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RATINGS: 1604   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 – 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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dagimp (944) - 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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2016
On tap at original gravity, San Jose. Complex imperial stout; bourbon is smooth and subtle. Excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrTipple (3564) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2016
Sweet, overripe, dark fruits, bourbon, wood, vanilla, toasted malts, sweet chocolate and coffee. Black, small, creamy, beige head. Medium sweet. Intense, dark, toasted malts, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, dry cacao, sweet, dark roast coffee, light alcohol, bitter and warm finish. Beautiful Imperial Stout, immensely complex aroma and palate, nice bourbon flavours. Keg at Map Room, Chicago.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlasgowTAD (1336) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle thanks to Neil. Pours pitch black with a medium brown head which recedes to a lacing. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, oak, raisins. Taste is raisins, vanilla sweet, oak, bourbon, slight tartness, a lot of wood, sugar sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rootsman (7) - - AUG 1, 2016 does not count
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1914) - - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are oak, molasses, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malts, and vanilla.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
emusche (191) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Wow. 22 oz bomber split with Marc and JoJo at CC. Pours black, nice tan, clingy head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, Bakers chocolate, vanilla bean, wood, roast, slight char, mellow coffee notes. Taste is a fantastic potpourri of bittersweet chocolate, treacle, anise, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and espresso. Mouthfeel is rich and full; thick without being chewy, smooth. Absolutely fantastic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (3626) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle 2014 shared. Black with big brown head. Blackberries, coffee, lots of roasted malts, cocoa, red wine, light vanilla, licorice, rye, a touch of smoke. Over medium sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied but not crazy so like the Surly Darkness we’ve had before. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (1287) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2016
Les classiques ne le deviennent pas sans rison et surtout pas en un jour. Cette bière figure parmi les chefs de file dans le style et je comprends pleinement pourquoi. Wow! Liquide à la robe noire et satinée formant une majestueuse mousse alimentée par des bulles de toutes les dimensions, formant ainsi une véritable oeuvre d’art sur mon verre! Un look absolument sublime! Arômes parfaitement équilibrées allant du chocolat noir, au vin de Porto en passant par le toffee et le caramel mou. C’est cohérent, à la fois délicat et autoritaire et d’une riche complexité.Ce triple vieillissement en baril est responsable d’une remarquable homogénéité des arômes. Texture soyeuse comme la peau d’un nourrisson, je suis charmé par cette douceur chocolatée et vanillée. Une fine bulle titille mon palais réchauffé par cette boisson dont je ne sens aucunement le moindre pourcentage d’alcool. Longue en bouche sans jamais être lassante, je pourrais boire des pintes de cette bière!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PanMarek (221) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2016
On draft at Pittsburgh Craft Beer week 14 April 2016. Caliente Pizzeria. Rich nose, notes of coffee, licorice and maybe raisin. Dark brown pour with rich, tan foam. Toasted malt and chocolate flavor with surprisingly dry finish. Very busy in the background, some coffee, some oak. It rewards patient drinking. Comparatively light mouthfeel for a stout. Lives up to the advertisement.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartlebier (3347) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2016
2010 Vintage shared @oldmanriver’s with anonymous thanks to the Oregonian soul, 3 lambieks to the wind, interning at De Cam who kindly parted with this at the 2014 Nacht van de Grote Dorst. - Lives up to its reputation and rights the wrongs of many an infused US ImpStout by sheer depth and subtle complexity of natural flavours: jet black mocha pour, oozing with burnt caramel, crème brûlée, bitter chocolate glazing, tobacco, liquorice sticks, oak and soft vanilla bourbon. - Flavour offers a time-clocked plunge thick with synaptic bliss into those flavours, where the aging seems to have reserved separate layers and deep niches of all notes in that aromatic register: Kahlua coffee liquor matured into vintage port sidling up to a Wiener Kaffee and candied liquorice sticks. Lovely wood (oak), vanilla and bourbon notes to top it all off, sanding off all uncouth edges (if there were any) in the young brew.


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