The Abyss (Brandy Barrel-Aged) | Deschutes Brewery

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The Abyss (Brandy Barrel-Aged)The Abyss (Brandy Barrel-Aged)
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The Abyss (Brandy Barrel-Aged)The Abyss (Brandy Barrel-Aged)

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Enticingly ripe, earthy fruit rudiments awash in the open salt air of Normandy, lightly augmented with mushrooms grown in the depths of the Tronҫais forest. Delicate notes of Livarot glazed with an orange reduction and textured with toasted coconut shavings. Distinct aromas of cinnamon and ulster cherry, foxtrot in time with tangs of vanilla and brown sugar. Balanced, approachable wood zests meld charmingly with the finish of figs and Allegheny plums.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 12-10-2016

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10/08/2016 650 ml bottle poured into a DFH tulip. Very dark brown body under a finger tan head which dissipated slowly leaving some lacing. Smell is mainly of dark malt and fruit aromas; only a slight hint of the brandy remains. Taste reveals more of the brandy but the roasty malts and complex vanilla flavors are taking over (I assume, I never had this fresh). Mouthfeel is fine for a sipper like this.

Just a very good experience.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty excited for this one. From the ones I've had (rum & tequila), these Abyss variants have been for me. Oddly, since I didn't care for the regular. Pouring this 22 oz. bottle dated 12/09/16 into a snifter glass. This beer pours out very dark brown and forms a gorgeous one finger creamy caramel colored crown. I just want to jump inside the crown. So dense. The smell is complex with burnt sweetness, some wood funk, slight orange notes. The taste comes in with fruit notes like orange zest and dark cherries mixing with wood and slight chocolate. Even has some fig like present. This one is very mellow and smooth. Less chocolate than the rest but very tasty in its own aspect.

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Photo of y2kawakami
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a 2016 Vintage. I am unsure of what to expect from this beer. The Rum barrel beer was in my opinion tasty. The beer is 47 degrees and served in a tulip glass. Gentle pour on the beer produced a two finger head that is frothy and creamy. The head is dark brown and has fair retention. The beer is SRM 40 black and opaque. The head left no lacing on the glass as it dissipated.

The aromas in the beer are earthiness, molasses, dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, toffee, wood, char, anise, vinous, burnt sugar, smokiness, bready, dark roasted malts, and salt.

The flavors of the beer are burnt sugar, smokiness, vinous, raisins, salty, earthy, molasses, dried fruit, dark chocolate, anise, toffee, char, wood, dark roasted malts, coffee, bready, vanilla, and brown sugar.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and thick.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

This barrel age on the beer gives the beer a somewhat unique flavor. I did enjoy drinking this beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Chalumeaux, thanks for the opportunity!
Rich inky black color with a tan head that shows moderate retention. Rich roasty chocolate with a hint of licorice and bits of grape fruitiness that cuts through the roasty chocolate very nicely. Very tasty, my favorite abyss of the night.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Two year old, properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin dark khaki head with great retention and light lacing.Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, caramel, brandy and vanilla with slight woodiness. Flavor is dark toasted malt, caramel, light molasses, oak, plums and light cherry, probably from the brandy. Lingering light char and toasted malt with coffee and mild dark fruit notes. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess and great mouthfeel. The brandy treatment melds well with the classic dark, charred toastiness of the Abyss base stout. I'm not getting much actual brandy flavor, but there are very nice fruit notes, particularly dark fruit that is certainly from the brandy barrel. The dark fruit flavors fade away into a finish that exhibits really fine dark charry malt with coffee notes. I look forward every year to The Abyss and its variants. This is one of the better ones.

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Photo of SaraMatt
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tar black body; one-finger thick head; light tan, dense, and foamy. Notes of cocoa, bitter chocolate, and charred grains on the nose. A blast of flavors -- milk chocolate; curry and anise; boozy; some dark pit fruits like dates; raisins. Heavy body; lush and velvety; warming alcohol heat.

The aroma may have faded some, but the heart of the beer - the flavor - is just intense and extremely enjoyable. I can't claim to discern any brandy quality per se, but this is one boozy yet balanced beer. A mind blower...

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light-brown head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, oak and sweet molasses. Rich and decadent with chocolate, toffee and roasted caramel malt.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really decadent roasty chocolate, roasted coffee bitterness, cherry wood, fruity and warming brandy elements that cap the decadent medium chewey imperial stout base. I like it while it’s still slightly cool. As it warms, the beer thins and exposes the brandy barrel character and develops a green grapey crispness and alcohol bite. Another complex and enticing offering from deschutes’ barrel aging program

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown / black pour with a sticky, frothy, dark toffee colored lacing.

S - Brandy, chocolate, oak.

T - Oak, brandy, chocolate.

M - Big medium body.

O - Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of MNBeer1017
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brenn79
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle- Pours black as black with a long sustaining dark tan head that retains extremely well, leaving sheeting lace and a small blanket. Aroma is black currants, chocolate, a touch of oak, the brandy is presented in a sweet and lightly booziness, not overbearing at all. The taste right off the bat has more oak, but still in check, leather and tobacco, very chewy, chocolate is a bit more dialed in, especially from what the aroma led you to believe. Phenomenal beer, the best of the one off Abyss variants so far for sure, loved it.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of the_benskii
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 edition (drank 4/17/2018) Pours a demonic pitch black into a snifter glass which subtle slicks on the top with whatever is left after the booziness kills off the rest of it. The smell is rich with woody aromas with chocolate and vanilla notes. Tastes of molasses and dark fruits with a kick of vanilla and oak. Feels rich to the mouth and overall a powerful and deadly barrel aged imperial stout that wrecks those who underestimate how easy it is to drink for its ABV.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from rutger this past summer. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Abyss aged 100% in brandy barrels

APPEARANCE: Opaque black pour yields a three finger, thicker looking, creamy dark tan head with excellent retention. Black body and no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap. A splotchy wisp remains leaving lots of lacing down the glass as it empties. Good looking.

SMELL: Brandy, oak and woody aromas, caramel and toffee notes with some vanilla on the nose too. Nice stuff for sure.

TASTE: Quite boozy with brandy and woody flavors up front. Boozy for sure. Some chocolate and more wood at the swallow. A big and boozy finish of brandy, booze, wood, some pure, dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla flavors linger on the palate, Intense and alcoholic.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and slick on the palate, goes down fine with a good burn and finishes quite sticky on the palate. Lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Excellent stuff. Rather boozy and alcoholic for sure, but there’s lots of character and piles going on. This is another example of how fine Abyss can be. I would say this one is perhaps the least of the four 100% BA treatments so far, but it’s still a top-notch beer. Just goes to show how good these really are. Thanks again, rutger!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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The Abyss (Brandy Barrel-Aged) from Deschutes Brewery
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