The Abyss - Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Abyss we’ve bottled a 100% rye whiskey barrel-aged version for you to enjoy. This is a remarkably limited release so if you see it, grab a snifter on tap and a bottle (or two)!

Added by WCKDVBZ on 11-10-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
90
Ratings:
440
pDev:
6.82%
 
 
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81
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272
Trade:
30
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Photo of papposilenus
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle, best after 12/18/16. Served in a tulip

Pours an impenetrable black with a scant finger of rich, whipped-chocolate foam which doesn't last but a minute. A nice creamy collar and a webbery of lacing. Held up to the afternoon sun, there is no hint of a highlight, not even a faint glow along the margins.

Smells a bit like sticky date pudding but stronger, more intense, and boozier. The barrel smell isn't at all harsh, it's sweet and smooth, like vanilla extract.

The taste is rich, deep and robust, like molasses but lighter and less bitter. Caramel, eggy vanilla custard, boiled dates and tarragon-like herb which I guess we're going to attribute to the licorice. Notes of powdered cocoa and cold coffee develop late in the sip. The rye whiskey character is present and welcome from start to finish and in no way dominates or overpowers.

Feel is unctuous, rich, thick and super-silky smooth with low-but-adequate carbonation.

Sweet frigging mercy, that was tasty! I tend to steer away from thickly sweet stouts because I dislike that syrupy taste and feel but this was only moderately sweet and, although it was dense, it never approached anything like syrupy.

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4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark. Aroma is quite sweet -- chocolate, vanilla & whiskey. Taste is a wonderful balance of the chocolate, vanilla & whiskey. Not over boozy. Medium body. Drank a 2015 bottle in 2018.

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4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark as can be. No head. Super thick and sludgey like all Abysses. Very nice but not overly powerful rye finish. There is a slight cherry flavor with actually a lot of licorice

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
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4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes The Abyss (Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged), 13.2% ABV, 86 IBU. Pours dark black and thick with a one finger brown head. Whisky sweetness and chocolate on the nose, taste follows plus strong vanilla, and surprisingly little bitterness given the IBU. Outstanding mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 440 ratings