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RATINGS: 1493   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1452) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Looks like a slimy black penis in a glass. Smells like chocolate thunder, milkshakes, Tarmac. The barrel influence is only slightly noticeable upon first sip. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Dry yet quenching and quaffable. Also, chuggable. Yes.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (379) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2015
12pz pour on tap into tulip. Minneapolis. On tap from 2011. Pours very dark, basically black. Small rim of mocha head. Aroma is heavy on dark chocolate, coffee, charred oak barrel, bourbon, subtle vanilla. Taste is mostly bitter, a little sweetness, but this is on the drier side for an imperial stout. Body is full. Smooth texture. A little frothy. Long bitter finish. Really nice stout. Bourbon is a little muted - not sure if that is related to the age. Very dry for the style, which I like.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomat (2302) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle. Very dark brown with no head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, chocolate,, fruit and licorice. Full body with a long bitter sweet finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fcjack1 (217) - Washington, USA - APR 30, 2015
2011 bomber. I donít remember where i got it. Pours inky black. Dark tan head. Scent is black cherries, alcohol and some dark chocolate. Taste some chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Very balanced. Aged well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sulawang (695) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2015
Visual: 2014 edition, black wax sealed. Pours coffee black with a very small head, petri dish lacing, SUPER-fine bubbles. Nose: roasted dark malts, cherry wood, wet red wine barrels. (lvl-4)-pungency Attack: very slick-oily mouthfeel, subdued alcohol Mid-palate: light sourness, (MAIN) brown sugar, thick malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, woody, raspberry ->transition-> (lvl-7)-sweetness+malt Finish: soy sauce, licorice, roasted-burnt bitter exhale, light burpy, cascading alcohol buzz, sweet-light bitter chocolate malt finish. Summary: A beer with impact, both in taste and alcoholic bite. Layers upon layers of flavour, every year is exceptional. Notice the changes in flavours as the temperature decreases; less malt and more fruity characteristics emerge.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (474) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
Aroma of tons of dark fruit, anise, barrel characters, taste is lots of dark fruit, maple taste, very dark red to brown appearance, alcohol finishes smooth- taste at DLD 2015. 2014 reserve.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lawman834 (252) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2015
Entering from my scorecard after having sampled at the Big Texas Craft Brew Fest.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (940) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bomber (2014 Release). Look, Iíve cellared this long enough. I have no patience to wait another 7 months until this hits itís íbest-after dateí (and moreover, itís also after 2:00am and itís the only beer in the house)... so yeah. Okay, pours a nearly jet black, opaque stouty color, excellent chocolate-milk-colored foamy head with very nice retention and lacing. Nose is loads of cocoa, coffee, roastiness, dried fruit (raisins, dates and figs), candy sugar and a hint of smoked almonds. Mouth is oily and rich, nice balanced of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and barrel, getting some of that licorice, plums, and a pleasant underpinning bitterness throughout. Next year Iíll try and be more patient as Iím now more curious to see what some age on this will do... because itís pretty fucking impressive as is.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluejacket74 (1485) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
22 ounce bottle, 2014 vintage, label says best after 11/11/15. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. Thereís also a bunch of lacing. Aroma is great, the brew smells like molasses, red wine, oak, coffee, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is pretty good too, thereís burnt/charred malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, red wine, oak, bourbon, and vanilla flavors. Lots of bittersweet goodness! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Iíve been waiting a while to try this, and I wasnít disappointed! I liked this brew a lot, itís going to be hard for me not to drink my other bottle before the "best after" date. Iíll definitely buy this again the next time itís released. $14.99 a bomber.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (1939) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2015
A hell of an Imperial Stout. This was is nice and rich, heavy, dark, strong. The perfect last beer of the night.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle take home from Rustico-Ballston, into snifter. Black with moderate tan head. A: coffee, anise, oak, booze, nuts. T: coffee, molasses, licorice, chocolate malt, nuts. Smooth palate. Very very good, but was nonetheless expecting to like it even more. I think the licorice threw it a little off for me.


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