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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

5,100 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,100
Reviews: 1,655
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,580
Gots: 2,257 | FT: 161
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 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 Reserve, poured into snifter.

Acquired this one through a trade thinking it would be more recent and with the expectation of aging for a while, but was shocked to see it was a 2008! I've been looking forward to this one for quite some time.

A: Pours a very dark black with just shy of 1 finger of tan head that reduces slowly and leaves little to no lacing. Does not appear to be quite as thick as I had anticipated for the style and ABV, but still clearly has a good body.
S: Aroma wafts with a very rich complex profile. I definitely get a lot of charred/burnt oak on the front, then chocolate, coffee, slight molasses.
T: The flavor of this beer is easily one of my favorites for the style. Nothing is overpowering, and yet I can detect oh so much throughout the glass. I get the charred oak as the strongest flavor, with an amazing balance of chocolate, bourbon, molasses. I get an after taste of smoke that lingers ever so delicately. I love the way everything blends together so well. I haven't had this fresh, but I can only imaging the aging on this beer has done it wonders.
M: Feels slightly thicker than how it appears. Carbed very well.
O: I tremendously enjoyed this one. It comes together so well through the aroma and flavor. I'll certainly be seeking another couple out - I'd like to try one that doesn't have the age on it to see how it compares. Very well done Deschutes!

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,100 ratings.