The Abyss by Deschutes

Tasting: December 24, 2014
Style: Imperial Stout
Beer #: 675

The Abyss 2013 Reserve Imperial Stout

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The Abyss

From the label of The Abyss: It’s dark, deep and mysterious. This imperial stout has immeasurable depth inviting you to explore and discover its rich, complex profile. The flavor of this special brew draws you in further and further with each sip. The Abyss: Malt beverage brewed with black strap molasses, licorice with cherry bark and vanilla added with 6% aged in oak bourbon barrels, 11% aged in oak barrels and 11% aged in oak wine barrels.

Best after 8/16/14 with an ABV of 11%.

I acquired two bomber-sized bottles of The Abyss in two separate trades. Nice wax dipped neck presentation.

Out of the gate, I find The Abyss amazingly complex – definitely get the unique molasses flavor and some musty wood. My taste buds can identify the advertised licorice but is tucked below a smokey base. That smokey base increases sip after sip almost to a point where it wears out its welcome. Comparing The Abyss to another barrel-aged stout is tricky. It does remind me somewhat of The Bruery’s Smoking Wood. I had higher expectations for The Abyss but all in all, it was nice – 92 points.

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