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RATINGS: 1528   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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. Its dark. Its deep. Its 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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (524) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Dark obviously, lots of lacing etc on the glass. Sweet coffee aroma, barrels, char. Similar flavor plus chocolate. Quite bitter for a stout. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CardsFan25 (81) - - MAR 6, 2015
Bomber of 2014. Dark roasty aroma with some licorice and coffee on the nose. Dark black pour with a finger nail of amber brown head. The roasty taste is bold and up front followed by the licorice, slight vanilla(which comes in more as it warms), and moderately bitter coffee finish. Conceals some of the booze but only some of it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigda83 (534) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2015
2013 reserve. Pours a jet black color with hints of murkiness and a nice sudsy tan head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, coffee, black licorice, chocolate, and nuts. Taste was incredible and complex. It was a nice mix of medium sweetness and bitterness. Full bodied with an oily texture to it. Lively carbonation and a nice long bitter finish with a hint of bourbon burn. Very happy I got to try this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1234) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
2010 bottle at the March Libertine Bottle Share. Ive had this numerous times but I guess I never rated it. Pours a deep black with slight tan head. Aroma is marshmallow, slight clove, some coffee. Taste is more on the bitter chocolate but muted, honey, oak and some vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
high_on_hops (797) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a solid black with a short tan head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of toasty malt, some coffee, and bourbon. The flavor is dark malt and bourbon up front with a slightly spicy and malty backbone with a sweet and slightly bitter finish over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2015
[Bottle] 2011 vintage opened last week. Pours an inky black with about an inch worth of darker brown foam on top. Licorice, deep roasted malts, oak and mild vanilla in the nose. Notes of anise and wooden barrel come through prominently in the flavor. Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramelized malts, bitter chocolate, port wine and some vanilla also make an appearance. Mild alcohol heat. Oily mouthfeel. Tasty stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2015
22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours pitch black like its namesake, and forms a fairly thick head of brown froth. Lacing is quite present. Smell: The aroma primarily reminds me of red wine and dark chocolate, mingled together. There is a tart red grape and cherry presence, and Id say around 80% - 85% cocoa dark chocolate. Taste: At the opening, this beer follows the nose, a blast of pure slightly sour red wine with cherries and bakers chocolate. As it moves along, the flavors flow into a dark yeasty bread mingled with scorched toffee, with notes of vanilla along the edges. By the finish, the flavor profile is entirely black bread, earth, and oak. As the beer warms, the flavor transitions smooth out. The barrel notes, while present, do not overtake the entire beer, and the ABV lends just a pleasant touch of warmth. Mouthfeel: Full and fairly creamy, though a bit thinner than one would expect for a stout this black. Overall: Quite a good stout, showcasing both complexity and intensity of flavor. Im glad I happened upon a bottle of it sitting on the shelf at a local shop as I breezed in for some birthday shopping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1103) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Certainly deep and dark, a black hole that sucks you in. Very bitter chocolate and dry wood. Very rich, notes of black licorice. Thanks Max!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 I had a 2011 of this a few weeks ago and it was pretty awesome. I would highly recommend

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2652) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
2014 bottle. Dark pour duh tan brown head. Dark chocolate, vanilla cherries and bitter. Complex, boozy.

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