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RATINGS: 1620   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2011 abyss on tap at Roscoes - molasses and boozy nose. Smooth mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, molasses flavor with bitter coffee finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhgrantjr (473) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2016
So this was another stout on the Thanksgiving 2016 celebration. This was a 2014, so it had been cellared for two years. Very complex aroma and taste. Smells of raisins, malts, soy sauce, cherries, molasses, chocolate, coffee, yes, all kinds of stuff going on. But the taste was not what I was looking for. It did have a soy sauce taste, some chocolate and and heavy on the malts. There is a sour note to this beer as well. But there was too much going on I think. Was in the top three of six, but not ahead of Expedition and Bomb. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1365) - New York, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Bottled, 2015 reserve. Pours pitch black, tan, thin head. Aroma has so much going on. Molasses, Cherry, wine, tart cherry, oak, licorice, vanilla. Super involved. Flavor is smokey, oak, wood barrel aged, coffee bitterness, cherry, chocolate, roasted malt. Not much bourbon barrel character. Maybe a bit of vanilla. Really solid.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerplace (1005) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2016
Tasting with Alex and George. 650ml bottle from Bottle Jockey. Vintage 2015. Pours an opaque very dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma is bourbon barrel, wine barrels, licorice, dark fruits, roasted malt and seeds. Taste is the same with medium level sweetness. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiery_1 (355) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2016
650ml bottle at Aces. 2014 Vintage. Pours a rich black with a brown head. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and a roasted character. Flavour is intense, toasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, dry cacao, caramel, sweet, slight bitterness and a warming finish. A lovely Imperial Stout, complex, and has aged well mellowing the bitterness and allowing other flavours to come forth.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beer_queue (45) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Pours pitch black like youd expect from a beer called The Abyss. Its thick as hell and looks oily & syrupy; medium, dense head thats a beautiful beige and burnt umber. Smells like a bunch of dark chocolates, licorice, dark roast coffee, smoky malts, and a bit of vanilla. Smells sweeter with dark fruit notes after it warms up. Presents a strong malt backbone throughout. Initially a lot of chocolate thats followed by more chocolates. The middle shows off some toasted malts, creamy vanilla, and molasses. The finish brings out all the bitter coffee notes, oak, and alcohol. At 12.2% ABV, its hard to hide the booze; the alcohol mostly shines in the finish, and it warms you on the way down. The aftertaste is a long, lingering combination of dark chocolates and coffee. With time in the glass, the molasses & licorice flavors dominate the palate with some smoky, toasty malty flavors still sticking around to balance it out. After warming up, flavors also take on a dark fruit quality reminiscent of dates, raisins, figs. Silky smooth with a bold, full, chewy; carbonation is absent; sticky on the lips and dry at the finish. Delicious and complex with a long glass life to showcase the variety of flavors. Its a big, strong beer that tastes as bold as its alcohol strength.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pilsnertest (141) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2016
2016-10-07 Sample from bottle @ Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. 2014 vintage. Tastes a bit like coffee that have stayed too long in the coffee machine (some sourness to the coffee taste), ash, liquorice, chocolate and salt. Dry aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehaak26 (188) - - OCT 30, 2016
22 oz. from Whole Foods. Pour was dark brown/black. Aroma was largely molasses with some licorice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (3743) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2016
22 oz bottle pours black with a brown head. aroma of licorice, coffee and chocolate. Taste is bourbon, chocolate and malt.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkenYeti (9) - Montana, USA - OCT 24, 2016 does not count
I honestly felt let down by this one. I had a 2013 cellar aged for a year and it was overpowered by the wine barrel aging, and finished more tart than I feel it should have.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
simont1 (589) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2016
Aroma of raisins, licorice, plum, wood, burned malts. Taste of clearly burned malts, tannin, chocolate, wood, licorice. A bit too roasted without enough backbone. Very dry.


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