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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,856 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,856
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,481
Gots: 2,201 | 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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Photo of drgarage
4.43/5  rDev -2%

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!

drgarage, Dec 04, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Definitely worth waiting to open my last bottle. This beer has really evolved since its release.

jekka, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

2011 Nitro, does it get any better than this. This is my second time having this. The first was during the 2011 release on November 15, 2011. Served in a half pint glass.

A - Served a dark chocolately brown with a nice dark tan head. The head never fades a bit and it leaves solid lacing down the entire glass.

S - The smell is strong chocolate, some slight coffee, nutty, with touches of vanilla and toffee.

T - The taste is very similar to the smell. The vanilla and toffee are a bit more pronounced here. Just an absolute delight to drink.

D - Silky and smooth, nitro baby. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but again. World class.

O - I made a special trip tonight just to have this beer on nitro. I am so glad I got to have it again. If you can, hunt this one down.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 02, 2011
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,856 ratings.