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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,615 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,615
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,409
Gots: 2,141 | 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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blackcoyote13

Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 year Deschutes The Abyss, opened at a bit below cellar temps. Pours pitch black and smells quite nice coming out of the bottle. Half a finger of tan head that dissipates rather quickly. The taste on this beer is quite fascinating. It seems like I am catching a new flavor every sip. Up front are some bittersweet dark chocolate notes and perhaps some dried fruit, cherries it seems like. Mid-palate has a surge of espresso and charred oak coming on heavily. The after taste is a bit dry and bitter, almost like I had a few coffee beans that were lightly toasted. The bourbon is very well hidden but you definitely get the charred barrel characteristics and a touch of vanilla. Quite simply one of the best stouts I have ever had, and significantly better than the 2012 Bourbon County I just tried recently. We'll see how it stacks up the Bourbon County Rare when I pop that open for my birthday. Highly recommended, I'll be getting another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 21:03:33 | More by blackcoyote13
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.