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RATINGS: 1651   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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3.8
KieferUGA (462) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2009
22 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. Dark brown pour with a medium sized, light tan head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate, molasses, and licorice. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel. Flavor is pretty nice. Chocolate, coffee, piney hops. A lot of the bourbon notes have mellowed out. Alcohol is well hidden.

4
travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2009
The look is black with a great looking tan colored head. The smells are coffee, chocolate, wood, vanilla, and roasted malts. The taste is malts, chocolate, coffee, roasty, and good. Medium body and good complexity.

4.3
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2009
2007 bottle. Shared with Nate and Juart. Pours like oil with a really foamy dark brown head. Strong alcohol. Bourbon and oak in the nose as well, with tons of dark malty molasses and caramel. The flavor is outstanding. Chocolate, oak, licorice, alcohol, and more alcohol. Perhaps could have used another year. A little fruity too. The body if this beer is one of the best I’ve ever had. You almost have to chew it. THe bitter is subtle and just enough to balance the huse sweetness. Finishes really dry, strangely enough. Out-f’ing-standing.

4
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
22oz bottle, 2007, from NYbeer, thanks Steven. Very dark black pour with a nice brown head. Chocolate, coffee and a little sweetness, quite smooth with a slightly bitter roastiness in the finish. Very well done.

4.6
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Wow. I didn’t know you could make a beer this intense and delicious. A jet black imperial stout with one third of it barrel aged in french oak and bourbon barrel oak. Chocolate, roast, coffee, licorice, molasses, this is a velvety warm beer to be sipped and cherished. There is no overt bourbon barrel presence, you find more of the trace elements (vanilla, tobacco, toffee, smoke) from it in the highlights. At 11% ABV, its is amazing how good this beer is young.

4.5
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2009
22oz wax sealed bottle. Once again big thanks to Mark for sending these bottles my way. Pours a deep dark brown with a minimal head. Nose is huge milk chocolate, one of the best smelling imp stouts with notes of citrus hops and coffee. Very hoppy up front with some pine hops before going into a very coffee like middle. Finishes silky smooth with no trace of bitterness and big notes of bakers chocolate. Licorice hangs on a bit, but I don’t hate it in this beer like I did in the Kalamazoo. Its used just right. Amazing beer and another winner from Deschutes.

4.2
brokephibroke (316) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Whoa, I thought this would be another tasty Imp. Stout, ala Tenfidy, but it’s 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
YogiBeera (2569) - 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
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 don’t like that flavor, but otherwise a great beer.

4.4
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


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