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): 12.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

65 IBU

Vintages (production numbers from Deschutes):
2006 - Released December 2006 (approx 90 BBL)
2007 - Released January 2008 (approx 350 BBL)
2008 - Released November 2008 (approx 350 BBL)
2009 - Released November 2009 (approx 600 BBL)
2010 - Released December 2010 (approx 600 BBL)
2011 - Released November 2011 (approx 600 BBL)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,100
Reviews:
1,962
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
2,950
Gots:
3,895
For Trade:
332
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3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
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L -- Jet black, tons of microbubbles around the edges and big bubbles in the middle of a mocha head that lasts. Great lacing.

S -- Coffee, cherry, chocolate, roast, oak, vanilla, vine, bourbon, molasses (verging on generic sweetness).

T -- Follows strongly on the aroma. Coffee, roast, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and oak take the forefront, but I still not the others, save for cherry. Caramel, earthiness, red wine. Roundness. Balance. I went outside and inspected some foundling tomatoes with my girlfriend, and I couldn't help but notice the scent of plants was familiar to the earthiness I noted earlier in my tasting.

F -- Goddamn motor oil, but nicely carbonated. This is what huge stouts should be like, I think -- thick, hard to drink quickly, something that makes me take pause with each sip because I have no other way to drink it.

O -- Clearly a fantastic beer. There might be slightly too much going on, here, as I tried to search for each aspect listed on the bottle. Some were clearer than others, and perhaps those should be focused on. On the other hand, that may produce something too focused, too 1-or-2-noted. I hate licorice, for the record -- every form of it -- but that should be nothing to dissuade you here as I couldn't pick it out. This deserves its very high rating.

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4.48 out of 5 based on 7,100 ratings.
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