The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a snifter at the first ever Nobi Public House tasting on March 10, 2013. Thanks to a non-BA member Tim, who brought this and the 2010 Jubel.

Pours a beautiful dark brown almost black. Good finger and a half head that settled to a thin lacing. Very nice for an almost 2 year old bottle. Smells of coffee, chocolate and what I can only call deliciousness. This is truly a delight even before taking a sip.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee and oakey notes I assume from barrels. A good amount of coffee bitterness is still present and balances out the tastes perfectly. This bottle has aged very well.

I normally wouldn't review a beer that I had only at a tasting but its Abyss and I sort of hoarded it and drank a bit more than the typical tasting amount, nobody seemed to mind.

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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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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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