The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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4.47/5
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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
Ranking:
#137
Reviews:
2,005
Ratings:
7,272
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
2,958
Gots:
3,944
Trade:
331
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look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clearly I am an arse because I was not really satisfied with this beer and I bought three bottles to be as subjective as possible -- I just wanted to see what the hype was all about. I just felt it was a bit average, just not balanced for my palate and bit too much.

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2012 bomber to snifter

Pours midnight black with a half finger of khaki foam, absolutely no transparency anywhere. No visible carbonation, good legs and lacing.

Smells of french oak, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, butterscotch, molasses, wine, hops, toffee, vanilla, cherry and other dark fruits, alcohol, banana, a mild malt. Very rich and layered, quite complex. I could sniff this stuff all day

Taste follows the nose very well- up front roast coffee malts, hints of vanilla, oak, molasses and brown sugar, butter scotch, toffee, bourbon, figs, a touch of alcohol, and a strong chocolate and cherry after taste. Like the aroma, there's a ton going on here

The feel is full bodied and thick, chewy and creamy. It's upfront pretty bitter, but has a finish that ends pretty strongly on the sweet side. The alcohol is almost undetectable, impressive for how much there is after only about six months. After taste of that chocolate and cherry lingers for quite a while, really good

Overall this stuff is incredible. If it's this good thus far, it's hard to imagine how it will improve after the best after date. Well worth the hype

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,272 ratings