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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 4282
Reviews: 1608
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.49%

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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4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been wanting to try The Abyss for some time. I've been a fan of Deschutes Beer having many of their offerings on tap when visiting Portland but never The Abyss. Then when visiting San Francisco I came accross a great little bar called the Amsterdam Cafe that had in on tap. I couldn't believe it! I know that many times you build up your expectations for a beer and are usually let down. Not this time. The Abyss was amazing! The appearance was as dark as black ink with a thin foamy head. It smelled like coffee and chocolate and tasted like it smelled with a hint of vanilla. It had a couple more flavors that I couldn't quite recognize but it blended so well and tasted so great that I wasn't really paying close attention. The alcohol is extremely well hidden but definitely is felt when walking out of the bar. The mouthfeel is perfect with a thick, smooth feel that goes down easy. Overall, this was one of the best beers I've ever had and for the time being my number one beer drinking experience.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 04:09:29 | More by ELS
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4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had 2012 vintage on Tap at Holy Grail Pub.

Poured pitch black with small tan head. Slight bourbon smell along with nice roasted notes. Tastes insanely good. Slight bourbon sweetness. Big roasted flavor and earthy almost tobacco finish. Outstanding beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 15:00:24 | More by leveejr
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4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Papago brewing.

Black as dick cheneys soul. Massive amount of frothy lacing, unlike dick cheneys soul.

Smells like licorice and the woods. The dark mossy damp woods. But with a little bourbon and espresso too. A nice dark woods. Dick Cheney doesn't live there.

Tastes like some sort of illegal drug. I've never used black tar heroin, but I would guess this is what it tastes like. Burning. Boozy. More bourbon. More burning. Then you die.

Feels like beer.

You should not drink more than one glass of this at a time per the FDA. Buying a bomber is stupid unless you are having a get everyone really drunk party.

I like bcbs more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2014 01:57:30 | More by dheacck11
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4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very fortunate to try this one in bottle form and tap within a two week timeframe.

Appearance is jet black with a creamy tan head. For the style it is right on point

Smell is so complex you can just spend a few minutes thinking about what you are taking away. Oak, dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon. But all components are not overpowering. They marry well together.

Taste is decadent and so smooth the ABV is really well hidden. Chocolate, Coffee, Oak, Fig just to highlight a few things. Again, like the nose they are all very well balanced together.

Mouthfeel is rich and coats the palate pleasantly.

Overall just an outstanding example of the style and worth the investigative trip to find. This beer is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2014 19:32:28 | More by PBIU
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4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a outstanding complex smooth beer!

A. Dark,opaque, two finger red velvet head

S. Licorice, chocolate, coffee

T. Coco,leading into dreamy morning coffee, hint of licorice, nice clean finish

M. Smooth satin throat massage

O. All beer lovers must try, this is a romantic beer for a special occasion

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 18:26:15 | More by Or80rowley
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4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type- In to a Tulip Glass from Tap

Appearance- Black as night, it almost sucks the light out of the room, very little head, the head is coco brown, one of the darkest beers around

Smell- Typical Imperial Stout smells, chocolate, roasted notes, roasted coffee, molasses, hints of Barrel aging.

Taste- Smooth, dark roasted chocolate, roasted dark coffee, molasses hints of charred barrel aging,

Mouth Feel- Smooth, thick Imperial Stout

Overall- An amazing beer if you are able to get it on tap do yourself a favor and do so...but it does do better in a bottle after a few years of aging to figure itself out. But one of the best beers on the PLANET period...

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 03:38:10 | More by Tony49er
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4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful Russian stout
Smell brings out the wine barrels
Look: has a great head with good lacing
Taste: like the best Russian Imperial Stout I've ever come across
Overall: this has always been one of my favs, wouldn't miss this years abyss for anything. Drove 40 miles for the bomber and got 3: one for me, one for a friend and one to save for next year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 23:06:01 | More by Maverickdp
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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage served on tap into a teku glass

A- Very thick and intensely black with small mocha colored head that left very little lace.

