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RATINGS: 1455   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
outlawskies (453) - - OCT 12, 2014
Pretty nice coffee stout Julie says cream guey oiliness. Julie gives 4.5. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6603) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2014
650 ml bottle. Iíve been waiting this for so long. Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, biscuit and coffee. Flavour of rich roasted malts, coffee, biscuit, dark chocolate, some mild spiciness, wood, smooth bourbon notes, salty licorice and complex earthiness.Full bodied and oily mouthfeel. Barrel accompanies the flavour very nicely. Brilliant balance. It seems that this ages very well and it gets very smooth. Ití salty, itís sweet, itís roasty, itís full of chocolate. Excellent balance. Iíd love to taste this when itís fresh as itís probably very different. Brilliant stuff, I must say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (2399) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
@ SBWF 2014: fantastisk brända toner. Trevlig smak av kaffe, choklad och chili. Mycket gott. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (3635) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Malty smell with dark chocolate and coffee. Similar taste with roasted malts. Very nice. Complex. Allot of flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nische (922) - SaltsjŲ-Boo, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
Pours jet black with a beige head. Thick, rich and creamy texture. Liquorice, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee aromas and taste. Perfectly balanced with a slight, warming alcohol finish. Just excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2785) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Very nice indeed. Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is lovely with chocolate, sweet malt, a hint of licorice and caramel. The flavor is similar with everything coming together quite well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3322) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle cheers to Andrew and Beau. The nose on this is super complex. I was expecting bourbon over load but the cherry and wine tart focus in this is superb. Tarty dark chocolate and very woody stuff. The bourbon adds a vanilla element but thatís overshadowed by the dark cherries and mild tart throughout. Kind of tannin like. Liquorice is definitely in your face. Complexity is there but not quite the finesse of everything coming together. Still very good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Don_Hague (3) - - SEP 13, 2014 does not count
This is simply the best Imperial Stout I ever tasted. On tap at Deschutes tasting room after skiing or from bottle in BrewHouse. Also growler fill at GrowlerGuys, Bend, OR

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVHouseofBeer (895) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Pours an opaque black with a big tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Wonderful aromas and flavors of licorice, cherry, chocolate, smoked nuts and just a hint of bourbon/alcohol. Full bodied and silky smooth. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (2591) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
2013 bottle. Black with a tan head that fades but laces very well. Intense roasted malt aroma with mocha, licorice, dark berries, molasses, oak. Oily, lowish carbonation, quite silky. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, roast is fairly heavy but not as full on as suggested by the smell. Berries have a touch of sourness about them. Bourbon notes peek out but beer is _just_ about driving the show, although the fruit and barrel treatments gain prominence after a while. Bitter and quite oaky at the end. A slow drinker but not overly boozy. Excellent - just lacks a bit of inviting softness and seems slightly contrived. But excellent. Best after today apparently, so mayhap thereís a timezone issue.

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