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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,861 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,861
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,482
Gots: 2,201 | FT: 156
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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Vintage 2006

Pours opaque black, with a brown, rocky head that reluctantly swells up to the surface. A good inch-plus of dense foam at the peak before decention. Thick webbing of lacework clings to the glass like brown cobwebs.
Aromatics are loaded with rich chocolate, kona roast, and brownie batter. Slightly warming in the nose with a faint oaky dryness.
The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, but not overly so. Incredibly smooth and silky.
Intense chocolate and espresso on the pallet. Probably the most chocolate I've ever tasted in an RIS. Fudgy and decadent.
Hopping is subdued and there's no bitterness to speak of or citrusy resins.
What follows through on each sip though, is such a well integrated beer. Everything seems so balanced for having such large flavor components. Melded.
A faint bourbon note as well as some slight oak come through on the exhale.
Finishes warming, chocolaty, and with a hint of viniosity.
A terrific beer, but it could use some heavier blending with more of the barrels. A bit subdued in that aspect.

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A - Pitch black with about 2 fingers of bubbly dark brown head.

S - Chocolate, roasted malt, a touch of molasses, some oaky tannins and vanilla. Licorice and more molasses become more noticeable as it warms.

T - Chocolate and roasted grains with molasses and licorice. Some oaky tannins along with vanilla but not much bourbon presence. The molasses and licorice are subtle and add a nice dimension.

M - Thick and chewy without being syrupy.

D - The 11% ABV is not very noticeable but very warming. Slightly different than most RIS's which makes it interesting.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,861 ratings.