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RATINGS: 1674   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.

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GregMooreNH (1046) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2018
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2018 Pours thick black with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma is port, wood, molasses and roast. Taste is brown sugar and plum, moving to wood, port, roast and coffee. Finish is complete, wood, roast and port. An elite stout.

Saeglopur (2957) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - AUG 12, 2018
650 ml bottle, vintage 2010. Shared by Sander, many thanks!
Black body, with a beautiful, dense, creamy, coffee-colored head.
Aroma of soy sauce, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, liquorice, some coffee, some dark fruits, slight wood.
Tastes pretty similar.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a low carbonation.
Finishes roasty, a bit dry, with soy sauce, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, some tobacco, some liquorice.

Very tasty! Tastes more like a RIS than a barrel aged Stout, the barrel is very subtle and just adds to the balance. Lots of character, with quite a lot of soy sauce notes, that I like a lot here. Lovely, old-school, robust Imperial Stout how I love it.

Score: 8 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 17

chucklemation (1997) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2018
Pours a jet black with a tan foam head. Aroma is earth, bitter roast, chocolate, dark fruit, light cherry, oak, molasses, and licorice. Flavor is sweet, rich chocolate, roast, oak, dark fruits, cherry, and molasses. Has good carbonation with a smooth, full body. An impressive imperial stout.

PowY (1730) - AUSTRIA - AUG 11, 2018
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2018 650 ml bottle at home, vintage 2010, shared by Sander, many thanks. Pours a very dark red-brown with an tan colored head. The aroma is medium malt with light barrel notes, whiskey, sweet bourbon along with some oxidation notes, sherry, sweetish roasted malt - toffee, cocoa, nuts, dried dark fruits, honey, caramel. Medium-full body with a very soft carbonation, a medium sweetness, a light to medium bitterness and a very, very light acidity - very balanced. The flavor is dominated by the roasted malt, more roasty than the aroma - chocolate, burnt wood, licorice, ash - along with some woody notes, bourbon hints of vanilla. Finishes with a distinct roasty bitterness. Overall very smooth with nice roasted malts and reluctant but well integrated barrel notes.

Aroma: 8
Appearance: 4
Taste: 8
Palate: 4
Overall: 16

Werckmeister (4282) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 11, 2018
0,66l bottle at Powys place shared by Sander, big thanks. Vintage 2010 Best After 11.15.2011. black color, small very dark coffee colored head. smells bourbon, dusty, light oxidation, some soy sauce, peppery, spices. very nice, very smooth smell. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes earthy, spices, soy sauce, peppery, light oxidation, wood, grassy, resiny, bourbon, some vanilla. finishes lightly dry with notes of vanilla, bourbon and some soy sauceish notes. very nice one, some oxidation and soy sauce notes, but not super obvious, still very smooth and enjoyable to drink. very good stuff.

L_Lovecraft (926) - - AUG 11, 2018
2015 vintage, some winey notes, oak and cocoa, roasted notes, molasses, licorice, black with a good brown head, full body, average carbonation, taste is similar, quite bitter...i can imagine why some year ago was a giant whale!

macca147 (1539) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2018
750ml, Bottleshare. Pours a jet black with a tan head. Aroma: roasted malt, oak, whiskey, mild molasses, boozy notes. Taste: roasted malt, oak, bitter cocoa, whiskey, oak, mild espresso flavours. Medium bodied. Moderate boozy bitterness. This is very good!

Defreni (3536) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2018
Flaske: Årgang 2017. Købt tilfældigt af alle steder på Maui i en Whole Foods. Kulsort lækkert udseende øl med store gardiner. Duften er maltet med let krydderi. Smagen er ristet malt men med en frisk chili der liver hele øllen op. Super lækker øl.

glennmastrange (3063) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2018
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2018 Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of toasted, dark chocolate and molasses, moderate resin for hops, light earth for the yeast, with wood and cherry in the background. Head is average size, creamy, with good lacing and good legs and is mostly lasting. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is full, syrupy, with an astringent and moderately alcoholic finish. A super powerful Imperial Stout with a ton of complexity. Definitely a slow sipper.

sinfull (2077) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2018 Black with medium -sized, white head. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon and licorice in the aroma. Heavy and sweet taste balanced by roasted/woody/alcohol bitterness.

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