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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,864 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,864
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,484
Gots: 2,206 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Bomber received in trade with iguenard - 2012 edition - my 2000th beer!

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, wood, burnt notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also a dark fruit flavour, and ashy burnt flavour, and a woodiness. It ends with a charred aftertaste.

Overall - Not as sweet as I thought it would be. The booze is very well hidden and thee beer has a complex taste with lots of nuances. Lots of flavour and yet incredibly well balanced and easy to drink. You can tell a lot of work/care went into this, and it is worth the price.

spinrsx, Yesterday at 12:39 AM
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 Abyss sampled 8/14/12. God, it's been awhile since I've entered any reviews...

Deep creamy brown with a tight brown head with good retention. Rich chocolate aroma, roasted and dark fruit notes and slightly vinous alcohol. Molasses and raisins with a heavy roasted finish and alcohol linger with some light oak notes. Semi-dry but thick and a bit sticky and foamy.

I couldn't wait very long for this one and I'm afraid I should have done so. It's a big strong stout with a little too much booze and a too little complexity. The rather hot nature of the beer is something I've noticed in Deschutes' big beers early on in their lifetime. Flavor is good but unclear and heavily balanced toward the roasted malts. I will have to age the next one for longer. Overall it was still a good compliment to Jackie Brown as it would be for The Abyss, of course.

Bfarr, Yesterday at 12:38 AM
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,864 ratings.