ACHops (927) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage on tap @ Chucks 85th. Pours thick inky brown with thin creamy head that fades quickly. Aroma is charred malts with hints of coffee and licorice. Taste is big rich blackened malts, chased by a mellow hoppy bitterness. Notes of bourbon, coffee, oak, raisin, and dark chocolate are present. Doesnít have the heavy barrel-aged, bourbon taste that some of the bigger imperial stouts do, but incredibly well balanced. This is one of the best. The annual race to acquire it before bottles sell out confirms it.
drsandman (582) - New York, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 Bottle in Santa Fe. Pours deep black with dark tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, licorice, oak, campfire, big sweet malt & booze. Flavor is sweet boozy malt, caramel, bitter espresso, chocolate cake, licorice. Major sweet, full body, big beer.. agg IS.
tapthis (95) - Baytown, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definite bourbon and oak flavors with the wine barrel being an after taste. Nice lacing and coronation. Has a coffee and bourbon nose
RRistow12 (395) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from bottle. Aroma is peppery, licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is moderately bitter with moderate sweetness. Dark chocolate with spices in flavor. Some licorice and peppery taste with some coffee and caramel. A little dark fruit as well. Very solid imperial stout. Definitely top tier.
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Klimaet (577) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Bursprak the man. Thanks so much for bringing this! Been a big want for some time. Alright, let me explain how this went down: I thought Abyss was a regular bourbon barrelaged imperial stout, so when I smelled the open bottle I was quite surprised. Even more did the aroma surprise me, when it came from a glass. Lets dig in; pours pitch black with a medium dark brown head. Aromas of port wine, cherries, soy, dark fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, caramel, light tobacco. Taste is roasted, bitter, port wine, vanilla, licorice, salmiak, dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, cherries, dry woody notes, light smoke, burned wood, light heat. Even though Iím not usually much into this style of imperial stout, this was really nice.
Vestergaard (840) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chosen as my rating #800. Bottle thanks to the almighty Bursprak! Pours a pitch black with a brown head. Aroma has soy sauce, cherry, oak, roasty malts, licorice. Taste is roasty bitter, and with some acidic cherry notes. Some licorice as well. Not very sweet, and very european in general. Didnít quite live up to my expectations, but glad to try this! Slightly boring body and an average carbonation.
bursprak (1179) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Aaron, split a couple of ways. Blackish pour with a light head. Nose has loads of soy, light peat, fruity coffee and some light tartness. Taste has licorice, coffee, roast, a lingering tartness, some tar and ash, biter notes with some caramel.
jcos (1665) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with Dave during GoT S5E7 5/17/2015. Pours a murky black. Aroma of light oak, bourbon. Lightly sweet, some licorocie. Tasty.
McWorta (839) - LUXEMBOURG - MAY 14, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black colour with a small beige lasting pillowy head. Aromas of chcoloate malt, bourbon vanilla liquorice, wood and hints of treacle and subtle roastyness develops. Very light carbonation with a velvety, slick texture and a full body. Harmonically balanced with sweeetness up front with a fine subtle bitterness. Complex and lasting finish. Pretty wonderful.
maxodom (44) - - MAY 6, 2015
3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle pour. Black, viscous pour. Smell was amazing. However, the fun ended there. Not sure if it was a bad bottle or my taste buds werent all there that night, but the beer was extremely bitter and overall almost undrinkable. Have one more bottle and will try again at a later date.
ChrisSc (395) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12pz pour on tap into tulip. Minneapolis.
On tap from 2011.
Pours very dark, basically black. Small rim of mocha head.
Aroma is heavy on dark chocolate, coffee, charred oak barrel, bourbon, subtle vanilla.
Taste is mostly bitter, a little sweetness, but this is on the drier side for an imperial stout.
Body is full. Smooth texture. A little frothy. Long bitter finish.
Really nice stout. Bourbon is a little muted - not sure if that is related to the age. Very dry for the style, which I like.