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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,654 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,654
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,415
Gots: 2,147 | 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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Reviews by krisandajt:
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle of this (2010 vintage) with mymrnngjckt at AuRant's. Big thanks to Teddy for hooking us up with this great beer!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, the beer is thick, viscous, and a deep dark black. Even with an easy pour, the brew had a good inch of creamy, mocha colored head. The retention was good, and the retention was impressive.

Smell: Nice roasty quality, lots of sweet chocolate. There was some light coffee, but not too much. Really balanced overall...smells great.

Taste: Lots of sweet milk chocolate with a nice roasted malt quality. Not too much in the way of coffee which actually surprised me as I have come to expect some coffee flavor in big stouts. Surprise <> disappointment, this is a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Full body, great creamy texture, smooth and very easy to drink. Ain't nothing wrong here.

Overall (Drinkability): A great tasting brew, and definitely one of the best stouts I've had. Lots of flavor without any single quality being overwhelming, and drinks very well. Absolutely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:14:41 | More by krisandajt
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Opened on 7/21/14 and poured into Westbrook Snifter. Not often am I moved to write a review but this was surprisingly delicious.

S: mostly molasses and caramel. smell was a let down compared to the taste...was totally expecting a dextrose bomb

T: a nice amount of coffee, chocolate and ending with a nice amount of roast. the bitterness of the finish really balances the brew out so it’s not overly sweet or cloying.

M: chewy and perfectly carbonated. this was one of the highlights of the brew as it’s perfectly carbed and chewy.

O: I really enjoyed this. Barrel Aged beers had recently been letting me down. Too much cloying sweetness and not enough roast and bitter finish. This was a wonderful reminder of how delicious BA stouts can be.

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Color-this is the pinnacle of what Imperial Stouts should look like. The only downsize to this beer in my opinion is the lack of head that stays with the beer over time. I enjoy the continuos tickle of head thru the drink.

The smell that first comes thru your nose is amazing. The strong hits of Vanilla and Chocolate is what takes you first. When you dig deeper into the smell you can get the cherry bark and then the slightest of Licorice. All this adds to the begging experience.

With the first taste of the full tongue the head (if drank with it) fills the month and the flavor pop everywhere. The chocolate/vanilla hit every part to the initial swallow. The oak wood comes later thru the after taste and the overall flavor stays with you for a few minutes keeping the overall experience going.

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2012 vintage bomber poured into Samuel Adams Utopias glass. Aged for 18 months.

A) Very dark, almost black. Glass is small, so 1 1/2 fingers of tan head forms and retains impressively, leaving thick lace and half-ring, half-cap.

S) I get malt, coffee, bourbon, sweet spices. It's really quite nice.

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M) Balance not as good as I expected, though certainly not bad (could very well be my storage). A little bit of alcohol burn, mildly carbonated.

O) It's definitely a solid achievement in brewing, but I'm a little less enthusiastic about it than some of the reviews I've seen. Maybe I should have let it go for longer. Unfortunately, I don't have another one.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,654 ratings.