coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This one pours a nice, deep, black. Just like it should be, with a name like The Abyss. Medium hard pour produces a two-finger head of dark cappucino colored foam. Retention is great and the lacing is excellent. Fully formed, solid and very sticky.
Nice. Big dark roasted barley maltiness. The oak comes through nicely, mixing with a hint of alcohol, giving a hint of bourbon-like qualities. Nice hint of dark molasses. Good dark coffee notes blend with hints of dark chocolate, bringing me back to cappucino comparisons. Light vanilla notes.
Huge presence of dark roasted malts. Big dark coffee profile. Nice vanilla sweetness, along with molasses, bringing balance. Nice presence of oak. A light touch of smokiness. Very mild notes of dark fruitiness. Hops are in there, but extremely well balanced with the rich maltiness.
Man, this tastes wonderful.
This is exceptionally smooth and creamy. Like silk across your pallette. The low level of carbonation sereves this brew very well.
Despite how big, thick and rich this one is, it is very drinkable. The beautiful level of balance make this one so enjoyable and easy to consume. The 11%ABV is so well blended into the mix, as to be hardly noticable. Just a slight warming effect.
This is exceptional.
Believe the hype!
rouhlas (1701) - GREECE - NOV 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle (v2013) from trade with RobertDale. Thank you Bob!! Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, licorice, dark dried fruits, raisins, wood, smoked notes. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky oily to creamy body with soft carbonation.
fuzzcro (37) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oak barrel aging doesn’t fit my taste but the black strap molasses is front and center here...it tones down the oak flavor and creates a more agreeable flavor for me.
CaptainBoosh (46) - - NOV 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black from tap with cocoa brown head. Aroma dark chocolate, dark cherries. Taste is cocoa nibs, slight coffee, dark cherry, slightly roasted, slightly sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Very good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
megabeergulper (13) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Licorice, rasins, booze, dark chocolate, bread rolls and an incredible velvet mouthfeel. Don’t notice the pomegranate at all....Bombers the last two years. Both were excellent. Bought an extra to lay down for a vertical tasting in 2yrs. Will update if I can remember any thing after three glasses of this!
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, malts, roasted malts. Sweet, light bitter flavour, roasted malts, liquorice and coffee. Finish roasted malts, liquorice, coffee and cacao.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’ Oirschot. 2012 Reserve. Thanks for sharing, Koen!)
alobar (3208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tar black pour with aroma of vanilla, molasses, oak, and roasted malt. Licorice, molasses, vanilla flavor with some oak, a touch of bourbon, and roasted malt.
Daytonbeer (710) - Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with tan head and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, molasses, and light soy sauce. Taste is the same with some vanilla oakiness. Very complex and vey smooth for the abv. Great brew!
Jared_Clifton (83) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 reserve. Pours black with brown head. Heavy body. Black licorice, little bit if vanilla, chocolate flavor, oak flavor, slight bourbon alcohol heat, caramel. Finishes pretty sweet like dark fruits and chocolate.
GenDV138 (4090) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at Snallygaster shared by solidfunk, thanks Josh! Black with tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, roast, chocolate. Tastes of similar. Full body with a dry finish.
solidfunk (5924) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2015 Very nice stuff. Huge roast and some dark chocolate. Some coffee and nut. Pours black with good head and lacing. Thick creamy consistency. Soft carbonation. Bittersweet finish. Tap.