The Abyss (Tequila Barrel-Aged) | Deschutes Brewery

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The Abyss (Tequila Barrel-Aged)The Abyss (Tequila Barrel-Aged)

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
To celebrate the 12th anniversary of The Abyss we’ve bottled a 100% Tequila 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 superspak on 09-17-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to sparse patches with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, light coffee and cocoa; a little spicy, but not particularly tequila character. Flavor is dark toasted malt with good char, dark molasses, light cocoa and caramel; sharp tequila with a little tartness develops into a dark malty, tequila and barrel oaky finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The base is classic Abyss, with deep, rich malt, coffee and cocoa and good char with a little hop bitterness in the finish. The tequila adds a slight tart note as well as the agave character, but leaves a slightly astringent taste in the finish when combined with the mild hops. I'm not sure the tequila adds anything to the base in this case. Not my favorite of the barreled versions. I should have tried this one right away to get a good idea about the affect of tequila and aging. I would not age it any longer because of the mild tartness and astringency.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed the Rum barrel version of the Abyss, even after not really enjoying the regular Abyss much at all. Curious to see how this one goes, especially since it will be my first tequila barrel aged anything. Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle dated 9/14/17 into a snifter this beer pours as black as night and forms a thin half pinky width crown. The crown is caramel in color and dissipated to only an outer ring before a minute. The smell is strikingly similar to the rum. A
Lot of tropical fruit notes dancing around chocolate, vanilla, molasses and slight cherries. This might even smell better than the rum. The taste comes in with burnt and roasty chocolate being the most prominent but still letting a "zest" show. Layers of sweetness mixing with dark and some light fruit notes. Raisins, black cherries, lime. Mouthfeel is dry and this one definitely has a full body. Overall this is a chocolate paradise with other elements of sweetness as well. I love the burnt, roasty aspect and the way the barrel tangles with all of it. I feel like the rum had more complexity but this has more of that chocolate that I love.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/10/18

A: Deep, dark brown, but not black - opaque - pours with a small, light brown head, fades to a few wisps, leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Rich and dark, the Abyss base is the highlight, the tequila barrels come second - dark chocolate, with some semisweet chocolate, dark chocolate malts - some burnt notes - roasty tones with some dark coffee and burnt coffee grounds - some oxidation - wood and tequila - interesting how the tequila blends in the aroma, does its own thing - barrel and booze at the base, pretty much any residual sweetness has faded

T: Dark and roasty with a shot of tequila - roasty, burnt malts, chocolate malts - burnt and charred notes - some dark chocolate, dark roast coffee - some oxidation - some dried out toffee and molasses, if that makes any sense, maybe a touch of ribbon candy - woody barrel and lots of tequilla, particularly as this lingers - the tequila plays nice with the rich stout base - finishes with lingering barrel and booze, more or less dry from the barrel

M: Full body, low carbonation, finishes with lingering barrel, definitely a sipper

O: When you stare into the abyss and the abyss pressures you do to tequila shots

I haven't had a beer in a while that so simply demanded to be sipped slowly. The Abyss is intense and aging it in a tequila barrel does not make it any less intense. It's immense.

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Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark brew with excellent head production and retention.

The tequila and oak are quite noticeable on the nose, which otherwise gives off aromas of chocolate, roast, coffee, and molasses. Similar presentation on the palate, with a slightly sour note from the oak and tequila, quite a bit of booze, molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Licorice isn't particularly or specifically notable.

Thick and chewy; easy to drink. The tequila barrel treatment gives it a unique edge.

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Photo of colts9016
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The third variant of the abyss I am going to try. I enjoyed the rum barrel more than the brandy barrel. I am unsure what to think of the tequila barrel. I am not a fan of Tequila unless it is expensive and well made. I stripped the black wax off the bottle and popped the cap. The beer gave a subtle hiss as air escaped. The aroma from the beer was faint tequila. The beer is 47 degrees and served in tulip glass. The gentle pour produced a one finger medium tan head. The head is creamy and foamy with fair retention. The head dissipated and did not leave any lacing on the glass. The head settled to a ring around the beer. The color of the beer is SRM 38 a nearly black and opaque.

The initial aroma I got from the beer was an immense fruitiness. I do perceive the tequila aromas with wood and char. Additional aromas in the beer are dark roasted malt, toffee, dark chocolate, caramel, dark stone fruit, earthiness, bready, and molasses.

The initial flavors I tasted was coffee and wood. Then I get a subtle tequila flavor and dark roasted malts. Additional flavors in the beer are bready, toffee, earthiness, molasses, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, raisins, dark stone fruits, and a touch of herbal.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and dry.

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

Out of the three barrel flavors, I like this beer the best so far. The beer has this complex fruity note that gives the beer another layer of flavors. The beer is well made and tasty. As I drank this beer and it got warmer the tequila flavors come out more with char notes. The beer is balanced and harmonious.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I do love me some Abyss and its been quite a few years since I've had a freshie, thanks Chris! Rich roasty chocolate hints of spice and maybe a faint hint of tequila deep underneath. Pretty tasty but not a lot of character from the barrel although it did seem to cut through the malty sweetness more than the regular version.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a motor oil black with one finger brown head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, oak and tequila.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with soft crisp finish.

O - This is a great Abyss variant. The tequila barrel adds a nice fruitiness to the dark roasty flavors. Definetly worth seeking out.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blazer22
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheHopsman
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluejacket74
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 09/14/17. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, tequila, vanilla and molasses. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of char/burnt malt, dark bread, oak, fudge, caramel and earthy flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a really good barrel aged stout, but then I'm pretty sure I've liked every Abyss and variant of it that I've tried. I don't drink tequila aged brews (or tequila for that matter) very often, but I enjoyed this one. Definitely worth picking up, hopefully Deschutes will brew this one again someday!

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/14/17

Pours like motor oil, ebony with a sliver of brown head. Viscious, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, a little booze & vanilla

T: Dark fruit, carob, smoke & a little Tequila Twang, plus dark chococlate up front. Figs, carob, raisins, barrel dryness & chocolate all there as this warms, along with smokeyness, some booze bite too. Finishes dry with dark chocolate, hints of tequila/boozeyness

MF: Chewy, slight carbonation, this is a sipper

A very nice itteration of this, but wasn't as impressed I hoped I would be. The the nose is the real short coming I suppose

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a half inch of dense and creamy dark brown head. The aroma is of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and tequila. I'm tasting molasses, cocoa powder, vanilla, and tequila. The mouth is very thick, sticky, and chewy. The booze is well hidden!

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wvsabbath
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rkarimi
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of Stephen_Bailey
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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The Abyss (Tequila Barrel-Aged) from Deschutes Brewery
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