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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,686 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,686
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,424
Gots: 2,163 | FT: 145
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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Wadsey

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4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage served in DFH signature glass

A: Pours so black that a bright light behind the glass is unable to penetrate its depths. Massive, tight tan head rises, sticks around for a few moments and then slowly recedes, leaving behind significant tan lacing. Effervescence? Who knows.

S: Smell is almost too subdued: licorice, roast/smoke malts and chocolate. If I dig, I come up with oak.

T: Sweet molasses and chocolate, then licorice, bitter chocolate and roast take hold and do not let go. Nothing fruity about this beer at this age. Strong bitterness, which is probably tapping down sweet malts and works really well with chocolatey malts. Finish is very bitter. A hint of smoke shows on the tail end. The barrel-aging/wood-aging is subtle but brings a note of oak wood that adds to The Abyss' overall complexity.

M: Big bodied with medium-light carbonation. Somewhat mouthcoating. Definitely warming. Powdery, semi-dry in the finish.

O: The Abyss is a much better beer than its smell would have me believe. Quite complex, and somewhat extreme, but still classic in its elements. An excellent American double stout.

Thank you to my many trading partners who contributed enough bottles to my cellar that I could drink this treat by myself on a rainy and chilly Saturday night in late May. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 02:46:54 | More by Wadsey
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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, raspberry, vanilla, molasses and a hint of alcohol that one should expect with an Imperial. Moderate anise notes.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,686 ratings.