S- Big coconut, roasted coffee, chocolate, acidic red wine notes, vanilla, cherry, some bourbon and oak. Intensely aromatic

T- Big rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee, acidic red wine, cherry, plums, raisins, bourbon, black licorice, and coconut. Some vanilla and oak notes. Really decadent, complex, and delicious. Pretty high bitterness but it is cut really well by the alcohol presence.

M- Thick, full-bodied, super smooth and creamy, big warming, but no alcohol burn. The ABV is well hidden and although it is a sipper it goes down so easy and smooth.

O- Easily one of the greatest beers I have ever had, pure perfection. I have not been a huge fan of some of the more highly regarded imperial stouts, but this one absolutely lives up to the name.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 02:48:57 | More by Hoptometrist
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4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 batch consumed 12/5/13 on tap.
Quite delightful, rich, mellowed, full bodied black roasted malt surrounding bright, clean, licorice, dark chocolate, & hop flavors. Mild bitterness was in perfect balance. The alcohol complemented the flavor profile while tasting smooth as silk. There were hints of vanilla and molasses. As pleasant as this was I found myself wishing it was a bit less sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 08:42:12 | More by fuhkyou
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4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage on tap at the Deschutes Brewpub in Portland.

Served in Deschutes Tulip glass.

A: dark as night. Very thin, dark tan head. Minimal lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a hint of oak/vanilla.

T: Superb. Complex. Immediate chocolate and roasty black coffee. Some slight heat from bourbon/oak, smooth finish.

M: Medium-light carbonation level, full body, yet very smooth. Good beer to warm you up.

O: Very well done beer. Complex flavors, yet not overwhelming or sloppy. Easy to drink. 11% alcohol to warm you up on a winter night...or day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 19:01:58 | More by South2NW
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4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep inky black with a thin tan head. It looks quite nice, very much true to form for a RIS. Scents of rubbing alcohol, slight roast malt, faint hints of black coffee, some vinous wine, brown sugar, molasses and slight licorice. Very nice aroma. Deep, complex and strong. Taste begins with black coffee, rich roast malt, bittersweet cocoa and vanilla bean, with notes of oak, licorice, very faint hints of wine and hints of oak and bourbon in the background, especially as the beer warms. Finish and aftertaste are bitter, roasty and strong in black coffee. Very well done, balanced, yet assertive, aged, yet not dank. An excellent flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied, sticky with a faint alcohol burn. Quite nice, very much a sipping beer. Overall this is another excellent, deep, complex Imperial Stout. It's strong, assertive and bold, yet balanced. Well worth drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 07:24:28 | More by Auraan
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North Dakota

4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A bit of a cumulative review here, as this is one of the imperial stouts that I have had the most contact with over the last seven years. First tasting was via bottle (’06) to snifter on New Year’s Day ’07. An immensely dark brown, near black pour with a huge brown head. Strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, and heavy roast. Lightly woody. Thick and creamy, but slick, mouthfeel leads to layers of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, roast, and bourbon. A charred wood trailer comes through with hints of the 11% ABV. A very, very strong debut. Looking back it kills me that I only picked up 5-6 bottles of this release when it retailed at $4.99/bomber.

2007 batch, mid-February, draft at the Bend brewpub. $5 pours… sign me up! The first thing I notice is the aroma is much deeper and complex than I recall from bottle tastings. Dark chocolate, vanilla, heavy roast, and a subtle reminder of the bourbon barrel treatment. The layers of flavor are consistent again; maybe a little more coffee and bourbon/vanilla sweetness. Huge creamy mouthfeel. Overall I would deem this 10% better than the ’06 batch. Convinced myself to buy a case to cellar at $5.99/bomber which later on turns out to be a steal.

