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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,671 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,671
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,423
Gots: 2,157 | FT: 144
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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RBassSFHOPit2ME

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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 Bottle:

Not going to follow regular format for this one. I'll just say, for a beer this fresh or young, I've never ever had a Imperial Stout taste this balanced and smooth while holding such flavor complexity. As if it's already been cellared for a year in comparison to most all others of the style.

Most of this style are still pretty hot at this age and the drinkability, mouthfeel, carbonation, silky smoothness of the Abyss right now is spot on. True craftsmanship 2010 vintage.

The taste will easily warrant a 5 after 8 months or so. Chocolate dominates moreso than I remember from the last 2 years. Inbetween dark and milky chocolate. Liquorice, molasses, a wee bit of expresso and mild hints of bourbon swirl together on the palate and the mouthfeel is silky and damn near perfect. Mouthfeel will be PERFECT with age. A mild smokiness can also be detected as well as bits of Oak and Vanilla. Crafting all these characteristics together is 2nd to none. Less carbonated than past vintages but I felt 2009 (uninfected of course) to be just a tad bit overcarbonated.

Final Thoughts - This beer is damn near Stout perfection now. Again, it tastes like it already has aged some! 2008 BCS is the only other I'd argue drinking better right now although I understand they're not quite crafted the same way.
This 2010 vintage will be a measuring stick for all others with some good age on it I'd assume. Very impressed.

$11.99 - brewers and breweries take note.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 20:07:53 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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