The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.

As for the great “drink it now or let it age” debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after a year or more in the cellar.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#148
Reviews:
2,018
Ratings:
7,324
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
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3,963
Trade:
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Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from the 2012 bottling, 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Consumed on 7/29/17.

A: Very dark brown and opaque, with a thin tan head that lasts quite well. A fairly low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet malts and oak, bourbon and chocolate. Tannins and vanilla, with some tobacco and licorice. Leather and cacao powder. Smells quite good and fairly complex.

T: Chocolate, roasted malts, and bourbon. Oak, vanilla, and some char with a mild smoke character. Tobacco and anise. Dry tannins and a mild coffee. Roasted bitterness, with a milder amount of hop bitterness, and sweet chocolate in hang.

M: A medium body for an Imperial Stout. Low carbonation overall, but probably average for style. The alcohol presence is restrained for the style, but certainly still warming.

O: Very enjoyable. The roasty and char and anise aspects add up to maybe not blowing me out of the water, but remains interesting, enjoyable, and complex. Big roastiness for sure though. In the interest of full disclosure, this my opinion of this may have suffered a bit from being drank directly after the Cycle DB Vanilla DOS.

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(2017 Bottle)
Pours into a small 1/2 pint glass with a dark chocolate foamy head. The Foam looks thick.
The smell is strong on roast and light on coffee.
The taste starts good and as it warms it changes to even more complex. I love the vanilla that comes through in a stout as it warms. I also taste hints of cherry as it warms.
Thick and delicious. Shared a 22 oz with 2 buddies will definitely find another bottle to put away in my cooler.

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2016 bottle. Craziest part was experiencing the change in flavor from the cold to warm. Went from ultra roasty, almost abrasively bitter followed by mollases dark coffee bean flavor/dark chocolate. Then it went to an impressively smooth chocolate roasted malt rounded out by dark fruit and oakey wine barrel with decadent red wine grapes. Truly an impressive and astounding drinking experience.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,324 ratings