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!
RLiddell (98) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle picked up in Austin, TX. Pours an opaque black with minimal brown head, which dissipated quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and anise. Taste follows with a heavy licorice forward flavor followed by toasty malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Outstanding stout!
Bif (1923) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 Edition on tap at Shamrocks. Poured a virtual black color with a nice thick head and ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt and bit of chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, bit of molasses and chocolate. Nominal bitterness and a dry finish. Fairly fully body, smooth with a rich texture and subtle touch of alcohol. Very enjoyable and well worth the journey.
shoulderbroken (3452) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Imazato. Great stuff, booze, bit of treacle, light spice. Hints of dark fruit. Bit of smoke. Boozy, bourbon. Very enjoyable.
stantheman (855) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased from Bottle Jockey in Burnaby, BC. A very dark and inky looking brew with minimal carbonation and a very heavily roasted nose, through which I detect a hint of whisky and vanilla. The taste is evocative of chocolate, coffee, licorice, whisky, and yes, vanilla. No hop detected. I attribute the slight bitterness to the heavily roasted malts. The mouth feel is oily. Yes! 4.1
Banksiz (78) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the 2013 edition. The nose is treacle at first and then gives way to raisins, dates and a bit of smokiness. Taste and moth fee are wonderful. A bitter, but not harsh, backbone with a moderate sweetness, all wrapped up in a creamy body. Slight alcoholic warmth as it goes down, and a satisfying creamy-bitter finish. Wonderful.
TheJester (2399) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle. Biiig. Complex. Dark. So much going on, and it doesnít get muddled at all. Roast, mocha, licorice, maraschino cherries, vanilla, molasses. Outstanding.
lownote (462) - USA - APR 29, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Alcohol aroma. Strong red winy. . Pours black with a tan head. Taste is very sweet. Some roast bitterness balances, but it lingers in not a good way. Itís just way sweet at first and way bitter after. Itís not bad, but Iím not getting a lot besides the slight stone fruit flavor which is disappointing
AndyW68 (1361) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black pour with tan head and Aroma of sweet roast malt. Taste is dry roast chocolate malt. Very creamy and bitter finish.
BruceHartford3 (13) - - APR 14, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2015 Reserve. Delicious. Full bodied. Pretty much what you would expect. Not hot. Good smokiness. Tight bite in the back.
markducommun (823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep opaque black brown, quite deep brown, ample head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, light coffee. Light tang, some bitterness, some sweetness. Very complex, very long quite dry finish. Medium heavy body, fairly syrupy. Very good.
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