The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.

As for the great “drink it now or let it age” debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after a year or more in the cellar.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

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Deschutes The Abyss 2012. Dated "best after 11/01/13". 22oz bomber poured into snifter glass. 11.1% ABV.

Appearance: Motor oil black. Chocolately tan head

Aroma: Black liquorice, oaky effervescence, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, an almost peanut butter like aftertaste. Medium-Low carbonation. Full-bodied and thick on the tongue. Very malty with a slightly spicy kick at the finish. The wood is very noticeable and creates subtle nuances in the flavors similar to the aroma.

Overall: Fairly tasty, but Deschutes is definitely right for stamping each bottle with a "best after" date to signify this beer should be aged before being drank. Luckily, I have two more bottles of this so we'll see how it develops over the next few years! Cheers!

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2011 650 mL bottle poured into snifter

A: Small head, never fully dissipates, jet black in color, smooth velvety viscosity.

S: Nose is cocoa, coffee, anise, booze

T: Palate is huge molasses, boozy, grainy toast, hop astringency. Almost tastes like straight molasses with beer flavors added for accent. Nice oaky smoothness around the edges, keeping booze in check, although there is plenty toward the back of the sip. Finishes long and sweet.

M: Chewy and viscous...sticks to every corner of your mouth, in a good way.

This is kind of a classic for me, a go-to decadent stout befor the whole barrel-aged craze took off. This and Speedway, of course.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,296 ratings