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Deschutes The Abyss 2011


This is always a special release that I look forward to. I’ve had several vintages of this beer and always like to see the differences on each batch. Deschutes is one of my very favorite breweries, and their reserve stuff is unbelievable. Let’s see how this year’s batch is.

Imperial Stout. 11.0% ABV. 65 IBUs. Oregon. Limited Release.

About as dark as they get, but does have some dark brown on the edges.

I don’t even know where to begin on the nose. There’s chocolate, smoke, anise, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. It has a slight earthyness, but the sweetness comes across heavy.

Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than I was expecting, but it’s still a huge body.

Give me a second to consult the thesaurus. All of the above, from the nose. There’s some much flavor in here, it’s ridiculous. But it’s not just the flavor, it’s the balance. Nothing overtakes the palate. The length is tremendous with chocolate and coffee.

This is one of the most complex, delicious, and balanced beers that I’ve had. This is drinking extremely well right now. It’s possible this won’t age quite as well as previous vintages, but don’t worry about it. Buy it. 96 points.

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