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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

5,649 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,649
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,636
Gots: 2,841 | FT: 231
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

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)
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage 22oz bottle poured into a wide mouth wine glass at a bar. The bottle specifically says best after 11/15/11.

The beer is black as night with very little brown head that immediately disappeared without any traces. I smell lots of fruits along with the roasted malts. It is sweet and fruity with roasted malts and licorice. The beer is think and viscous with almost no carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is a great beer and all of the complex flavors have meshed with time producing a fantastic beer. I love that they put a best after date on the bottle. I would like to try a fresh bottle just to see how it changes over time but I can’t imagine that it is better fresh than it is now.

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From notes:

Poured into a KTG Snifter.

Appeared a dark brown, nearly black color with a small, brown head.

Smelled of roasted coffee and chocolate.

Taste is very rich - dark chocolate, a bit of woodiness.

Mouthfeel is thick and sweet.

Overall a delicious RIS.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber to airplane and rainbow themed tippy cup:

Deep and dark, ominous black body. Dense brown froth that swells to the rim. Great lacing, even in the plastic children's cup.

The nose is one of the best - cocoa, nutmeg, smoke, oak, faint licorice, molasses, vanilla, a lot going on here.

The taste is just as satisfying - big oak, warming booze, smoke, the finish is still a little hot.

I'd like to take a more in-depth look at The Abyss in the future but, as always, delicious.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,649 ratings.