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RATINGS: 1636   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. It’s dark. It’s deep. It’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Black, with a medium brown, dense head, and an relatively light aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, hop bitterness. Unfortunately I do not get much in the way of barrel, wood, or bourbon notes out of this. They may be there, but this is a busy beer and it is hard to pick out a lot of distinct flavors. Has a slightly more aggressive or harsh edge than I would prefer. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly velvety. This is a pretty nice beer; I would prefer something a little smoother with some more distinct flavor notes coming out. Still, an interesting beer, and I would think that it could get much more interesting with a few years in the cellar. Not really one I would need to try again without some age on it.

thepatrickman (1452) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2017
2012 and 2013 bottles, split with a friend. A great example of the big, brash imperial stouts that dominate the rating boards -- it's viscous and moderately sweet, with a lot of complexity from the licorice and especially the oak barrels. Undeniably really very good.

Itzjerm (3074) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2017
2015 version on tap in Oregon. Nice complexity with your typical imperial stout levels of sweetness chocolate burnt grains and then some bourbon notes from barrels. The age improves this over a typical Abyss. Nice head enjoyable.

coolunclesony (52) - DENMARK - OCT 2, 2017
This beer is one of the most overrrated in Ratebeer. It is an average stout that belongs in the supermarkets. It has absolutely no complexity and depth.

Derbeth (1023) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 16, 2017
Bottle, vintage 2016. Aroma is chocolate, cherry, some pine. I don't taste liquorice. Good.

jmgreenuk (9863) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle shared with the KL tasting crew. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken light tan head. The aroma is roasty malt, liqourice, coffee, chocolate, caramel fudge, some light oaky notes, raisins and alcohol. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich, oily, sticky, roasty, burnt treacle, liqouice, warm alcohol bitter palate and a lingering bitter finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

creppyiceman (986) - POLAND - SEP 11, 2017
(2016 vintage, bottle) Aroma: huge iron....rly ?, bit roasty, some hoppy fruitness. Appearance: black,big head. Taste: lighlty sweet,flavour of iron, dark chocolate, hoppy fruitiness some vanilla, roasted malt, very bitter hoppy finish. Palate:medium to full body, low to medium carbonation. Overall: Iron and shitloads of hops, rly I'm very dissapointment.

dzudohonor (263) - POLAND - AUG 21, 2017
PAKK 2017 - The Abyss 2015. W aromacie czerwone owoce, kawa, delikatna czekolada i praliny. Piwo jest zadziwiająco gładkie i pijalne. Ciągle chce się brać kolejny łyk. Alkohol jest dobrze ukryty, choć delikatnie smyra po języku

scanovajr (753) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - AUG 19, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2017 A dark brown beer with a beige head. Aroma is sweet malty and coffee. Taste is sweet, malty, chocolate and coffee. Licorice. Lots of bourbon

Sbreitman (5) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2017 does not count
Pours deep black with bronze head. Coffee overtones give way to deep indescribable flavor. Gets better as beer warms up. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

rejtable (2819) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2017
Bottle from John. Pours dark coffee. Notes of espresso,’chocolate, bourbon. Taste big bitter big sweet. Full sticky body lively carbonation.

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