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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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The AbyssThe Abyss

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5,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,504
Reviews: 1,728
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,608
Gots: 2,676 | FT: 202
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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours a deep dark black, 1mm of rich full head, takes a minute to work it's way down to a thin layer, finally settling at a nice thick ring.

S. Smells of dark chocolate, slight toffee and heavy oak tones with slight vanilla.

T. Tastes of dark chocolate, heavy malts, tobacco, and smoked oak.

M. Heavy body, super thick and chewy, lower carbonation, slightly coarse finish.

O. A great beer. This is really a beer that tastes it's best around 55 degrees. It's not nearly as good when cold. Lots of bold flavors in a thick and hearty drink. A great beer that gets even better with age. And really hard to beat at $13/bottle. Worth searching out.

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2010 batch, poured into a snifter

Thanks to Jebus3513 for sharing this one!

This guy pours an opaque ink black. The head was small, brown in color, and seemed to refresh itself a little every time I swirled. Not much in the lines of lace, just some dots strewn about.

Bold, assertive nose of licorice, molasses, burnt roast, bourbon soaked cherries, some bittersweet chocolate and a touch of vanilla.

The licorice, molasses and general roastiness are the most prominent on the palate. The bourbon steps up a bit in the finish to leave a bit of boozey, ethanol lingering with chocolate, vanilla, dry oak, and sweetness from the licorice flavors.

Viscous, full body. Huge. Smooth yet oily, a little unrefined. I like that in my stouts from time to time.

This is a big, bad stout; full and robust flavors. A tad on the sweet side compared to its brethren, but nothing cloying or overwhelming.

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2010 Vintage

Poured a bit below cellar temperature into a snifter. Reveals a jet black body with a small khaki collar. Appears highly viscous and creamy.

Nose is an unbelievably complex bouquet of toasted marshmallow, roasted wood, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Also getting a nice hint of sweet, cool, bourbon.

I thought the taste wouldn't be able to follow up the insane wafts I was getting, but oh I was wrong. An explosion of vanilla and chocolate bark. Coffee grounds and espresso add bitterness and balance. Proceeds to hit you over the head with molasses, brown sugar, and a subtle licorice bite. Finishes with the most well integrated bourbon aging I have experienced.

The feel is also perfect. Not too syrupy to be cloying, but full and rich enough to slickly coat the flavors onto your palate. Just enough carbonation for the style.

I've never given a beer a 5 before, but while consuming the Abyss, I wondered: how could this beer improve at all? The answer was: I don't know, in my eyes it can't. From the unbelievably complex nose, to its amazing depth and best-in-class balance of bold flavors, I would put this stout as the finest I have had. Absolutely seek this one out.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,504 ratings.