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: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 bottle that had me searching all over hell's half acre for it. Took me several minutes to get through the wax, they take this beer seriously.

A: Pours a black motor oil with a fantastic mouth watering brown dark khaki 1.5 finger head. This beer really shines in the appearance, might be the best barrel aged stout I've seen.

S: Huge barrel notes, oak is prevalent. Chocolate and coffee notes as well. Not all that over powering, or air freshner beer that I like to call. I don't just want to sit and smell this the way I would with a FSW Anniversary, ST Backwater series, or a Victory at Sea.

T: Oh wow, this beer delivers. Thick chocolate, creamy, coffee notes, malty back bone. Sweet finish. Tons of chocolate on this one.

M: Smooth, full bodied, creamy and lasting sweetness.

O: Great beer, worth the hunt, worth the price, will buy again next season.

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

22 oz bomber purchased at Capital Market Dec 2012 poured

A: Opaque. Average head dies down to a persistent bit around the edge. Lacing is ok, not as delicate as I'd hoped, but acceptable none-the-less.

S/T: Dark chocolate. Black cherry. Licorice. Subtle hint of bourbon turns a bit boozy as it warms, but remains pleasant.

M: Thick when it's cold, and smooth when it's warm. Nice all the way around.

O: Haven't had a Deschutes in a while, but this makes me think of Obsidian on steroids - a good thing. Fairly complex, but easy to approach, and changes just a bit as it warms, keeping my interest. A bit pricey at $15/22 oz, not a daily choice, but definitely something to pick up and shelve for later!

revised 5/13 - still wonderful, just has more competition in my brain from some of the other great brews out there. it's a great time to be a beer enthusiast :)

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Nice and pitch black good lacing on the glass.

The smell is rich a little boozy but not overwhelming, hints of molasses, chocolate and some fruit comes through.

Taste first the sweetness begins and rolls into the bitterness presented. But the overall flavor makes this beer very complex and fantastic. The fruity currants and rich molasses blend so well together and the bitterness makes this a force to be reckoned with.

GREAT imperial stout

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,183 ratings
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