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Deschutes The Abyss

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 11.1%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 2016 Reserve

Brewer Description: (from bottle) It’s dark. It’s deep. It’s mysterious. This imperial stout has immeasurable depth inviting you to explore and discover its rich, complex profile. The flavor of this special brew draws you in further and further with each sip. The Abyss beckons. Enjoy the journey.

Imperial Stout brewed with black strap molasses and licorice, dry spiced with cherry bark and vanilla bean, 21% aged in oak bourbon barrels, 21% aged in oak wine barrels, and 8% aged in new Oregon oak barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.38
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2016 Reserve, bottled on 8th December 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Very dark brown to black in colour with a nice one finger brown head that had decent retention, while leaving lots of nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Dark malt, moderate roast, chocolate, sweet notes, licorice, molasses, bourbon, oak.
Taste: Light bitterness, roasted malts, dark chocolate, light char, sweet notes, brown sugar, licorice, molasses, oak and bourbon on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: An excellent classic Imperial Stout with lots of great flavours and not too sweet. A wonderful and enjoyable sipper.

Lervig x Hoppin’ Frog Sippin’ Into Darkness Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewery: Lervig Aktiebryggeri x Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Company
Country: Norway
ABV: 12%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Aged in bourbon barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Chocolate martini Imperial Stout, collaboration w. Hoppin’ Frog Brewery (US), aged in bourbon barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.38
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a very thin brown head that disappeared almost immediately while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, cocoa, Horlicks malt wheat, coffee bean, vanilla, oak, bourbon.
Taste: Sweet, chocolate, bourbon, light roasted malt, cocoa, oak, candi sugar, molasses, lightly boozy, with notes of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, medium to full bodied, with soft carbonation.
Overall: Loved the aroma, and while taste may be on the verge of being too sweet for me, it was still a wonderful sipper.

De Struise Black Damnation IV – Coffee Club

Brewery: De Struise Brouwers
Country: Belgium
ABV: 13%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 72 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A Belgian Royal Stout from Flanders aged for 2yrs in Caribbean rum barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.4
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle, Vintage 2018, bottled on 26th November 2020, with a best before date of bottled date +5 years. Poured into a De Struise Black Damnation tasting glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a half finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, coffee, neapolitan ice cream blend, chocolate, rum, brown sugar.
Taste: Moderately sweet, lightly boozy, rum, roasty, coffee, chocolate, oak, molasses, brown sugar, with vanilla notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Not a fan of rum, but this worked well with enjoyable aromas and flavours.

Young Master Hak Mo Sheung Double Chocolate

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 45 IBUs. Intense, chocolatey, cellar worthy

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Double chocolate Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.24
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 330ml bottle, 2020 release, with a best before date of 1st July 2025. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a one finger mocha brown head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, bourbon, dried dark fruit, vanilla, oak, with notes of roasted malts.
Taste: Rich milk chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, boozy.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: An enjoyable Imperial Stout with lots of rich chocolate and bourbon notes.

Warpigs Youreallyfuckedmeup & Imreallyfuckingfurious

Brewery: Warpigs Brewpub
Country: Denmark
ABV: 11.4%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Water, hops, oats, barley malt, yeast, lactose, dextrose, coffee, vanilla beans, & palm sugar

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Coffee Stout.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.32
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml black waxed bottle, with a best before date of 1st April 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, licorice, chocolate ice cream, with caramel and sweet milk notes.
Taste: Moderately sweet, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, sweet milk, licorice, caramel.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: It’s a very enjoyable sipper. But it’s a sipper more because of it’s sweetness than it’s high abv, as the alcohol is very well hidden. Aroma was excellent, and the taste matched it well.