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RATINGS: 1558   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2011
flavors meld to waves of joy andall I want is more. damn this is good. not even a big stout fan. 11%? Are you kidding? easier to drink than water. (should say it is a 2010 that was consumed). why O why did I not buy more. oh yeah, because it flew off the shelves. maybe I will grab more 2011 before it goes away.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1798) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2016
2012 Vintage. Tasted on tap at 2016 Wolpertinger Fest in glass German beer mug. It poured an opaque black colour, reddish at the edges when held to the light, tall sudsy brown foam. Great wood-aged Imperial stout traits, all around. Toasty, roasty, profoundly chocolatey, marshmallowy sweetness, caramel, tart almost to the point of acidic, red berry fruit, black currants, roasted nuts, charred wood, tannins, Fuggly hop balance persists even after lengthy aging. Full-bodied, chewy, alcoholic but not unpleasantly hot. Lingering complex aftertastes. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElCapitan22 (321) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Pours jet black in color, has some nice creamy head retention and decent lacing. The smell reminds me of cherry and chocolate. Tastes bitter like coffee, excellent drink!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (791) - - JAN 27, 2016
Bottle, 2009 vintage, enjoyed in 2010. Pours abyssal, bottomless black. Void-like, the darkness of this beer sucks in all light. A fizzy one-finger head the color of cardboard rises up from the inky depths slowly and dissipates after a short time. A sticky, foamy ring lingers at the edges, surrounding some oily residue. In the nose: lots of licorice, molasses, lactic dark chocolate, milk chocolate, peanuts, lightly toasted bread, caramel and malted chocolate. Very nice. This appears to be an uninfected bottle. HUZZAH! The barrel-aged characters are far more apparent here: oak, vanilla, a teeny bit of bourbon. The beer improves tremendously as it warms, as sweet plums emerge amidst light roast coffee, black licorice and toasty wheat bread. The deeper, acrid charred flavors march in slowly after the swallow and linger nicely between sips. Thereís a great balance of complex sweet and roasty flavors here, and every sip reveals new dimensions. The bodyís just a shade under medium, soft and smooth. Itís just a little thin for such a big stout. A medium, numbing carbonation caresses the tongue. The alcohol is pretty hefty at first, flaming the throat like heartburn on the way down, but this too improves as I work my way through the glass. Iíve enjoyed the Abyss both fresh and aged now, and can say that itís a beer that definitely improves with time. The heat has died down and the flavors, though not quite as bright, are nicely melded. Not mind-blowing, but definitely enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
penstemon (223) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2016
2013 bottle. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, wood, vanilla, spice, slightly vinous, dark fruit character (blackcurrant/blackberry?), anise, dried fig, and raisin. Taste is roasted malt, char, chocolate, vinous, wood, dried fig and raisin, spice, slight molasses, vanilla, some dark berry, medium bitterness and slightly sweet. Medium-full body, smooth carb. You can tell this is high abv but itís not too hot. Not too syrupy sweet either like some imp stouts are. Finishes with a nice char and slight dryness. Very complex, a great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mstrcrwly (823) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2016
2014 bottle poured into a snifter..dark pour with a medium tan head..aroma of chocolate,oak,coffee,licorice,,tastes of chocolate,oak,wine..medium body.. disappointing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARH (1045) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2016
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is initially a rich, dark cherry and chocolate blend with a mild molasses and coffee and a hint of licorice and leather, as well as and smokey char character (woody). The aroma turns towards a chocolate, biscuit, and toffee mix. The hue is black and opaque with a dense, soapy brown head that reduces to a mild wisp with bubbles, and leaves a light lace. The taste is highly sweet complimented by a medium high bitter. The texture is slick and smooth with a light, soft foam carbonation and a full body. The flavor profile is strong of figs and raisin up front with a chocolate and wood hint. The finish is sticky with mild alcohol warmth that cleans up with a wood resin feel and flavors of chocolate malt, tart, dark cherry, licorice and molasses with a hint of caramel and cookie. The aftertaste is light and mellow with a dry, charred character and a bit of a leathery molasses with light toffee and bitter floral, resin, and licorice.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tstamba (622) - Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Bomber to a goblet. Viscous black with mocha head and lacing. Amazing aroma, vanilla, cherry, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, toasted oak. Flavor is multilayered and complex. Smooth balanced, warming finish... Truly exceptional beer, one of the best.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (792) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Tap at stanleys at the blackout beer fest. 8oz pour. Black with small medium tan head. Strong Dark fruit and alcohol nose. Boozy, sweet, malty, with some chocolate notes. Alcohol dark fruit sweetness dominates though. A bit peaty. This is a powerful beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WingmanWillis (76) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2016
Vertical with 2009-2013 inclusive versions thanks to Frank, Ben & Catherine, Misty & Jason plus Mini & Bird. Some better than others with the 2011 the best.. Dark, pours like treacle with a tan head. Aromas of vanilla, liquorice and cocao. Taste is more complex with chocolate, coffee, vanilla. A definite treat to try them all together and great beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (700) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
On tap at Harryís Hofbrau in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, bourbon (as it warms). Taste is tangy dark chocolate, licorice (sometimes medicinal), bourbon-y booze, cocoa, mild cherry liqueur. Some warming burn as it goes down. More bourbon and coffee as it warms. Very cozy and complex. Changes from sip to sip.


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