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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,968 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,968
Reviews: 1,644
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 2,527
Gots: 2,230 | FT: 155
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Feb 19, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah- Thanks Matt!

The Abyss pours a dark brown color w/ a two finger chocolate head. Excellent lacing on my New Belgium glass. The nose is oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Very mellow and balanced. None of the 11% abv evident at all. The taste is really smooth and balanced- with coffee and oak out in front. Again, none of the alcohol is present in the taste. Feel is medium full, w/ a nice hops bite on the aftertaste. Overall, really happy I finally got to try this beer. Cheers!

jayhawk73, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

bdkucharski, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

raymo55, Feb 18, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 Edition. On tap poured into a pint glass. Great look to it, heavy looking stout. Smelt, average, smelt like any other stout, especially relates to an irish style stout. Taste, good taste but not blown away at all. Overhyped, didnt think it was an exceptional stout, ive had a few better stouts, but it was a nice beer. Good-great stout.
A-

ajramirez1, Feb 18, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My last 2008 Vintage poured into my Stone IRS snifter.

Appearance: Pours an absolute pitch black like a black hole with a nice 3/4 fingers worth of dark tan/brown head that leaves little lacing that eventually dissipates.

Smell: Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts are dominant with mild hints of oak in the background. All of these come together very well and balanced now. I remember the first time I had it fresh and it was hot from the bourbon.

Taste: IRS are one of my two favorite styles and this beer is why. Rich and earthy bittersweet chocolates meld together into flavors of oak, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, a little anise, and smooth roasted malts. Great earthy mild hop presence supports the malt while allowing all the complexity to come through, adding a gentle to moderate bitterness in the finish. Really has aged to perfection and the blending and complexity that has taken place with age has done wonders. Perfection!


Mouthfeel: Full bodied with thick, creamy, velvety texture. With the light moderate carbonation level that is typical of the style. This is dangerously drinkable. Had the whole bottle easily by myself.

Overall: This beer speaks for itself.

SoCalStout, Feb 17, 2012
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,968 ratings.