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: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 2011 vintage, 'Best After 8-4-12'. This is brewed with blackstrap molasses, licorice, with cherry bark and vanilla added. 6% was aged in bourbon barrels, 11% in oak barrels, and 11% in wine barrels. Poured into two Chimay chalices to split with my wife to celebrate my 30th birthday...stepping into the abyss as it were...

Appearance: Viscous dark brown on the pour, to utter black in the goblet. Large mocha cap (surprising for the age and abv) with nice stick.

Smell: Nose is rich dark chocolate, maybe a bit of brownie batter, dry roasted grain, a bit of generic dark red fruit, and ghost of booziness. Rich and inviting.

Taste: Wow. As much as Dark Lord disappointed me, Abyss lives up to what I expected. It starts a dark red fruitiness and semi-sweet dark chocolate before moving onto dry, dusty burnt grains. Sweet, viscous beer, but it ends relatively dry, with a somewhat bitter bite with what might be a touch of oak tannin as well. Alcohol is present, readily perceived, but not at all hot; it's well integrated and actually adds to the enjoyment of the beer. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Rich, but with enough carbonation to keep it from being heavy.

Overall: Finally, a 'big boy' beer that lives up to the hype! I was infinitely disappointed in Dark Lord after pining after it for several years, but I can honestly say I'm not at all disappointed with this. The bitterness actually gets stronger throughout the glass to the point it's almost a bit much, and it's clear that this beer could EASILY and gracefully handle another two years in the bottle. Nonetheless, I'm really bummed out that I missed the 2012 vintage. Good stuff!

93-94/100 A

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. black with a light brown head.

S. Coco aroma.

T. Reminds me of dark chocolate mixed with water. Must age if you want more sweetness.

M. Thinner than I would expect. Goes well with chocolate candy, preferably milk chocolate.

Overall can be placed with heavy hitter stouts but will fall last in line.

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4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in a great trade with Mar02x! Pitch black pour with a beautiful two finger caramel colored head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is dark and roasty mocha initially and opens up nicely with big vinous notes and hints of licorice, black cherries, booze, vanilla and coffee. The taste is just as bold and complex with lots of wood and roasty dark chocolate along with hints of burnt coffee, molasses, licorice, oak, leather, black cherries, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a ton of vinous character and a great bitter warming booze burn on the finish. Overall, I really like how the wine barrel aging emerged and really gave it a unique character that makes it stand out from many of the other big barrel aged stouts. Thanks Mark!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Reserve popped in the first week of December of the same year. Says "Best After 11/1/13" but screw it! Pours black with big brown creamy head. Hangs around for a bit with lots of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted grains, molasses, hints of black licorice, and dark fruits. Don’t get any bourbon or vanilla on the nose, but still smells very nice. Interesting flavor. Strong roasted flavor with seriously bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol warmth on the finish. I do get a bit of the barrel addition, but it is very subtle. Solid stout, but was hoping for a bit more vanilla/chocolate/molasses. Will have to grab another one to mature and see how that helps it. (4.24)

Revisiting now with a 2015 bottle and I must say, this just isn't very good. Seems nearly completely flat, strange wine notes don't mesh with the molassess,, and then there's some ash to go along. Disappointed again. (3.70)

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