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RATINGS: 1673   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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4.7
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Pours thick and rich black with brown head. As strange as it sounds for an imperial stout, this beer is all about balance. The aroma contains beautiful delicate notes of oak and vanilla on a bold background of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and licorice. Flavor is even better- a glorious melding of dark chocolate, coco, bourbon, and oak up front, settling into some roasted coffee bitterness, licorice, and some slight piney hop bitterness lurking in the background. Palate is full and rich, and surprisingly not a sticky as I anticipated. One of the best.

4.3
dogfish120love (1325) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Thanks sparky27. Pours black with a dark brown head that has burnt red/ rust colred specks. Smells heavily of chocolate and has other aromatic notes such as chocolate milkshake, malt, oat, slight bourbon, vanilla caramel, oak and heavy alcohol. Excellent in my opinion just below Speedway stout. I feel that this was subject to some extreme temperatures as well because of the difference between AZ and MA which often brings out a heavy alcohol finish.

4.6
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2009
0.65 l bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2008. Pitch black with dark tan head. Very deep sweetish aroma with coffee, chocolate, licorice, salty licorice and vanilla. Rich bittersweet and roasty flavor with coffee, salty licorice, dark chocolate and some charcoal. At the end of the long festival day this tasted heavenly. Got to try this sober sometimes.

4.7
lakersfan16 (53) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 3, 2009
This beer pours black as night, with a beautiful dark brown head. Wonderful aroma that is not overpowering. One of the most delicious beers I’ve tried, with a great balance between ingredients. Just the right amount of hops to even everything out.

4.3
Fin (10470) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle that was handed over in a trade in NYC Nov’ 08 from the marvellous Miketd consumed and shared with Loz 31-01-09, cheers Mike Pours really, really oily and sticky and this is black, and I mean black, shark eye black in fact with a beige head. The nose is oaky and just a little boozy with the bourbon showing along with some chocolate and vanilla. This is gloriously thick in the mouth with big streaks of liquorice, hops showing and Loz got some plumminess, there are molassess and a great burnt woodiness oh and yep some rich roasted coffee (its all in there) A truly excellent beer from an excellent person, cheers Mike. My liking for Imperial Stouts has been restored, this and the Stone that I had last night have been simply gorgeous and there is little to choose between them A8 A5 F9 P4 OV17 4.3

4.4
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
One of the most noticeable aspects of this one was the wonderful mouthfeel- like silk on the tongue. The color was darkest black. Alcohol was hidden at first, but raised it’s head late in the bottle. An almost chewy beer.

4.5
nickd717 (4642) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 22oz bottle at Toronado in SF. Money. Jet black with a lasting brown head. Fruit, coffee, and chocolate on the aroma. Toasted malts, strong coffee and molasses flavors. Loads of milk chocolate. Thick and oily but not to a fault. This was my last beer of the night at Toronado, and it floored me.

4.4
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Naka. Pours black with chocolate head. Raisin plum and cherry nose with chocolate caramel and vanilla. Alcohol is also present. Taste is chocolate with mild roast and lots of caramel sweetness. The chocolate is almost velvety smooth with licorice. There insane sweetness in this. Thick as hell. Very mild hop character, enough to balance it out. A very tasty beer.

4.4
v8powered (157) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Pours heavy and dark like motor oil. The aroma is absolutely intoxicating. The smell alone makes you want to give it a try. Flavors include vanilla, chocolate, coffee, molasses, carmel, cigar (from the oak aging), and bourbon. The alcohol is hidden in all the flavor. Hoppiness is present but all the other flavors are incrediblely balanced with the overall taste of this beer. I found myself taking small sips to savor it and wishing I bought a few more bottles. This is a beer that is now in my top 5.

4
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2009
From bottle courtesy of Naka. Terrific nose. Cocoa, coffee, vanilla, oak. Some licorice, phenols, alcohol. Light almond. Mild bitter hops. Jet black liquid with tan lacing head. Heavy oily body with medium carbonation. Alcohol warming. Starts with tons of chocolate and coffee, licorice and oak. Vanilla, carbonic acidity. Sweetness is heavy but not cloying. Huge bitter finish that lasts. After is bitter and a little chalky.


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