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The Abyss (Cognac Barrel-Aged) | Deschutes Brewery

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The Abyss (Cognac Barrel-Aged)The Abyss (Cognac Barrel-Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For those of you who adore The Abyss and look forward to its release each year, we have a special treat for you. The Abyss Cognac! This remarkably rare release is 100% aged in its barrels. The incredibly old Cognac barrels are from France, and according to Barrelmaster, Jake Harper, impart an interesting sour-like characteristic to The Abyss and is just around 12% ABV.

Since The Abyss rested calmly in these barrels for a year, this version will be quite strong and boozy and take flavor from what was in the barrel prior to this beer. Look for dried fruit, wood, and a roasty finish in the Cognac version.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
253
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle has been in my cellar for 37 months, so please take that into account in the review. The appearance of all variants of Abyss more or less defines the bar for all serious stouts. Midnight black suffused with the dark red light of a volcanic caldera and just a perfect halo of clean color in the meniscus. The aroma then begins the core experience. Powerfully boozy yet perfectly balanced, it brings in notes of cocoa and a hint of cinnamon. And then the taste. It more than follows the aroma, it opens a huge new world of flavor that includes rich dried fruit, edges of the cognac barrels, vanilla beans and more dusty dry cocoa. The feel has probably suffered a bit from the aging; it’s still nicely carbonated,but just a wee bit thin. Still, the incredible blending of all the flavors mentioned and many more makes three years of patience well worth it. All Abyss’s age extremely well and this one is above average.

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Photo of kingjohnh
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dshansen1184
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of draheim
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz (best after 12/16/2016) into a tulip. Pours and oily black with a thin collar of mocha foam and a spiral galaxy of tiny bubbles settling across the inky surface.

Aroma is rich and deep, earthy. Molasses, roasted malt, licorice, brown sugar, and booze. Vanilla and coconut. Bitter dark chocolate.

Taste follows nose--rich and complex. Toasted coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate, graham cracker, cognac. So much deliciousness going on here.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily--heavy, lingering. Right for this style and high octane of beer.

Overall a really tasty treat. A sipper of a dessert beer that I'll savor tonight.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hop_God
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LloydDobler
3.37/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of szmnnl99
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours very dark; aroma is wonderfully sweet with chocolate, molasses and the cognac; the taste is a perfect blend of the smells; feel is creamy. love to see this return

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerJ
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stratusjeans
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deebo
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Bottle poured into a Deschutes teku glass, a thin finger of a deep, dark brown head atop an abyss of darkness.
S-Delicious and complex aromas, bakers chocolate, molasses. Some real nice barrel notes, dark fruits, wood, boozy.
T-The big, dark malts and molasses pop first. An interesting viney note with rum raisin notes. The aroma is a bit better than the taste.
M-Has a lingering finish which is a touch boozy and sticky. Not the heavy mouthfeel that most RIS have.
O-A very interesting version of the Abyss. The cognac definitely leaves it's mark. A sipper and meant for sharing. This should hold up very well to aging and I think I'll let my remaining bottle age at least a couple more years.

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Photo of Hopstout
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body with a thick, tan colored head. Roasted, charred grain aroma with a mild wine background. Outstanding deep roasted grain flavor with notes of cocoa and bitter chocolate; a fine blend of cognac is in the mix; very little boozy quality. Heavy bodied; lush and velvety; somewhat dry despite all the heavy grain presence.

What a fine, fine barrel-aged imperial stout. Deeply complex throughout the drinking experience with deft balance of the malts, ABV, and barrel-aging characteristics. This beer has aged well over the past two years. It probably would have aged over several more, but sometimes, you just need to treat yourself. What a treat!

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a thin dark tan head of small bubbles that leave wonderful lacing on the glass. The aroma is decadent dark chocolate, dark fruits and cognac. Wonderful flavor follows the nose. Nice thick feel and overall a fantastic beer that I wish now I'd tried harder to find more than one bottle.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours oil black with a big and stable darkbrown head.

Smell is quite unique, the cognac barrel definitely shines, due to a fruity, wooden and boozy melange. This gets met by earthen and roasty malt flavors, together with bakers chocolate, spicy molasses and prunes. Leaves me with a vivid impression on the nose, which at the same time, doesn‘t conceal its huge and decadent body.

Has a velvet taste, with just a light carbonation peak to it, showcasing the bigger body of the beer in a great, throughout well balanced fashion.

Tastes of booze bathed raisins, old orange peel, a whiff of salted caramel and soothing toffee, playfully coating the uprising alcohol bite. Whipped cream gets enriched by licorice and wood bark, while the raisins turn younger, adding a subtle tartness to the rich chocolate foundation of the beer. Finishes with a dry bite coming from both the cognac as well as from matured hops, which blend into the decadent, sweeter chocolate flavors of the beer, which still do remind me of a oak accompanied brandy praline.

Sweet and fruity, chocolate and grapes - this takes you onto a unique and very tasty journey, tasting unlike any other stout out there. The barrel does its magic, while the characteristics of the base beer work incredibly well with it, creating a throughout satisfying beer.

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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Abyss Cognac Barrel-aged Stout, 12% ABV, 86 IBU. Pours black with a slight head. Nose is sweet cognac, soy sauce, and moleasses. Taste follows, not much sweetness, licorice, a bit of bitterness, salty flavor got worse as it warmed. Dry, excellent mouthfeel. Overall sub-meh. Maybe this has degraded at 20 months.

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Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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The Abyss (Cognac Barrel-Aged) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 253 ratings