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RATINGS: 1632   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. 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brstp (201) - - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle at City Beer Store, with a framboise chaser. Dark brown color, looks thick from far away but sloshes around just like regular beer. Huge aroma of molasses, alcohol, raspberry, bourbon--taste also has caramel, chocolate, burnt wood. Soothing smooth mouthfeel with a kick at the finish of sour licorice and lemons. Wow beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
euniceradio (494) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2017
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%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (508) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hauxe (514) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2017
2015 vintage. Pours deep black from the bottle and leaves a creamy light brown head. The aroma is bourbon with a vinous undertone that reminded me of sherry. Taste is bittersweet with a rich cornucopia of flavors - bourbon, oak, molasses, licorice. The mix is very nicely balanced which is maybe the beers best asset. The molasses could make it too sweet, but it does not. The bourbon is present, but does not overwhelm the vinous notes or the roasted malt flavors. Heavy bodied, thick, rich with mild carbonation. Goes down velvet smooth with no rough edges or jarring notes. My glass just dissappeared. Seldom have I been so sad to finish a bottle. Dangerous stuff! Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radio_nowhere (1443) - Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Waxed topped bomber into tulip glass, opaque black color with dark tan head. Aroma notes of licorice, bourbon, chocolate, red wine, berries, vanilla, dates, brown sugar and light wood. Taste adds heavier oak, vanilla cream, cinnamon, coffee, dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, smoke and semi-tart berries. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, rich with lingering oak, smokey malt and fruity finish. Just excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1874) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2017
An awesome imperial stout with very complex flavors. Pours a super deep black with a brown head. Smells of vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Taste is vanilla and cinnamon upfront, followed by coffee and chocolate. Finish has licorice, nuts, some bitter coffee. Hint of bourbon throughout. Had the 2016 vintage in bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drlb81 (26) - HUNGARY - JAN 1, 2017
Nose chocolate and cherry. Taste good subtle bourbon in background with chocolate coffee and especially sour cherry flavor small caramel maybe vanilla. Velvety but compared to others bit thin. Aftertaste is pleasant bittersweetness long lasting but also could be more intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (969) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2017
Poured from 650mL bottle [2014 reserve]. Jet black with dark tan head. Chocolate, wood, mild coffee and licorice. Balanced, well done, fairly simple.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
argeru (37) - Hillsboro, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2016
2014 vintage, cellared almost two years, bottled at 11.1%. Pours dark creamy bloody brown, minimal head. Smell sweet date, brown sugar, wood, bit of booze, licorice, buttered toast, liquid smoke, splash of cherry and bourbon, and more. Tastes like getting high for the first time, the first sip sets your mind at ease instantly and draws you in with its smooth and calming nature. Everything seems so simple and flawlessly done despite its clearly intricate balance of flavors and feelings. By far one of the absolute best stouts I have ever, and probably will ever, have. Saved this for my last night on active duty in the AF, a special brew for a special point in my life. I only wish I could be sharing it with someone, that would make this moment twice as tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (1411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2016
22 ounces bottle. 2015 vintage. Thanks Brian. Aroma: great mix aroma of licorice, molasses, vanilla, cherry, wood, light bourbon, light cocoa. App: very dark brown, medium mocha frothy head leaving beautiful lacing. Taste and palate: medium to full body, creamy, light to moderate bitter finish mixed with a light sweetness. Overall: quite enjoyable. Not usually a big fan of licorice but here, it is really well blended with everything else. Also the beer is not too sweet which I appreciate a lot. Another great beer from Deschutes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
colui72 (746) - HONG KONG - DEC 15, 2016
2015 Reserve (12.2% ABV). Black, minimal brown head, some lacing. Strong roasted malts aroma, vanilla and wood. Not as thick as expected in the palate, but very complex flavours due to the multi-barrel aging. Lots of wood, bourbon, licorice, vanilla, some coffee and chocolate. Boozy and warm finish. Fantastic!

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