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RATINGS: 1397   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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. It’s dark. It’s deep. It’s 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Koskela (284) - Marysville, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Chocolately nutty aromas with a hint of licorice come from this very dark brown thick beer with a nice tan head. Taste the alcohol and chocolate with hint of bitterness at first. The charred flavor comes in with a hint of cherries. Then a bitter aftertaste. Its a very fullbodied beer with good carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahshuwuh (376) - USA - MAR 10, 2014
Dark thick pour with a smattering of khaki head. Smells of cherry, chocolate, malty. Tastes of dark chocolate, very malty, vanilla, a good amount of bitter maltiness, cherry, smooth sweet coffee at the end, cigarette ash, char, bready. A slick mouthfeel with a semi hot alcohol. A very good stout, lot of malty bitterness, chocolate covered cherry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (47) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2014
The absolute best Imperial Stout that I have tried. Even better when put in the cellar for a year. Deschutes and Stone are the top breweries that I have tried.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
barshisbrews (4) - - MAR 7, 2014 does not count
This is a review of the Abyss 2008 vintage that I was lucky enough to get a couple bottles of after a brewmasters dinner I did with Cam O'Connor the brewmaster of Deschutes. The 5 years of aging have done wonders for this beer. It is incredibly smooth and unbelievably delicious. I highly recommend aging any more recent incarnations(if you can wait!) to see how it develops. Amazingly chocolately, roasty, smooth, the alcohol has been completely mellowed out, you would never know it was 11%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Black pour with an espresso head. Very bitter at first, like sucking on an ashy piece of barley. There is some sweetness in here too that tones down the roast. This just bashes you in the face with roasted barley. Aroma has some raisin along with the taste. Hints of sugar, nuts, chocolate & caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2045) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
22oz bomber (2013) shared by Phil @ Crossroads Spirits. Big thanks Phil!! Pours a deep black color with absolutely no head. Aromas of licorice, bourbon, oak, roasted malt, and some smoke. Taste of bourbon, oak, caramel, roasted malt, and smoke. Some warming alcohol burn in the finish. Carbonation seemed to be lacking in this beer, but overall delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (2919) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2014
2012 Bottle. Molasses, sweet chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Black brown with a moderate tan head. Burnt coffee, chocolate, vanilla flavor with a long roasty bitter finish. Body on the lighter side of full, soft carbonation, dry finish. Seems rather thin for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdb288 (513) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours straight black with minimal head. Aroma is molasses, raisin, dark chocolate, oak. Cherry flavor kicks in immediately with the blackstrap molasses adding sweet/sour notes. The barrel aging and blending adds a nice amount of alcohol heat but not overbearing. This one will sit nicely in the cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2229) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2014
2/13/2014. On tap. Pours black with a beige head. Thick, rich and creamy. Licorice, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee aromas. Very nice balance and complexity. Bitter finish... very enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gkeh (194) - Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap at Hay Merchant. 2012 edition. Pours very dark brown, dark tan head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is intensely complex: cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, a slight bitter note. Taste is sweet up front, roasty, burnt in the middle, and mildly bitter at the back. There is the slightest of bourbon taste, and I like it that way. It doesn’t dominate the taste. It is slightly warm going down, though. Kind of a thick mouthfeel. Very smooth. Probably the best beer I’ve ever tasted.

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