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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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4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best after: 8/24/2014, Consumed: 1/28/2014. Wanted to have a yard stick by which to measure the effect of aging this beer.

A – Impenetrable darkness, the like of which was last seen when camping on a moonless night in the middle of a Pacific Northwestern forest. That’s very dark. Burnt toffee head which maintains perfectly ordered bubbles. The foam clings like foam-scum on a river but in an attractive way. Excellent retention.

S – A little muted. Mainly getting roasty toasty scents. Not very much coffee or chocolate.

T – Not as much hotness from the alcohol as I had anticipated which is a pleasant surprise. I expect age to add complexity to this beer; developing some sweet toffee or caramel notes to balance the bitter chocolate finish and burned, toasted malt-bread flavours. The vanilla, molasses, cherry bark and liquorice which are mentioned on the label don’t really make an appearance at this juncture. I do get some woodiness from the various oak-agings it undergoes, however. The booze arrives with scotch flavours mid-sip and fades to ash on the finish.

M – Already spot on. Thick, rich, hearty and satisfying. The thickness of the mouthfeel is visible even on the pour. This is a beer of significant substance.

O – I’m still pretty new to imperial stouts in general but this is certainly a very well-rounded beer. From memory it seems to be on an even keel with Narwhal, albeit with a richer body and less caramel or maple on the palate. I look forward to seeing how this beer ages.

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2012 Vintage
Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a snifter.

The appearance is remarkable; a deep, dark brown, almost black. Very little head on this beer and it quickly dissipates to a light trail around the outside of the glass and a dusting on top of the beer.

The initial smell is boozy and slightly fruity, certainly not a true indication of what's to come.

The taste is incredible. This beer explodes on your tongue with amazing complexity. There is coffee first, maybe some deep, dark chocolate, then a hint of fruit (raisin, maybe even prune) and then a bit of charred oak flavor. As it warms, you get a hit of the hoppy bitterness.
Although there is not a lot of carbonation, there is a lingering tingle on the tongue. This is a very complex beer!

The mouthfeel is wonderful. Full and substantial and a little creamy.

Simply put, overall, a great beer. One of the best I've ever had. Bravo Deschutes!

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 7,161 ratings
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