Jmacatiag (76) - , California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deschutes The Abyss. It pours out a deep black hue permeated with the aroma of chocolate malts, molasses, oaks, and brown sugar and some vanilla. The flavor is a revision of the aromas but more complex. The bitterness is the first flavor that gets you as well as the oaks and the malts. The sweetness from the molasses comes through afterwards and in the finish. The 11% abv isnít very upfront. It lies dormant within the brew to provide a slightly warming as it goes down. Very nice beer. Bitter and sweetness in perfect unison.
GnarlyGnome (713) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big...heavy. Lots of chocolate. This is a sipper for sure... but if you give it some time, and make sure itís not too cold, there are some really amazing flavors going on in the beer. Very complex and delicious.
Alohabeernut (4) - Aloha, Alabama, USA - MAR 17, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This wonderful beer pours an inky color with an espresso head that laces nicely. Aromas include coffe, bourbon, and molasses. Has tastes of burnt sugar, raisin, and bitter espresso with a boozy warm finish. Overall a great stout!
barn0216 (466) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark obviously, lots of lacing etc on the glass. Sweet coffee aroma, barrels, char. Similar flavor plus chocolate. Quite bitter for a stout. Very nice.
CardsFan25 (78) - - MAR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber of 2014. Dark roasty aroma with some licorice and coffee on the nose. Dark black pour with a finger nail of amber brown head. The roasty taste is bold and up front followed by the licorice, slight vanilla(which comes in more as it warms), and moderately bitter coffee finish. Conceals some of the booze but only some of it.
bigda83 (326) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 reserve. Pours a jet black color with hints of murkiness and a nice sudsy tan head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, coffee, black licorice, chocolate, and nuts. Taste was incredible and complex. It was a nice mix of medium sweetness and bitterness. Full bodied with an oily texture to it. Lively carbonation and a nice long bitter finish with a hint of bourbon burn. Very happy I got to try this!
thome50 (1160) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle at the March Libertine Bottle Share. Iíve had this numerous times but I guess I never rated it. Pours a deep black with slight tan head. Aroma is marshmallow, slight clove, some coffee. Taste is more on the bitter chocolate but muted, honey, oak and some vanilla.
high_on_hops (730) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a solid black with a short tan head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of toasty malt, some coffee, and bourbon. The flavor is dark malt and bourbon up front with a slightly spicy and malty backbone with a sweet and slightly bitter finish over a heavy body.
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troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] 2011 vintage opened last week. Pours an inky black with about an inch worth of darker brown foam on top. Licorice, deep roasted malts, oak and mild vanilla in the nose. Notes of anise and wooden barrel come through prominently in the flavor. Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramelized malts, bitter chocolate, port wine and some vanilla also make an appearance. Mild alcohol heat. Oily mouthfeel. Tasty stuff!
UrbanCaveman (131) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours pitch black like its namesake, and forms a fairly thick head of brown froth. Lacing is quite present.
Smell: The aroma primarily reminds me of red wine and dark chocolate, mingled together. There is a tart red grape and cherry presence, and Iíd say around 80% - 85% cocoa dark chocolate.
Taste: At the opening, this beer follows the nose, a blast of pure slightly sour red wine with cherries and bakerís chocolate. As it moves along, the flavors flow into a dark yeasty bread mingled with scorched toffee, with notes of vanilla along the edges. By the finish, the flavor profile is entirely black bread, earth, and oak. As the beer warms, the flavor transitions smooth out. The barrel notes, while present, do not overtake the entire beer, and the ABV lends just a pleasant touch of warmth.
Mouthfeel: Full and fairly creamy, though a bit thinner than one would expect for a stout this black.
Overall: Quite a good stout, showcasing both complexity and intensity of flavor. Iím glad I happened upon a bottle of it sitting on the shelf at a local shop as I breezed in for some birthday shopping.
Jayb0 (1073) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Certainly deep and dark, a black hole that sucks you in. Very bitter chocolate and dry wood. Very rich, notes of black licorice. Thanks Max!