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RATINGS: 1539   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

dagimp's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dagimp (860) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madelfonatree (227) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Bottled 11/11/2014 and enjoyed 12/1/2015 in a MadTree tulip/snifter. Look - Dark brown with a half finger of khaki head. It settled to a ring very quickly after slowly developing. Lacing is blotchy. Smell - Chocolate. Tobacco. Bourbon. Vanilla. Licorice. Chocolate. Fruit. Taste - Drink it cold and it tastes almost like a barely wine. Let it warm and it is apparent it is a stout. Follows the nose. This is so complex. Feel - Finishes dry. No alcohol burn. Medium carbonation. Chewy feel. Overall - There are good barley wines, good sweet stouts, and good dry stouts. This is all of those. It is complex and worth the wait. I hope I pick up a 2015 in late 2016 like I did the 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewHaMeister (326) - - NOV 27, 2015
Thanks to Bytemesis, the 2012 Reserve bottle poured jet black with a thick tan head and nice lacing. Aromas of fresh coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a slight booze warmth. Flavor is mildly coffee bitter that lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2015
A ton of wood flavor with some smoke. Some people will like this and some will not. I do like it but it's a bit in-your-face flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (437) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle (22oz $21): (2014) Dark Dark brown with brown head. Aromas are light roastyness. Taste was of roasted malts, almost Smokey. Then some licorice, but not too sweet. Very nice if you can get it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (1769) - GREECE - NOV 23, 2015
650ml bottle (v2013) from trade with RobertDale. Thank you Bob!! Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, licorice, dark dried fruits, raisins, wood, smoked notes. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky oily to creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuzzcro (45) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Oak barrel aging doesn’t fit my taste but the black strap molasses is front and center here...it tones down the oak flavor and creates a more agreeable flavor for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainBoosh (46) - - NOV 19, 2015
Pours jet black from tap with cocoa brown head. Aroma dark chocolate, dark cherries. Taste is cocoa nibs, slight coffee, dark cherry, slightly roasted, slightly sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
megabeergulper (13) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Licorice, rasins, booze, dark chocolate, bread rolls and an incredible velvet mouthfeel. Don’t notice the pomegranate at all....Bombers the last two years. Both were excellent. Bought an extra to lay down for a vertical tasting in 2yrs. Will update if I can remember any thing after three glasses of this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4285) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, malts, roasted malts. Sweet, light bitter flavour, roasted malts, liquorice and coffee. Finish roasted malts, liquorice, coffee and cacao.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’ Oirschot. 2012 Reserve. Thanks for sharing, Koen!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3224) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Tar black pour with aroma of vanilla, molasses, oak, and roasted malt. Licorice, molasses, vanilla flavor with some oak, a touch of bourbon, and roasted malt.

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