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RATINGS: 1474   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.


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sask89 (418) - Regina, Saskatchewan, - JAN 3, 2014
2011 vintage. Pours pitch black with a nice creamy mocha head. Aroma of black licorice, molasses, some chocolate, slight coffee scents, alcohol undertones and oaky bourbon notes. Taste is mildly sweet throughout and not overly bitter, but incredibly dry and quite rich. Creamy thick mouth feel, full bodied with good carbonation. Overall it is, without question, one of the best and strongest imperial stouts Iíve ever had.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
high_on_hops (712) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a solid black with a short tan head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of toasty malt, some coffee, and bourbon. The flavor is dark malt and bourbon up front with a slightly spicy and malty backbone with a sweet and slightly bitter finish over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
troyc (2776) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2015
[Bottle] 2011 vintage opened last week. Pours an inky black with about an inch worth of darker brown foam on top. Licorice, deep roasted malts, oak and mild vanilla in the nose. Notes of anise and wooden barrel come through prominently in the flavor. Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramelized malts, bitter chocolate, port wine and some vanilla also make an appearance. Mild alcohol heat. Oily mouthfeel. Tasty stuff!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (111) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2015
22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours pitch black like its namesake, and forms a fairly thick head of brown froth. Lacing is quite present. Smell: The aroma primarily reminds me of red wine and dark chocolate, mingled together. There is a tart red grape and cherry presence, and Iíd say around 80% - 85% cocoa dark chocolate. Taste: At the opening, this beer follows the nose, a blast of pure slightly sour red wine with cherries and bakerís chocolate. As it moves along, the flavors flow into a dark yeasty bread mingled with scorched toffee, with notes of vanilla along the edges. By the finish, the flavor profile is entirely black bread, earth, and oak. As the beer warms, the flavor transitions smooth out. The barrel notes, while present, do not overtake the entire beer, and the ABV lends just a pleasant touch of warmth. Mouthfeel: Full and fairly creamy, though a bit thinner than one would expect for a stout this black. Overall: Quite a good stout, showcasing both complexity and intensity of flavor. Iím glad I happened upon a bottle of it sitting on the shelf at a local shop as I breezed in for some birthday shopping.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1067) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Certainly deep and dark, a black hole that sucks you in. Very bitter chocolate and dry wood. Very rich, notes of black licorice. Thanks Max!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Couch0508 (10) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
I had a 2011 of this a few weeks ago and it was pretty awesome. I would highly recommend

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2429) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
2014 bottle. Dark pour duh tan brown head. Dark chocolate, vanilla cherries and bitter. Complex, boozy.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pressboxjoe (263) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Ugh, long descriptive passage was here, now gone. 2014 bomber. Aroma: tart red wine, roasty malt. Taste: coffee, cherrywood, dark chocolate, acidic red wine, later cherries and vanilla. At first seemed mellow and blah, later complex and dynamic. Great tan head, great lacing. Great beer. Took a few 10 minutes for me to get it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VinegarStroke (298) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle: very dense. Not a great head or lace. The aroma on this is just concentrated. It intense, dense and black. Spice, coffee, chocolate, inky, fresh, cream and clean. Dry to off dry, not sour and moderate bitterness. The flavor is massive. This thing is just concentrated and brooding. Huge flavor but balanced. Chocolate ice cream, cocoa powder. Long and fine. Donít fight this thing. Itís a beast. Itís not a palate wrecker like the DIPAís but it will put you to sleep.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IvoR (80) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is subtle and reminds of toffee and chocolate. Flavor is on the opposite end - full and varied - with chocolate, roasted coffee, and a distinct hint of bourbon. Finish is long lasting. With flavors this overwhelming, this is not a balanced brew but is very good nevertheless.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle, $14.99 2014 edition. Intend to age some of this for a year or a few, but I picked up an extra to drink fresh since I havenít had this before. Dark black pour; creamy brown head dissipates into a nearly nonexistent ring; light lacing. Flavor coffee, strong cacao bitterness, caramel, light vanilla; lingering, sharply bitter finish . Once this warms, the aroma is fantastic, with every inhale different: chocolate, bourbon, licorice, tobacco, caramel, roast, bubble gum, finishing oak and vanilla. A+ body: full, slick, oily; frothy in the mouth, yet not sugary sticky. Iím torn because there are beers this good for less money, but this is really good.


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