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RATINGS: 1634   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2008
2007 bottle courtesy of Ryan. Deep black opaque pour with layered light brown head. Really a beautiful pour. Lovely roasty, chocolatey aroma with hints of licorice and oak. Oak was nicely understated and not too sweet. Similar in the mouth; silky smooth palate and lovely chocolate, roasted malt, nuttiness, and hints of licorice, oak, and coffee. Great after-dinner beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Haslinger (916) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2008
2007 reserve bottle from Zinister. This beer is a black beer. No light penetrates at all. The aroma is very coffee and roasted. Deep chocolate definite licorice taste. Very good beer. Would buy again

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Proteus93 (66) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
It don’t get much darker than this. Ink black, totally opaque. A light tan head, decent retention... a nice little ringing of lace Anise, vanilla bean, chocolate, and French roast coffee on the nose. Quite nice smelling. Notes of tobacco (though very mild), rich anise and molasses. Oakiness, caramel, dark chocolate. This is a nice balance of flavours on my palate. A bitter, cocoa flavour on the finish. A very, very nice tasting brew. Very rich, creamy and full.. a little bit of a fizzle of carbonation which adds a nice extra something to the body. Amazing drinkability, especially considering the alcohol content. There’s no sign of it, and it gets nicer as it warms, which makes sipping slowly a bit more rewarding.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (5084) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Large kudos go out to General Gao for this 650 ml, 2007 vintage; my 1300th rating. Deep black with a marathon-runner, one finger head. Frosty lace deposited on all sides of the glass. Coffee, cocoa, caramel, vanilla and hickory char nose. Flavors of cocoa, coffee, caramel, piquant mesquite, vanilla, peanut, light whiskey and peppery oak. Heavy body is smooth, has a nice tongue tingle and is sufficiently dried to avoid being syrupy. This one has just the right touch of bourbon and oak, not overpowering like some.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Bottle pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma is mainly roasted malts, vanilla, and some oak. Has a medium heavy body with some carbonation. Flavor is dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, oak, and a slight amount of bourbon flavor. Overall is a solid brew. I prefer more balance to my BA bourbon beers. This one could have had a little more bourbon flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Black with a brown head. Big roasted/blackened malty aroma with chocolate and bourbon. Thick,chewy mouthfeel. Huge, rich flavors of blackened malts with earthy sweet black licorice and dark chocolates. A mild oak essence just adds more depth, as if this beer needs any more. Fantastic freakin’ beer here.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle shared with GMCC2181, Thanks Homie. Poured pitch black with tan head. Nice aroma of chocolate and roasted malts with an alcohol finish. Taste was Same as aroma and finished smooth. Thick texture. Enjoyed til the last drop.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1601) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle from sparky27 and STFUN. Blackness in a bottle... nice toffee colored head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, nice and smooth. Good texture thick but not overly thick. No trace of alcohol. Creamy as well. Average carbonation. Good beer. Thanks guys!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigeastie (1) - , Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2008 does not count
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem& the greatest beer ever made... each and every year it gets better and better I found this beer on Ebay!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
’07 version poured into an Old Guardian tulip glass Appearance is absolutely amazing, pours the brownest hue, head is three fingers of creamy, sparkling frothy head that cascades upward and amazingly sustains over tiime, big milky lacing on the glass. Smell is also excellent, sweet milk chocolate dominate, some roasted malts, slight anise, molasses, gingerbread, bourbon alcohol, and a surprising presence of fresh earthy/grassy hops. Taste is superb, sweet milk chocolate rides a wave of underlying ginger/bread malts, bourbon and alcohol warming enters midway as do bittering hops, cocoa sweetness rebounds and finishes with alcohol warming on the soft palate through the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth and creamy texture, lively carbonation that is a touch prickly. Drinkability is high, this is my new favorite IRS, I’m a big fan of the sweeter chocolate malts compared to the uber-bitter coffee malts, great all around appearance/aroma/flavors, I think the balancing hops are impressive as well considering they don’t detract from the dominant malt profile, I sure am glad I was able to secure a case of this, I am sure this will age well in the coming years!


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