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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,643
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,632
Gots: 2,833 | FT: 229
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: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a fresh 2011 22oz bottle AND on tap at Amsterdam Cafe during SF Beer Week 2012 (so probably had the 2011 abyss).
-Pitch Black.
-Chocolate milk thick head (I've come to see this as a good sign)
-Aroma of subdued-but-still forefront candy molasses, dark chocolate, with some bitter coffee bringing up the rear. Almost like sniffing a dark chocolate candy bar.
-Tastes of dark molasses beginnings, followed by the dark bitter chocolate (not too sweet, but not too bitter) and brought back to earth by the drier coffee.
-Mouth feel was heavy, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation was there, but it takes a back seat to everything else.

I just wish I was smart enough to have bought another 2011 Abyss bottle to age, but damn was I there at the Deschutes event when I heard the Abyss was back during the SF beerweek.

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

(2011 release)

(From a hollow-stemmed chalice)

Appearance: The Abyss pours almost black - with a tiny mahogany tint, I think - with a good chocolate-tan head that lingers well, leaving a load of lacing.

Smell: The beer smells like the stuff dreams are made of. I'm getting coffee, chocolate and vanilla. There might be some summer fruits in there. It's getting oakier as I drink it.

Taste: Where do I start? Yowza! At first I feel like I'm eating a chocolate cake - the beer is so sweet and the beer's thickness adds to that sensation. The Espresso kicks in, demanding your attention so that you notice the final sweetnesses in the finish, which is a solid kick of molasses along with a bit of oakiness.

Feel: Unbelievably soft, smooth and full. There isn't much in the way of carbonation, but what is there is just right.

Overall: I love the big imperial stouts and I think this might be the best I've had. The Abyss is a pleasure to look at, a pleasure to smell and a pleasure to drink. Awesome.

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A - Pours a deep jet black with a mocha lacing.

S - Great stuff here. Roasted barley, chocolates, burnt sugar vanilla and a hint of bourbon.

T - Bitter roasted chocolate malts, vanilla oak and bourbon all play prominent roles here. The beer is intensely complex with all of the flavors playing nice with each other.

M - This is dangerously drinkable for 11% abv. It is thick and creamy but goes down oh so smooth.

O - An outstanding beer. One of the best that I have every had. Hands down.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,643 ratings.