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: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

2012 vintage on-tap at Deschutes' Portland brewpub. 6 (or 8?) oz. served in a Rastal on November 28th, 2012.

A - It's awful dark in the brewpub, but this still looks pretty black. Medium khaki head that sticks around surprisingly well. Great soapy lacing and plentiful legs.

S - The most striking quality is a blend of caramel corn and a rich, almost buttered, almond aroma. underlying dark chocolate, very slight overripe cherry, and char.

T - Front-end is espresso bean. Mid palate brings in a balancing sweetness of milk chocolate which quickly morphs into a deeper roasted nutty character. I might sense a bit of that more vineous note but it's really subtle.

M - Medium body, good medium carbonation, appropriately smooth into a semi dry finish. Quite nice.

D - I always have grouped this together with Dark Lord and Darkness (and perhaps Kate the Great as well). Of those main three, this is right in the middle for overall impressions. It's enjoyable, but I'm unsure how memorable this will be.

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I've had this brew many times and this is the first time I've had a chance to review it. 2010 vintage aged in my own personal cellar.

This is really like staring into the abyss of night. No light escapes it, even against the light. There is a little head, densely packed in tiny bubbles around the glass. Lots of licorice and chocolate: milk and dark. Oak aroma is sweet and far from abrasive. Some vanilla notes accompany the smooth alcohol aroma. The flavor washes in slowly: licorice, lots of molasses richness, and slight alcohol burn to remind me of what I'm drinking. Some bakers chocolate and slight vanilla with a tinge of oak burn. Finish is super dry and body is full. This is a rich ass beer that is great for special occasions: like brewing a winter brown.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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