1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
The AbyssThe Abyss

Educational use only; do not reuse.

5,735 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,735
Reviews: 1,768
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 2,665
Gots: 2,941 | FT: 246
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

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)
View: Beers (155) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 5,735 | Reviews: 1,768
Photo of steenkampa
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of jedschlueter
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Tiernan
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of readicculus
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DahWag
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of bulldogg915
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NWer
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed a sampler at the brewery in Bend, 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.

Photo of freshflesh
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DWolf
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of imagery
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Britton
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Namarsha82
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Beerhunter247
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of megamass
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TraceKlein
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of reitzbrewing
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BigE90
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ricoch3t
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jamesm7485
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Photo of warmbier804
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Breylan
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
5/5  rDev +11.1%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,735 ratings.