Deschutes The Abyss is one of the most sought after limited release beers that are available in my area, and I wasn’t planning on finding any this year, but tonight I was in a liquor store that isn’t particularly craft-centric and they had some. Zoink! The Abyss is an American Imperial Stout with 11% Alcohol By Volume (ABV). I put it in the fridge for about an hour but that is as long as I am going to last without cutting the wax on this beaut.
11% of The Abyss is aged in oak wine barrels, 11% is aged in oak barrels and 6% is aged in oak bourbon barrels.
Deschutes The Abyss is a pitch black colored beer, with no light able to penetrate at any point when held up to a source. A medium sized, dark brown head floats atop, leaving a solid sheet of lacing behind as the beer is consumed.
The nose has black and chocolate malts, some roasted, darker fruits, oaky notes, hints of bourbon, with some citrusy hops lingering in the background.
Complexity reigns supreme in the taste, with the taste evolving as it rolls over the tongue. Starting with black and chocolate malts, with a complementary roast, molasses, lots of darker fruit notes, cherries, plums, oak and bourbon, hints of vanilla, red wine, black licorice, with bright grapefruit notes in the hop finish. Alcohol provides a bit of spice but is blended well. The mouth is full bodied and smoothly carbonated.
I have had a number of vintages of Deschutes The Abyss, both aged and fresh, and it never fails to impress. It is one of those beers that I would brush my teeth with if my dentist and financial situation would allow me to do so. Any time you come across The Abyss, buy some.
Deschutes The Abyss : A+
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Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz