BJP2006 (42) - 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 don’t 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
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. brianprentiss (703) - 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. bretupdegraff (243) - 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! 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
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! taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Draft @ GABF. Pours pitch black with generous tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol and dark fruits. Taste was filled with licorice, malt, coffee and molasses. Huge mouthfeel with long finish. RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours a thick, disgustingly delicious blackness that can only be compared to a black hole. Nice 1.5" mocha colored head that fades slowly with a lot of sticking left behind :) Molasses but not DL molasses. I don’t know much about the stuff but this is different than that. Fudgey with a nice whiskey nose [from the barrel]. Prunes or some other dark fruit is present and bringing in the rear of aromas. Thick, rich and nasty (in a good way). This is one bad Larry! The thickness has an eruption of chocolate, molasses and whiskey oak. A very good and slightly bitter combo! Feels nice and heavy but goes down so smooth you can’t tell your about to be attacked by some serious flavors. A must pick up and try! Have one, have two. This is one damn damn great beer. It’s up there with the DL and Kate IMHO. BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 2008 bottle. Pours black with big head . Aroma is dark fruit, molasses,
cocoa. Flavor is nicely complex. Carbonation is a little more than
other big RIS. Super lacing. Mouthfeel is lush, smooth, and lingers
forever like a fine stout should &#40;but not many do&#41; with bitter chocolate
aftertaste. ABV is well hidden but definitely warms the tummy. Not hot at
all. I think this will age very well. I’m not a big licorice fan and was
concerned but I didn’t really notice much. Hint of bourbon but not a lot,
which is fine - there’s something to said for moderation and complementary
flavors. This is a truly delicious beverage. ketchepillar (1208) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Some bourbon comes through in the aroma, especially as it warms-not in a harsh way though. Liquirioce-in finish as well. Very low carb, liquid smooth, very rich and velvety. Nice chocolate in the finish with a pleasant chalkiness. A really good hop/malt bitterness.