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:
7,086
Reviews:
1,961
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
2,949
Gots:
3,894
For Trade:
330
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4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

I poured this into a snifter, here we go. The appearance, well, it poured like motor oil and I even heard the "glub glub" sound as it strolls out of the bottle, (did I pour too fast, hmmm...most likely not?). The head is about a finger’s worth of off-white to a nice tan color that lasts for a good minute before dieing and leaving a super nice coating of tan lacing clinging very nicely to the glass. The smell is an almost perfect aroma to any imperial stout anyone could ever want. It goes a little something like this: super nice oaky/woody vanilla, cherry, chocolate, molassess and licorice. There is a slight aftertaste and its kinda woody with a nice dose of lingering molasses and vanilla. The finish is quick, dry and sweet. On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy. I sure did sip this. This is one not to gulp. Sessionability - ha, no way, man, one and done. ABV is felt. The carbonation is smooth and good for the style and for me. Overall, American Double/Imperial Stout, wow, this practically defines it. Don’t ever pass up on this if you ever see it.

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3.52/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
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2014 edition

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4/5  rDev -10.7%
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4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

....if you are stuck in the ice with Shackleton this is for you....all the nuance of Hillary Clinton...

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4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best stout ever had. Had draft in Portland.

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4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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