ThirstyBird (2997) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2017
2015 bottle - Pours a pitch black with a brown head. The smell is bourbon, rich dark malt, chocolate, molasses. The taste is Rich roasted malt, molasses, bourbon ending crisp, fruity and roasty. Full bodied with elegant carbonation. I unfortunately had this beer after HF Genealogy of Morals and although very good it paled. mikeymike (75) - Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2017
22oz bomber 2016 vintage. Pours pitch black with a one finger dark mocha head. Aroma is barrel, cherry, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is barrel/vanilla/cherry on the front of the palette, with a very hoppy bitter astringency attacking the mid-back palette with a minimal chocolate note. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body. Overall, this beer needs to age 9-12 months to let the bitter happiness recede and let the chocolate sweetness become the dominant back palette note. I’ll sit on my other bottles and see what happens in the fall. Ahuth (665) - Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Bottled. 2016. Pours deep dark black. The smell is oaky chocolate and a smell of dark fruit. The palate is thick and creamy. The taste is complex. Chocolate and a lot of dark fruit. The hops is bitter and the oak and woody bourbon is a nice finish. The taste lingers on for a while. Starts tasting better when warms up MCShann (27) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Make sure you eat some food first! At 11% this brew will wreck you! Oh so delicious with its oak and bourbon flavor. The sweetness of the molasses is subtle and absolutely perfect. I’m not sure I was able to single out the licorice flavor but that just didn’t matter because this brew is word class good! CObiased (543) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2017
2012 bomber - beautiful pour of an intensely black, thick liquid with a thick brownish tan head with gold speckles. Huge aroma of massive roastiness, molasses, peat, brandy and burnt sugar. Velvety intense flavors - burnt toast, molasses, coffee, chocolate, cherrywood and a light tannic mouthfeel. Long lasting burnt toast finish.
PintjeFritz (402) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2017
Deep black beer with light brown fine head, smell is red wine, dark chocolate, caramel, taste is very mild, soft, not too bitter and not too sweet, chocolate, cherry, full body, creamy, finish is chocolate and very nice,
(I have one pint 6 fluid ounces bottle with best after 12/08/16 and 12.2% alc/vol) flatearthman (71) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Here is a RateBeer problem with their reviews (some generated by people submitting them incorrectly): Deschutes makes MANY different Abyss beers. This one is for a 2015 reserve. Note the description for their 2014. Couldn’t find a 2015 description and I did try. ANYWAY...here is my review...Pours black with light brown head that dissipates to lacey. Nose of dank oak, molasses, and wine. Malty sweet front pallet taste with both bourbon and wine flavors and oak undertones and just a bit of vanilla taste. It has a lingering finish with a licorice & molasses bitterness that is almost too bitter. This was their 2015 reserve opened on 1/20/2017.
klm1 (1869) - Bled/SF, - JAN 20, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2017euniceradio (562) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Reserve 2015 bottle (12.2% abv.)/ Reserve 2016 [email protected]
harry’s hofbrau San Leandro (11.1% abv.): THIS IS RATE FOR RESERVE 2015: pours oily black, opaque with lasting creamy brown head. Aroma: roasted barley, dark malts, vanilla, licorice, cherries, molasses, sherry-like bourbon...flavor: intense, rich roasted grain, dark malts flavors which takes on milk chocolate, coffee, cacao nibs, ash, supported and perfectly integrated with vanilla, licorice, vanillin, molasses, sherry-like bourbon note, port wine-like notes & slightly astringent red wine-like notes, which never come on sour-like side (that really amaized me)...all is perfectly balanced and incorporated. Finish is dry. Body is full, texture almost creamy (velvetly), carbonation is low to moderate. F**** good, especially when it warms up. RATE FOR RESERVE 2015: 7-5-10-5-18=4.5
RATE FOR RESERVE 2016 ON TAP: 8-5-9-5-18=4.5
22 bomber to tulip. Pours black with deep brown head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, creme brulee, bourbon, oak, dark fruit like black cherry. Taste of same with toffee, pine, toast, brown sugar, slight licorice. Extremely balanced. Heat in finish is smooth yet warm. Pretty smooth for 11%. Hoprider (743) - DENMARK - JAN 15, 2017
2014 bottle Pours a deep dense brownish black with a dense dark beige head. The nose has roast and sweet wood, some christmas fruits and light vanilla. The taste is rich with an array of flavours from roasted malt, licorice, vinous barrel, coffee and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is somewhat light but very creamy. Slightly bitter and lasting aftertaste.