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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4.44/5  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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip at the foundry in Kansas city. 2012 i pumped!!
Pours a deep blackout color with a finger off tan brown head. Crazy sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas of roasted malts and anise, chocolate, and sweet caramel malts.
Such an amazing taste...bitter roasted malt undertones but big chocolatey anise sweetness. Wow...this is a fantastic stout. Truly an amazing beer worthy of the hype.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,271 ratings