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RATINGS: 1475   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
VINTAGE 2008 This one pours a nice, deep, black. Just like it should be, with a name like The Abyss. Medium hard pour produces a two-finger head of dark cappucino colored foam. Retention is great and the lacing is excellent. Fully formed, solid and very sticky. Nice. Big dark roasted barley maltiness. The oak comes through nicely, mixing with a hint of alcohol, giving a hint of bourbon-like qualities. Nice hint of dark molasses. Good dark coffee notes blend with hints of dark chocolate, bringing me back to cappucino comparisons. Light vanilla notes. Huge presence of dark roasted malts. Big dark coffee profile. Nice vanilla sweetness, along with molasses, bringing balance. Nice presence of oak. A light touch of smokiness. Very mild notes of dark fruitiness. Hops are in there, but extremely well balanced with the rich maltiness. Man, this tastes wonderful. This is exceptionally smooth and creamy. Like silk across your pallette. The low level of carbonation sereves this brew very well. Despite how big, thick and rich this one is, it is very drinkable. The beautiful level of balance make this one so enjoyable and easy to consume. The 11%ABV is so well blended into the mix, as to be hardly noticable. Just a slight warming effect. This is exceptional. Believe the hype!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1140) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
2010 bottle at the March Libertine Bottle Share. Iíve had this numerous times but I guess I never rated it. Pours a deep black with slight tan head. Aroma is marshmallow, slight clove, some coffee. Taste is more on the bitter chocolate but muted, honey, oak and some vanilla.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
high_on_hops (713) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a solid black with a short tan head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of toasty malt, some coffee, and bourbon. The flavor is dark malt and bourbon up front with a slightly spicy and malty backbone with a sweet and slightly bitter finish over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
troyc (2857) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2015
[Bottle] 2011 vintage opened last week. Pours an inky black with about an inch worth of darker brown foam on top. Licorice, deep roasted malts, oak and mild vanilla in the nose. Notes of anise and wooden barrel come through prominently in the flavor. Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramelized malts, bitter chocolate, port wine and some vanilla also make an appearance. Mild alcohol heat. Oily mouthfeel. Tasty stuff!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (117) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2015
22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours pitch black like its namesake, and forms a fairly thick head of brown froth. Lacing is quite present. Smell: The aroma primarily reminds me of red wine and dark chocolate, mingled together. There is a tart red grape and cherry presence, and Iíd say around 80% - 85% cocoa dark chocolate. Taste: At the opening, this beer follows the nose, a blast of pure slightly sour red wine with cherries and bakerís chocolate. As it moves along, the flavors flow into a dark yeasty bread mingled with scorched toffee, with notes of vanilla along the edges. By the finish, the flavor profile is entirely black bread, earth, and oak. As the beer warms, the flavor transitions smooth out. The barrel notes, while present, do not overtake the entire beer, and the ABV lends just a pleasant touch of warmth. Mouthfeel: Full and fairly creamy, though a bit thinner than one would expect for a stout this black. Overall: Quite a good stout, showcasing both complexity and intensity of flavor. Iím glad I happened upon a bottle of it sitting on the shelf at a local shop as I breezed in for some birthday shopping.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1068) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Certainly deep and dark, a black hole that sucks you in. Very bitter chocolate and dry wood. Very rich, notes of black licorice. Thanks Max!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Couch0508 (14) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
I had a 2011 of this a few weeks ago and it was pretty awesome. I would highly recommend

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2431) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
2014 bottle. Dark pour duh tan brown head. Dark chocolate, vanilla cherries and bitter. Complex, boozy.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pressboxjoe (263) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Ugh, long descriptive passage was here, now gone. 2014 bomber. Aroma: tart red wine, roasty malt. Taste: coffee, cherrywood, dark chocolate, acidic red wine, later cherries and vanilla. At first seemed mellow and blah, later complex and dynamic. Great tan head, great lacing. Great beer. Took a few 10 minutes for me to get it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VinegarStroke (300) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle: very dense. Not a great head or lace. The aroma on this is just concentrated. It intense, dense and black. Spice, coffee, chocolate, inky, fresh, cream and clean. Dry to off dry, not sour and moderate bitterness. The flavor is massive. This thing is just concentrated and brooding. Huge flavor but balanced. Chocolate ice cream, cocoa powder. Long and fine. Donít fight this thing. Itís a beast. Itís not a palate wrecker like the DIPAís but it will put you to sleep.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IvoR (81) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is subtle and reminds of toffee and chocolate. Flavor is on the opposite end - full and varied - with chocolate, roasted coffee, and a distinct hint of bourbon. Finish is long lasting. With flavors this overwhelming, this is not a balanced brew but is very good nevertheless.


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