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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,679 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,679
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,420
Gots: 2,157 | FT: 145
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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MJSJr

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-12-2013 16:36:02 | More by MJSJr
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jds16

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-25-2011 04:11:41 | More by jds16
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badboyrsl84

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours a coal black liquid with a short living head of foam. Head however laces the glass all the way down to the last drop.

It smells of alcohol and roasted bitter chocolatey greatness. A semi sweet kick of some vanilla I think due to barrel aging

Its very smooth in the mouth with a kick of alcohol. carbonation up front with a Hershey chocolate syrup finish. AMAZING. I get a slight oakyness in the middle of this but not very noticible till the end when you get an aftertaste of roasted wood with the chocolate.

I am thoroughly convinced this is one of my top 3 imperial stouts .

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 20:46:41 | More by badboyrsl84
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

01-28-2014 15:35:04 | More by KCBeerNerd
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dcisco44

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-16-2013 02:50:54 | More by dcisco44
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-26-2011 05:16:30 | More by RMoeNay
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Ctrauty

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

05-20-2013 01:27:16 | More by Ctrauty
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-13-2013 03:13:19 | More by jaydoc
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jdmandel

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-13-2012 05:07:27 | More by jdmandel
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BBrewington

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

01-08-2013 23:32:59 | More by BBrewington
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Austin_M

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-25-2014 21:13:23 | More by Austin_M
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mattsmith413

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

10-24-2013 14:16:50 | More by mattsmith413
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uncccegr

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

04-28-2013 00:28:50 | More by uncccegr
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Lorianneb

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

05-12-2013 16:08:57 | More by Lorianneb
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TheKitten

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

03-12-2013 23:51:16 | More by TheKitten
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Abyss (2008 vintage, Sep 2009) into Stone IRS glass

A moderate pour generates a light sucking black body with a dense,
creamy medium brown head of one finger depth that drags sheets of
beautiful multicolored lace down with it.

Nose is all over the place. Molasses, sweet milk and dark chocolates,
rich oak, light bourbon and oak notes, vanilla, chocolate chip
cookies, cinnamon, light roasted coffee, faint licorice. A soft milk
shake sweetness underlying everything.

Licorice, molasses, anise, pine needle hops, toasted coconut, dark
cherries, dark cocoa, bourbon, toasted oak. Sweet Jesus, this is pure
gold.

Mouth is immensely thick and chewy, heavy with tiny, tiny bubbles
throughout. Perfect and dense.

I do believe I could drink this complex and rich brew fovever, if it
weren't for the high (but impeccably masked) ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 12:56:51 | More by Flashsp2
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inpenetrable opaque black with a dark chocolate milk head that dies slow. Smells very complex. Chocolate, cherries, hops, roast, smoke, all make appearances on different sniffs. Taste does the same as the smell. Shows a different delicious flavor each sip. Dark chocolate shows up the most..mmm. This one meets the hype. Full in the mouth and a sipper indeed but complete bliss in each sip!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 19:26:55 | More by franksnbeans
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FlyingKelly

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-01-2013 19:38:49 | More by FlyingKelly
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Absolut

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

05-13-2013 18:46:50 | More by Absolut
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JonNunes

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

02-02-2013 08:24:47 | More by JonNunes
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Buannaich

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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Curt1

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

06-09-2013 21:12:25 | More by Curt1
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iamshad

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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Donsmitty

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

02-27-2013 13:12:04 | More by Donsmitty
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clave567

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

10-30-2012 22:52:40 | More by clave567
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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