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RATINGS: 1384   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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This special Reserve Series brew will only be offered December – February (limited distribution)
The Abyss: Stout brewed with licorice and molasses with 33% aged in oak and oak bourbon barrels. It’s dark. It’s deep. It’s 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 (698) - 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (860) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
shared a 2012 bomber with 2 friends. poured dark black with a nice small mocha coloured head. a lot of dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, fruits, hints of bourbon, licorice notice. wow this is not your every day stout. very unique! what a complex taste, ton of roasted malts combined with dark chocolate, bitter espresso beans, vanilla, dark fruits, bourbon tones, ash, tobacco, caramel, after the first powerfull layer you can taste the wine barrels at the aftertaste. full bodied creamy mouthfeel. with some warm hints of the alcohol. very unique beer! loved it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MoreCoffeePlease (13) - - JUL 7, 2014
22oz bottle (2013 reserve) with a best after date of 8/16/2014.

Appearance: Black and opaque with a tan head. Pours thick out of the bottle.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, licorice, oak, figs, raisins, tobacco and a little wine character.

Taste: Dark chocolate, silky vanilla, black coffee, sweet molasses, figs, some bourbon, licorice and a little smokiness.

Palate: Medium-full bodied, very smooth, light carbonation and finishes with dark chocolate.

Overall: Great imperial stout. The licorice and wine comes out as the beer warms and provides a character rare in other stouts. Fantastic beer all around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mackRIS (20) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2014
On tap. Pours jet black with some good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roast, chocolate, licorice. Taste is sweet bitterness with chocolate, molasses, coffee, bourbon and oak flavor. Really enjoying 2013 abyss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Very dark brown pour, brown head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and smoked meat. Amazing huge flavor: chocolate, quite roasty with a hint of smoke. Super smooth. Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevnic2008 (7574) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2014
Many thanks for this bottle to kappldav123. Black pour with tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, an array of barrel tones, sweet and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2014
2011 version, sampled at Brau 2012. Dark and milk chocolate, fig, light orangepeel aroma. Black hole, low brown head Smoky dark roast, choc, orangepeel, demera sweetness Full and sticky. Nourishing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (586) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2014
22oz bottle = 2012 vintage - pours black with dark mocha head. Strong aromas of vanilla , bourbon, licorice , molasses, figs, raisins, just a lot going on here. The taste gets even more complex, all of the above with some added sweetness , exactly as advertised ... molasses and licorice. Very complex brew... I will enjoy every ounce of it .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJvd (784) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2014
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has quite some dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste has chocolate, quite some coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, some licorice and a medium bitter finish. Over medium body and medium carbo. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
miyauchi38 (155) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (199) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
2010 vintage. Pours a dark black, minimal mocha colored head, minimal lacing. Aromas of rich malted cocoa, black licorice, dry oak and a slight amount of bourbon. Taste was very rich, but very balanced. Distinct flavors of licorice/anise, tobacco and leather that counterbalance a rather sticky body, loaded with molasses. Finishes nicely with a harmony of the barrels providing one final kick of oak and bourbon.

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