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The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am reviewing the 2007 Vintage with the eager anticipation of getting the 2008 batch in my grasp.

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours ink black with a dark tan head. Heavy malt/chocolate and lesser alcohol aromas. Overall it's very sweet smelling. Nothing harsh.

Nice middle-full body. Super roasted malt flavors, even in the little sips. You're really experiencing the malt first and the alcohol second. The licorice aspect kind of has a dry feel at first, but when you take a breath, you can taste it's sweetness, a very subtle difference from the alcohol. After letting it breath the sweeter attributes start to dominate. Everything as advertised is definitely there. This is a complex beer. It's hard to focus on one flavor at a time, but it's all there.

I'm glad I held on to this for a year. I'll probably wait even longer with this year's batch.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep chocalety looking blackish brown. Rich khaki head. Completely opaque.

S - Chocolate, coffee, carmel, molasses, and a little smoke

T - Taste upfront is bitter roasted malts, a little bourbon and wood, and some molasses sweetness. Light licorice in the middle. Sweeter finish of molasses, raisin fruitiness and a hint of bourbon. Lingering roasted coffee bitterness.

M - Very thick and heavy. there's a good medium carbonation with a very crisp finish

O - This is the most complex stout that I have ever had. I would like to try one with some age on it.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Reserve. 22oz black wax covered bomber. Pours into my glass as black as night with an inch of dark tan foam atop the brew. Viscous and rather thick on the pour. Looks menacing in the glass. Aromas begin with big bittersweet chocolate with a solid roasty undertone. A huge blast of molasses and caramel tones as well. Licorice is lurking underneath with a touch of coffee and an oaken afterthought. Wow, simply amazing, enticing aroma with chocolate to the forefront.

First sip brings big, rich malts upfront with a bold bittersweet chocolate flavor and a huge blast of molasses again in the flavor. Deep, dark and satisfying. The Abyss is a rightful name for this one. Flows down with some vanilla, coffee and licorice. Oaky bourbon flavors are there as well however they are nicely blended and do not dominate the flavor profile by any means. Bitterness hits on the way down, balanced by a good amount of sweet throughout. This is a chewy, viscous treat.

Mouthfeel is big and unapologetic. It brings a chewy, full bodied imperial stout and makes no excuses. This one drinks like a meal and can fill you up just about as good. Overall, taking down a whole bomber is definitely possibly, but I see this being best shared with some beer loving friends. Would make a damn fine companion around a campfire on a cool night. Cheers to Deschutes and to everyone who has traded me this beauty.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Reserve into a tulip

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of brown head. Head has decent retention but leaves only spotty lacing.

S - Big aroma of chocolate, with some roasrlted malts, anise, molasses and faint vanilla. Very faint char character.

T - Creamy bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruits, roasted malts and char. Also, nice bourbon notes, with vanilla and a touch of alcohol heat. Finish is quite roasty, leaving lingering earthy bitterness. Very nice.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel, but not at all heavy. Some creaminess. Finish is dry, with some tannins and roasted malt bitterness.

O - Really enjoyable imperial stout. None of the sweetness that can ruin the style, but not overly bitter either. Great flavor profile, nice mouthfeel. Wish I had more of this.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 Abyss was graciously brought back from Portland by Leslie to share with her husband Rob and me. She happened to luck onto the brewery on release day and watched with amazement as the line to drink and purchase went out the door and down the street. I really enjoyed the opportunity to drink this highly rated beer and was not disappointed. It's beautiful in the glass, as dark as it can get with a very brown head that lasted a while and laced the glass as it went. There's a big, full nose with a touch of alcohol in it. The mouthfeel was oddly light at first but more richness and complexity toward the finish. The flavor was full and well balanced with chocolate being the most noticable. A very lovely beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,189 ratings
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