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RATINGS: 1646   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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beer_queue (124) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Pours pitch black like youd expect from a beer called The Abyss. Its thick as hell and looks oily & syrupy; medium, dense head thats a beautiful beige and burnt umber. Smells like a bunch of dark chocolates, licorice, dark roast coffee, smoky malts, and a bit of vanilla. Smells sweeter with dark fruit notes after it warms up. Presents a strong malt backbone throughout. Initially a lot of chocolate thats followed by more chocolates. The middle shows off some toasted malts, creamy vanilla, and molasses. The finish brings out all the bitter coffee notes, oak, and alcohol. At 12.2% ABV, its hard to hide the booze; the alcohol mostly shines in the finish, and it warms you on the way down. The aftertaste is a long, lingering combination of dark chocolates and coffee. With time in the glass, the molasses & licorice flavors dominate the palate with some smoky, toasty malty flavors still sticking around to balance it out. After warming up, flavors also take on a dark fruit quality reminiscent of dates, raisins, figs. Silky smooth with a bold, full, chewy; carbonation is absent; sticky on the lips and dry at the finish. Delicious and complex with a long glass life to showcase the variety of flavors. Its a big, strong beer that tastes as bold as its alcohol strength.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pilsnertest (192) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2016
2016-10-07 Sample from bottle @ Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. 2014 vintage. Tastes a bit like coffee that have stayed too long in the coffee machine (some sourness to the coffee taste), ash, liquorice, chocolate and salt. Dry aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehaak26 (314) - - OCT 30, 2016
22 oz. from Whole Foods. Pour was dark brown/black. Aroma was largely molasses with some licorice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (3932) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2016
22 oz bottle pours black with a brown head. aroma of licorice, coffee and chocolate. Taste is bourbon, chocolate and malt.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkenYeti (11) - Montana, USA - OCT 24, 2016
I honestly felt let down by this one. I had a 2013 cellar aged for a year and it was overpowered by the wine barrel aging, and finished more tart than I feel it should have.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
simont1 (602) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2016
Aroma of raisins, licorice, plum, wood, burned malts. Taste of clearly burned malts, tannin, chocolate, wood, licorice. A bit too roasted without enough backbone. Very dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (1051) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2016
2016 Philly Beer Week draft at the Deschutes Street Pub. 2014 version. Pours ink black with a small tan head, almost the color of peanut butter. Aroma of bourbon over notes of coffee and wood. Full-bodied and oily, with a lightly astringent finish. Flavor of coffee with some barrel char, giving way to bourbon and some boozy heat.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dysenteri (231) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2016 Bottle, 2011 version. Melass, licorice, cocoa, dark fruit. Dry mouthfeel, oily. Very good and complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (1101) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2016
2015 reserve poured into a wineglass showing pitch black and no head. The nose shows a big mix of all the elements - the oak, the wine, roasted malts, and chocolate. The palate is surprisingly light bodied and moderately carbonated. Flavors of light cherries, roasted malts, molasses, and subtle vanilla. Big dark burnt espresso bitterness on the end. Complex but slightly unharmonious; needs more time to age and settle.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wrlangin (220) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2016
650 ml bottle from Blackwell's Beer Run. Fantastic aromas of toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavour is bold and matches. Definitely one to savour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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