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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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100
world-class

4,797 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,797
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,456
Gots: 2,183 | FT: 149
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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steenkampa

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

08-08-2013 21:23:21 | More by steenkampa
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jedschlueter

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-26-2014 14:48:01 | More by jedschlueter
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Tiernan

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-18-2013 02:42:44 | More by Tiernan
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SanFranJake

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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!

11-29-2012 13:00:34 | More by SanFranJake
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readicculus

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2011 17:21:25 | More by readicculus
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-03-2013 15:00:51 | More by bulldogg915
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NWer

Washington

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

01-08-2012 23:21:20 | More by NWer
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freshflesh

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-15-2014 05:12:39 | More by freshflesh
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-31-2011 02:37:43 | More by DWolf
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imagery

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-15-2011 21:18:37 | More by imagery
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Britton

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-18-2011 03:46:18 | More by Britton
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Namarsha82

Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-13-2011 18:00:48 | More by Namarsha82
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megamass

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-25-2012 22:14:21 | More by megamass
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TraceKlein

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-20-2014 03:06:23 | More by TraceKlein
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-22-2014 01:33:32 | More by reitzbrewing
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BigE90

Washington

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-17-2011 02:30:10 | More by BigE90
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GarrettB714

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-04-2011 01:33:36 | More by GarrettB714
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ricoch3t

Colorado

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-17-2011 06:09:03 | More by ricoch3t
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jamesm7485

Colorado

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

10-04-2008 03:23:06 | More by jamesm7485
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-12-2012 01:28:58 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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warmbier804

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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Cynic-ale

Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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Breylan

Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-12-2011 00:03:59 | More by Breylan
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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TCJosh

Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-18-2013 23:18:29 | More by TCJosh
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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