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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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100
world-class

5,122 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,122
Reviews: 1,659
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,582
Gots: 2,272 | FT: 163
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)
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Bottling

One of my favorites here, perfectly balanced huge stout. Slow drinker.

VERY dark, not too much carbonation, chocolatey brown head. Smells the way I believe a stout should.

Mild coffee / bourbon flavors, with a tiny hint of what I associate with anise.

I buy the max whenever I see this beer, and usually keep one for drinking THAT NIGHT, and the rest for the cellar...have several 2012s in there right now.

steenkampa, Aug 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

jedschlueter, Feb 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Tiernan, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After all the hype, wait and hunting, I finally found it and it was/is worth every bit of praise!
Served from deuce-deuce into snifter after having been in my backpack for 30 minutes, so was not frosty but not room temp either.
I can't add anything that hasn't been said already but for posterity sake, it's a deep dark IS that is rich and complex, loads of chocolate and coffee and was like heaven.
I essentially killed it on my own over an hour and a half (with the wife trying a few sips) and it got better with each passing minute as it warmed up.
By far the top 2 beers if ever had and probably #1.
Glad I stocked up while I could and have a supplier who can send to me from PDX, because this is amazing!

SanFranJake, Nov 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

readicculus, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

DahWag, Oct 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of NWer
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed a sampler at the brewery in Eugene, on tap at a local establishment, and on nitro at the Deschutes Public House in Portland. It's about time I tick off a review - from memory.
The nitro was the most memorable but in no way demeans the beer I had on-tap. Poured dark of course into a funny looking slender/tall glass.
Sipping it slow. Want it to last forever. Smooth. Flavors: what they said. No need to be repetitive.
Can't say enough about this beer. Alcohol well hidden. No burn at all.
I am so glad I've built up a stash of the '10 and '11 to savor over time. Clearly one of the great beers.

NWer, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

freshflesh, Feb 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

DWolf, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

imagery, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Britton, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Namarsha82, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Beerhunter247, Oct 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

megamass, Mar 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

TraceKlein, Jun 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

reitzbrewing, May 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

BigE90, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

GarrettB714, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

ricoch3t, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just cracked open one of my cellar bottles from 07 enjoyed on october 3rd 08, it was a tad different, the coffee notes were much more pronounced oddly enough, simply divine even with just a year on it, perhaps not my favorite ris, that honor goes to kentucky breakfast stout however this is a very amazing beer im glad i stocked up on, im looking forward to the 08 and plan on buying alot more than i did of the 07

This is my first review and im just entering the beer snob scene so bear with me.

The beer lives up to its name with its pour, pure black with a reasonably decent head.

Smell was amazing with hints of licorice and chocolate

Beer was incredibly smooth and easy on the palette, very easy to drink as well.

Despite being a beer snob for only a few weeks now I can see why this beer gets the respect that it does

jamesm7485, Oct 04, 2008
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

warmbier804, Apr 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Breylan, Dec 12, 2011
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,122 ratings.