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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,652 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,652
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,416
Gots: 2,148 | FT: 143
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-27-2011 02:15:54 | More by injuredreserve
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4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 vintage cracked on 12/25/11.

Pours a pitch black with a big dark, tan head.

Smells of toast/bread and roasted malt with notes of molasses and licorice with hints of caramel and bourbon.

Taste is bourbon and molasses up front that blend with licorice and chocolate and coffee. There are notes of oak and vanilla in the middle with a coffee/oak/chocolate finish that lasts for ages. Complex and so smooth. Still, I bet another year would do wonders. The licorice stands out.

Heavy body with lower carbonation are perfect for the style, smooth, and warming with alcohol.

This is such an interesting and complex beer but smooth and not too harsh in any way. Great all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 22:35:40 | More by TenHornsProud
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4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried to get this one several times. Finally gots my hands on some in Reno,NV. It was fantastic. Poured as dark as could be with a redish head. Very complex with the barrel aging, lots of licorice and mild coffee.
This was a very smooth stout that I would drink over and over. I would say hands down the best from this brewery. Get you some.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 18:27:45 | More by richalexander78
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-26-2011 14:44:00 | More by debuscher22
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-26-2011 13:54:15 | More by cdwil
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-26-2011 04:09:45 | More by Demer
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4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a miniature Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a dark, jet black color with a light brown head. Very little lacing that dissipates very quickly.

S: Rich aroma of molasses, licorice cherry, and hints of burnt vanilla. I sensed oak and some roasted smoky malts.

T: Tastes very similar to the smell. Licorice overwhelms the palate at first but as the beer warms the sweet molasses overtakes the beer and mellows to a bittersweet after taste.

M: Definitely full bodied and as it warms it gets smoother. Hardly can tell that this is 11.0 ABV.

O: This is as close to beer nirvana as you can get. Truly an American classic and a definite yearly get IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 01:17:33 | More by Finatic
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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared 2011 Vintage with father-in-law on Christmas Day.

A: Dark as they come..completely opaque. Finger or so of frothy mocha head...lots of spotty lacing and thick film.

S: This has a pretty sweet smell. Chocolate, licorice, roasted malts. Hard to put my finger on it, but this has a very savory smell.

T: Not as sweet as the smell...more balanced. Nice roasted flavors with chocolate, licorice, light vanilla, oak...just a little bit of bite from the alcohol.

M: Incredibly thick, chewy and rich. Perfect.

O: This beer certainly deserves the hype and is nearly perfect. Having had the 09 and 10 vintages last week at a tasting, I'd say this falls between the two...2010 being the best. Excellent beer that I look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 01:16:38 | More by titosupertramp
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-25-2011 20:20:02 | More by TexAggie011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-25-2011 15:05:25 | More by Balvenie
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4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: a darkness that has gravity, light bends toward it. Blackness. How much more black can it be? The answer is "no more black". Great, thick brown head and super clingy tan lacing. Its a sight to behold.

Smell: espresso, a hint of anise, some oak, some char.

Taste: Creamy roasted malt, almost a bit of burnt flavor but not enough to call it a defect. Flavor of licorice runs throughout. Sweetness is rounded by some dark fruit, chocolate-- accented with just a bit of harsh "coffee-like" bitterness.

Super thick, syrupy, and chewy mouthfeel.

As good a stout as can be without being the best. It has all the great qualities one would hope for in a premium Imperial stout, just a hair too much licorice flavor for me to call it my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 05:27:41 | More by KBomb
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3.78/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 deschuttes the abyss
22 oz bomber poured into tulip glass
  Appearence  black as night,  Two finger head drops to a nice tight cap
Lacing clings nicely to glass
  Nose slightly sour initially, quickly replaced by chocolate and coffee
  Taste strong bitter coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit background, slighly smokey, alcohol heat at the end
  Mouthfeel smooth and creamy
  Overall nice drinkability for an 11% beer, didn't detect anything sour.  Very good stout, probably over-hyped but still an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 05:15:09 | More by Fermenticusrex
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A - Pours a dark brown almost black color with a tan/coffee head almost an inch thick. A thin ring sticks around afterwards.

S - Licorice and molasses stick out very well along with hints of dark chocolate and faint scents of coffee and brown sugar. No booze smell but a nice mix.

T - Licorice and some dark fruits. Some hints of dark chocolate and coffee as well.

M - Just a smooth creamy texture with a slightly bitter finish. Very nice.

O - Excellent brew. can't wait to have another one!!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 04:12:19 | More by brstls4drmrs
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-25-2011 04:11:41 | More by jds16
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the aged 2010 and 2011 yesterday on tap at the Front Door in Boise. Had tasters of both and decided to go with the 2010. It seemed a bit sweeter. Black coffee pour with a finger of espresso foam that did not dissipate as quick as I was expecting. Was initially hard to pull much aroma, but as it warmed up the boquet of wisky and dark chocolate came out.
I could taste some dark fruit, but cherry really came out with light coffe and chocolate hints. I really milked the pour to allow other flavors to come out as it warmed up- and was not dissapointed. I was expecting quite a bit going in and was very satisfied.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 03:55:23 | More by Glibber
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-25-2011 01:31:29 | More by elec
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-24-2011 22:02:18 | More by pzymali
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-24-2011 16:34:34 | More by brokentee
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-24-2011 14:49:10 | More by LancashireSam
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-24-2011 06:01:15 | More by bigoteetoe
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4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from stout tasting. 2011 vintage.

A- black, light tan bubbly head and some lacing.

S- lots of oak, coffee

T- again nice oak taste, coffee and some licorice.

M- full body and nice creamy feel.

O- very good stout. Nice oak taste and aroma. Better than the 2009 vintage I had a year ago (don't think it was infected?).

2010 vintage, drank 9/11/12. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

4-A- Pours pitch black with a thick 1 finger tan head. Small bubbles of lacing cling to the edge of the glass.

4-S- Roast, chocolate, anise, faint smoke aroma.

4.5T- chocolate, licorice, sweeter molasses, oak.

4.5M- Full body with medium carbonation. Has a nice creamy feel.

4-O- Very good RIS. Molasses isn't overly bitter, and has no bourb

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 04:43:15 | More by kawilliams81
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-24-2011 00:17:24 | More by jophish17
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-23-2011 23:58:42 | More by heresy22
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-23-2011 06:49:12 | More by plickxt
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-23-2011 04:26:14 | More by crbooher
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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