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RATINGS: 1535   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

jhamp9's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1381) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (1706) - GREECE - NOV 23, 2015
650ml bottle (v2013) from trade with RobertDale. Thank you Bob!! Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, licorice, dark dried fruits, raisins, wood, smoked notes. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky oily to creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuzzcro (38) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Oak barrel aging doesn’t fit my taste but the black strap molasses is front and center here...it tones down the oak flavor and creates a more agreeable flavor for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainBoosh (46) - - NOV 19, 2015
Pours jet black from tap with cocoa brown head. Aroma dark chocolate, dark cherries. Taste is cocoa nibs, slight coffee, dark cherry, slightly roasted, slightly sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
megabeergulper (13) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Licorice, rasins, booze, dark chocolate, bread rolls and an incredible velvet mouthfeel. Don’t notice the pomegranate at all....Bombers the last two years. Both were excellent. Bought an extra to lay down for a vertical tasting in 2yrs. Will update if I can remember any thing after three glasses of this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, malts, roasted malts. Sweet, light bitter flavour, roasted malts, liquorice and coffee. Finish roasted malts, liquorice, coffee and cacao.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’ Oirschot. 2012 Reserve. Thanks for sharing, Koen!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Tar black pour with aroma of vanilla, molasses, oak, and roasted malt. Licorice, molasses, vanilla flavor with some oak, a touch of bourbon, and roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (710) - Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Pours jet black with tan head and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, molasses, and light soy sauce. Taste is the same with some vanilla oakiness. Very complex and vey smooth for the abv. Great brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jared_Clifton (83) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2015
2014 reserve. Pours black with brown head. Heavy body. Black licorice, little bit if vanilla, chocolate flavor, oak flavor, slight bourbon alcohol heat, caramel. Finishes pretty sweet like dark fruits and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (4093) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Draft pour at Snallygaster shared by solidfunk, thanks Josh! Black with tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, roast, chocolate. Tastes of similar. Full body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (5924) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2015 Very nice stuff. Huge roast and some dark chocolate. Some coffee and nut. Pours black with good head and lacing. Thick creamy consistency. Soft carbonation. Bittersweet finish. Tap.

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