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RATINGS: 1647   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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVHouseofBeer (1045) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Pours an opaque black with a big tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Wonderful aromas and flavors of licorice, cherry, chocolate, smoked nuts and just a hint of bourbon/alcohol. Full bodied and silky smooth. Awesome beer.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ghostbeer (187) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 26, 2017
2016. The cherry (bark) really came through for me but worked well with the sweetness from the licorice and vanilla character. Complex and keeps it interesting as it warms.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brandon1989 (568) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2017
2014 Reserve: Pours a dark black with a nice thick khaki head.The aroma is amazing with this beer. There is dark chocolate brownies, some vanilla, oak, some aroma of alcohol is present, cherries, red licorice, and dark fruits. The flavor is dark cherries, chocolate, and even some light roasted coffee notes are being picked up. There is some oak flavor notes in there as well. This beer has really mellowed out after cellaring for three years.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (2111) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2017
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. Chocolate and vanilla aroma. Hugely bitter flavour. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1523) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2017
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Molasses, cocoa, and coffee aroma, touches of vanilla, smoke, anise, bourbon. Dark cocoa and molasses flavor, coffee, anise. Touches of oak and bourbon. Thick and syrupy. A really good one.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barreras (1647) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Pours a dark black color with a rolled oats aroma. Taste is light boozy with a tinge of vanilla. Black licorice and bourbon flavor throughto the beer. Nicely balanced and aged.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerandhockey8 (375) - 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 (3022) - 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 (2778) - 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 (453) - 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


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