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RATINGS: 1665   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. 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9905) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2008
courtesy of keifdog 08 bottle and tpd975 07 bottle for a nice side by side tasting. Pours deep black, with nice yellow lacing. Lots of roastiness, malty with light notes of the oak barrel and a very light hoppy presence. The 2007 bottle clearly had a much bigger boozy feel were the oak -bourbon and chocolate notes were a lot more apparent. This is a beer that with age will become an excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5539) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
On tap at the San Diego Strong Ale festival 08. Black pour with dark tan, thick foamy head. Nice lacing. Dark bitter choclate, smokey malt, aged oak, raisin, licorice toffee, and hints of bourbon. There are a lot of good imp stouts out there, but this one has more smoke, and notes of boubon (not over done). Nicely done, complex!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 This isnt beer, this is a fantasy. The pleasure I am presently deriving from this brew is unprecedented. There is really so much here that I dont have the words to describe it, but my mouth, my tongue, my throat, esophagus, and stomach all know what theyre experiencing. As soon as I popped the top of this, an unworldly aroma filled the immediate vicinity with a bouquet of licorice, anise, coffee, and heaven and hell itself. The body of this is the thickest Ive seen thus far. I could go on further, but lets just suffice it to say that my dear Old Rasputin has been dethroned and thus the perfect 5 I gave it will have to be adjusted, as this is the new One. The alcohol burn on this is perfect, both in effect and sensation; Like when Obama said, "I know its cold outside but Im fucked up." Thanks Deschutes. REVISION: Had to adjust my score of this slightly downward after trying Dark Lord... +++++++11/25/2009RATING: Damn, do I love this beer! The espresso, chocolate, and malt are so intense! Probably the most intense brew out there that isnt very sweet. Okay, its a little sweet, but thats not the whole of its sheer heaviness, unlike some other big imys. Huge roasted malt, huge hops to balance, and deep dark fruit and licorice as promised to send this one to that elite level. Perfect barrel-aging; the bourbon-barrel just compliments, but doesnt get in the way of the original context. One of the very very best, believe.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2008
This may be the imperial stout Ive been waiting for. Too bad I have to fly almost 2,000 miles to get another bottle. As black as its namesake with a rich chocolate aroma. Creamy, dense caramel-colored head, and the creaminess carries over into the first sip right through the last. The flavor is a perfect blend of all the qualities you want in an imperial stout, though most that try to blend these come up a little off. Smokey chocolate, raisins, molasses, a faint though unmistakable vinous undercurrent, and some boozy oak. Just sweet enough up front, just dry enough on the finish, with a slight, pleasant alcohol burn. Reminiscent of Leinenkugels Big Eddy RIS, though more intense, and with a better, dryer finish. Ill be back in the Bay area in two weeks -- lets hope the shelves arent empty!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BJP2006 (43) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Tasted next to the Dogfather from LDB 2008 bottle first Impression was how much Molasses is in this looked at the bottle and sure enough there it is listed I think this detracts from the beer I dont get any bourbon from it, all I get is syrupy sweet Molasses No depth no character I think that the first year was the best now its just all hype and way overrated

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Pours a deep black color with a nice, thick, tan head. Molasses springs from the aroma, with a hint of toffee and roasted malt. Kind of chewy, in a stout kind of way. Nice balance between roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and the hint of bourbon. Very rich. A great, winter stout.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brianprentiss (700) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2008
one of the most substantial beers you can imagine. you can chew it it is so thick and the taste just latches onto your tongue. amazingly complex and very very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Poured dark black with heafty multi-colored head ranging from light brown to dark - the pour was visibly thick in appearance like no beer I have seen - aroma is sweet licorice, and bourbon. Lacing on the glass is smooth and silky -First sip was licorice, chocolate, sweet yet with a bite, with an aftertaste of pure heaven. 2nd sip was same but I noticed some fruit. Palate is perfect with a lot of carbonation and thick oily feel. Thanks to BIGBANG for this brew! This is the best of all the beers that I have tried all rolled into one. WOW. No flavor is too overpowering- as soon as I feel the licorice is a bit much I get a nice coffee undertone, or cherry, or bourbon, or carmel, or molasses. There is so much packed into this beer. This is the Biggest beer I have tried to date- Love it. I didnt think it would live up to the hype. As you drink this DARK brew and set the glass down, you can see the dark brew trickle through the tan head creating a kaleidoscopelike visual with the bubbles - Very cool! Not only a great beer but entertaining as well. I will now spend the next hour or so enjoying the remaining 3/4 of this beer. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 3, 2008
very dark, thick pour, brown head. sweet aroma, lots of alcohol, coffee, and maltyness flavor is similar, sweet but not cloying and very nice nice long bittersweet finish very nice heavy body

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Abyss is truly the best name they could have come up with for this thing. Black Hole is the only other thing that even comes close, because absolutely no light shines through this mother. Beautiful tan head as well. Smells like coffee and nuts and some whiskey notes with a little hop scent buried in the back. Huge licorice flavor with notes of chocolate, molasses and bourbon, very roasty as well. Beer doesn’t get much more perfect than this one, I just wish they’d produce more every year!


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