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RATINGS: 1671   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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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thisis12ptfont (1166) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Cocoa, Barley, oats and toffee on the nose. Deep blackish mahogany with a brown foam top and beautiful lacing against the glass. Thick and complex roast flavors of coffee beans, burnt caramel, cocoa, barley, bourbon, molasses, roasted nuts upfront. Heavy booze and notes of dates, dark fruits, earthy hops and continuous burnt caramel on the finish. Overall, This is an absolutely fantastic brew with remarkable complexity. Thick, smokey, roasty and an abundance of cocoa, coffee bean and molasses overtones. Id give this an A+ rating. Definitely one to cherish.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdmiralVernon (1176) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2017
2012 A: Pitch black with a nice one finger brown head N: Ash, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, liqourice root T: Ash, hint of plum, liqourice(!), liqourice root, oak, coffee, hint of berries(?) O: Quite liqourice root forward and very nice balanced smokiness! Nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MavDunk (91) - - MAY 14, 2017
On tap to snifter. Pours jet black with rapidly receding tan head. Big aroma of coffee with subtle vanilla and some chocolate. Taste follows. Heavy coffee with bitter cocoa. A little boozy warming aftertaste. Very good imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (1095) - Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2017
It sounds like a slight, or maybe a back-handed compliment, to say that this beer is not different from a whole bunch of other barrel aged imperial stouts. But its a style that I love when it is done well, and its done well here. This beer pours black with a little bit of tan head. There is heavy licorice on the aroma, along with the usual oak/vanilla barrel notes and an herbal quality. The flavor adds some bitter malt/bakers chocolate stuff to that mix, and it all goes down very smoothly. There is nothing about this that I dont like.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (972) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle from Kensington wine market in Calgary. Pours midnight black with a creamy brown head with slightly reddish hues. Nose is sweet, vanilla, toffee, fudge, barrel, whiskey, coffee, roast. Tastes sweet, bitter, brown sugar, hot abv bite. This is a dynamite brew, cant believe I gave a bottle away.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
can8ianben (1530) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2017
It took me a long time to get to this one, but it was worth the wait! Huge complex profile and rich depth of flavor. It isnt just coffee or chocolate, theres some other sticky sweet notes here, and just enough bitterness to balance it all out. The mouthfeel is thick enough to coat your tongue. Its amazing.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (1048) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 27, 2017
Piwo totalnie w stylu Deschutes - naładowane słodami -melasa, toffi, karmel, goryczkowe z silnym akcentem beczki dębowej, gdzieś tam w tle lekkie winno-taniczne klimaty. Bourbonu nie jest tutaj za wiele - zaledwie lekka wanilia. Ciało pełne, ulepkowate, piwo słodowo-goryczkowe. Piwo na pewno znajdzie swoich wielbicieli. Dla mnie 4.1.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franckg (1576) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2017
UPDATED: APR 20, 2017 Bouteille, rserve 2016. Merci Alex! Robe pratiquement noire et surmonte dun lger col de mousse bruntre et rocailleuse. Armes de malt grill, datte sche, feuille de laurier, caramel, pices, caf, chocolat. En bouche, malt grill, chocolat noir, datte brle, vanille et feuille morte. Saveurs moins prononces de caf, pices sches, raisins blancs, bois cendr. Texture huileuse et corps moyen.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ttoadee (1434) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2017
Only at the very bottom of a tulip glass to you discern light in an almost red shade. Head is mocha with a matching set of lace. Nose is layered; espresso, hint cherries, bubbling brown sugar, and a touch of wood. Bittersweet is an understatement. Middle is velvety dark chocolate, understated bourbon flourishes, and a kiss of black liquorice. Finish is all of the above wrapped together for a long lasting contemplation. Try it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosskyle (643) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2017
On tap at APEX (Portland). Black color with a brown head. Dark chocolate alcohol aroma. Dark chocolate roasted malt bitter flavor. Heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciocanelu (2149) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 10, 2017
Pitch black color with creamy, mocha head. Aroma has some acidic malt note and slightly tart fruity notes. Taste starts bitter and fruity up-front, continues with roasted malts and coffee bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, really smooth on the palate. Overall its a really complex stout, well balanced and easy drinking for its ABV.


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