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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,654 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,654
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,415
Gots: 2,147 | 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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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New 2011 vintage purchased 12/01...
Poured into a 12oz deschutes tulip glass

A:Black through and through with a hint of chocolate drawn through when held up to the light. Pours a great threading 2 finger head with carmel-colored peaks.

S:Black strap licorice fills the nose followed by bourbon, vanilla, and molasses.

T:The front pallet is filled copious amount of licorice, vanilla, and slight hints of bourbon. Middle pallet continues with the bourbon with a follow through of slight bitterness.

M: Heavy but glorious. Very little carbonation and slightly syrupey, as with most high ABV Imperial Stouts.

O: I opened a bottle of 2009 4 months ago..so my perception is slighty skewed, that given, aging is of the essence, as with prior years. The fresh potential of the 2011 rivals that of the 2008 and 2010 vintages.

Serving type: bottle

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5/5  rDev +10.6%
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On tap at the Beachcomber in Florence, Oregon. As good, if not better than I remember. All the other reviews say it all -- who am I to try to describe it better? OK, I have to get the 250 words -- Nice medium brown, lingering head; the aroma of malt and whisky hits you even before you quaff it. And it did not taste like river rocks. If you're only having one -- this is it, and at 11% in an Imperial Pint you better ride the Rhody Express home.

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4.43/5  rDev -2%
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2010 bottle at Mad Dog in the Fog in SF.

Very light carbonation -- almost no head on pouring, but the sparkle is there on sipping. I could go on and on about the wonderful aroma and big molasses and chocolate flavor, but I'll focus instead on that mouthfeel. For me, it doesn't get better than a big strong stout with serious body but a truly refreshing feel. "Thin" is usually a pejorative, but this had no hint of the stickiness found in a young version of the same or Stoic -- it just flows in a really magical way. Very impressed -- it's drinking fantastically right now and I truffle to imagine improvement with age. Open now!

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This is a review for the 2009.

Finally opened by last 2009 today, which I will be following up with one of my 2010s and a new 2011 (I'm splitting bottles - I can't imagine drinking that much on my own, ha).

A - Pretty carbonated still coming out of the bottle. Slightly paler head than the last newer vintage I had, but still looking like glorious used motor oil.

S - Smells like gingerbread drowned in molasses.

T - Blackstrap molasses, leather, and ginger. Lingering aftertaste. My last sip was 1 minute ago and I'm still tasting the ginger. Well-rounded, though, with an established mid-palate.

M - Heavy but smooth.

D - It's more mellow than the newer bottles, so it's pretty drinkable. Still a very, very strong stout, but not quite as sticky on the palate as the 2010 was earlier this year when I drank it.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,654 ratings.