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:
7,102
Reviews:
1,963
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
2,951
Gots:
3,897
For Trade:
332
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4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2010 vintage, which I managed to not drink for a year (I'm very proud). Dismal swamp dark with tan head, very viscous with little or no lacing after it settles. Smell is of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, black licorice and alcohol.

This is what it's all about. You get that dark chocolate and espresso bitterness complemented by a molasses, toffee sweetness. Bourbon barrel characteristics make their presence known (whiskey, oak, vanilla) in the back half. The finish is somewhat dry, but not decidedly so.

This is an incredibly crafted ale where the high ABV is so well hidden in the complexity of flavors. I have a 2011 edition that I'll cellar for a year (I could only get one), but it'll be tough to not want to crack it open before that. This one lives up to the hype.

UPDATE: Currently enjoying the 2012 Reserve. The only thing I would add is a more pronounced smoky character to this batch. It's like drinking a little bit of campfire. And who doesn't like a campfire?

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 batch, poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in color with a thin brown/orange head. The head was quite colorful which eventually dissipated away.

Smell: picked up vanilla, oak, molasses, chocolate, and bourbon.

Taste: It feels like melting dark chocolate and tastes like it too. You can taste the oak barrels without a doubt. Not much coffee I thought with this years.

Mouthfeel: full bodied mouth feel, very smooth; maybe just wish it was a little bit thicker.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch, poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: jet black in color with a thin brown/orange head. The head was quite colorful which eventually dissipated away.

Smell: picked up vanilla, black licorice, oak, molasses, chocolate, and bourbon. Very fragrant, a lot to pick up. The black licorice is definitely a big component of this aroma.

Taste: this is quite complex; its both bitter and sweet. Upon sipping it, it starts sweet and quickly the bitterness folds into the sweetness. Very balanced. Picked up dark sweet cherries, chocolate, some vanilla, and bourbon as it warms up. The heat becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up. Drinking this is almost like eating bittersweet chocolate coated on dried cherries. Maybe just a little tart but not too tart.

Mouthfeel: full bodied mouth feel, very smooth; maybe just wish it was a little bit thicker.

Overall: outstanding beer! As it warms up, the complexity builds up. Love the black licorice and vanilla aromas and love how neither sweet nor bitterness dominate the flavors.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,102 ratings.
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