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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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4.26/5
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180 Ratings
The Abyss (Brandy Barrel-Aged)The Abyss (Brandy Barrel-Aged)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
180
pDev:
6.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
95
Trade:
18
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by herman77:
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of arizcards
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle from TW Arrowhead 1-28-2017 for $24.99. Bottled on 12.09.2016.

Beer poured black with a wonderful tan head that has some great hang time.

Nose has the faintest hints of dark fruits but is cocoa forward with medium roasted malts.

Initial sips were dark fruit forward which imho emphasizes how cocoa forward the base beer is. A wonderful medley of molasses, vanilla, and cherry along with a healthy dose of hops round the flavor profile to near perfection.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy smooth - very satisfying.

Overall i totally dig this brew. I really love the interplay with the brandy dark fruit flavor profile and the cocoa. I would buy several bottles annually if they brewed this yearly. Pick this up if you see it on the shelves and like the attributes described above!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Much of what the American double stout leaves the palate yearning is the complex fruit, savory and sweeter nuances of Great Britian's more imperial Russian stout. But as the Deschutes brewers tackle their yearly imperial stout head on, the inclusion of brandy barrels seem to fix the complexity of the base beer, but also without detracting from its clean and dedicated roasty taste.

Jet black and crowned with a dense, creamy, mocha froth- its obvious that this beer isn't playing around. Its emboldened scent is deeply roast with espresso, burnt toast, molasses and that spicy, vinous twinge that only brandy can provide. Its taste slathers the front of the tongue with brownie batter and more espresso roast with grilled nuttiness, bread crust and cocoa.

Once saturated fully, the middle palate is awash with lavishly dense and dark sugars. Blackstrap molasses, burnt toffee and bittersweet chocolate capture an essence of dessert while the beer's more earthen complexities of bitter hops, oaken spice and an overall chicory rootishness prevails. Trending bitter in the coffee and cocoa world, the balance to sweetness is soon joined with the spicy red wine depth with hints of plum, cherry and currant in tow. Char and oak adds a kiss of nutty woodsiness to the finish to highlight the stout's hop bitterness.

Decadent, lavish and undoubtedly full, the beer's larger than life texture is just as lush as its taste. With a mouthfeel of cake batter, the stout's near cloying tactile senses is buffered by the simmering warmth of alcohol, the tanginess and spice of brandy, and the woodsy tannic bite of oak. Though dessert-like, the finish is long, semisweet and spicy; rendering the beer a slow sipper for long contemplation and a pairing of creme brûlée.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of chossboss
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of boogerisu
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of doremite
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours like motor oil, black in color with cola-brown edging. Dark tan, half-finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Fair lacing that stick close to the surface, mostly comprising of broken lines and spotting between.

Smell - Prominent cocoa aroma. Hints of vanilla, roasted malt, molasses. Hints of oak and coconut. Earthiness creeps in as the brew warms, along with a hint of fruity tartness.

Taste - Wow. How to begin? Earthiness upfront, with coffee and baker's chocolate making up the bulk of the flavor upfront. Bittersweet cocoa seems to be the underlying flavor here, but it has a way of sneaking around in the shadows with each sip. Coffee roast builds up as it approaches mid-taste, but figgy and black cherry tartness pops up to greet it. Earthiness again in the aftertaste, but with a bit of that tart, jammy flavor to balance it out, and it lingers for a good amount of time.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Slick, yet somewhat creamy texture and impossibly smooth before a mostly dry finish. 13.2%? You've gotta be kidding me.

Overall - As with all the Abyss variants, this provides an amazing drinking experience. I was expecting something similar to the Cognac variant, but it really couldn't be any more different; this one being much more reeled in and focused. That said, this is one hell of a deep, dark and complex brew. Things hit you differently with nearly every sip. Man, what a sexy, mysterious and seductive bitch it is.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color, mocha head. Aroma has some smoked meat notes and dried plums with dark malts in the background. Taste starts with dark malts, chocolate, some dried fruits but overall bitter and roasty. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Not as good as the other Abyss variations but still a really well made imperial stout.

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

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

Photo of beergorrilla
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with tight sandy head, which dissipates quickly but the surface carbonation lasts the entire glass.

Robust and vivid nose. Cacao and coffee dominate, dark cherries, brown sugar, cinnamon, wet leaves.

The base Abyss is recognizable. Same stuff as the nose. Add anise and lots of dark fruit. Fudge. Coconut.

Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Mild carbonation. Heavy.

Abyss is one of the best imperial stouts out there and this is a nice variant that doesn't stray far from the original.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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The Abyss (Brandy Barrel-Aged) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 180 ratings
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