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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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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: 2,407
Gots: 2,139 | 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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes The Abyss. 2009 Reserve. Best after 11/01/2010. Enjoyed side-by-side with Founders CBS.

Small hiss on the pop. Pours gluggy black into a snifter glass. Big two-and-half finger brown head. Huge bubbles on top. Looks rich. Sweet primary lacing clouds the glass.

Great first whiff! Oak, black licorice, port wine, obvious booze that lingers with a sweetness, big roasty black malt, other slightly sour vinous qualities, marzipan; hints of molasses, char, and smoke. Some tart cherry as it warms up. Top-notch complexity. One of the better smelling stouts I have had the opportunity to have.

Smoky focus. Huge roasty malt grains that have evolved and de-evolved into a peaking imperial stout. Some over-the-edge sourness. Transient char-roast coffee flavor that isn't predictable or palate-stealing. Soft alcoholic finish with a slowly receding bitterness. A powerful semi-dry imperial with a well-disguised booziness and delicate flavors of licorice and oak. Woodsy and well-established. A tribute to dark malts.

Feels medium-thick with a gluttonous mouth-glaze. Nice surprising carbonation that sneaks up on you, despite the overall low level of carbon dioxide. Chewy, but far from cloying. Superb.

The only thing that I'm curious about is whether this peaks in a year, and not two. Never had a fresher version. The slight acidity was a plus, but unexpected (at least, to say, that I don't remember reading about it in past reviews). No particular feature of this beer detracted from the overall experience of imbibing it. Love the style, and this one's incredibly balanced, distinct, and now easily recognizable. Will do what I can to land myself more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:12:44 | More by thecheapies
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,612 ratings.