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RATINGS: 1612   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.

Hophead22's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
22oz bottle, 2007, from NYbeer, thanks Steven. Very dark black pour with a nice brown head. Chocolate, coffee and a little sweetness, quite smooth with a slightly bitter roastiness in the finish. Very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dysenteri (151) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2016 Bottle, 2011 version. Melass, licorice, cocoa, dark fruit. Dry mouthfeel, oily. Very good and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
simont1 (577) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2016
Aroma of raisins, licorice, plum, wood, burned malts. Taste of clearly burned malts, tannin, chocolate, wood, licorice. A bit too roasted without enough backbone. Very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (846) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2016
2015 reserve poured into a wineglass showing pitch black and no head. The nose shows a big mix of all the elements - the oak, the wine, roasted malts, and chocolate. The palate is surprisingly light bodied and moderately carbonated. Flavors of light cherries, roasted malts, molasses, and subtle vanilla. Big dark burnt espresso bitterness on the end. Complex but slightly unharmonious; needs more time to age and settle.

   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 (3710) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (2162) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubyroo (82) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 13, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wrlangin (170) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2016
650 ml bottle from Blackwell's Beer Run. Fantastic aromas of toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavour is bold and matches. Definitely one to savour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkenYeti (5) - Montana, USA - OCT 24, 2016 does not count
I honestly felt let down by this one. I had a 2013 cellar aged for a year and it was overpowered by the wine barrel aging, and finished more tart than I feel it should have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (1015) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2016
2016 Philly Beer Week draft at the Deschutes Street Pub. 2014 version. Pours ink black with a small tan head, almost the color of peanut butter. Aroma of bourbon over notes of coffee and wood. Full-bodied and oily, with a lightly astringent finish. Flavor of coffee with some barrel char, giving way to bourbon and some boozy heat.

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