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RATINGS: 1632   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. 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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlasgowTAD (1458) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle thanks to Neil. Pours pitch black with a medium brown head which recedes to a lacing. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, oak, raisins. Taste is raisins, vanilla sweet, oak, bourbon, slight tartness, a lot of wood, sugar sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rootsman (7) - - AUG 1, 2016 does not count
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are oak, molasses, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malts, and vanilla.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
emusche (209) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Wow. 22 oz bomber split with Marc and JoJo at CC. Pours black, nice tan, clingy head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, Bakers chocolate, vanilla bean, wood, roast, slight char, mellow coffee notes. Taste is a fantastic potpourri of bittersweet chocolate, treacle, anise, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and espresso. Mouthfeel is rich and full; thick without being chewy, smooth. Absolutely fantastic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (4457) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle 2014 shared. Black with big brown head. Blackberries, coffee, lots of roasted malts, cocoa, red wine, light vanilla, licorice, rye, a touch of smoke. Over medium sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied but not crazy so like the Surly Darkness weve had before. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (1602) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2016
Les classiques ne le deviennent pas sans rison et surtout pas en un jour. Cette bire figure parmi les chefs de file dans le style et je comprends pleinement pourquoi. Wow! Liquide la robe noire et satine formant une majestueuse mousse alimente par des bulles de toutes les dimensions, formant ainsi une vritable oeuvre dart sur mon verre! Un look absolument sublime! Armes parfaitement quilibres allant du chocolat noir, au vin de Porto en passant par le toffee et le caramel mou. Cest cohrent, la fois dlicat et autoritaire et dune riche complexit.Ce triple vieillissement en baril est responsable dune remarquable homognit des armes. Texture soyeuse comme la peau dun nourrisson, je suis charm par cette douceur chocolate et vanille. Une fine bulle titille mon palais rchauff par cette boisson dont je ne sens aucunement le moindre pourcentage dalcool. Longue en bouche sans jamais tre lassante, je pourrais boire des pintes de cette bire!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PanMarek (335) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2016
On draft at Pittsburgh Craft Beer week 14 April 2016. Caliente Pizzeria. Rich nose, notes of coffee, licorice and maybe raisin. Dark brown pour with rich, tan foam. Toasted malt and chocolate flavor with surprisingly dry finish. Very busy in the background, some coffee, some oak. It rewards patient drinking. Comparatively light mouthfeel for a stout. Lives up to the advertisement.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartlebier (3631) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2016
2010 Vintage shared @oldmanrivers with anonymous thanks to the Oregonian soul, 3 lambieks to the wind, interning at De Cam who kindly parted with this at the 2014 Nacht van de Grote Dorst. - Lives up to its reputation and rights the wrongs of many an infused US ImpStout by sheer depth and subtle complexity of natural flavours: jet black mocha pour, oozing with burnt caramel, crme brle, bitter chocolate glazing, tobacco, liquorice sticks, oak and soft vanilla bourbon. - Flavour offers a time-clocked plunge thick with synaptic bliss into those flavours, where the aging seems to have reserved separate layers and deep niches of all notes in that aromatic register: Kahlua coffee liquor matured into vintage port sidling up to a Wiener Kaffee and candied liquorice sticks. Lovely wood (oak), vanilla and bourbon notes to top it all off, sanding off all uncouth edges (if there were any) in the young brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bastarda (462) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JUN 19, 2016
Kindly shared by [email protected]s bachelors farewell tasting, thanks a lot! This 6 year old work of art offers a taste experience that lives up to its well-chosen name. For sure, aging has added to this three-dimensional impression. Molasses and sweet licorice descend into burnt toast deepening into layers and layers of bitter chocolate getting fruitier and more and more wine-like, with sherry and port notes towards the finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebastokrator (92) - - JUN 19, 2016
2015 batch. Pours a dark, inky black with a brown head. Smells of oak, bourbon, vanilla, coffee and maybe some licorice. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, cherry, followed by wood and bourbon. A very complex flavor. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Well balanced. Abyss was my first big beer and it still holds up.


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