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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,608 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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wknight167

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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours black. No light penetrates even when held in front of the light. The 2 finger brown head lasts a long time and leaves a wall of lacing.

Nose- Roast malt, licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon are all present and in that order of intensity. Slight booziness in the nose.

Palate- Roasty licorice, chocolate, coffee, boozy vanilla, and bourbon dominate. There is a caramel and molasses back bone present through out that tries in vain to balance this one out, but really only succeeds in taking the edge off.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, medium carbonation, chewy.

Drinkability- Very heavy, but enjoyable. This one took me longer to get through than most.

Overall- Can't wait to try one with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 06:32:37 | More by wknight167
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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.