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RATINGS: 1431   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Rating # 250! 2011 version on tap 12 oz pour into a snifter at Brouwerís cafe Back in black stout fest. Pours a pitch black color with a thick khaki head that leaves great lacing. Smells of oak roasted malt dark chocolate, black licorice, vanilla, and dark fruit. Tastes of all the same thingís in the smell with a slight bourbon flavor mixed in. As it warms it tastes better and better Mouthfeel is thick and creamy but pretty smooth and chewy with good carbonation and a dry finish. This is one of the best imperial stouts around period. Has a plethora of different flavors and is very balanced. Glad to have finally tried the 2011 version. Only had the 2010 version before and I think I like the 2011 version slightly better. Just had the 2013 version from a grower and it was great. I think it will taste better with age. still prefer the 2011 version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (666) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Alright, itís about time I finally sit down and rate this. I wanted to find this on draft for a while, and had the worst of luck, until now. Poured into a growler. Pours a thick black with a dark brown head. Toasty, slightly boozy oak front aroma. Rich flavor with a huge roasted finish. Picking up some of the sweet licorice flavor as well. Decently smooth oak and chocolate finish. I donít know. This beer is great, I enjoy it as a sipper. Not quite the beer I run out of my way to track it down, but if it falls to me again, I will gladly give this beer another go. Sum this beer up in one word? Iíd say solid.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ahandrych (9) - - DEC 24, 2014 does not count
Great beer. Love the favors involved in this beer. Jskxkxkdkdjdjdjdjdjsbsbbsbsbsbsbsbbsbsbsbbsbsbsb via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (891) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pours black with khaki head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, wood and soy sauce aroma. Chocolate, roasted malt, soy sauce, licorice, coffee, vanilla and molasses flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate, roasted malt and molasses finish. 13, 14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (634) - Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Draft at Bricks. Pours dark brown with chocolate milk head and rings of lacing. Nose is chocolate and tobacco. Taste is chocolate, liquorice, tart vineous taste. Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schwarzbart (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
A nice, smooth, medium-full bodied Imperial Stout. Nice sweet oakiness, bitter chocolate, faint leafy hops, molasses and some Sambuca anise round it out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjohnny (398) - - DEC 20, 2014
Molasses, prunes, cocoa, roastiness. Black with a dark tan head. Dark fruity sweet. Cocoa. Vanilla. Molasses. Bitter roasty finish. Boozey warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christpuncher (1395) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
One of the smoothest bourbon battered beers I have ever had. Not overly sweet and heavy. Slightly chocolatey and coffe. Pours black with a tan head. Incredible beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (685) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2014
2014 Bottle. Pours dark opaque black with large, fluffy, medium brown colored head that sits there like chocolate mouse before it diminishes to a small covering. Aroma has sharp vinous, bourbon notes at first with smooth caramel mocha behind it. Flavor has huge cocoa, coffee malts, balanced with a light bitter bite. Subtle bourbon is evident in the finish & aftertaste, but just enough to round it out and not too intense. Slightly oily mouthfeel, bubbly. Pretty pricey at $15/22oz though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strife21 (170) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Purchases 2 bottles of the 2014. Opened the one and saving the other for next year. Pours black with tan head. Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, anise. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, tobacco, molasses and smoked wood. Heavy body, light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1746) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Draft at Good Dog. Pitch black pour with a tight creamy brown head. Good amount of lace. Thick, rich and dark. Big cocoa, coffee and liquorice flavors. Additional notes of tobacco, molasses, peppercorns, black leather and charcoal grill. Feels a bit boozy up front but has such an abundance of wood tannins such that it finishes smooth and dry. Gigantic and fantastic!

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