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RATINGS: 1651   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Thanks to ajm for popping my trade cherry. Pours jet black from the bottle with a firm reddish brown head. Light in the nose, but overwhelming in flavor. Full of dark cocoa, molasses, licorice, caramel, coffee, chalk, and mild hops. Full-bodied and syruppy. Worth hunting.


3.9
PintTeam6 (2) - - JAN 7, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2018 Black like soy sauce with a thick caramel head. Creamy mouth feel. More metallic flavor then I prefer. Not as sweet as I expected.

4.2
MaBeer1972 (2205) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 1, 2018
Bomber bottle from Winco. Poured into a snifter. Jet black with a thick dark tan head and lace. Rich roasty aromas. Flavor is intense. Dark chocolate, oak, sweet molasses and licorice. Bit of woody vanilla. Earthy spice bitterness balances it well. Body is heavy. Alcohol is well masked. Opens up nicely after it warms a while.

4.1
Ron (4259) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2017
Bottle I received from Ben and then shared with Ben, Erica and Dan. beautiful pour of an intensely black, thick liquid with a thick brownish tan head. Huge aroma of massive roastiness, molasses, peat, brandy and burnt sugar. Velvety intense flavors - burnt toast, molasses, coffee, chocolate, cherrywood. Long lasting burnt toast finish.

4.1
ibrubeer (426) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 2014 Reserve bomber. Aroma is rich, roasty. Black opaque color with reddish highlights, tan head that lingers, nice lacing. Flavor is smooth, molasses, licorice, rich...awesome! Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth, nice, imperial stout!

4.3
fkoolen (1401) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2017 Bottle at home, 2014 Reserve. Very very dark brown, firm creamy brown head. Bitter roasted malts with espresso, cacao up front, liquorice, then red fruits and vinous notes, bourbon boozy, vanilla. Balance is very good but not exceptional; complex still. Lingering roasted malty, btiter aftertaste. Intensely soft mouthfeel, low carbonation, good body.

4.1
scotchzombie (621) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2017
Dark like oil. Sweet Jesus in a glass. Licorice. Molasses. Rich and tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
Beerowulf (136) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2017
Bottle into tulip. Strong aroma of molasses. Licorice and slight coffee notes on the palate. Alcohol evident. A little more chocolate as it warms.

4.8
jhking34 (35) - - DEC 12, 2017
Cavtat and lokrum Mostar Kravika (waterfalls) Kotor Peljesac (wine) Elafiti Mostar Rade Bitange 18, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina Konaba Taurus ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Hanuta06 (495) - Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2017
Serving: from 2016 bottle. Aroma: moderate cocoa. Appearance: large, frothy, brown initial head with good lace and mostly diminishing longevity. Taste: heavily sweet, bourbon and chocolate initial flavor and heavily sweet, bourbon finish with average duration. Palate: full body with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall: excellent flavor

4
rdixon77 (3106) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Thanks Yetsko for bringing me a vintage 2012 bottle. Rich complex stout. Chocolate, dark fruit, black licorice, slight smokiness. Very tasty!


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