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RATINGS: 1411   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Pitch black with a very dark brown head that settles very quickly. Smell is mainly brown sugary sweet, along with oak, and licorice notes. As it warms i notice increasing amounts of cocoa. Taste is surprisingly more chocolate/cocoa than i expected, along with toasted malt, and faint licorice flavors. Nicely done.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
t first I thought the body was a tad thin to support such a dynamic flavor profile, but then I realized that if it were thicker, it would make the flavor almost too mouth coating and intense to be as drinkable as it is. I agree with the other reviewers who think this beer will be an aging marvel, but for me it is already an absolutely ideal imperial stout, which I find even more rounded and complex than Speedway, and even more remarkable for achieving its decidedly coffeeish flavor component without the actual addition of that ingredient

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (865) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
berlinmany (224) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Pours with a fluffy tan head that falls back into the black goodness below. Smells throw out the typical stout roasts and coffee as well as the obvious bourbon nose. For an imperial stout thatís been hanging in barrels this one is easy to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Pretty nice coffee stout Julie says cream guey oiliness. Julie gives 4.5. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
Poured a mostly clear dark brown color with a small beige head. Roasted aroma with notes of coffee grinds and hops running underneath. The flavor was mostly sweet roasted malt. The hops showed up for the finish. Tasty beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6340) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Poured a mostly clear dark brown color with a small beige head. Roasted aroma with notes of coffee grinds and hops running underneath. The flavor was mostly sweet roasted malt. The hops showed up for the finish. Tasty beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (2249) - 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 (3278) - ÷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.


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