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The Abyss 2018 Reserve | Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.45/5
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5 Ratings
The Abyss 2018 ReserveThe Abyss 2018 Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout brewed with blackstrap molasses and licorice, dry spiced with cherry bark and vanilla bean, 50% aged in bourbon, wine, and new Oregon oak barrels.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
5
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of alextastic
3.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very carbonated and very light in body, not at all how I like my stouts. The carbonation is visible from the get go, with a thick, soda-like head that sits atop a dark, almost black pour. The vanilla and barrels are there in the nose, but only if you let it warm up a bit. Taste is underwhelming, faint notes of the molasses and oak, but they fade quickly thanks to the obnoxious carbonation. Sad I took a chance on this one, not worth the price ($16.99 at a local store) or my time.

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Photo of brew-Ed
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wasatch
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz. Bomber
Black Wax/Capped
2018 Reserve
Bottled On: 09/15/18
ABV: 11%

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which leaves some small islands/oil slicks and some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, roasty, licorice, vanilla, very nice chocolate/toffee, very nice dark fruit, with some very nice bourbon/wine/oak notes. The taste is absolutely delicious malty, nice sweetness, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, licorice, dark fruits, very nice touch of bourbon/wine/oak, nice little roastyness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, goes down very smoothly, with a slight dry finish. Overall, this is an exceptional brew. Glad to have found a bottle this year.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Imperial stout brewed with blackstrap molasses and licorice, dry spiced with cherry bark and vanilla bean, 50% aged in bourbon, wine, and new Oregon oak barrels... 11% abv, bottled 9/15/18...

Opaque black pour fills the glass with black-bodied beer under a dark foam head a fat finger high... Incredible aromatics preview an intense medley of flavors... Red wine fruit notes like currants and cherry, woody tannins of oak, herbal chickory and anise, sweet cocoa, dry coffee char, and silky vanilla... The flavors percolate and circulate to and fro - the sweetness never goes too far, a bitter drying effect quick to pull it in... the body is full and smooth, somehow taut but forgiving, and with a drying finish like a fine wine or spirit...

Delivers on all the ingredients, harmoniously blended into a very unique and elegant drink... This is one of the most complex, intriguing, and rewarding beers I've had, and I'd recommend it heartily - not sure how it'll age, but if you've got one now, pop the cap without hesitation...

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The Abyss 2018 Reserve from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 5 ratings