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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,608 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,608
Reviews: 1,622
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,404
Gots: 2,136 | FT: 141
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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n0rc41

California

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from bevmo in sacramento. Poured from a 22oz bottle 2009 reserve into a goblet style glass.

A= Shows a dark dark color almost black, deep dark brown. Great head of deep mahogany(sp). great color and head.

S= Smells like black licorice and wood. heavily roasted coffee. reminds me of winter.

T= Taste shows you that it is aged in oak barrels as does the smell. Dark roasted malts of coffee and bourbon. Very enticing and you cant help but want more.

M= It feels like a burnt coffee bourbon wonderland on your palate. feels great

D= sipping and paring with some fine cheese or whatever you prefer is best I think. Drinking straight without food may have some stomach issues for some.

Overall it an outstanding beer, one of the best's I cant wait for another one. dark color, rich deep malts and mahogany flavors and taste. Coffee and oak barrel bourbon tastes..perfect. You can tell there has been a great deal of effort and time has gone into this beer. Its just what I love a great beer! outstanding. I want to find one a few years older or save one for a few years and try it then. I could only imagine how it gets better with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 05:01:41 | More by n0rc41
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22oz black wax sealed bottle. The Abyss is a brew which has narrowly escaped me on a few past occasions, but thanks to the kindness of the good doktorzee, I now have the 2013 Reserve version, a frontal lobotomy. It's about a month until the ironically specified 'best after' date, but I think that they'll understand - my mother passed on early this morning, and so many things about this offering resonate in our shared world. This one's for her, full stop.

Into my Tamarack Brewing (such nice gentlemen!) shaker pint glass this falls, appearing nothing less than a veritable titular incarnation in its 'colour' (absolutely no light filters through this nightshade in June, awwww), with a slim handful of puffy, roiling, and creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a solid paint job of Dofino Havarti cheese lace around the glass as it slowly backs down.

It smells of dark chocolate ensconced, dehydrated cherries , bready caramel malt, salted toffee, dried black licorice, raw dark demerara sugar, woody vanilla, and herbal, leafy, and slightly grassy hops. The taste is big, richly sweet chocolate, edgy, vegetal, and almost smoked-seeming molasses, plain toasted oak, a hint of red wine lees, warmed Rice Krispie squares vanilla, a bit of wet ash, Nordic licorice, bing cherry bushes in bloom, an ethereal (the best kind) bourbon barrel essence, and somewhat bitter leafy, earthy, and dead grassy hops - the big alcohol is but a gentle touch, when you are bracing for a smack upside the head.

The carbonation is actually fairly active, in a neat little frothy manner, the body medium-full in weight, the cocoa character smoothness firmly pushing the issue in the face of the gritty, muddled blend of woody, boozy, and hoppy neighbourhood kids. It finishes more off-dry than I had been anticipating - the aforementioned bitter players urging the chocolate sweetness to unravel even further.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,608 ratings.