1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
The AbyssThe Abyss

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,613 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,613
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,407
Gots: 2,140 | FT: 142
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

65 IBU

Vintages (production numbers from Deschutes):
2006 - Released December 2006 (approx 90 BBL)
2007 - Released January 2008 (approx 350 BBL)
2008 - Released November 2008 (approx 350 BBL)
2009 - Released November 2009 (approx 600 BBL)
2010 - Released December 2010 (approx 600 BBL)
2011 - Released November 2011 (approx 600 BBL)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006)
View: Beers (132) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 4,613 | Reviews: 1,623 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by djbreezy:
Photo of djbreezy
djbreezy

Washington

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 aged 1 year poured into a snifter. Stored at 65-70+ degrees on average with no signs of fatigue.

Appearance - pours viscous and dark, tan head, long lacing, even retention

Smell - aromas of wood, molasses and tobacco

Taste - wood up front followed by a strong molasses/anise combo and some tobacco smokiness, some sweet marshmallow flavors in there as well, quite complex, alcohol is well hidden

Mouthfeel - full body, thick and chewy, slightly dry finish, some warmth, medium/good carbonation

Overall - the age did great work on this one, with complexity to enjoy while sipping, Deschutes knows what's up

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 03:39:50 | More by djbreezy
More User Reviews:
Photo of PickleBucket29
PickleBucket29

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-12-2014 12:41:48 | More by PickleBucket29
Photo of scottgoblue314
scottgoblue314

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-11-2014 19:19:24 | More by scottgoblue314
Photo of Codycusey
Codycusey

North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-11-2014 19:08:59 | More by Codycusey
Photo of Prager62
Prager62

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-11-2014 07:33:00 | More by Prager62
Photo of CrossSideTop
CrossSideTop

Oregon

4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage poured into snifter.

Jesus where to start... The appearance was pitch black, light caramel lacing didn't last long. Didn't need to. Smell was dark smoky malty molassesy bourbony goodness. There was a strange 'briney' smell that burned a little. Don't know how to explain it. Capers? Also some tartness, cranberries, cherries maybe. Taste was huge and complex. Cherries, dark chocolate, molasses, oak in the back. Insanely pleasant aftertaste that lingered forever. Mouthfeel is something I'm still not adept at critiquing, it was lightly carbonated and pleasant. This is the single best beer I've ever had. That may change in the future, but I'm happy to have gotten to experience such an expertly aged beer that was meant for such.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 03:33:55 | More by CrossSideTop
Photo of MikeAndrews
MikeAndrews

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-10-2014 17:24:58 | More by MikeAndrews
Photo of julielynndubee
julielynndubee

Virginia

3/5  rDev -33.6%

07-10-2014 16:04:29 | More by julielynndubee
Photo of joemetric
joemetric

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-10-2014 14:27:33 | More by joemetric
Photo of Oakhtar
Oakhtar

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-10-2014 04:03:13 | More by Oakhtar
Photo of tommyz
tommyz

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6%

07-10-2014 02:32:33 | More by tommyz
Photo of canadianghetto
canadianghetto

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.5%

07-09-2014 22:53:07 | More by canadianghetto
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-09-2014 22:13:27 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
Photo of jaeone
jaeone

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-09-2014 17:56:37 | More by jaeone
Photo of zenwatts
zenwatts

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-09-2014 16:02:39 | More by zenwatts
Photo of loverofthecraft
loverofthecraft

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-09-2014 15:55:15 | More by loverofthecraft
Photo of whatname
whatname

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-09-2014 11:42:23 | More by whatname
Photo of Jeeb
Jeeb

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-09-2014 02:35:19 | More by Jeeb
Photo of PhillipMicupp
PhillipMicupp

California

4/5  rDev -11.5%

07-08-2014 23:20:57 | More by PhillipMicupp
Photo of Skagnetti
Skagnetti

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -6%

07-08-2014 23:19:18 | More by Skagnetti
Photo of bowzer4birdie
bowzer4birdie

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%

07-08-2014 19:46:08 | More by bowzer4birdie
Photo of alpenglocken
alpenglocken

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%

07-08-2014 19:13:27 | More by alpenglocken
Photo of jbogner
jbogner

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-08-2014 14:56:05 | More by jbogner
Photo of jcugafsu
jcugafsu

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-08-2014 02:06:06 | More by jcugafsu
Photo of Joose33
Joose33

Missouri

4/5  rDev -11.5%

07-07-2014 22:44:40 | More by Joose33
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,613 ratings.