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RATINGS: 1655   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (2361) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2016
2012 vintage on tap at World of Beer (Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of charred, raisiny cherry, oak, soft vanilla, some cacao. Black with a fairly lasting cream-colored head. Dry, woodsy, some herbaceous flavors, almost minty, licorice, chocolate-covered raisins. Full bodied, sticky, lingering flavors of dried fruit, raw cacao, and heavy roast.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2016
On tap at original gravity, San Jose. Complex imperial stout; bourbon is smooth and subtle. Excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrTipple (4156) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2016
Sweet, overripe, dark fruits, bourbon, wood, vanilla, toasted malts, sweet chocolate and coffee. Black, small, creamy, beige head. Medium sweet. Intense, dark, toasted malts, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, dry cacao, sweet, dark roast coffee, light alcohol, bitter and warm finish. Beautiful Imperial Stout, immensely complex aroma and palate, nice bourbon flavours. Keg at Map Room, Chicago.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlasgowTAD (1581) - 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.

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   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 (4795) - 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 (1695) - 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 (373) - 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.


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