2008 batch, mid-February, draft at the Bend brewpub. I just love how the complexities of this brew come forth in the aroma when served on draft. Sitting on one of my favorite brewpubs probably does add ‘bonus points’ to the experience, but it’s hard not to feel like a million bucks right now. The only negative I can pick up on this batch is a little more smoke than before and that reduces the sweetness from vanilla and the barrel treatment. I’ve appreciated the small amount of char in the prior servings and IMO that is the perfect amount. Still excellent and I went on the next day to drink several more at the KLCC Microbrew Festival in Eugene. TFD Boise got kegs of this too; awesome.

2009 batch, bottle, mid-Janurary enjoyed at home. I picked up a few of these, again, and was fortunate that none of them were infected, as the brewery suffered some growing pains while doubling the size of the release. Seems to have a little less char, which is good by me, a balanced amount of vanilla/bourbon sweetness to the dark chocolate, espresso, and heavy roast. Also picked up some anise for the first time. Very good.

2007 batch, bottle, 2/13/2010. Drinking really great right about now. This cellared bottle is as close to the same aroma and flavor profile as the draft version that I’ve had so far. I’d proclaim that fresh on draft is king, but this bottle with two years in the cellar is quite excellent. Roast, chocolate, vanilla, espresso, moderate barrel notes, and a touch of smoke. Such a rich and creamy mouthfeel. Such a balanced and rich experience really make me glad to have cellared a decent amount yearly. Overall this comes in merely a hair below my pub experience in ’07.

2010-2011 batches, via bottle. This is where I stopped updating my notes. Time to sit back and enjoy. Other than Dark Lord, I’ve never kept notes for various vintages of the same beer, but I’m glad I did. I’ve shifted gears at this point, now that the price has crept up to $12.99+/bomber. I’ll buy one or two each year, usually on the trip back home for the holidays, but mainly I wait until I can get a fresh pour somewhere. This is easily one of my Top 5 beers and I’ll be darned if consolidating my notes hasn’t tempted me into a cellar raid for my only 2012 bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 14:34:51 | More by jake65
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very, very dark. Thin, rich dark chocolate head that has pretty good retention. Awesome looking stout.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, and booze. Lots of roared and smokey aromas.

T - Very smooth. Didn't encounter any of the booze that I was picking up on in the aroma. A little peppery spice hits the tongue and then comes in the dark chocolate. A little smoke and pretty aggressive malts in the after taste.

M - Very heavy and stays on the palette long after your last sip. No carbonation to speak of. Very nice.

O - Really amazing brew and so honored to have scored it on tap. Lived up to the hype and would gladly buy another. Would really love to have an aged bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 16:51:21 | More by ThePaleRider
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4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the pleasure to sample a couple of previous years versions but never a large enough pour to review. Found 2009 to be fantastic and 2010 to be ok. Review of 2011 keg tapped today at a local watering hole.

Served in a 10 oz snifter, this beer has the typical Abyss look, we know why they call it Abyss, with a half inch of brown head without much stickiness, decent lacing. 2011 smells a lot like Obsidian but much richer and deeper in its dark heavy roasted barley malt. Slightly burnt. Not hoppy, yeasty or hot.

Taste is like the aroma with its dark rich malt that is heavily roasted with just a hint of acrid bite in the finish. All malt. Notes of dark chocolate and anise prominent.

Viscosity is lower than many of its peers yet this beer is completely devoid of alcohol bite which makes this beast way too drinkable. A couple bottles of this goes down easy...although it will set you back a few bucks. Smooth, carbonation seems right for this beer.

Overall, I've enjoyed this beer over the years with some seeming to be better than others although it's probably me and when I've tasted vs. variability from year to year as I assume it's the same recipe. A big stout that is quite tasty and could pass for a 8% ABV beer. Would like it if it was a little more affordable and easier to get but one of those special beers you wait all year for.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 03:51:51 | More by deebo
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4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this at a Deschutes tasting at a local bar from the tap in a snifter (which I got to keep, score.)

Appearance: Opaque black, one finger head of tan head which, to my surprise, dissipated rather quickly

Nose: Dark roasted coffee, anise, somewhat oaky, dark cocoa. Very intense dark and almost smoky aromas. Slight vanilla note peaks out at you once you swirl.

