The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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

Finally got to try this at Binny's South Loop "Welcome to Chicago" party.

I've had many imperial stouts in my life, so I will focus on what I feel makes this one different/better. Starting with the likes:

Crema: I really like the carbonation and head retention. Swirl it around in the glass and it keeps producing a nice "crema" like you'd see on a shot of espresso.

Dry: Sometimes this style can be overly sweet. Not Abyss. This one is drinkable.

Body: Not overly syrupy.

Dislikes: The only think I didn't like was it didn't seem to have much barrel character. I think I would pay more attention to this next time. I must have drank it too fast Also, near the end the coffee-like flavors started to build on the palate and I was ready to move on to something else.

The Porter XXIV was next and I much preferred it. Awesome beers!

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Bottle 2011 dec 2012

A: black and beeeeutifull. Finger thick head coffee colored head thick lacing.

S: lota dried fruits. Chocolate cherry booze. Un b leeevable

T: cherries and chocolate followed by dried fruit and booze. Nice bitter finish.

M: thick and sticky. Perfff

O: had one a year ago and wish I woulda taken notes. Knock or compliment, this is the only deschutes beer I love. Home run year after year. Keepumcomin

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Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- jet black, 1/2" brown head

S- smoke, cherry, leather, earthy, woody notes, alcohol

T- intense dark chocolate, smoke, cherry, slit alcohol, acidic after taste

M- oily, low carbonation, belly warming alcohol

O- an awesome sipper. The cherry bark gives it a unique aroma/flavor, there's really no hint of bourbon and the alcohol is fairly tame and complements the flavor nicely. I was hoping for a creamy mouthfeel but i got oily. Still a great brew and i'm glad i have another to age.

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Review from 2011 release.

A: Pours black with small, mocha colored head. Not much head retention and minimal spotty lacing left behind.

S: Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Licorice, caramelized sugar, oak and some dark fruit.

T: Bitter chocolate, molasses and oak. Dark fruit that is a bit over-the-top and off-putting to me. A metallic tinge that fades as the beer warms to room temperature.

M: Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Would have liked a heavier body.

O: Good beer, but not one to write home about.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,311 ratings