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RATINGS: 1387   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Monalovesbeer (21) - - DEC 3, 2012
Drank from a large bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a thick oily brown with coffee colored head. Aroma has notes of vanilla and oak with some molasses and tobacco. Has a delicious rich toasted malt flavor. Palate is earthy, grassy and slightly bitter in a good way. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1642) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at RBSG 2014. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s bottles! APPEARANCE: clear brown beer, smal unstable beige head. NOSE: hoppy, light sour, fruity, chocolate. TASTE: hoppy, chocolate, coffee, sweet, little sour.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AirForceHops (2953) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Part of a four year vertical. Big thanks to phatdog1 for putting this together!! For the sake of this review I am only reviewing the 2013. With a best after date of 08/16/14. Pitch black color with lasting mocha colored head. Aroma of licorice, coffee, and ash.

Flavor is really damn nice. Well hidden all goal under coffee, molasses, tobacco leaves and having a lingering licorice finish. After 3 oz. I also picked out a berry hint with oak. Oak is a light note as well as a light red wine hint. Body is creamy and full and what I look for in an imperial stout. Unreal stout that’s gets better with age, exceptional with a little bit of age. A year and half age is about peak. Fantastic

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Howlader (700) - - JUL 12, 2014
2011 version - Served in a 4oz taster at Churchkey in Washington DC. SAVOR 2012 takeover event.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (878) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
shared a 2012 bomber with 2 friends. poured dark black with a nice small mocha coloured head. a lot of dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, fruits, hints of bourbon, licorice notice. wow this is not your every day stout. very unique! what a complex taste, ton of roasted malts combined with dark chocolate, bitter espresso beans, vanilla, dark fruits, bourbon tones, ash, tobacco, caramel, after the first powerfull layer you can taste the wine barrels at the aftertaste. full bodied creamy mouthfeel. with some warm hints of the alcohol. very unique beer! loved it!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MoreCoffeePlease (13) - - JUL 7, 2014
22oz bottle (2013 reserve) with a best after date of 8/16/2014.

Appearance: Black and opaque with a tan head. Pours thick out of the bottle.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, licorice, oak, figs, raisins, tobacco and a little wine character.

Taste: Dark chocolate, silky vanilla, black coffee, sweet molasses, figs, some bourbon, licorice and a little smokiness.

Palate: Medium-full bodied, very smooth, light carbonation and finishes with dark chocolate.

Overall: Great imperial stout. The licorice and wine comes out as the beer warms and provides a character rare in other stouts. Fantastic beer all around.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mackRIS (20) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2014
On tap. Pours jet black with some good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roast, chocolate, licorice. Taste is sweet bitterness with chocolate, molasses, coffee, bourbon and oak flavor. Really enjoying 2013 abyss.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (821) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Very dark brown pour, brown head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and smoked meat. Amazing huge flavor: chocolate, quite roasty with a hint of smoke. Super smooth. Absolutely fantastic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevnic2008 (7579) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2014
Many thanks for this bottle to kappldav123. Black pour with tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, an array of barrel tones, sweet and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (5593) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2014
2011 version, sampled at Brau 2012. Dark and milk chocolate, fig, light orangepeel aroma. Black hole, low brown head Smoky dark roast, choc, orangepeel, demera sweetness Full and sticky. Nourishing

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (588) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2014
22oz bottle = 2012 vintage - pours black with dark mocha head. Strong aromas of vanilla , bourbon, licorice , molasses, figs, raisins, just a lot going on here. The taste gets even more complex, all of the above with some added sweetness , exactly as advertised ... molasses and licorice. Very complex brew... I will enjoy every ounce of it .


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