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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,497 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,497
Reviews: 1,727
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,607
Gots: 2,670 | 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: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as midnight, black as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch. Espresso and used motor oil.

S: Dark chocolate and burnt coffee encased in licorice. But it's not the candied licorice scent; it's more like absinthe.

T: Burnt toast, tar, with the bitter absinthe licorice bite.

M: A thin, sharp syrup. There is no creaminess.

O: The Abyss is an apt name for this brew. This is neither for the faint of heart nor for the inexperienced tongue. Like its cousin absinthe it is a strong, bitter medicine for those who live off thick, black coffee, cacao solids, and despair.

One of the very few Imperial Stouts I can respect.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Reserve bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: very dark, black with dark walnut hues at the edges. One finger of coppery brown head sticks around for a bit and regenerates well with a swirl.

N: very complex nose: I get some dark chocolate, roasty malts, oak, plumb, and coffee notes. Very good.

T: also very complex. Starts a little sweet with some oaky molasses, then becomes a little bitter like coffee malts, and finishes almost tart but with a nice stout coffee-like aftertaste. Wow!

M: very good carbonation for a barrel ager. Overall pretty smooth but does have a bit of crispness from the 11%, however not harsh or overly hot.

O: Wow, this is probably the best stout I've tasted. It is extremely complex. I look forward very much to having it aged. Biggest surprise was the amount of up-front oak. Favorite aspect is the complex nose (am going to spend some time just sniffing this one). Cheers.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,497 ratings.