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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,273 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 4273
Reviews: 1608
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.49%


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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HopHead1982

Virginia

4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had this sitting in my cellar for at least a year and it was worth it. The appearance of the beer was jet black, like most RIS. The aroma was had sweet undertones of chocolate and coffee, AMAZING. The taste was even better, with a mouthfeel that saturated all of the taste receptors in the mouth and made "jump with joy". Although the beer is 11% ABV, the drinkability of this beer is very good and I could easily have one of these a day.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 23:43:59 | More by HopHead1982
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Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release thanks to stillmatic2232.

Pours dark black, with a one inch tan mocha head, and some lacing.

Smells include roasted malt, dark fruits, sherry, and espresso.

The taste is pretty similar. Can definitely taste this is a combo of wine and bourbon aging- some nice dark cherry flavors, plus lots of chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and oak. No real hop flavor, just luxurious malty and barrel-derived flavors.

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A- Pours a very dark brown, oily body, that settles into the glass looking very dark, with a very thin tan head. A swirl of the glass leaves some sticky lacing behind.

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Same goes for the taste. Lots of woody tastes. Cherry. Vanilla. A bit of licorice. Expresso. Smoke. Alcohol.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,273 ratings.