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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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100
world-class

4,613 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,613
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,407
Gots: 2,140 | FT: 142
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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Mistofminn

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4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500! My first milestone worth noting, and what better beer to review.

Got this bottle in a trade way back when with DeaconBluez. Thanks Chip a ton for this long time mega want!

2008 Vintage, one of my most looked forward to beers in a long long time.

Pours pitch black, absorbing all light cast into it much like a black whole. Thick like motor oil, leaving a nice brown film around the glass. Lighter head than I expected, sort of a dark khaki color. It has excellent retention and leaves very nice lacing.

This is roasty, chocolatey, sweet and bitter, fruity and rich. Incredibly complex and all the individual components work together to form one incredible smelling brew.

Rich and flavorful, with vanilla and bourbon, an earthyness, sweet and roasted malts, chocolate and toffee, dark fruits and so much more. Maybe the single most complex RIS I've ever had the pleasure of trying.

Thick and heavy bodied, rich and creamy. Everything a RIS should be and more. Drinkability is amazing considering the amount of flavor and alcohol. This is one to sip and savor, enjoy for the entirety of the drink, as it's a priveledge to drink it, not a right, and it's gone before you know it.

An absolute fantastic RIS, one of the best I've ever had. I don't think I could have chosen a better beer to have at 5pm on a Friday for my 500th review. This is truly a treat, and I look forward to seeing how my other bottle, a 2009, changes over time.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 23:43:37 | More by Mistofminn
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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