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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,682 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,682
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,422
Gots: 2,159 | 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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davod23

California

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle, poured into my Bruery tulip.

Surprise, surprise! It's black! There's a very slight ring of auburn around the edge of the liquid when I hold it up to the light... but yeah, pretty much black. A tan head forms, but dissolves to nothing within a minute or two.

Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malt, black licorice, and a hint of a sweet smell... almost like pancake syrup... perhaps that's the molasses talking. It's nice. It could be amped up a bit, IMO, but it's nice.

Taste is very good. Rich chocolate and black licorice take center stage - although, unlike some beers (I'm looking at you, Ten Fidy) the licorice is not overbearing. It's well done here. It's a sweet brew, but not very sweet as compared to other imperial stouts. The barrel aging notes are minimal here. No evidence of heat whatsoever. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is good. It's not as thick and chewy as I would like, but it's close.

As imperial stouts go, this is very drinkable. I think the controlled sweetness goes a long way for this.

Very nice beer from Deschutes. As far as widely-available imperial stouts go, this is king. However, that said, I do not LOVE this beer. I like it a great deal, and would never shy away from drinking it... but it doesn't grab me the way it seems to grab others here. But, in any case, this is a very, very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 15:37:39 | More by davod23
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Appearance - Black as midnight, the head is leather in color and near 2-fingers thick. Good retention, settling to a thin, persistent layer of suds. One swirl of the glass causes a nice lace to stick to the side, and it clings impressively.

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 4,682 ratings.