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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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100
world-class

4,612 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,612
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,406
Gots: 2,138 | 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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nmbr0ne

Florida

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

Poured into snifter from 22oz bottle. 2010 reserve.

Appearance: Pitch black body with a thick tan head. Only a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass, and head diminishes to a few broken up rings.

Smell: Espresso, dark chocolate notes, and the slightest smell of bourbon. Little alcohol is recognized, which I like.

Taste: Coffee that was very lightly sweetened, but it is balanced out with some bitter dark chocolate. The bitterness isn't overwhelming and it is only present until you swallow the sip. No intense detection of alcohol. Sense hints of vanilla and a tiny bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not too thick. Carbonated a good amount. Too smooth for my own good. I find myself wanting to drink more and more, but this is definitely one I have to savor.

Overall: Spectacular beer. Ridiculous complexity in flavor. I love how smooth it is and how drinkable. It doesn't kick you in the face with the alcohol. It's a great beer. Hope I can get my hands on more.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:14:00 | More by nmbr0ne
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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