Deschutes The Abyss

I always open a special bottle of beer for my birthday and this year, it happened to be this one. I picked this beer up in Philly and let it cellar for awhile. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 12.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: After I found this beer in Philly after searching for years for a bottle, I kept finding it everywhere.

This beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on my snifter glass. The body was an inky black color with no visible carbonation due to how dark the color was. On the nose, I got dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco and black licorice. This was a complex beer for sure. The taste was filled with vanilla and bourbon up front. The black licorice came through as well, but it wasn’t as strong as the nose. It also had a lot of bitter espresso and dark chocolate. There was a small amount of booze warming at the end. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with licorice and espresso. This was not a cheap beer at $22.99 for the bomber, which broke down to $1.05 per ounce. Despite the hefty pricetag, I would definitely have this beer again. It was perfection in a glass.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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