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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
Ranking:
#135
Reviews:
1,979
Ratings:
7,189
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
2,964
Gots:
3,919
Trade:
332
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4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz draft pour is a deep, dark mahogany brown, only at the lighted edges, and capped with a light coffee brown layer of erratic bubbles, leaving some spotted lacing.

Aroma is a strong bitter roast mix of cocoa and coffee bean with a booze backbone. Slight leather, oak, and dark fruit in the background.

Flavor matches with a slight emphasis on cocoa powder up front.

Mouthfeel is medium, leaning lighter with a heavy booze aftertaste.

Overall a very nice beer from the NW.

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4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2017 reserve dated 10/30/17 so just over a month on it.

Pours pitch black, 1 finger dark tan head. Great retention and much more lacing than expected.

Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. Bit of coffee and bourbon too. Yeah bourbon definitely comes through.

Taste is rich dark chocolate and coffee. Very bitter, get some hops on the tongue I think. Don't get a ton of bourbon though to be honest-- more boozy than caramel and vanilla.

Feel is very thick, milkshake-esqe. Done absolutely right. Some imperials come out a bit too watery but this one is perfect.

Overall very nice. The mouth feel on this beer is its strong point. Great taste as well if you prefer your stouts on the bitter side.

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

2/19/17...pours deep dark black with medium chocolate brown foam. Rich roasted coffee nose. Some licorice. Creamy heavy booze filled malty stout flavor. Licorice throughout. Strong tasty bitter. Magnificent.

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4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle date of 12/8/16 and opened 12/6/17.

Dark brown pour with a thin foam head. Aroma is of licorice, espresso and some dark fruit. Taste is a mix of cherry wood, cocoa, anise and some tobacco. Pretty thick pour with some nice carbonation and spots of lacing. The 11.1 abv is masked well and the Abyss is quite a special offering. Try if you can, enjoy!

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4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RealDeal
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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