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RATINGS: 1515   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (842) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle, $14.99 2014 edition. Intend to age some of this for a year or a few, but I picked up an extra to drink fresh since I havenít had this before. Dark black pour; creamy brown head dissipates into a nearly nonexistent ring; light lacing. Flavor coffee, strong cacao bitterness, caramel, light vanilla; lingering, sharply bitter finish . Once this warms, the aroma is fantastic, with every inhale different: chocolate, bourbon, licorice, tobacco, caramel, roast, bubble gum, finishing oak and vanilla. A+ body: full, slick, oily; frothy in the mouth, yet not sugary sticky. Iím torn because there are beers this good for less money, but this is really good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
as297 (6) - - FEB 15, 2015 does not count
Very strong on the palate and an overpowering bourbon flavor. balance is a little off and seems very much up the alley of whiskey drinkers. must be sipped and cannot be drank as a pint

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - FEB 15, 2015
Look: pours a dark black. Dark brown head. Very thick lacing. Smell: chocolate. Red wine. Molasses. Black licorice. Taste: chocolate. Cherries. Sweet fruit. Molasses. Feel: thick mouthfeel. Very creamy. Medium low carbonation. Overall: great beer. Great smoothness. Not overwhelming in any one flavor. Very balanced. First drank: home 2/15/15 Vintage: 2014

3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mfhennig (127) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
22 oz bottle, pours black, brown head. Aroma of fruit, bourbon , molasses. Taste of roasted malts, licorice. Very boozy. I thought I would really enjoy this, but it just didnít work for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockey9930 (152) - - FEB 14, 2015
If I didnít know it was a drink Iíd think I was pouring a glass of chocolate syrup. Deep black with a frothy dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, cherry, coffee, vanilla. It struck me at first with an unexpected sharp tanginess and strong alcoholic flavor which is probably the bourbon. Other flavors include chocolate, coffee and licorice. Heavy bodied and syrupy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (773) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours blackish brown with deep coffee colored dense head. Nose of figs, earthy roots, licorice and oak. Molasses and coffee roasted acidity along with oak, raisins and more barrel notes on the palate. 2014 version so going to lay down another bottle but this has the makings of a complex beast to sip for years ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (1646) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2015
draft that poured black as midnight with small dark head. deep roasted malts with the subtle sweetness of the sugars of the molasses and definite licorice root. all mild to the nose...the flavor was so much more of the same strong in some respects but very well blended together. I know this beer will age nicely. there is a mild alcohol burn on the back end but what happens before that is very very delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sturmthis (874) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2015
On draft. Black with brown one finger head. Bourbon and roasted malt aroma. The taste is similar. Such a smooth beer that hides the alcohol well. One of my favorites.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AbbeyRoade (443) - Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Pretty good. A bit too much bourbon flavor for my taste. Other than that a very well brewed beer that is complex and hearty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rader58 (816) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2015
22oz bottle. 2013 vintage. Pours dark black. Aroma of molasses, wood, raisin, peat, earth, vanilla, cinnamon. Flavor of cocoa, molasses, licorice, wood, peat, leather. Very bold, but not overwhelming.


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