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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,686 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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heysuz

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Intro: Split a 22oz. 2010 vintage with a friend in snifter glasses.

Appearance: Deep dark rich virtual black with a thin (maybe ½ inch) chocolate brown head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: A great, rich, complex aroma that entices you to taste. Initially, I got the rich coffee, subdued molasses and licorice. Followed by a roasted coffee or nutty fragrance. The alcohol is hidden nicely behind the many layers of fragrances. Your mouth starts to water in anticipation of the first taste.

Taste: Not to be disappointed, this is one great tasting beer from first sip to last drop. In the foreground is coffee, followed by a whole host of flavors more subdued. Vanilla, toffee, licorice, molasses, and several underlying components that leave you guessing. One of the more complex tasting beers that I’ve had. One impression that I got from the initial sip was that of the dessert tiramisu.

Mouthfeel: Extremely well balanced. Slight warming from the alcohol but not off-putting in the least. Not a noticeable aftertaste or oiliness. Very pleasant.

Overall: One of the most enjoyable beers I’ve had. A great dessert beverage. I’m not a coffee lover but I loved this beer. Not a chugger but a sipper. Possibly in my top 15-20 beers to date. Will definitely have again and try to keep a little around for that special occasion. If you can find it, you should definitely try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 18:55:58 | More by heysuz
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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.

Taste - Again, the classic Deschutes bitter chocolate/coffee roasted malt makes it's presence known, then notes of vanilla and oak come into play. Complex and deep as hell. Dark and jammy fruit undertones. Molasses, hints of vanilla and anise creep in at various stages. Burnt malt and a bit of alcohol comes through toward the finish and into the aftertaste; not uncommon for the beer style.

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