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RATINGS: 1408   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 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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (600) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Black, with a medium brown, dense head, and an relatively light aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, hop bitterness. Unfortunately I do not get much in the way of barrel, wood, or bourbon notes out of this. They may be there, but this is a busy beer and it is hard to pick out a lot of distinct flavors. Has a slightly more aggressive or harsh edge than I would prefer. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly velvety. This is a pretty nice beer; I would prefer something a little smoother with some more distinct flavor notes coming out. Still, an interesting beer, and I would think that it could get much more interesting with a few years in the cellar. Not really one I would need to try again without some age on it.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1467) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2014
September 25, 2014. Bottle at SBWF, 2013 vintage. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet licorice, chocolate, coffee, wood. Taste is medium sweet chocolate and licorice, light dry roasted and woody bitterness. Finish is dry woody,roasted bitterness and sweet licorice. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
600ml bottle served in a snifter glass. 2009 Reserve edition. Best after: 11/1/2010 printed in the left side of the label. A: Pours a deep brown to black color forming a absolutely beautiful creamy and thin bubbled beige to brow head. Multi tonalities of brown lacings are formed on the top. Excellent retention and only small spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top S: Very sweet and malty upfront. Strong notes of wood, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong notes of dark fruits, mix of grapes, raisins and figs, mainly. Licorice and caramel. Roasted malts and a some notes of alcohol in the end T: Perfect taste. Sweet upfront with strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, caramel, caramel malts, oak, grapes, raisins, figs, smoked malts... End is bitter but not extremely. Bitterness is mainly made of roasted malts than hops M: Heavy body. Creamy and molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Roasted malts bitter aftertaste O: Excellent drinkability. A perfect beer is hard to judge [ BA Review @ 2/17/2013 ]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garlic_of_Doom (474) - SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2014
2012 bottling. Pours black with a espresso coloured head. Aroma has lots of bourbon, chocolate pudding, liquorice and sweetness. Taste has chocolate, bourbon, liquorice, soy, sweetness and a nice bitterness at the end. Almost full bodied, low carbonation, soft and round mouth feel.
Very easy to drink, perhaps a wee bit to heavy on the bourbon. Still, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
outlawskies (964) - - OCT 12, 2014
Pretty nice coffee stout Julie says cream guey oiliness. Julie gives 4.5. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6354) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2014
650 ml bottle. Iíve been waiting this for so long. Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, biscuit and coffee. Flavour of rich roasted malts, coffee, biscuit, dark chocolate, some mild spiciness, wood, smooth bourbon notes, salty licorice and complex earthiness.Full bodied and oily mouthfeel. Barrel accompanies the flavour very nicely. Brilliant balance. It seems that this ages very well and it gets very smooth. Ití salty, itís sweet, itís roasty, itís full of chocolate. Excellent balance. Iíd love to taste this when itís fresh as itís probably very different. Brilliant stuff, I must say.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (2251) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
@ SBWF 2014: fantastisk brända toner. Trevlig smak av kaffe, choklad och chili. Mycket gott. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (3330) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Malty smell with dark chocolate and coffee. Similar taste with roasted malts. Very nice. Complex. Allot of flavour.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nische (775) - SaltsjŲ-Boo, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
Pours jet black with a beige head. Thick, rich and creamy texture. Liquorice, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee aromas and taste. Perfectly balanced with a slight, warming alcohol finish. Just excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2719) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Very nice indeed. Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is lovely with chocolate, sweet malt, a hint of licorice and caramel. The flavor is similar with everything coming together quite well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3156) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle cheers to Andrew and Beau. The nose on this is super complex. I was expecting bourbon over load but the cherry and wine tart focus in this is superb. Tarty dark chocolate and very woody stuff. The bourbon adds a vanilla element but thatís overshadowed by the dark cherries and mild tart throughout. Kind of tannin like. Liquorice is definitely in your face. Complexity is there but not quite the finesse of everything coming together. Still very good


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