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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,725 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,725
Reviews: 1,768
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,666
Gots: 2,936 | FT: 243
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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Ratings: 5,725 | Reviews: 1,768
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

600ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

2009 Reserve edition. Best after: 11/1/2010 printed in the left side of the label.

A: Pours a deep brown to black color forming a absolutely beautiful creamy and thin bubbled beige to brow head. Multi tonalities of brown lacings are formed on the top. Excellent retention and only small spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top

S: Very sweet and malty upfront. Strong notes of wood, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong notes of dark fruits, mix of grapes, raisins and figs, mainly. Licorice and caramel. Roasted malts and a some notes of alcohol in the end

T: Perfect taste. Sweet upfront with strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, caramel, caramel malts, oak, grapes, raisins, figs, smoked malts... End is bitter but not extremely. Bitterness is mainly made of roasted malts than hops

M: Heavy body. Creamy and molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Roasted malts bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. A perfect beer is hard to judge

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

2010 Vintage

Poured into a tulip glass black with a one finger tan head. Low retention and minimal lacing. The scent is strong of chocolate with a hint of oak. Where's the bourbon? Despite it being a 2010 vintage, alcohol is still strong in the scent. The taste is is chocolate goodness, very sweet. The licorice is faint, which is fine by me (I hate licorice). But again, where's the bourbon? There is alot of alcohol warmth with this, which might be the bourbon, but I'm missing the flavor for some reason. The body is good and thick.

I've got more vintages in my "texas cellar" (back of the fridge), so I'll have to add those over the next couple years.

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4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bomber poured into a Westvleteren Goblet. Printing on bottle reads: 11.1% ABV and Best after 11/01/13 - it's about 9 months prior to that right now.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown and leaves very little head. The name seems to be accurately picked based on the pour.

Smell: Chocolate, figs, some coffee, plums, fire/smoke. Very interesting aroma - I can tell that this one will change a lot as it ages.

Taste: Dark chocolate, molasses, some vanilla, as well as some figs and plums. Very interesting, and different from other barrel aged brews I've had. A hint of cherry in there as well which is great.

Mouth-feel: Quite thick, but the carbonation is evident. Quite nice to chew around a bit to feel out all the flavors. Quite complex.

Overall: This is a very interesting brew. As I said earlier, I can tell this one will definitely change with age. It is very enjoyable right now though - so many flavors in this one. It has a nice smokiness to it that really makes it stand out from other barrel aged stouts. This is a classic and I recommend it to all.

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4.61/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Just had 2008. This beer ages amazingly!!! I'm not one for tasting notes, just trust me that it's worth grabbing an aged bottle if you can, or sitting on one and coming back to it in a few years.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Libbey for this one... 2012 Vintage.

A: Pours pitch back with one full finger of fluffy mocha latte colored head. The foam takes awhile to settles, and there is a serious amount of lacing left on the class as it drinks. This beer also has some nice legs.

S: The nose is milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cream, licorice, and burnt toast. It smells excellent.

T: It starts out creamy and sweet with the chocolate notes coming on strong first. Some of the burnt toast aspects filter into the middle as the beer gets a bit more bitter. The sweetness returns a bit in the finish, where is mixes very well with the bitters.

M: Full bodied beer. Sweet and coating to start, coating and bitter in the middle, and it has a mix mix of each in the finish. It's smooth, creamy, and dangerously easy to drink.

O: This is a phenomenal beer. One of my favorites for the style. I look forward to having a few of these each year.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled 2012 vintage , cellaring one also

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a St. Bernardus Goblet. 2012 Reserve, Feb '13.

A: 5/5 Pours black. Blacker than black. A terminus of all light, as not one single photon passes through with a glorious crown the hue of mud. Utterly beautiful and inviting.

S: 4.75/5 Nose is complex and decadent. Roasted malt, vanilla, licorice, cherry, chocolate , oak. Layered and balanced in perfect equilibrium. Inviting. Not quite as much vanilla or barrel character as I would have liked, but the nose is glorious nonetheless.

T: 4.75/5. Chocolate. Cherry. Molasses. Tart red wine. Flavor after flavor mixes and melds it's way into the palate. Complex and delicious. Oak, vanilla, licorice, a touch of alcohol and bitter dark roast coffee give way to a finish and aftertaste of chocolate, red wine, alcohol and dark coffee. Again, lacking in bourbon character, which is not surprising since only 6% is bourbon barrel aged, but necessary for a perfect score in my book.  Delicious. Nearly perfect.

M: 5/5 Full bodied and silky/creamy smooth. Some alcohol astringency marres what is otherwise the perfect imperial stout mouthfeel, until it's warmer. When it warmer it has no taste or feel of alcohol.

O: 5/5 Not perfect, not the nectar of the gods, but closer to perfection than 4.5. Vanilla and chocolate become more prominent as it warms and stretches for perfection. A true beast of an imperial stout, that could be perfect if it were aged for a year or two in 100% bourbon barrels or a mix of bourbon and rye, but the wine barrel lend an unwelcome tartness to the abyss. I will absolutely try this beer again. It's utterly delicious and among the best beers I've ever had to date (it was number 666 for me). 99/100

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, tried this fresh on several occasions

A - pitch, motor oil black. Small amount of dark brown foam, a rIng retains, some lacing.

S - hardcore dark chocolate, molasses, more chocolate, coffee, malt, roast, awesome

T - heavy sweet molasses, then dark/bitter chocolate, then bitter hops, then sweet chocolate finish. Pretty damn good.

M - thick, chewy, minimal carb. Top notch.

O - A fantastic stout that doesn't rely on barrel aging to brIng it through. Excellent beer, can't wait to try some vintages.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,725 ratings.