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RATINGS: 1486   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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1232) - Corinth, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2013
2012. Black pour with a dense lasting brown head. Aroma is chocolate, wood, and licorice. Taste is cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, licorice, molasses, and alcohol. Very warm on the way down. Carbonation is a little more prickly than expected. Viscous and sticky on the palate. Nice burly stout.


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 (1916) - 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 (713) - 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 itís not too cold, there are some really amazing flavors going on in the beer. Very complex and delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alohabeernut (8) - Aloha, Alabama, USA - MAR 17, 2015 does not count
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!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (472) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2015
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CardsFan25 (79) - - MAR 6, 2015
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.


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