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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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100
world-class

4,864 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage - (best after date 11/15/2011) - had it on 3/27/2012. Poured into a snifter and shared the bottle with wifey (who also very much enjoyed this with some brie)

A: Black with a bit of a reddish tint. Nice lacing. It's not completely opaque. Very little head.

S: Smells amazing (and big)... chocolate, roasted malts, vanila.

T: Starts really sweet and finishes bitter. Alcohol is well hidden. Vanila, oak, chocolate, very complex, but well balanced!

M: Not as thick as I was expecting. Very little carbonation. Smooth.

This one was really good! Will be seeking for more in the near future.

***
2012 Vintage - update

So,,, after having 2010 vintage about 8 months ago, I was able to obtain several more vintage bottles and most importantly, fresh 2012 bottles. I have to say that fresh bottle is quite good, but it's... kind of... all of the place. I taste more dark fruits but I get too much hops and booze. What I didn't get much of was the barrel characteristics - not much vanilla, oak, bourbon, etc. I recently had 2011 bottle and it tasted closer (but worse) to the 2010 bottles reviewed above. I will update this review again after I open 2007 and 2008 bottles as well as 2012 bottles years down the road. Fresh, I much (much) preferred 2012 Parabola over 2012 Abyss. Aged, 2010 Abyss was better than 2011 Parabola by a noticeable margin.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,864 ratings.