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RATINGS: 1424   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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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
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strife21 (159) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1743) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljthiessen (505) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
2011 bottle, huge thanks to northropfrye. Aroma is roasty, chocolate covered cherries. Flavour is chocolate, cocoa, cherries, slightly boozy, a touch of coffee. Wow, this is a treat.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerm719 (118) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Jet black. Dark frothy head. Burnt coffee beans, anise, vanilla, marshmallows. Earthy hops, oak. Mild bourbon notes. Extremely balanced for being such a big, full bodied brew. Epic !

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DDiMa54619 (1) - - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
On tap at the Heimat House. 2014 variety was black as night with a sweet liquorice and molasses finish. At 11% ABV you barley notice it. Incredible beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1110) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
2011 on draft at Aces and Ales in Las Vegas. Small 3oz flight pour. Pours an opaque nearly black thickness with a very lasting mocha head. Aroma is a combination of anise, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and Brazil nuts. The taste is incredible with dark chocolate, anise, roasted nuts, coffee, and wood barrels. Somewhat booze finish, but not overdone. Medium full body, well carbed. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkleu357 (358) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Black thick pour with a small thick head. Wood smoke aroma. Very bitter taste. Hints of molasses and burnt marshmellows. Itís ok.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (403) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Tap at Busters. The 2011 variety. Snifter glass. Deep black color with frothy head. Intimidating appearance. Aroma has chocolate elements and a freshness not expected. Some roasted malt notes too. Reminds me of the really good chocolate influenced stouts. The bitterness is well hidden...sweetness takes center stage. Incredibly smooth and rich. Nice finish...with warming alcohol presence. Stronger alcohol due to the aging...definitely appreciated. Enjoyable option.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (100) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Pours a deep dark chocolate head. Loads of chocolate, licorice, star anise, and a good amount of molasses. The barrels it was aged in are noticeable but not so apparently and is really well hidden. Love it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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