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RATINGS: 1679   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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3.8
solar (32) - - DEC 9, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2018 (2017 vintage) poured from bomber. Very nice presentation with a head that forms at will as you control the pour. Tann/red head dissipates quickly. For a beer of this kind one would expect a more powerful nose, faint notes of licorice and black-strap molasses are there but indistinctly. Mouthfeel is excellent, just the right texture and carbonation... viscous, hearty. Strong dominant taste of molasses, licorice, chocolate. Roasty malt bitterseet backbone. Some peaty vibe. Overall very strong and heavy flavor profile. A decent beer for a dark and stormy night.

3.9
snoworsummer (7171) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2018
2018 vintage draft at Deschutes Portland. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy light brown head. Tastes like dark fruits, booze, faint ash, earthy, dark chocolate, and a hint of tobacco. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like dark fruits, faint ash, earthy, boozy, a hint of dark chocolate, and a hint of tobacco.

4.4
Quick3Beers (1881) - East Falmouth, USA - NOV 4, 2018
2017 bottle. Pours a rich brown black from a bottle, caramel colored head. Rich aroma begins with black licorice, moves to some cola, tobacco and a bit of leather. Flavor adds in coca nibs. Not too sweet not too dry. Very good beer.

5
ALIBALI (3878) - Kiel, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2018
No Question🔥MelasseMonsterBrew mit holzigen Nuancen von Rotwein(dadurch auch kurz im OudeBruinLager),schwerwiegender AshVerRyeUng & scharf schneidenden SüßkirschenInferno🌪..im Sinne von napalmartigen CoffeeBoozeGaumenBrainStorm🤩💥⚡️PERFEKTESTES BOURBONÖL sowieso 💪🏻🙂..Bomber von BevMo in Sacramento...LOVE!!!!!� 2016er...

4.3
TexasMac (22) - - OCT 21, 2018
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Chalumeaux (2402) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2018
Poured from 2016 bottle thanks Adrien pitch black dark cocoa head. Aroma is licorice roasted malt bourbon and piney hops. Taste is spruce tips licorice roasted malt chocolate and a nice lingering piney bourbon finish.

3.6
coasternut (219) - VANCOUVER, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2018
Had a sample at Grapes N' Growlers in Vancouver WA. Strong alcohol taste, but also smooth dark chocolate and fruity taste. Slightly sweet. Deschutes know how to do beer, they are one of the best large small breweries around.

4.2
GregMooreNH (1275) - 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.

4.2
Saeglopur (3051) - 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

4.7
chucklemation (2070) - 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.


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