overall
100
100
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1630   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. 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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4.2
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 08 Batch, Tap @ their Portland spot... Poured black with a thin, brown head. Was served in snifter that pleasantly forced the aromas in my face; which consisted of liquor, roasted barley-malt and was a little musty. Really thick palate that had a lot of carbonation and an acidic sting that attacked the back of my tongue. Tasted of vanilla with a little bit of hops and roasted flavors. It had become surprisingly dry towards the finish which did a great job balancing. Other amaretto flavors which kept the sweetness consistent and easy to savor.

3.9
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours like motor oil with thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, and dark fruits. Taste of dark fruits, molasses, hops, and vanilla. Thick mouthfeel. No signs of bourbon in the nose or in the taste. Was expecting much more due to the hype and it was just OK. Pretty ordinary compared to other oak aged beeers.

4.1
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 Re-rate on 2009 Bottle Original rating was 3.7...... Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a fluffy cap of tan foam. Aroma: Big roasty malt, chocolate,spicy hops, anise, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla. Taste: Burnt and roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak and spicy hops. Mouthfeel: Syrupy. Overall: I enjoyed this much better than the last bottle I had, that was 1 year old. This is definitely on the sweet side for an Imperial Stout.

4.2
HogTownHarry (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle (22oz). Shared with biegaman, via trade with Irishboy. Thick-looking, near-opague ruby-black pour, smallish tan frothy head. Deep roast coffee/cocoa, bitter, herbal, slight treacle. Taste - same, bitter, thick, treace-ly, some syrup, hint of cola - no oak or borbon or anything at all - strong, but subdued - blended and impy-ish. Slick, roasty, mild carbonation, bitter-burnt finish. Lovely, well-done, not over the top, woody and silky - well done.

4.9
kallay (3) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2008 does not count
Sampled at GABF for the first time. Probably the most orgasmic first encounter with a beer I’ve ever had! A - Dark brown/almost fudge-like, with a rich 3-fingered head of tan. S - A walnut brownie dunked in a cup of espresso. T - Dark flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dusty cocoa. M - Full bodied, goes down like melted pudding, but with nice acidity. D - Seriously, like someone melted your favorite decadent dessert and married it with a mellow stout. I cannot remember being blown away by a first impression like this in quite awhile.

4.1
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2008
Bottled at SBWF08. Pours out in a black colour with a creamy pale brown foam. Big and bold, yet deep and quite refined aroma of milky dark chocolate, oak, blackberries, vanilla, roasted malts, mild sweet licorice, fudge and mild alcohol. Full and creamy mouthfeel with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, dark berries, vanilla, anise and oak. Long warming finish of oak, licorice dark chocolate roasted malts and roasted almonds. Tasty!

3.7
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Thanks to jjpm79 for the bottle!
Black, large decadent tan head, long lasting. Nose is quite sugary, lots of malt, milky chocolate, sweet fruit, oat, alcohol. Not very cohesive. Flavor is less so, lots of bitter coffee and strong alcohol smack. Huge body, but too syrup like. Some minor hop in the background. Overall decent, but not much nuance after the initial punch it delivers.

4.3
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2008
Thanks to ajm for popping my trade cherry. Pours jet black from the bottle with a firm reddish brown head. Light in the nose, but overwhelming in flavor. Full of dark cocoa, molasses, licorice, caramel, coffee, chalk, and mild hops. Full-bodied and syruppy. Worth hunting.

4.3
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Had some of this on tap at Hamltons Tavern in San Diego. Ahh man, this is some seriously dark and good stuff with great tanins and burnt espresso flavor. This imp stout is definitly in the big boys league.

4.3
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
Pours beautyful pitch black with a caramel colured creamy head that lasts. Aroma is hoppy and roasted with lots of chocolate, coffee, caramel/toffee and vinious. Flavour is again hoppy and roasted with lovely chocolate, coffee, caramel/toffee and the viniousity which contributes to a nice volume and creamyness :o)


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