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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,627
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,629
Gots: 2,820 | FT: 223
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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Poured at Stiengarten LA on 4-10 during a Deschutes event & tasting...

2011 vintage tap pourned in snifter, the sun could not penetrate its deep brown blackness! Nice dark brown head which subsided leaving bits of lacing. Amazing mouthfeel, molasses & chocolate hit you immediately, hints of smokey vanilla, cherry oak, and pinot barrell goodness come in. A delicate flavor indeed, no sign of its 11%ABV 1.10 OG, a very well rounded stout. Quite a process to create this beauty after speaking with Joey and Robin from Deschutes. A must try!!

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

2010 Bottle Cellered till 4-6-12. Poured a Pitch black color,with a dark brown head. A complex aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice and Dark fruit, also some oaky/Boozy notes. The flavor has notes of heavily roasted malts, balanced by a suitable sweetness, coffee and liquorice. somewhat dry finish. Perfect balance, not too sweet, just the right amount of bitterness. Medium to full bodied and the Alcohol was almost not detected. Damn near perfect.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to funhog for this long-time want...

From bottle to Jackie O's snifter:

A: The Abyss is inky black, dark brown around the edges. A beautiful two finger medium brown head slowly settles down to a half finger. Pretty good lacing. Thick, viscous legs cling to the sides of the snifter. Excellent.

S: Wow, quite a lot going on here. The initial impression is dark chocolate fudge brownies with some dark cherry fruit notes. Delving deeper, I detect some coffee, traces of anise, and just a bit of molasses. I really enjoy big stouts that incorporate a lot of fruit character, and this does that nicely. Lots of dark baking chocolate and some anise and woody notes. Very good.

T: Lots of baking chocolate, some dark fruit, a surprising amount of hop presence with faint citrus notes peeking through now and again, and very strong oak and coffee notes. The finish is very drying, somewhat tannic. A kiss of booze pops up on the end as well. Very little bourbon character. A lot of chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit. Doesn't quite the nail the finish, though, which has too much coffee and oak char for my taste.

M: Well balanced and full bodied. The first three-quarters of this is damn near perfect, with a soft, creamy mouthfeel of chocolate and delicate fruit. The aftertaste, though, is too much coffee and tannic quality from the barrel.

O: Good, but slightly disappointing as I was expecting greatness. The mouthfeel and finish on this are just somewhat off. I really liked the dark fruit qualities in this stout, but was surprised and put off by a finish with too much coffee, oak, and maybe even hop. Huh.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,627 ratings.