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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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100
world-class

4,614 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,614
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,407
Gots: 2,141 | FT: 143
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

65 IBU

Vintages (production numbers from Deschutes):
2006 - Released December 2006 (approx 90 BBL)
2007 - Released January 2008 (approx 350 BBL)
2008 - Released November 2008 (approx 350 BBL)
2009 - Released November 2009 (approx 600 BBL)
2010 - Released December 2010 (approx 600 BBL)
2011 - Released November 2011 (approx 600 BBL)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006)
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 2011 vintage, 'Best After 8-4-12'. This is brewed with blackstrap molasses, licorice, with cherry bark and vanilla added. 6% was aged in bourbon barrels, 11% in oak barrels, and 11% in wine barrels. Poured into two Chimay chalices to split with my wife to celebrate my 30th birthday...stepping into the abyss as it were...

Appearance: Viscous dark brown on the pour, to utter black in the goblet. Large mocha cap (surprising for the age and abv) with nice stick.

Smell: Nose is rich dark chocolate, maybe a bit of brownie batter, dry roasted grain, a bit of generic dark red fruit, and ghost of booziness. Rich and inviting.

Taste: Wow. As much as Dark Lord disappointed me, Abyss lives up to what I expected. It starts a dark red fruitiness and semi-sweet dark chocolate before moving onto dry, dusty burnt grains. Sweet, viscous beer, but it ends relatively dry, with a somewhat bitter bite with what might be a touch of oak tannin as well. Alcohol is present, readily perceived, but not at all hot; it's well integrated and actually adds to the enjoyment of the beer. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Rich, but with enough carbonation to keep it from being heavy.

Overall: Finally, a 'big boy' beer that lives up to the hype! I was infinitely disappointed in Dark Lord after pining after it for several years, but I can honestly say I'm not at all disappointed with this. The bitterness actually gets stronger throughout the glass to the point it's almost a bit much, and it's clear that this beer could EASILY and gracefully handle another two years in the bottle. Nonetheless, I'm really bummed out that I missed the 2012 vintage. Good stuff!

93-94/100 A

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:10:23 | More by BedetheVenerable
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,614 ratings.