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RATINGS: 1700   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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beerspammer (97) - - AUG 1, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2019 Pours dark and oily with a thick tan head. So much going on. Coolness from the licorice, some cherry from the cherry bark, bourbon sweetness, vanilla, and booze. Lovely viscosity.

Lunkie (2323) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2019 Malt caramel chocolate aroma. Black colour good head and lacing. Chocolate caramel malt flavour. Smooth lingering palate.

ricke49 (206) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2019 This classic imperial stout remains as good as ever (2017 bottling, sampled in June 2019). Perfect balance of alcohol heat and rich mouthfeel. Sip at 50 degrees for maximum pleasure. In ‘the day’ this was a top 10 BA brew....it still holds up as a delightful sipper.

hershiser2 (5635) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2019 Draft taproom. Pours black with a dark brown head. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel aroma. Flavor is dark chocolate, milk chocolate, Caramel, cookie dough, booze. Really nice.

Mariox (734) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2019 W aromacie bardzo puste, lekko winne nuty, lekkie kakao. W smaku już lepiej, półsłodkie, subtelna kwaskowatosc. Na finiszu alkohol rozgrzewa i dość popiołowe.

BREWMUSKCLES (2998) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2019 like licorice, and ash? Like dark Cherry flavor nicely fruity and moderate in sweetness. Malty and boozy with roasty malt and light medicine. Fuller body smooth and velvety with a transcending lightness. ME too! Big Coffee.

Lore (3808) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 17, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2019 deep dark Brown colour, medium sized beige head; aroma of dark chocolate, dried sour cherry and plum, burnt maple syrup, red wine notes and slight soy sauce; taste of dark chocolate, red wine notes and maple syrup excellent Imperial stout! Many thanks, Chris!

Cristobal37 (1973) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 17, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2019 2018 bottle. Dark black with tan. Bourbon and wine barrel. Cocoa aroma. Bitter chocolate, cocoa, winey acidic. Interesting mix of flavors. Great stout with many layers.

kapusil (1916) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 17, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2019 0.65l bottle thanks to Cristobal37. Black body with a brown head. Aroma and taste of chocolate, coffee, oak, maple syrup and some tannins. Smooth and rounded beer. Great one.

neongolden (2920) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2019
UPDATED: APR 30, 2019 (650ml 2014 bottle shared @ Nische's tasting, thanks Niko!) Pours pitch black with a decent dark tan head. Notes of very roasty malt with some acidity and ashy component, rather heavy notes of licorice and soy sauce, burnt coffee, touches of molasses, soft bourbon and vanilla, a bit of stewed fruit, a scotch-like iodine bite, lightly to moderately sweet up front but finishing dry and quite bitter with loads of roast, ash and lingering licorice and spirits. Medium-bodied with fairly soft carbonation. Tough to tell what's age when not having had the beer fresh, but the acidic burnt roast and licorice disrupt the balance a little. Neat to try even if maybe better younger.

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