Deschutes Brewing in Bend, Oregon is an established name in the large scale craft beer world. Along the lines of Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, Deschutes was an early force against the big domestic breweries. They made their reputation on solid beers like Mirror Pond Pale, and continue to branch out and offer special editions each year.
The Abyss is indeed a very special edition, as a limited release that probes the upper limits their stout experience and is available as a limited release. Identifying itself as an Imperial Stout, it does indeed deliver heavy, and complex flavors with strong 11%ABV. I consider Imperial Stouts to be my favorite genre of beer (for now), and this bottle does not disappoint.
Oddly, it lacks the sweeter finish of most Imperial Stouts and comes across a bit dry at the end. Additionally, the flavor profile itself doesn’t seem to reach its maximum potential as seen in other Imperials. Dark and heavy, yes, but not quite within reach of the most insane special editions.
An easy 4/5. Stout lovers will definitely appreciate what this bottle has to offer. Whatever it lacks on the best Imperials, it still is no slouch.