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RATINGS: 1489   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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4.9
   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (472) - 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 (933) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bomber (2014 Release). Look, I’ve cellared this long enough. I have no patience to wait another 7 months until this hits it’s ’best-after date’ (and moreover, it’s also after 2:00am and it’s 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 I’ll try and be more patient as I’m now more curious to see what some age on this will do... because it’s 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. There’s 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, there’s burnt/charred malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, red wine, oak, bourbon, and vanilla flavors. Lots of bittersweet goodness! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. I’ve been waiting a while to try this, and I wasn’t disappointed! I liked this brew a lot, it’s going to be hard for me not to drink my other bottle before the "best after" date. I’ll definitely buy this again the next time it’s released. $14.99 a bomber.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (1926) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
p1meatloaf (252) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2015
Looks black brown head. Smells of big chocolate sweet bitter bourbon. Dark roast. Tastes of big dark chocolate roast alc. Smoothish on the palate being so big.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1157) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
2013 Bottle to pint glass Chicolate, toasted malt, molasses, oil. Dark oily black with a 1 cm creamy bown head and nice lacing. Taste is molasses, chocolate, caramel, toasted malt. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (1989) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle. This is a viscous roasted malt bomb with lots of dark stone fruits and burnt brown sugar.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GnarlyGnome (721) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Big...heavy. Lots of chocolate. This is a sipper for sure... but if you give it some time, and make sure it’s not too cold, there are some really amazing flavors going on in the beer. Very complex and delicious.


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