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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,649 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,649
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,636
Gots: 2,841 | FT: 231
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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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2010 Vintage. Says best after 11/15, but couldn't wait, and drank on my birthday (11/6)
Poured from 22oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.

Aroma: Nice--hot cocoa, blueberry, fudge brownie, vanilla, and smooth, light bourbon.

Appearance: 1/2 finger dark tan foamy head. Charcoal-black body. A fine sheet of foam remains as the legs of the brew drip down the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Hoowah! Dark chocolate, molasses, some smoke, and bourbon. Light vanilla, some butterscotch, and black licorice contribute to a very well-integrated sweetness. At the end is a light mineral quality, and a nice bitter finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low creamy carbonation, medium-full body, and some nice warmth from the alcohol.

Overall: An EXTREMELY well-balanced imperial stout. It measured up to all of the buzz I'd heard about it. I wish I had another 2010 to hold onto for a couple of years, and might try to get my hands on one. You should too!

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2011 Reserve. Poured into a Deschutes snifter at the release party at the Deschutes Brewpub in Portland. I was also able to enjoy one of the vertical flights afterwards.

A - This beer was black as night. No light was getting through here. The head was brown and thick. The 1/2 finger head was a bit surprising. I was expecting more of a finger to a finger and a half but by the time the server brought it to me, I'm sure the head dissipated some. It was super busy and crowded so who knows how long the beer was sitting at the bar. As the head continued to dissipate, it left a thick brown ring around the glass with some nice lacing.

S - Dark chocolate is prominent here. But the vanilla, cherry and small coffee notes push their way through. The oak and bourbon notes really add to the overall complexity of the aroma. Some alcohol makes itself present as well. Such an amazing aroma.

T - The molasses and vanilla hit up front followed by the oak, bourbon and roasted malts. The dark chocolate hits on the backside and seems to longer for a bit. I'm not really pulling any of the cherries or wine in the taste but it doesn't matter a whole lot to me. The taste is still so delicious.

M - This is a full-bodied imperial stout. Little to no carbonation. It's creamy and leaves an oiliness that coats the back of the mouth. The warmth from the alcohol is nice. It reminds you that this is an 11% ABV beer without punching you in the face.

O - What a fantastic beer! Deschutes does it again. This beer is complex yet balanced. The aroma and taste are outstanding. I love the cherry and vanilla elements added to this year's release. This is everything a BA imperial stout should be. I was lucky enough to buy a few bottles at the brewpub. I plan on aging a couple of the bottles and seeing what happens.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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