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RATINGS: 1435   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 – 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tonycaviar (76) - - JAN 17, 2012
A The Abyss, a főzde csúcsterméke, egy 11%-os kőolajfekete stout, olyasmi, amit tényleg úgy fest, csak az amerikaiak tudnak főzni, az a típusú sör, ami átírja a sörről alkotott könnyelmű elképzeléseket. Tipikus semmibe – szakadékba – bámulós sör, ha belekortyolsz lecsapja az összes érzékedet, csak a szádban történő dolgokra figyelsz, és ezért bambán, áldott állapotban merengsz. Dinamikus, grandiózus, komplex és gazdag, és olyan tökéletes, mint egy Beethoven szimfónia. A csokoládés, kakaós, boros kezdet után egy erős vaníliás felvillanás után, bársonyos pipadohány aroma árad szét, ami aztán áramvonalas, elegáns keserűségben végződik. Ebből az ízből tényleg semmi sem lóg ki, az alkohol, a test és a szénsavasság olyan tökéletes harmóniában dolgoznak, mint egy hellén szoborcsoport, minden a helyén van és az örökkévalóságnak szól. Ez egy vintage-sorozat, minden évben kicsit más, idén háromféle hordóérlelt változat lett összeöntve, egy része tölgyfahordóban, egy része boroshordóban, egy része bourbonos hordóban lett érlelve – ebből származik a pipadohány aroma. Idén állítólag minden eddiginél erősebb lett a vaníliás besugárzás.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoth (529) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle from 2009. Pours dark, completely black in the glass, with a thin khaki head, very fine lacing, decent retention. Aromas of oak, molasses, leather, tart cherry, chocolate, and hay. Full body, moderate carbonation, lightly dry. Mildly sweet, just a hint of citrus, with a lasting medium-strong bitter finish and just a little alcohol heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Funknmilla (725) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Rating from September 2010....Dark as night without moon....rich roasted malt with chocolate baking cocoa....wow...dark ass malt...coffee for certain...bakers cocoa/dark chocolate....shines strongly and lingers on the palate....the licorice is subtle to my taste...but I do get it....not a licorice fan, but presented in this beer, its ok by me--bitter finish--goes down easy for 11%....just good!...well crafted and quite an experience for my senses

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
theothermatt (225) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle @ Home. 2013 Vintage. Great smooth mouth. A nice oakiness, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, and brown sugar. Does a great job hiding it’s ABV. Finishes on the sweet size.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericwill99 (61) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Wow, my first time for an aged beer - 2011. Strong, thick, dark, flavorful. Very high alcohol. Smooth, and definitely better as it warms

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (673) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Alright, it’s about time I finally sit down and rate this. I wanted to find this on draft for a while, and had the worst of luck, until now. Poured into a growler. Pours a thick black with a dark brown head. Toasty, slightly boozy oak front aroma. Rich flavor with a huge roasted finish. Picking up some of the sweet licorice flavor as well. Decently smooth oak and chocolate finish. I don’t know. This beer is great, I enjoy it as a sipper. Not quite the beer I run out of my way to track it down, but if it falls to me again, I will gladly give this beer another go. Sum this beer up in one word? I’d say solid.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ahandrych (9) - - DEC 24, 2014 does not count
Great beer. Love the favors involved in this beer. Jskxkxkdkdjdjdjdjdjsbsbbsbsbsbsbsbbsbsbsbbsbsbsb via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (894) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pours black with khaki head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, wood and soy sauce aroma. Chocolate, roasted malt, soy sauce, licorice, coffee, vanilla and molasses flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate, roasted malt and molasses finish. 13, 14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (638) - Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Draft at Bricks. Pours dark brown with chocolate milk head and rings of lacing. Nose is chocolate and tobacco. Taste is chocolate, liquorice, tart vineous taste. Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schwarzbart (27) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
A nice, smooth, medium-full bodied Imperial Stout. Nice sweet oakiness, bitter chocolate, faint leafy hops, molasses and some Sambuca anise round it out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjohnny (398) - - DEC 20, 2014
Molasses, prunes, cocoa, roastiness. Black with a dark tan head. Dark fruity sweet. Cocoa. Vanilla. Molasses. Bitter roasty finish. Boozey warmth.

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