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RATINGS: 1485   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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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Krausen (102) - USA - FEB 14, 2008
Opens with a deep berry currant and coffee nose, very restrained. A a touch of higher alcohol there. Rich, soy sauce, burnt sugar & espresso flavors and filling mouth feel that just rolls over the tongue and finishes with lingering cocoa like astringency and bitterness. Very viscous.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (1906) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2015
A hell of an Imperial Stout. This was is nice and rich, heavy, dark, strong. The perfect last beer of the night.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1723) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle take home from Rustico-Ballston, into snifter. Black with moderate tan head. A: coffee, anise, oak, booze, nuts. T: coffee, molasses, licorice, chocolate malt, nuts. Smooth palate. Very very good, but was nonetheless expecting to like it even more. I think the licorice threw it a little off for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
p1meatloaf (249) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2015
Looks black brown head. Smells of big chocolate sweet bitter bourbon. Dark roast. Tastes of big dark chocolate roast alc. Smoothish on the palate being so big.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1153) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
2013 Bottle to pint glass Chicolate, toasted malt, molasses, oil. Dark oily black with a 1 cm creamy bown head and nice lacing. Taste is molasses, chocolate, caramel, toasted malt. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (1989) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle. This is a viscous roasted malt bomb with lots of dark stone fruits and burnt brown sugar.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GnarlyGnome (713) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Big...heavy. Lots of chocolate. This is a sipper for sure... but if you give it some time, and make sure it’s not too cold, there are some really amazing flavors going on in the beer. Very complex and delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alohabeernut (7) - Aloha, Alabama, USA - MAR 17, 2015 does not count
This wonderful beer pours an inky color with an espresso head that laces nicely. Aromas include coffe, bourbon, and molasses. Has tastes of burnt sugar, raisin, and bitter espresso with a boozy warm finish. Overall a great stout!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (472) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Dark obviously, lots of lacing etc on the glass. Sweet coffee aroma, barrels, char. Similar flavor plus chocolate. Quite bitter for a stout. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CardsFan25 (79) - - MAR 6, 2015
Bomber of 2014. Dark roasty aroma with some licorice and coffee on the nose. Dark black pour with a finger nail of amber brown head. The roasty taste is bold and up front followed by the licorice, slight vanilla(which comes in more as it warms), and moderately bitter coffee finish. Conceals some of the booze but only some of it.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigda83 (338) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2015
2013 reserve. Pours a jet black color with hints of murkiness and a nice sudsy tan head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, coffee, black licorice, chocolate, and nuts. Taste was incredible and complex. It was a nice mix of medium sweetness and bitterness. Full bodied with an oily texture to it. Lively carbonation and a nice long bitter finish with a hint of bourbon burn. Very happy I got to try this!


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