penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, wood, vanilla, spice, slightly vinous, dark fruit character (blackcurrant/blackberry?), anise, dried fig, and raisin. Taste is roasted malt, char, chocolate, vinous, wood, dried fig and raisin, spice, slight molasses, vanilla, some dark berry, medium bitterness and slightly sweet. Medium-full body, smooth carb. You can tell this is high abv but itís not too hot. Not too syrupy sweet either like some imp stouts are. Finishes with a nice char and slight dryness. Very complex, a great beer.
mstrcrwly (958) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2014 bottle poured into a snifter..dark pour with a medium tan head..aroma
of chocolate,oak,coffee,licorice,,tastes of chocolate,oak,wine..medium body..
ARH (1113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is initially a rich, dark cherry and chocolate blend with a mild molasses and coffee and a hint of licorice and leather, as well as and smokey char character (woody). The aroma turns towards a chocolate, biscuit, and toffee mix. The hue is black and opaque with a dense, soapy brown head that reduces to a mild wisp with bubbles, and leaves a light lace. The taste is highly sweet complimented by a medium high bitter. The texture is slick and smooth with a light, soft foam carbonation and a full body. The flavor profile is strong of figs and raisin up front with a chocolate and wood hint. The finish is sticky with mild alcohol warmth that cleans up with a wood resin feel and flavors of chocolate malt, tart, dark cherry, licorice and molasses with a hint of caramel and cookie. The aftertaste is light and mellow with a dry, charred character and a bit of a leathery molasses with light toffee and bitter floral, resin, and licorice.
Tstamba (725) - Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber to a goblet. Viscous black with mocha head and lacing. Amazing aroma, vanilla, cherry, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, toasted oak. Flavor is multilayered and complex. Smooth balanced, warming finish... Truly exceptional beer, one of the best.
commonshawn (1026) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at stanleys at the blackout beer fest. 8oz pour. Black with small medium tan head. Strong Dark fruit and alcohol nose. Boozy, sweet, malty, with some chocolate notes. Alcohol dark fruit sweetness dominates though. A bit peaty. This is a powerful beer.
WingmanWillis (133) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vertical with 2009-2013 inclusive versions thanks to Frank, Ben & Catherine, Misty & Jason plus Mini & Bird. Some better than others with the 2011 the best.. Dark, pours like treacle with a tan head. Aromas of vanilla, liquorice and cocao. Taste is more complex with chocolate, coffee, vanilla.
A definite treat to try them all together and great beer!
tightslice (894) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Harryís Hofbrau in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, bourbon (as it warms). Taste is tangy dark chocolate, licorice (sometimes medicinal), bourbon-y booze, cocoa, mild cherry liqueur. Some warming burn as it goes down. More bourbon and coffee as it warms. Very cozy and complex. Changes from sip to sip.
donandres (325) - , Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2016 From tap growler to wine glass
Appearance: very dark- almost pitch black but not when held against the light in a wine glass
Aroma: aroma oof Chocolate
Taste : Excellent
Mouth feel : Creamy
Overrall: excellent beer, one of the best, (i reallyy prefer stouts and porters
MetalNHopHead (1340) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
How do you welcome a new year? When choosing a beer, it should be something bright and with an optimistic title to match the high hopes and promise of a new beginning. Thatís, er, why we picked pitch black beer with the cheerful title of The Abyss. Iím not sure what that says about our coming year, but what a beer for the occasion. Pour is inky black. Oaky, roasty, boozy, syrupy aromas. Flavors of oak, licorice, molasses, burnt sugar, bittersweet dark chocolate, bourbon, and charred malt. This is a huge beer, but itíll seduce you with its smoothness. Sink into The Abyss.
BucannonXC5 (1411) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear plastic juice glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Purchased: Jan. 7, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 31, 2015
Misc.: Best after Nov. 11, 2015; 2014 vintage
Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of rocky, tan head. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 4.00)
Smelled boozy chocolate, roasted toffee, dark caramel, oaky vanilla, dark fruits, mainly purple grape, plum and black raspberry, dark wet cocoa, molasses, wintry spices, light licorice and faint roasty malts. (Smell - 4.50)
First taste reminded me of a slightly stronger Obsidian Stout or Black Butte Porter. Got roasted dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits - black raspberry and purple grape - molasses, smoky fire, char wood, oaky vanilla and licorice. (Taste - 4.25)
Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)
This was a very good imperial stout, but not as good as I hoped. Canít get over how close it is to Obsidian Stout and Black Butter Porter. Would have it again though, but not for $16.99. (Overall - 4.25)
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