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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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4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed as the final beer, paired with dessert, at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA. My contribution.
Bomber bottle cellared from the 2007 edition (2007 - Released January 2008)

*A: Dark, some slight brown, thick, slight carbonation, very nice lacing-long legs, some slight tannish head (so carbo has stayed even though it's a 2007).
*S: Licorice, smoky, peaty, some coffee, some hops as it warmed up near the end.
*T: Mmmmm mmm good. Classic high-end double or Russian Imperial taste. Fairly strong black licorice, coffee bitterness in the finish, molasses and oak. Very high level representation of the category and complex flavor characteristics that are multi-level. From initial pour to the last few warm drops in the glass, it slightly changed and opened up.
*M: Creamy but with some carbonation to keep it interesting. Not the thickest, but it coats the tongue and has a long pronounced finish (mostly coffee). No alcohol burn, it's hidden.
OVERALL: Great stout, wonderful it is "American" but wish it was from the east coast. Tough to get here. It hit on all the classic, key marks it needed to. Not a lot of bourbon, but enough of it to add to the experience and not overwhelm the experience.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle 2012. Pours solid blackish brown with a healthy espresso head. The aroma is top notch coming strongly from the tulip glass. Big coffee notes with vanilla, tart fruit, black licorice and subtle traces of bourbony goodness. The taste is complex with coffee, chocolate mousse, and sweet rock candy up front followed by oaky vanilla, graham cracker and a little heat from the bourbon. There’s beautiful bubbly lacing hanging about the glass. The palate offers a slightly syrupy texture with a good bit of carbonation to balance it. Awesome Imperial Stout!

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours a jet black with a nice chocolate brown head that quickly dissipates. The smell is of bourbon, oak and smoke (burnt leather).. For the taste I am getting chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice and some bourbon. Interesting thing is am getting a nice bitterness at the end that may be because this beer being aged in Oak Wine barrels. There is a lot going on with this beer. Mouthfeel is nice with just some slight carbonation.

Can see the hype, glad to have tried. Will try to get this every year!

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 Vintage. Best after 11/15/11. Drunk on 3/9/13.

Pours a deep dark black ale with a frothing, creamy dark beige head for miles. At least 3 finger high. Impressive for being aged a few years. Nice lacing throughout session.

Getting huge aroma whiffs. Black licorice is abundant. Burnt/charred wood. Dark roasted malts. Warming bourbon. Big molasses. Leather. Rawhide.

The taste is amazing. Dark chocolate with a touch of heat on each sip. Bourbon character is nicely represented. Warming tummy after each sip. Black coffee hints. Still hoppy as well. Big flavor on the swallow. Leaves the oak/leather/wood combo salivating on the buds. Really well done.

Mouthfeel is slick as an oil spill. Full bodied meal in your mouth.

Overall this is worth the hype and the search to find it. Roughly $12 a bomber is worth the price for this ride. Follow the instructions on the label re: consumption and you are in for a treat. Also look at the 11% abv cuz this baby likes to creep.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,185 ratings
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