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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
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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ThickNStout

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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Brewforia. 12.99. Served in my $2 snifter from Goodwill. 2011 reserve. "Best after 8/4/12" but I just don't have that kind of patience to finally try this. 

Pours jet black with about 1 finger dense mocha head that quickly fades but leaves beautiful brown flecks of lacing. 

This smells outstanding! Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, oak, faint vanilla, some dark fruit and a hint of booze. This is one of those stouts that I can keep smelling and picking up different notes as it warms up. 

Wow. The taste delivers what the smell promised and then some. Bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffe flavors hit first while there's still a bit of a chill on the glass. Roasted malts, slight boubony booze and wood start creeping in. Molasses, leather, brown sugar and hints of vanilla all pop up to varying degrees as it heats up. Long bitter (semi hoppy) aftertaste with the 11% abv only sometimes peeking through the myriad flavors. 

A viscous thick mouthfeel without much carbonation at all. Leaves a slick coating on the tongue. This is almost exactly like an imperial stout should feel. 

I'm glad to have finally tried this legend. The Abyss has rightfully earned a place as one of the finest, most complex stouts that I've tried. I wish I'd bought more than 3, seeing as shipping was a killer. I look forward to trying those other 2 once that "best after" date has long past. 

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:18:12 | More by ThickNStout
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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