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RATINGS: 1671   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christos (5545) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2017
(Deschutes The Abyss) Bottle 650ml at home, tasted side to side with Abyss Cognac and Abyss Rye Whiskey. ABV 11% Black coloured body, half a finger of dark brown head with very good retention. Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, alcohol. Taste also of roasted malts, alcohol, chocolate, ash, coal, wood, tanines, light vanilla, light bourbon too and a fruity sourness for a moment. Thick body with soft carbonation. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KevinReddirt (139) - Midland, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Now there is complex and there is complex. Abyss is complex. A difficult find, well worth the wait. The label says bottled on 12/8/16. I pour into my best tulip glass and see a jet black body topped by a gorgeous chocolate-brown head that slowly dissipates.The scent is cocoa and I swear, mahogany wood if it smells. Interpret as you like. Follow on with a sip and I taste dark chocolate, caramel, dark red cherries and a liquor overtone. A nice bitter finish that sticks. Imperial stouts are a favorite, others have been great. This one is a little bit better. One to drink now and one to save. It has been a good day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (1796) - Rīga, LATVIA - MAR 2, 2017
Very nice balance, smooth all the way, subtle roasted malts, light licorice, some not too impressive bourbon BA impact. Moderate sweetness with moderate bitterness, nice balance, enjoyable brew, but didnt met expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjmoen (494) - - MAR 1, 2017
C. Pours a black color with dark brown head. Full flavor, but harsh finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ghostbeer (203) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 26, 2017
2016. The cherry (bark) really came through for me but worked well with the sweetness from the licorice and vanilla character. Complex and keeps it interesting as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brandon1989 (635) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2017
2014 Reserve: Pours a dark black with a nice thick khaki head.The aroma is amazing with this beer. There is dark chocolate brownies, some vanilla, oak, some aroma of alcohol is present, cherries, red licorice, and dark fruits. The flavor is dark cherries, chocolate, and even some light roasted coffee notes are being picked up. There is some oak flavor notes in there as well. This beer has really mellowed out after cellaring for three years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (2173) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2017
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. Chocolate and vanilla aroma. Hugely bitter flavour. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1547) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2017
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Molasses, cocoa, and coffee aroma, touches of vanilla, smoke, anise, bourbon. Dark cocoa and molasses flavor, coffee, anise. Touches of oak and bourbon. Thick and syrupy. A really good one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barreras (1687) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Pours a dark black color with a rolled oats aroma. Taste is light boozy with a tinge of vanilla. Black licorice and bourbon flavor throughto the beer. Nicely balanced and aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerandhockey8 (390) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - FEB 13, 2017
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a black-brown color, thick tan head. Nose is thick roasted malt, oat, vanilla. Taste is medium-thick, thick head. Oily finish. Love these beers.

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