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RATINGS: 1636   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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sask89 (529) - Regina, Saskatchewan, - JAN 3, 2014
2011 vintage. Pours pitch black with a nice creamy mocha head. Aroma of black licorice, molasses, some chocolate, slight coffee scents, alcohol undertones and oaky bourbon notes. Taste is mildly sweet throughout and not overly bitter, but incredibly dry and quite rich. Creamy thick mouth feel, full bodied with good carbonation. Overall it is, without question, one of the best and strongest imperial stouts I’ve ever had.


4.2
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.

4.1
Itzjerm (3074) - 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.

2
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.

3.9
Derbeth (1023) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 16, 2017
Bottle, vintage 2016. Aroma is chocolate, cherry, some pine. I don't taste liquorice. Good.

3.9
jmgreenuk (9864) - 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.

3.3
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.

4.5
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

4.6
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

4.4
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

4.3
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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