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RATINGS: 1642   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. 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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4436) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Pitch black body.. brownish edges... dark, dark brown with hints of gold in the light... decent lacing... solid retention S: Rich chocolate, licorice and hints of coffee... subtle booze and bourbon lines the background.. slightly woody and earthy T: Spot on... I think this is, hands down, the smoothest tasting beer... each flavor transitions effortlessly to the next... licorice runs throughout with coffee and chocolate taking up positions in the front and back respectively... nice semi-dry finish with a dash of bitterness M: Surprisingly light... on the spectrum id place this in the middle of medium bodied... which is a very nice thing for a beer of this complexity O: Hands down the best stout with decently large production on the market... ive had all the big boys


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerandhockey8 (372) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - FEB 13, 2017
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a black-brown color, thick tan head. Nose is thick roasted malt, oat, vanilla. Taste is medium-thick, thick head. Oily finish. Love these beers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (3003) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Pitch black with a tall, extremely dark head. Powerful bourbon, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, light anise. Full, oily body. Finish is sweet with some mild bitterness. Complex but coordinated. Very nice

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (2755) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2017
2015 bottle - Pours a pitch black with a brown head. The smell is bourbon, rich dark malt, chocolate, molasses. The taste is Rich roasted malt, molasses, bourbon ending crisp, fruity and roasty. Full bodied with elegant carbonation. I unfortunately had this beer after HF Genealogy of Morals and although very good it paled.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeymike (66) - Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2017
22oz bomber 2016 vintage. Pours pitch black with a one finger dark mocha head. Aroma is barrel, cherry, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is barrel/vanilla/cherry on the front of the palette, with a very hoppy bitter astringency attacking the mid-back palette with a minimal chocolate note. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body. Overall, this beer needs to age 9-12 months to let the bitter happiness recede and let the chocolate sweetness become the dominant back palette note. Ill sit on my other bottles and see what happens in the fall.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ahuth (449) - Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Bottled. 2016. Pours deep dark black. The smell is oaky chocolate and a smell of dark fruit. The palate is thick and creamy. The taste is complex. Chocolate and a lot of dark fruit. The hops is bitter and the oak and woody bourbon is a nice finish. The taste lingers on for a while. Starts tasting better when warms up

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MCShann (5) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2017 does not count
Make sure you eat some food first! At 11% this brew will wreck you! Oh so delicious with its oak and bourbon flavor. The sweetness of the molasses is subtle and absolutely perfect. Im not sure I was able to single out the licorice flavor but that just didnt matter because this brew is word class good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CObiased (420) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2017
2012 bomber - beautiful pour of an intensely black, thick liquid with a thick brownish tan head with gold speckles. Huge aroma of massive roastiness, molasses, peat, brandy and burnt sugar. Velvety intense flavors - burnt toast, molasses, coffee, chocolate, cherrywood and a light tannic mouthfeel. Long lasting burnt toast finish.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PintjeFritz (261) - Baden-Wrttemberg, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2017
2015 Reserve Deep black beer with light brown fine head, smell is red wine, dark chocolate, caramel, taste is very mild, soft, not too bitter and not too sweet, chocolate, cherry, full body, creamy, finish is chocolate and very nice, (I have one pint 6 fluid ounces bottle with best after 12/08/16 and 12.2% alc/vol)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatearthman (53) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Here is a RateBeer problem with their reviews (some generated by people submitting them incorrectly): Deschutes makes MANY different Abyss beers. This one is for a 2015 reserve. Note the description for their 2014. Couldnt find a 2015 description and I did try. ANYWAY...here is my review...Pours black with light brown head that dissipates to lacey. Nose of dank oak, molasses, and wine. Malty sweet front pallet taste with both bourbon and wine flavors and oak undertones and just a bit of vanilla taste. It has a lingering finish with a licorice & molasses bitterness that is almost too bitter. This was their 2015 reserve opened on 1/20/2017.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (1294) - Bled, SLOVENIA - JAN 20, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2017 Reserve 2015 bottle (12.2% abv.)/ Reserve 2016 tap@ harrys hofbrau San Leandro (11.1% abv.): THIS IS RATE FOR RESERVE 2015: pours oily black, opaque with lasting creamy brown head. Aroma: roasted barley, dark malts, vanilla, licorice, cherries, molasses, sherry-like bourbon...flavor: intense, rich roasted grain, dark malts flavors which takes on milk chocolate, coffee, cacao nibs, ash, supported and perfectly integrated with vanilla, licorice, vanillin, molasses, sherry-like bourbon note, port wine-like notes & slightly astringent red wine-like notes, which never come on sour-like side (that really amaized me)...all is perfectly balanced and incorporated. Finish is dry. Body is full, texture almost creamy (velvetly), carbonation is low to moderate. F**** good, especially when it warms up. RATE FOR RESERVE 2015: 7-5-10-5-18=4.5 RATE FOR RESERVE 2016 ON TAP: 8-5-9-5-18=4.5


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