozy. Would be better with age. Overall - excellent. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (873) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Great. Roasted malt, some hops and molasses aromas. Maybe a little oak and bourbon as well. It had a lot going on. Very dark black color with a minimal tan head. This 2011 offering has blended well over the years with good carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Flavors were rich with a strong roasted bitterness that mixed with the hops. The lingering flavors were slightly sweet from bourbon and woody from the oak. This also had quite a kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
justsayswell (53) - Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours deep black, with a two-finger mahogany head. Licorice and oak on the nose. Bit of bourbon, smoke. Taste is coffee, a little wine, bourbon, vanilla, wood, smoke, burnt caramel. Lacing like rings on a prehistoric tree. Very nuanced beer. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous. Some hop bitterness, slightly sweet. Alcohol is well hidden, but creeps up quickly. This will end your night. And you’ll like it.

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