The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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The AbyssThe Abyss

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

From a 650 ml bottle (2012 Reserve, best after November 1, 2013) into a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces almost two fingers of dense, medium-dark-brown head. The retention is pretty good at roughly two minutes and the head leaves some nice lacing on the glass as it fades. The beer is appropriately named because this stuff if black as an abyss and still looking.

S-The aroma is deep and full of dark chocolate and molasses with a nice roasted/lightly charred component. There is some vanilla and oak, and bitterness is lighter than many big stouts. There is also a little hit of tart cherry or sourness. A lot going here.

T-The taste, like the smell, is full of flavors. I get caramel and molasses, some dark chocolate, vanilla, a moderate bit of sweetness, some roasted/toasted malt, hints of tart cherry fruit, and a spicy, licorice/anise flavor on the finish. The beer says 11.1% ABV, but I don't taste it beneath all the other flavors.

M-The feel is medium in heft with some chewiness. The carbonation is mild, fine, and smooth. It is easy to drink for a beer this big and with this many flavors.

O-This is a hugely complex and well-crafted beer, but I'm not sure I enjoyed it as much as other big stouts. The Abyss definitely looks and feels the part with great appearance and mouthfeel, but I think some of the flavors here just did not click together on my palate. This feels a bit like experimentation to me and perhaps I just am not in the mood for the multitude of flavors tonight...anyway, high marks for complexity and structure, but only good marks for taste and smell.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 96.4% out of 100 with 7,127 ratings
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