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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,666 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,666
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,421
Gots: 2,156 | FT: 142
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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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spamages

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-29-2011 07:31:08 | More by spamages
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ericfb18

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-29-2011 05:39:38 | More by ericfb18
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dbellizzi

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-29-2011 04:16:38 | More by dbellizzi
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FriarTuckInLuck

Arizona

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-28-2011 11:21:54 | More by FriarTuckInLuck
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pigdog

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-28-2011 06:42:12 | More by pigdog
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hurfer

Indiana

4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-28-2011 03:43:37 | More by hurfer
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Treadinfree

California

1/5  rDev -77.9%

12-28-2011 02:35:13 | More by Treadinfree
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-28-2011 00:12:04 | More by Callmecoon
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Kirch

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-27-2011 23:45:08 | More by Kirch
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-27-2011 17:44:38 | More by TXhomebrewer
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Treebs

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, best after 11/15/11. 22 oz. waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Shared with some family on Christmas Day.

A: Do I even need to write this? Jet black body with a fluffy, two finger dark khaki colored head that has great retention that leaves minimal lace and heavy brown legs.

S: Very rich in the nose, but delicious. Molasses and licorice are there for the sweet presence and it is brought down to earth by the dark fruits and chocolate. Very minimal oak hovers in the background.

T: Wonderful. The oak shines through more in the taste than the nose. Dark fruits, bitter baker's chocolate and some cocoa nibs are all present. Subtle coffee flavors peek up every now and then. The partial barrel flavors are wonderfully integrated and sit in the background. The very subtle bourbon just gives this beer another layer of flavor that is great.

M: Icredibly smooth and cream with a nice heavy body. Just enough carbonation to play with the palate, but not completely destroy it. Delicious chocolates and subtle oak linger long after the drink is consumed.

O: Well this is damn good. Very complex and the mouthfeel is spot on for the style. I've got a 2011 waiting in the wings for another special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 17:10:48 | More by Treebs
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LemmyRamone

Alabama

4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage

Opened 12/26/11 to share with my father and brother in law for Christmas.

Apperance: Midnight black with nice dark tan head that lasts just a few seconds.

Smell: Absolutly wonderful. Big bourbon notes and big molasses, which I love.

Taste: It was still a bit cool on the first sip, but, still got the bourbon, licorice, and molasses and as it warmed the alcohol really came through in a very good way. Picked up a few coffee notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick, not quite a thick as Ten Fidy, but excellent just the same

Overall: I got 3 bottles of 2010 vintage from a friend last year at Christmas. Had a terrible cold last year during the tasting and could not do this awesome beer justice. I was 100% this year and loved it! Even my brother in law, who is not a stout fan, said it was one of the best beers he has ever had! It definently lives up to all the hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 15:38:49 | More by LemmyRamone
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-27-2011 08:13:29 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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gorby10826

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-27-2011 02:41:15 | More by gorby10826
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-27-2011 02:15:54 | More by injuredreserve
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

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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richalexander78

Florida

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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debuscher22

Montana

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-26-2011 14:44:00 | More by debuscher22
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cdwil

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-26-2011 04:09:45 | More by Demer
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Finatic

Florida

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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titosupertramp

Tennessee

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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TexAggie011

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-25-2011 20:20:02 | More by TexAggie011
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Balvenie

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-25-2011 15:05:25 | More by Balvenie
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KBomb

Minnesota

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
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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