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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,278 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4278
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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TheSixthRing

California

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Streets of London on J in Sacramento, as part of their Deschutes night.

Appearance - Black as midnight, the head is a caramel brown and settles to a thick, unrelenting, sticky as all hell lace. One swirl of the glass causes the beer to stick to the side, and it clings impressively.

Smell - The same classic Deschutes bitter chocolate and coffee aroma you'll find in their Black Butte and Obsidian, but also a bit of dark fruit, vanilla, molasses and a hint of alcohol that one should expect with an Imperial. Moderate anise notes.

Taste - Again, the classic Deschutes bitter chocolate/coffee roasted malt makes it's presence known, then notes of vanilla and oak come into play. Complex, deep. Certainly a beer that could that use more than just one glass to dissect completely. Molasses, vanilla and anise creep in at various stages. Burnt malt and a bit of alcohol comes through toward the finish and into the aftertaste; not uncommon for the beer style.

Mouthfeel - Perfection. Thick and creamy, but goes down with impeccable smoothness. The smoothest imperial stout I've ever had. It disappeared from my glass far too quickly.

Overall - Wow! This is the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. It's near perfect. For a beer as big as it is, to have such smoothness going down is remarkable. My only gripe is that this beer isn't more widely available, because it is a champion amongst it's peers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 20:08:23 | More by TheSixthRing
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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