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RATINGS: 1562   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dagimp (882) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Uncle Craig. Thanks! 2012 vintage. Poured at a tasting w three other folks. Extremely dark pour. Dark brownish head. Very thick but not oily. Fantastic woody and bourbon aroma. Melds together perfectly. Mouthfeel is actually lighter and smoother than I would have guessed. Flavors are the same way, they all blend together perfectly without one dominating. The flavors I could discern were wood, oak, mild bourbon, semi-sweet chocolate, leather and berries. This beer is fantastic! The hit of the tasting. Too bad it's so hard to get and impossible in PA! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
meyers1023 (22) - - FEB 7, 2016
Doing a comparison between the 2014 version and 2015. Both poured completely black with the 2014 having a little more tan head than the 2015. Both smell strongly of barrel aging but on the 2014 it's mellowed a bit and you can smell some li organs molasses. The flavor of the 2015 is really hot from the liquor barrels and in the 2014 you get a better melding of the flavors. My recommendation is to let this beer age past the best after date. If you get multiple bottles is great to compare what it taste like fresh versus aged.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (506) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Aroma: bourbon, woody, vanilla, vinous, licorice, molasses, Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Excellent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ttutony (795) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Nearly jet black in color with a tan head. Complex aroma of oak, dark fruits, reminds me of drinking a red wine at times. Well-integrated palate with roasted malt and a hint of dark fruit. Bitterness is completely in balance and becomes more assertive on the back of the palate. Full-bodied. You would not guess this is an 11% ABV beer. This is an exceptionally well made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
scarletfire65 (1242) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Draft at Kaseyís Tavern. Jet black pour with a thin ring of mocha head. The nose is dominated by fresh roasted coffee. Tastes of thick molasses, licorice, and sweet black coffee up front. Warming brings on some fruity notes of cherry and cassis. The oak and bourbon come out as well, giving it a faint smokiness. Bitter and dry finish, with a touch of booze apparent. World class for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1799) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mstrcrwly (827) - 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.

   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.

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