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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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 Reserve Batch A: Nice thick head with solid lacing and good retention, obsidian black that blocks all light, a swirl of the glass indicates noticeable viscosity – 5.00, S: The smell is quite boozy and with loads of licorice, there is also a good deal of char/ash and a thick sweetness that resonates on the nose, reminds me of dark fruitcake, oak is detectable but not aggressive, in the depths of the beer I detect a slight melon - 4.50, T: For a monster of a beer this has a wonderfully smooth flow, very slight astringency, licorice and pureed raisin, a little burn from the alcohol but nothing offensive, lots of roasted malts and sharp bitter bakers chocolate – 4.5, M: Mild grittiness and delicate syrupiness – 4.5, D: Extremely drinkable for an 11.1% beer, I ignored the ‘Best After’ date of Nov 1, 2013 by several months which may have compromised the experience a bit, but overall this is an exceptional beer – 5.0

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

2010 batch. Poured from a waxed bomber into a Victory tulip

A- pours jet black with a one finger dark brown head that fades quickly. Dear god, a luxurious, beautiful pour...love it

S- lots of chocolate and some mild bourbon heat. Awesome

T- bourbon, chocolate, and wow. Holy crap is this flavorful and delicious

M- huge body. Super thick. Wow

O- yeah, this is pretty awesome. Perfectly balanced and delicious

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle (2011 vintage) poured into a snifter.

A: Beautiful pitch black beer with a nice mocha head that leaves amazing lacing.
S: Smell is very faint. Small amounts of dark chocolate, some dark fruits and not much else. Tiny amount of oak.
T: Disappointing. Very bitter chocolate and licorice. Kinda bland to be honest.
M: Thin/medium bodied. Thinner than I expected for sure. Dry finish. Leaves a weird film in the mouth and bitterness stays lingering for so long. Feeling reminds me of my mouth as I leave the dentist. Not pleasant.
O: This was a disappointing beer. Smells good, tastes alright but the mouthfeel just makes it a mess. Surprising because this has been properly cellared at 55 degrees since purchased. Given the high praise though I'll give the benefit of the doubt. I'd definitely be willing to try it again to see if it was just a bad bottle.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 7,158 ratings
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