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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,772 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,772
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,449
Gots: 2,182 | FT: 148
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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11-13-2013 22:47:54 | More by the4_5
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from bottle into a Founders tulip.

Appearance: The body is quite dark brown to black. Head is a medium brown that grows to 8 cm or so and then slowly subsides. Light brown lacing is left.

Smell: Dark malt and light wood blend with the faintest hint of licorice. This smells beautiful. A touch of vanilla sugar comes in and out of the aforementioned notes.

Taste: Well, it's delicious. The choco-malt starts and quickly turns into a deep but not burnt roastiness. This is balanced by the sweetness of the molasses and moves into a slight oakiness with a vanilla ghost. The last, long and slow-fading notes are the molasses. I am left with the most pleasant char. Damn, this is good.

Mouthfeel: Velvety as hell. It coats, lingers, and leaves just before it might be too much. The other beer this reminds me of in mouthfeel is Black Note - another knockout.

Overall, I think this beer deserves all the praise that it has been shown before this review. I love it. Truly a masterpiece.

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2007 vintage with black waxed 22 ounce bottle

Poured oil black with a 3 finger brown head into a snifter. the head was very slow to disappear. about half way through the glass it was still 1/4 inch and laced the whole time. it was a black beauty.

Smells divine. Roasted malt, coffee, licorice, and sugary sweet smell which i am assuming is the molasses.

Taste is fantastic. This is one beer that, for me, lives up to all of the hype. it is very complex but after drinking half the bottle i was starting to be able to pick out individual flavors, roasted malt, ash, coffee, licorice, with a sugary finish. There is just a small hit of oak and vanilla as the beer warms. In my opinion alot of big beers have TOO much of the oak which dominates, this one just compliments and seems to be a perfect balance. The back end has a little bit of dark chocolate/coffee bitterness that cuts the sweetness. There is some bourbon alcohol warming after swallowing, but i would never have blind guessed it was 11%. VERY well hidden.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. one of the easiest RIS's ive ever had.

I didnt give a perfect drinkability score as it is a BIG beer, so one or two is plenty in a sitting although if this were available all the time i could see having one for desert a couple times a week.

I am so glad i "made the cut" on LS and will get a bunch more of these for my cellar... id like to say i will hang on to them for 3-5 years, but i am not sure that is possible!

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,772 ratings.