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RATINGS: 1427   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJvd (919) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2014
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has quite some dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste has chocolate, quite some coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, some licorice and a medium bitter finish. Over medium body and medium carbo. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
miyauchi38 (354) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
めちゃくちゃ&# 詳しくは覚え&

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (264) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
2010 vintage. Pours a dark black, minimal mocha colored head, minimal lacing. Aromas of rich malted cocoa, black licorice, dry oak and a slight amount of bourbon. Taste was very rich, but very balanced. Distinct flavors of licorice/anise, tobacco and leather that counterbalance a rather sticky body, loaded with molasses. Finishes nicely with a harmony of the barrels providing one final kick of oak and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (744) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2014
22 oz bottle. 2011 variety. The pour is jet black with a thin film of dark mocha head that fades to a small ring and no lacing. The aroma is mostly roasted malt licorice with a light bourbon presence and minimal vanilla tendencies. The flavor is a touch boozy with a solid licorice and roasted malt base. There is again a little bit of vanilla and a light cocoa presence which helps. The mouth feel is a little light, but the carbonation helps a velvety complexion and lingeringly dry mouthfeel that is definitely a little bitter like a good stout should be. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (523) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Dark black with a little light head. Big fig leather and tobacco smells. Bitter woody big with some viscosity to it. Rich layered. Sip it slow, let it linger, Start cool but let it warm up Flavors grow and change. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bulk_Carrier (2266) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 19, 2014
I bought three bottles back in December of 2013. I cracked one open in February but forgot to mention anything about this back then. Today, Iím having my second bottle that has a date of "best after 08/16/14." I poured this into a snifter, here we go. The appearance, well, it poured like motor oil and I even heard the "glub glub" sound as it strolls out of the bottle, (did I pour too fast, hmmm...most likely not?). The head is about a fingerís worth of off-white to a nice tan color that lasts for a good minute before dieing and leaving a super nice coating of tan lacing clinging very nicely to the glass. The smell is an almost perfect aroma to any imperial stout anyone could ever want. It goes a little something like this: super nice oaky/woody vanilla, cherry, chocolate, molassess and licorice. There is a slight aftertaste and its kinda woody with a nice dose of lingering molasses and vanilla. The finish is quick, dry and sweet. On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy. I sure did sip this. This is one not to gulp. Sessionability - ha, no way, man, one and done. ABV is felt. The carbonation is smooth and good for the style and for me. Overall, American Double/Imperial Stout, wow, this practically defines it. Donít ever pass up on this if you ever see it. I will be sure to look out for this next December when it comes out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrodooo5 (1071) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2014
A tremendous opaque black pour w/ a stunning mocha head that leaves 3 beautiful rings of lacing. The aroma is as advertised with a concoction of licorice, molasses, some of the bourbon flavors, & slightly boozy. The taste while complex & certainly rich, is just a tad bitter & harsh at the finish to be perfect. Donít get me wrong, this is one hell of a beer. Itís an imperial to umteenth degree & w/ so much going on, it all comes together nicely. Itís a must try even at $15 a pop!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (515) - - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle is vintage 2009. Pours a pitch black color with lasting coffee head and lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet toffee, bitter chocolate, and bourbon notes. Flavor is massive: bourbon, licorice, char and a dry finish. Wow. From notes 2/15/10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (353) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer, but rather thin for an imp stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmacklin (306) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with small brown head. Aroma is sweet, licorice, chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is licorice, coffee, chocolate, with a bitter warming alcohol finish.

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