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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2008
This may be the imperial stout I’ve been waiting for. Too bad I have to fly almost 2,000 miles to get another bottle. As black as its namesake with a rich chocolate aroma. Creamy, dense caramel-colored head, and the creaminess carries over into the first sip right through the last. The flavor is a perfect blend of all the qualities you want in an imperial stout, though most that try to blend these come up a little off. Smokey chocolate, raisins, molasses, a faint though unmistakable vinous undercurrent, and some boozy oak. Just sweet enough up front, just dry enough on the finish, with a slight, pleasant alcohol burn. Reminiscent of Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy RIS, though more intense, and with a better, dryer finish. I’ll be back in the Bay area in two weeks -- let’s hope the shelves aren’t empty!

thepatrickman (1457) - 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 (3076) - 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 (9867) - 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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