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

A: Pours a thick, hearty black with a huge, billowing toffee colored head.

S: Big roasted malt and coffee notes. Bitter baker's chocolate and a hint of vanilla follow.

T: Lots of toasted malt and bitter chocolate. Coffee, caramel and vanilla notes are present. Mild oak character and a lingering sweetness follow.

M: Big, thick, hearty and creamy. An excellentbody for an imperial stout.

O: A really nice, roasty, thick imperial stout. I would love more barrel character, but still an excellent beer. Definitely worth a try.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Red Hot in Tacoma, WA on 12/21/12.

A: Black oil with a tiny rim of dark brown head. Just as I would expect this beer to pour.

S: Baker's chocolate, wood, and very dark roasted malts stick out right away. Some dark fruit as it warms.

T: Dark chocolate and deep, dark malts from the beginning. Somewhat nutty and cherry flavors mix well with the wood/oak character. Blends very well together.

M: Velvet smoothness, thick, and carbonation is soft.

O: One of the best I've had for this style. Really glad I got to try it on tap.

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

2011 batch poured into a Hardywood GBS snifter. I have to admit this review is a bit bias, I am somewhat new to the game of aging beers (abt 2 years) I have tried some hyped beers and I am cellaring others, other than a 2009 Stone IRS which I just opened this past christmas, this is the first hyped beer that I've had that has been aged properly, about 15 months. Pours a dense black, i've seen worse reading some of the ratings i've read, with a very thin lacing. On the nose you pick up different notes each sniff, caramel, coffee, oak, toffee, chocolate, licorice. I take my first sip and i'm done. This is one of the most smooth, complex imperial stouts i have ever tasted. I am not worthy, one of the best beers I've ever had, going to drink the rest of this in peace. Cheers

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First review. Appearance is dark with 1 finger of off white/brownish 1 finger head.

Smell- Dark fruit with background dark chocolate.

Taste: I'm picking up dark chocolate but also cinnamon and dark fruit.

mouthfeel: Full and rich. really nice

Overall: Very nice and happy to have some extra bottles for aging. I think oakey notes will be well developed.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,295 ratings