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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,297
Reviews: 1,685
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,591
Gots: 2,412 | FT: 187
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006)
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2004 vintage from a 22oz bottle.

Very dark indeed. A bit flat, but also a bit of head, quite a conundrum. Bold, yet no sharp flavors at the same time.

Definitely coffee-like, but broad in flavor all the way through. Smooth, but not creamy at all as it is so darn bold. Coffee meets malt. Solid stuff.

Not an absolute favorite of mine, but definitely zero complaints and very good and worth trying.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass, 2013 vintage.

A: Just like the name implies, this sucker is pitch black. No light penetration at all. Very dense 2-3 finger dark tan head that seems to last forever, and never completely diminishes. Plenty of sticky lacing left behind.

S: Deep roasted malts, rich espresso beans, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and sweet bourbon. There are some subtle charred oak notes here also.

T: Again, lots of deep roasted flavors going on here. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, and vanilla. Reminds me of eating dark Swiss chocolate and sipping on strong espresso next to a roaring campfire.

M: Full bodied but not heavy. Fairly heavily carbonated for a big stout, and finish is a touch bitter and slightly dry.

O: Excellent stout that hits on all of the notes that I enjoy. I look forward to cellaring my 2014 bottle for later.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rather thin and unappealing. Black as night, but thin as water, not appealing. At this point, I'm already questioning the high regards for this beer, but hey maybe it'll get better?

Nope, not better yet. Light aroma of chocolate, oak, dark fruits, mainly grape, but not as complex as I was expecting or as I'd been hearing of.

Okay, now maybe we're going somewhere, nice coffee, chocolate, grape, woody, and bourbon sweetness well balanced and a dry finish.

I was expecting thick, chewy, and sticky, what I got was thin, watery, and dry. Not good.

Overall, this one refused to live up to it's hype.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,297 ratings.