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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,613 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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kojevergas

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown glass bomber with waxed pressure cap served into a Gouden Carolus goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. I had this on tap recently, less than a month ago - and I liked it. Let's see how she holds up when I have a higher volume and more time. Purchased at an off-license adjacent a Whole Foods in Colorado. Cost was 10.99 USD.

A: Pours a half finger head of tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and decent retention considering the ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black.

Sm: Rich chocolate, caramel, nuts, wonderful cream, vanilla, toffee, and light roast. Rich and decadent. Exquisite. A moderate strength aroma. Definitely a pleasant and inviting one. I can't wait to sip this.

T: Exquisite rich cream on the open, with a consistent chocolate tone throughout. Creamy and brilliant. The roast is a bit understated, but nevertheless enjoyable. It's quite cocoa-y. No coffee is present, except in perchance the finish, where it adds yet another layer of complexity. Exquisitely balanced. The caramel is just about perfect for the flavour profile - not over or understated. The nuts from the aroma never seem to make an entrance, but I think this is a good thing. Some vanilla. Heavy toffee. The alcohol doesn't come through. Most prominent - let me emphasize - is the richness of the flavours, predominantly chocolate and cream. It's really damn good.

When I look for them, I find the oak and bark notes, but they're rather subtle - which was definitely the right approach.

I don't detect molasses or licorice. Just sayin'.

Mf: Delicately smooth and incredibly delightful. Quite creamy - to its benefit - and wet. Near perfect. Not too thick or too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV (and even the style). It's a notch above even most beers in the style. They went the distance for this one.

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I've copied my original on-draught review below; it was removed from the site during the duplicate serving type review. My current 4.28 rating reflects the bottle review above, not this tap review, but I thought the additional notes might be of use. The review was dated 12/11/11, but I can't remember exactly when I actually took the notes.

Served on-draught into a 5 oz sampler glass in Orange, California. This was the 2011 vintage. Expectations were wildy high due to its reputation. Reviewed from notes. I don't recall the price.

A: Pours a half finger tan colour head of nice cream and good thickness. The retention is bad - attributable no doubt to the high ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, coffee, nuts, cream, and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate/toffee form the flavour base alongside the subtle roasted malt foundation, with coffee and caramel atop and about. Fantastically milky - which I didn't expect. Perhaps cream is a better descriptor, but it isn't so in the Bailey's sense. Very complex without compromising its balance. Quite rich. Wonderful. Built very well. Bravo.

Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet. Suits the flavour quite well. Not too thick or thin.

Dr: Highly drinkable; very rich and complex. I wish it were more available. It's marvellous on tap. I'd have it again.

4.13

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 06:12:28 | More by kojevergas
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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