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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,654 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,654
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,415
Gots: 2,147 | 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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MadeInOregon

California

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow, yall are crazy for this beer! haha! never had barrel aged beer before? ;)

unlike what a lot of peeps here probably did, i tried to be patient and age mine and wait for a special occassion rather than cracking it open the night i bought it. so, after letting it sit for 10 months i opened it and was not disappointed.

poured into a wide mouthed wine glass the abyss is fairly thick and black as tar. it has a surprisingly large head for such a thick beer. overall, it looks like most all the strong stouts and porters i've had. nothing too spectacular.

what i like the most about barrel aged beers is their smell. this one smells awesome! bananas and toffee are the most dominant. the bourbon barrels are well represented. one whif and i'm salivating.

the taste went something like this:
vanilla/bourbon --> licorice --> chocolate --> stout

each sip provided a complex experience which ended prominently with the same flavor as deschutes' obisdian stout...as well it should since that is the building block of the abyss. however, what's so surprising about the abyss was how much it really DID taste like their obsidian stout. once all the tremendous sweetness and strength faded what remained on the palate was dang near identical to the stout. the aftertaste was the same as well. this was kinda disappointing, especially considering i let it age for an additional 10 months--i was hoping for something a little more unusual. i like the obsidian stout, but it's not my favorite stout. it's not bad though, so having it be at the tail end of the abyss isn't a let down. it will be if you don't like it.

i think the reason people like this beer so much is because they first like the obsidian stout so much. the complexities and flavors of the abyss are to be expected from a bourbon barrel-aged brew, and they are pulled off well here. but if a different, nasty stout was used from the get go i doubt peeps would be fiending over this one. oh yeah, and the cult-following the brewery has along with the nice bottle sure don't hurt the rating either!

peace.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 18:38:21 | More by MadeInOregon
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,654 ratings.