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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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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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beagle75

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009. Poured into an 0.25 liter goblet at Whole Foods in Tustin.

A: Opaque black with almost no light transmission around the edges. Light brown foam head diminishes to a patchy layer. Heavy lacing remains near the top of the glass.

S: Faintly nutty, with no alcohol detectable. Overall very mild, not really noteworthy.

T: Very sweet malt initially with surprising coffee/chocolate bitterness quickly following. The two elements blend together to give the impression of sipping liquid bittersweet chocolate. Aromatic coffee flavors linger in the finish along with a trace of alcohol.

M: Thick, syrupy viscosity with light carbonation--exactly as a beer of this style should be.

D: While this beer is best enjoyed in smaller servings because of its rich flavors and high alcohol content, it is a pleasure to drink. Among other beers of this style, The Abyss really stands out as an example of restraint, balance, and sheer deliciousness. While this is a big beer, it is not trying to be extreme as many other imperial stouts seem. This beer begs to be sipped alongside the most decadent of chocolate desserts.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 16:09:56 | More by beagle75
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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