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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Review #600

Deschutes Abyss 2012 Reserve

22oz waxed capped bottle with my Lost Abbey Teku glass

A: The Abyss is dark like motor oil and without any apparent translucence. Produces a steady two finger width of dark tan head that holds picture perfect in the Teku for some time. A few swaths of soft lace dot the glass on the way down.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate covered cherries with loads of dark fruit character there and a healthy dose of roasted malts. The nose brings a light smokiness with it and some roast coffee elements but it’s not completely burnt or charred in any way. The molasses give off a touch of soy umami likeness and I get some of the pinot grape coming through along with a subtle oaky earthiness. Not particularly fragrant however it has some really nice and delicately complex aromas.

T: Dark roasted malts meld with rich espresso notes and chocolate cherries followed by a mild red wine presence. I get lots of dark fruits with a soft smoky roast and just a touch of soy sauce there. Earthy hops produce sufficient bitterness for cutting through the sweet malt sugars and mixing in some spruce character. Layered in are the brewers licorice, brown sugar, vanilla cream, molasses, and soft woodsy barrel notes. Nothing is competing or contrasting in flavor. The beer finishes up rather dry for such a burly stout with some tannin like qualities and a nice alcohol spice influence in the finish. Rich and delectable with superior balance amongst all the complexities of flavor.

M: The mouth feel is full bodied with a great creamy texture and ample bitterness that gives a much lighter occurrence on the palate. Touch of warming alcohol. Dry and lightly tannic in the finish.

D: Revered by many and savored by all. This is a favorite Stout of mine whenever I am fortunate enough to acquire and 2012/13 was a pretty good year. Such great balance with layers and layers of flavor. Highly quaffable for such a beastly brew too.
Have had this fresh as well which I may prefer...delivers more rich fudgy brownie with some heightened hop bitterness and most all other elements being the same. I would say now trying with some age on it the wine barrel notes do start to perk bit more.

Step into the Abyss.

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The beer appears creamy pitch black. Khaki thick lacing around the edges. Dark brown head.

The aroma is mainly sweet chocolate and dark fruit, with some leathery sort of note there.

There are so many wonderful flavors: Chocolate, tobacco, whiskey, sweet raisins and plums, toast, and brown sugar. And all of these flavors play nicely with each other and make for an awesomely balanced and complex beer.

On the palate, it's thick but not a monstrous mouth-full. Smooth and velvety. Easy to drink. There's a bit more carb than I thought there would be, but it's nice.

This is one of the best stouts out there; and in terms of bourbon barrel -aged stouts, it surpasses many of the greats. Definitely worth the money, and I will definitely buy next year (as always!).

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,269 ratings