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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,614 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,614
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,407
Gots: 2,141 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes are from a few months ago, a bottle shared at The Attic.

Viscous and thick and a heavy, heavy pitch black, it truly does seem like I'm peering into the Abyss. It's just plain beastly-looking. The brown head has a good deal of the thickness found in the body of this stout, though it doesn't sit quite as tall or as thick as the impressive heft would dictate. That said, the head shows great retention and clings very nicely to the glass in some heavy patching.
The aroma gives a hint of deliciousness to come. The balance of sweetness with the lightly charred edge and a big oaky presence is impressive. Roast (of course) and coffee mingle with the caramel, toffee, molasses, cocoa and vanilla and a note almost black licorice make up the sweetness. It's not as strong or deep as I hope the flavor to be, but very good nonetheless.
The flavor doesn't disappoint. The roast and coffee bring up some bitterness and there's a char to it that can add an element of depth and deliciousness only if it can be tamed, and it is. All the big sweetness in the aroma comes out even more deeply and dances in synch. The wood adds a further balancing dryness and bit of flavor itself without going overboard. All of this just balances so well.
The feel is exceptionally thick and weighty in a big, big body with exceptional creamy smoothness. It does sit heavy, though. Alcohol seems to thin the finish just a touch, but not too much.

Serving type: bottle

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,614 ratings.