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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,650
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,637
Gots: 2,843 | FT: 231
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)
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4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at Tacoma Boys. This is the 2012 offering.
Pours a rich molasses color, with a creamy tan head that recedes down to some light bubbles.
Aromas of wine and cocoa. Some coffee and dark chocolate as well.
Big bold heavy flavor. Chocolate and wine. Interesting and enhanced by the silky creamy texture. Dry heavy alcohol, metallic aftertaste. Texture is very good. One to savor for sure. Great beer. The aftertaste is slightly offputting to me but not so much that it ruins it. This kind of reminds of a valentines day type beer, with the chocolate and wine.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.12/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2010 VIntage poured into CBS tulip.

Appearance: Pours jet black. Thin to be expected for a beer with some age on it.

Smell: Bourbon!!! Molasses, dark fig. Lots of Bourbon.

Taste: Bourbon again, sweet, almost to cloying, Licorice and some dark candy.

Mouth feel: Viscous a little thin and a little hot. The thinness is to be expected with some age so it's not too much of a turn off.

Overall: Good but not integrated enough. A bit too sweet and bourbon heavy. I should add a foot note that I prefer non BA beers to BA versions, but this one is sooo Bourbon Heavy it's a little off putting. Just wasn't integrated enough.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage

Served in Deschutes Tulip.

Aroma: Coffee, Carmel, Booze
Appearance: Pours a jet black color with pretty much no head
Flavor: The flavor felt a little roasted to me with a notch of sweetness. It just felt bland and unmemorable.
Palate: Thick and oily
Overall Impression: I was shocked that I didn’t like this more. I’ve been wanting to try this beer for a while. I have some 2010 and 2011 Vintages that I am still excited to try and feel like this might've just needed more time to condition. I drank the bottle 10 days after the '12 release. That said, I still think this is an above average beer, but I think my expectations exceeded what I got.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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

2009 edition, served into a snifter, shared with Asgeirr on a sunny evening in the arctic spring 2012.

A: Abyssmal darkness that descends into the utter void of reality. The light is banished from this infernal brew. Beautiful fluffy crown worthy an emperor. Perfect look!

S: The essential smell is cherryinfused dark chocolate. Alongside we pick up scents like butter, dark molasses, vanilla perfectly integrated with subtle earthiness.

T: Dark fruit, plums at first and then dark chocolate, soysauce, vanilla. There's also a burnt touchdrop of coffee and at the very end a hint of some tart chewy apples. Oh, the complexity!

M: Full, medium carbonation. Creamy. Lays gently on your tounge and whispers smoothly to your palate while creating gastronomic extasy!

O: Could this beer be better? I don't think so. It's got everything you could aske for in an imperial stout and all the tastes and smells are delicately integrated and balanced. This is the first beer I am willing to give straight A's! I went into the abyss and came back a changed man, an enlightened man.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,650 ratings.