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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
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: 2,422
Gots: 2,157 | 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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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Following review written by Wiseman Justin.

Ignore the scores you see above, I did that to trick the system into giving this bear a 4.6. Screw you beer advocate for giving us the weakest rating system possible.

Went out of my way to go back to Deschutes for the 09' Abyss on tap. Why? Because it's an epic beer.

Appearance: 4.0

I want to give this a higher score but I can't. The head is a nice mocha color perfect for the style. It's black, like darkness sure.. opaque as hell. But the head is wimpy and small, maybe one finger. The lacing is non-existent just like the head retention.

Smell: 4.75

Spot on and bravo. Bourbon, chocolate, wood, and coffe on first impression. Very boozy but in the best kind of way. This is a complex beer, I get dark hints of fruit and molassess and vanilla.

Taste: 4.75

I was initially unimpressed, can you imagine that. Then wisdom sent me caution in the form of a backhand. Why am I drinking this beer so cold. So I waited, and ordered another. When it's cold all you taste is carbonation and a slight burning. When it's warm you get the real deal; liquid heaven. Smoke, wood, and bouron are here hanging out with chocolate and Mr. Coffee Bean. Vanilla is riding on bourbon's shoulders. Ash is over in the corner playing halo. They all greet you like old friends. Do not drink cold or you will be a big fat loser.

Mouthfeel: 4.75

I feel stuck in 4.75 mode. This beer does everything almost as good as perfect, but never quite perfect. It's like in Nascar, you can get second place in every race but win the entire thing in the end. This is a perfect mix of creamy and ashy. Once it warms up the carbonation really really mellows out; truly remarkable

Drinkability: 4.75

I'm just going to order another one.. only one more I promise. Actually funny story my friends tried to leave and I just snuck back into the place and ordered another one. Then they all did... Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 23:07:19 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,671 ratings.