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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,671 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,671
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,422
Gots: 2,157 | 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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ojiikun

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited about trying this one which, of all places, I found at the local grocery alongside the so-so selection of local brews. Better yet, Deschutes is my go-to favourite for great local NorthWest beers that don't break the bank.

Presentation is a great half-fourty bottle with a wax-dipped top hiding a standard cap. Pops with some vigour to present: the blackest beer I've ever seen. Has some thin head that is also quite dark, like extra dark chocolate milk. No telling if this is clear or cloudy, the light just stops when it hits the glass.

Smell is pleasingly oaky - no messing around with subtleties here. Past a nice clean and slightly smoky wood is lots of sweet dutch cocoa and even some hops! You'd think that under all that dark malt and wood esther that the hops would be muddy, but they're downright floral.

Body is far lighter than the hue and nose would suggest. Like chocolate whipped cream, almost. The hopping becomes salty and less spicy, the bourbon opens up without being boozey at all. Malt profile is dark, nearly burnt, but there's something in there balancing it out so it's not ashey. A bit of caramel hides in the corners. If there is any anise in this as the label claims, there's only the faintest hints of it right after the swallow before the hops open up.

The real marvel of this beer is the feel of it on the tongue. At this strength and this colour and this malt profile, you flat out expect it to be like motor oil - but it isn't. The carbonation matches the weight perfectly so that it's like merengue on the palate. Odder still is that it only coats the lips and throat with a fine layer that fades quickly. No cloy, no sticky, no lasting bitterness.

I don't know what to say; I'm totally bowled over by this beer. Whether you're a fan of Deschutes or not, if you like hop-forward NorthWest micros, this is one to get. And if you find it for the same trivial price that I did, for the love of god, grab a half dozen.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 04:15:30 | More by ojiikun
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,671 ratings.