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RATINGS: 1487   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.

dmschefke's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2012
My 500th rating. So I figured it would be very fitting to have a 5 year old version of a beer I have been looking forward to for a while. So here goes: 2007 bottle. Pours a deep black with an almost amber hue and dark tan head that disappears to a few bubbles on top, no lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted caramel malt, vanilla, anise, molasses, brown sugar, cream, and a nice mild bourbon. Aroma is wonderful, so I have been really teasing myself and making my mouth water horribly. So here goes...wow! This is great... all too often I am disappointed with hyped imperial stouts and this one just lives up to the great billing and more! The flavor matches the aroma well, which is great. It has the right mild balance of bourbon and oak along with the other beautiful characters. Mouthfeel is great with slight slickness. This is great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (932) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bomber (2014 Release). Look, Iíve cellared this long enough. I have no patience to wait another 7 months until this hits itís íbest-after dateí (and moreover, itís also after 2:00am and itís the only beer in the house)... so yeah. Okay, pours a nearly jet black, opaque stouty color, excellent chocolate-milk-colored foamy head with very nice retention and lacing. Nose is loads of cocoa, coffee, roastiness, dried fruit (raisins, dates and figs), candy sugar and a hint of smoked almonds. Mouth is oily and rich, nice balanced of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and barrel, getting some of that licorice, plums, and a pleasant underpinning bitterness throughout. Next year Iíll try and be more patient as Iím now more curious to see what some age on this will do... because itís pretty fucking impressive as is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluejacket74 (1485) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
22 ounce bottle, 2014 vintage, label says best after 11/11/15. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. Thereís also a bunch of lacing. Aroma is great, the brew smells like molasses, red wine, oak, coffee, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is pretty good too, thereís burnt/charred malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, red wine, oak, bourbon, and vanilla flavors. Lots of bittersweet goodness! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Iíve been waiting a while to try this, and I wasnít disappointed! I liked this brew a lot, itís going to be hard for me not to drink my other bottle before the "best after" date. Iíll definitely buy this again the next time itís released. $14.99 a bomber.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (1926) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1755) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
p1meatloaf (252) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1157) - 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.

   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.

   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 itís not too cold, there are some really amazing flavors going on in the beer. Very complex and delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alohabeernut (8) - 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!

   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.

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