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RATINGS: 1655   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Its dark. Its deep. Its 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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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokephibroke (314) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Whoa, I thought this would be another tasty Imp. Stout, ala Tenfidy, but its just a tad more complex. pour and head as expected. Licorice (yes), chocolate and that burrnt layer of turbuno sugar on a creme brulee. Long chocolate finish. Yum...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Portland, OR- Nov. 2008: Nice laces left on the glass. Nice intense chocolate nose - pitch black color. Nice hoppy kick - chocolate aftertaste. Medium lasting roasted malt. quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rwaters (27) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Pours very thick and black with a dark tan head. Bitter chocolate taste follow by a sweet aftertaste. The licorice taste can be a little much if you dont like that flavor, but otherwise a great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2009
deep black pour with creamy tan head. aroma of alcohol with chocolate malt. very thick, coats the smoth in a smooth sweet smooth chocolate malt flavor and gets bitter and dry...very very good

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
festivale (4) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2009 does not count
Vitals: From: 22oz Bomber, To: 22oz Snifter (12oz Full), Temp: 55F, Place: Home. 2008 Vintage. Pitch black, head of chocolate milk steamed foam with slightest ruby tinge. Floral vanilla perfume, subtle roast lingers in nostrils, mild alcohol awaits. Taste of herbal sweetness (fennel, clove, anise, and licorice also) at first, followed by smooth, rich, bitter chocolate, roasted cappuccino, cascadey/centennially hop taste/bitterness accompanying; lingering finish of bourbon and sweet vanilla. Remarkable in its smoothness, like resinous, vinous, refined oil. A finely viscous extraction. The Abyss is an oak-aged imperial stout that is sweet with bourbon (from the barrel) and floral vanilla (from the french oak), a sweetness that suggests milk chocolate after an initial impression of dark chocolate-covered herbal candy. Complex, warming, and indulgent. Higher percentage of aging in the oak bourbon barrels might improve overall impression.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle shared with DuffmanSW. Pours a deep opaque brown/black color with a small creamy mocha head and fantastic lacing. Aroma is coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, black licorice, and tobacco. Somewhat metallic. Oak is not as apparent as expected. Flavor is more coffee and chocolate. A good amount of bitterness from the dark malts and hops. Detecting some almost minty spiciness as well. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied with nice soft carbonation. Another great stout, but could use a couple years of cellaring.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
2007 bottle thanks to tronraner. Deep viscous black with a thick foam of dark tan head. Notes of tobacco, some oak vanilla, big burnt malts and licorice. Taste is vinuous red wine like tannic, earthy, tobacoo, bits of soy sauce, vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Lasting palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, malt, coffee, caramel, and oak. Taste is of malt, chocolate, caramel, and licorice with a nice underlying oak and coffee taste. Lingering chocolate taste. Thick mouthfeel. Finishes very dry. Damn good beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jercraigs (10201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2009
2008-12-22. Pitch black body with a good sized creamy tan head. Rich dry cocoa over dark malt in the aroma, dry roast malt, light kiss of alcohol. Flavour is likewise, rich roasty dark malt, dry moderately bitter finish. Notes of cocoa. Molasses I pick out mostly due to label influence, but it is there. (9+) Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Just really really good. <i>2007 Vintage, Bottle from Brown Jug, Anchorage</i>

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
2008 bottle tasted on 1/4/09. Pours and obsidian black with a dissipating tan head. Aroma of bitter dark chocolates, coffee, and a gentle hint of molasses. Sharp mouthfeel at first with dominant flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. The drink smoothes out as it warms up and the sweet aftertaste becomes more evident. Im going to sit on the rest of my bottles for a while. I think this one will taste stellar with a little more age on it.


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