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RATINGS: 1636   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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3.5
mpersinger (366) - , California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
From waxed bomber pours thick and opaque black with beige fading head. Balanced flavors of mostly tame licorice straight to finish. Medium bodied.

4.9
savatar (10) - USA - MAR 15, 2009
One of my favorites! The aroma is reason enough to purchase this outstanding beer. Definately one to keep around, as well as to cellar for future enjoyment.

4.2
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Big thanks to JVD for this one we traded this a while ago 2007 vintage Bottle poured into a snifter produced a large coco colored head that settled to a thick lace and trailed of to a nice ring as I waited. As black as black can be colored bodied ale no light coming through this at all Aromas of coffee, anise and some nice roastiness waft off the glass. I get some of the wood earthiness as well coming up as it warms. The longer I hold this I can say it’s a really nice complex aroma. The Flavors of molasses is very evident it helps tame out the roastiness of the malts this is so much better as it warms much more of the complexity of this stout comes thru. Thick in the mouth with just a slight amount of carbonation Ok I’ll give you that this is defiantly on par with Kate in it complexity although two different animals when it comes to flavors that present themselves. This is a wonderful Ale and deserving of a place in one of the best out there. Yes I will drink more of this and would seek it out

4.3
That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Crushed with Honkeybra and Jakebra. Incredibly complex. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, little licorice, dark dark roast. Flavor is just as fucking good. Finish lasts for about 5 minutes. It just keeps on going. Incredibly happy to crush this one.

4.4
anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2009
Bottle @Toronado, SF. 2007 Vintage Pours a black color with a small dark tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and molasses and chocolate aroma with some oaky hints. Roasted malty licorice and chocolate flavor with some hints of oaky vanilla. Has a warming roasted malty licorice and oaky vanilla finish. Lovely!

4.9
War4soccer (114) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Fanstaic Beer!! My favorite!! smooth stout, Seems to taste better at room temp.. the molasses and licorice is great throughtout!! Dont pass it up!!

3.7
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle coutesy of Sparky. Nice thick pour with husge licorace and molases taste. Tons of chocolate and malt. very smooth drinkablity. Damn Fine beer

3.7
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a very deep blackish brown color with an espresso foam head. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, black licorice, earthy oak notes. Full bodied, a dry and thick beer. As the title of this beer says, deep and contemplative is the name of the game. Nicely done.

4.2
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Pours a very opaque chocolate/espresso brown with tan head. Body is definitely roasted malts with chocolate tones with hints of vanilla. Flavor is chocolate and coffee with notes of hazelnut. Body is medium thick with fair carbonation.

3.8
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle 2008 from trade with stefanje, thanks! Pours a deep, dark black with a dark head that disappears. Nose is a touch hoppy and roasty, with chocolate and some vanilla coming through in the nose. Pretty standard IS nose. Rich, thick mouthfeel that carries a fair amount of hoppiness with it and the vanilla riding a wave of astringent and acrid notes. For the levels of bitterness going on, it does have a pretty deep sweetness. Smooth and pretty easy to drink. Good, but not top 5% IS to me.


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