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RATINGS: 1606   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

pdx77's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2014 2012 release on draught at Deschutes’ Portland pub 11/20/12. So dark and chocolatey, bourbony and smooth. A favorite. 2013 release on draught at Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland 11/17/13, served in a stemmed snifter. Pitch black with little dark tan head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, and sweetened dark chocolate. Taste is roasty, toasty dark malts, cocoa nibs, cherry cordial, and oaky bourbon. Smooth, rich, and delicious. On draught at 2014 Holiday Ale Festival. 2008 vintage. Stronger flavor, smoother body. Incredible!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubyroo (14) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2016
2015 vintage. Aroma- Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, licorice root, Mexican vanilla, wood chips Appearance- Inky black, completely opaque when held to the light. Half finger of brown foam. Taste- Dark chocolate, cherry wood, coffee, light vanilla, coffee crisp chocolate bar, pic price root. Palate- Thick and creamy, slightly acrid in a pleasant way. Average carbonation. Overall- Fantastic imperial stout, hard to believe it’s as strong as it is. The alcohol comes through only in warm finish. Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (2041) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2016
2012 vintage on tap at World of Beer (Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of charred, raisiny cherry, oak, soft vanilla, some cacao. Black with a fairly lasting cream-colored head. Dry, woodsy, some herbaceous flavors, almost minty, licorice, chocolate-covered raisins. Full bodied, sticky, lingering flavors of dried fruit, raw cacao, and heavy roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2016
On tap at original gravity, San Jose. Complex imperial stout; bourbon is smooth and subtle. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrTipple (3566) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2016
Sweet, overripe, dark fruits, bourbon, wood, vanilla, toasted malts, sweet chocolate and coffee. Black, small, creamy, beige head. Medium sweet. Intense, dark, toasted malts, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, dry cacao, sweet, dark roast coffee, light alcohol, bitter and warm finish. Beautiful Imperial Stout, immensely complex aroma and palate, nice bourbon flavours. Keg at Map Room, Chicago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlasgowTAD (1336) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle thanks to Neil. Pours pitch black with a medium brown head which recedes to a lacing. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, oak, raisins. Taste is raisins, vanilla sweet, oak, bourbon, slight tartness, a lot of wood, sugar sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rootsman (7) - - AUG 1, 2016 does not count

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are oak, molasses, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malts, and vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
emusche (191) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Wow. 22 oz bomber split with Marc and JoJo at CC. Pours black, nice tan, clingy head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, Bakers chocolate, vanilla bean, wood, roast, slight char, mellow coffee notes. Taste is a fantastic potpourri of bittersweet chocolate, treacle, anise, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and espresso. Mouthfeel is rich and full; thick without being chewy, smooth. Absolutely fantastic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (3632) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle 2014 shared. Black with big brown head. Blackberries, coffee, lots of roasted malts, cocoa, red wine, light vanilla, licorice, rye, a touch of smoke. Over medium sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied but not crazy so like the Surly Darkness we’ve had before. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (1291) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2016
Les classiques ne le deviennent pas sans rison et surtout pas en un jour. Cette bière figure parmi les chefs de file dans le style et je comprends pleinement pourquoi. Wow! Liquide à la robe noire et satinée formant une majestueuse mousse alimentée par des bulles de toutes les dimensions, formant ainsi une véritable oeuvre d’art sur mon verre! Un look absolument sublime! Arômes parfaitement équilibrées allant du chocolat noir, au vin de Porto en passant par le toffee et le caramel mou. C’est cohérent, à la fois délicat et autoritaire et d’une riche complexité.Ce triple vieillissement en baril est responsable d’une remarquable homogénéité des arômes. Texture soyeuse comme la peau d’un nourrisson, je suis charmé par cette douceur chocolatée et vanillée. Une fine bulle titille mon palais réchauffé par cette boisson dont je ne sens aucunement le moindre pourcentage d’alcool. Longue en bouche sans jamais être lassante, je pourrais boire des pintes de cette bière!

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