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RATINGS: 1514   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (1642) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2012
2009 bottle I found in the corner of a little beer store a year ago. Poured into a glass goblet. Pitch black with a half finger of tan head. Rich smell of molasses, roasted malt and burnt wood. The taste is a ride in the following order: malt, milk, burnt malt, alcohol heat, whiskey burn at the end. Amazing. Each taste blends with the next in a wonderful experience. A crisper texture with a little cream to it. Almost no carbonation. One of the most enjoyable of the imperial/barreled style that I have had. Great smell and taste without being a burden to drink.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Krej (158) - USA - JUL 2, 2015
Pretty good. A little creamy. Not my favorite stout but yeah. Somewhere between breakfast stout and something really good

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (340) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
2010 vintage. Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is licorice, chocolate, some barrel, booze, vanilla. Appearance is black, thick, a decent brown head. Taste is very roasty, licorice, chocolate, coffee, very nice. Mouthfeel is thick, luscious, great soft carbonation, awesome. Overall, I’ve been waiting for this one and I’m happy to have finally experienced it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (113) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2015
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Best after 8/4/2012. Jet black pour. Nice mocha head with a variety of bubble sizes. Laces and clings all over. Licorice comes through a ton. Coffee malts, chocolate. Fudgy and oaky. I don’t get much bourbon on the nose, though. Taste is intensely fudgy. Strong oak presence. Licorice is more mild. The chocolate is really intense, especially in the finish. A slight astringency. Bitter chocolate finish that comes off as a black coffee. Nice and thick. Not quite chewy. Not a ton of booze. Warming, but not boozy. The flavors hang around forever. Complex stout. The flavors bend nicely. Very well crafted. I’d love more bourbon, but the stout shines through well.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BiiruBierBeer (579) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Pool water smell. Taste is roasty stout, malt, dark chocolate, bitter black coffee, and way too much hops.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brunomoreno (32) - BRAZIL - JUN 22, 2015
Really complex and delicous beer. Black pour, with low tan head. Coffee, chocolate, toffee, wood, coconut and vanilla.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrelbelly (702) - BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
2014 bottle. Strong oaky, bourbon, chocolate. Slight sourness in this beers aftertaste does not quite fit this beer in my opinion.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (223) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, raisins and cherries. Flavour is medium sweet and toasted bitterness. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Long and complex finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NBird (490) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle last night.. at dutch trading co. Looks..big and black, med-lge tan head. Smells.. Big malts, dark choc, liquorice, oak and berry, from the red wine barrel. Tastes.. Big roasty malts, choc, liquorice, vanilla oak and red wine barrel.. Some tannins. Sensational.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Perfect imperial stout. Coffee but nit a harsh bitter coffee. Anise and fennel in nose with some walnuts and almonds. Flavor of smooth Starbucks French roast. Some alcohol warmth and finishes chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cam_Dynamite (93) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2015
Initial reaction to this was it’s hideously overrated. The more I drank the more I appreciated though. A little polarising in that I think my expectations based on its reputation didn’t match up. But I did love the vanilla and liquorice bitterness. Just enjoy it for what it is


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