Taste: COFFEE! Black bitter coffee. Just huge coffee on the front which was almost all I could taste in the first mouth full of it, then it finished with lingering dark chocolate. One the second mouth full (after the palate annihilator) I tasted more of the roasty, toasty malt and sweetness of molasses. A little bit of the vanilla and anise I got in the nose came out, but very subtle.

Mouthfeel: Feels like it looks. Smooth, rich, and velvety. Almost chewy.

Overall a beautifully brewed Imperial Stout. I would definitely drink again given the opportunity. I would love to see what this would do after a year or two in the bottle. Well done Deschutes :)

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 06:37:35 | More by AHood
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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip at the foundry in Kansas city. 2012 i think....Wow..so pumped!!
Pours a deep blackout color with a finger off tan brown head. Crazy sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas of roasted malts and anise, chocolate, and sweet caramel malts.
Such an amazing taste...bitter roasted malt undertones but big chocolatey anise sweetness. Wow...this is a fantastic stout. Truly an amazing beer worthy of the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 23:22:09 | More by DrinkSlurm
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4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at the Uncle Henry's Deli, Downey CA on 2/14/13

A: Dark Black with a tiny rim of dark brown head. .

S: Baker's chocolate, wood, and very dark roasted malts stick out right away. Some dark fruit as it warms. Very Nice.

T: Dark chocolate and deep, dark malts from the beginning. Somewhat nutty and cherry flavors mix well with the wood/oak character. Blends very well together.

M: Velvet smoothness, thick, and carbonation is very soft.

O: One of the best I've had for this style. Really glad I got to try it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 06:22:11 | More by Downey_george
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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Red Hot in Tacoma, WA on 12/21/12.

A: Black oil with a tiny rim of dark brown head. Just as I would expect this beer to pour.

S: Baker's chocolate, wood, and very dark roasted malts stick out right away. Some dark fruit as it warms.

T: Dark chocolate and deep, dark malts from the beginning. Somewhat nutty and cherry flavors mix well with the wood/oak character. Blends very well together.

M: Velvet smoothness, thick, and carbonation is soft.

O: One of the best I've had for this style. Really glad I got to try it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 04:36:14 | More by mfavoino
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4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sippin' on this thang at Haven Gastro Pub in Old Town Orange, CA.

Saw that this bad boy has a 100 and it had me intrigued. Even at $12 a glass, Raul couldn't resist - but now Raul wishes that he did.

Look? Like a good stout. Not much to say.

Aroma? A little coffee, toffee even. But nothin' blowin up at me like a gangsta would want.

Taste? HUGE letdown. Boozy, a bit harsh (a bit), and just not that great. I mean, it's palatable, but wow...

Mouthfeel? Is there any? Oh yeah, not much. Raul has had richer, silkier, and more supple Stouts than this thang.

Not only does Raul not approve. He says run. Run to the nearest Old Rasputin that you can find!

Edit: It was served overly cold out of the tap and it is getting better as it warms.

*8 months later, Raul had this again as his palate has matured like an Olson Twin's bank account when she hit 18. Flavor was more robust, but still hot. Mouth feel was a lot richer (almost more than Ashley Olsen) and the nose was more refined than an OC housewife rhinoplasty. Raul agrees, but there is better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 00:29:28 | More by RaulMondesi
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4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage on-tap at Deschutes' Portland brewpub. 6 (or 8?) oz. served in a Rastal on November 28th, 2012.

A - It's awful dark in the brewpub, but this still looks pretty black. Medium khaki head that sticks around surprisingly well. Great soapy lacing and plentiful legs.

S - The most striking quality is a blend of caramel corn and a rich, almost buttered, almond aroma. underlying dark chocolate, very slight overripe cherry, and char.

T - Front-end is espresso bean. Mid palate brings in a balancing sweetness of milk chocolate which quickly morphs into a deeper roasted nutty character. I might sense a bit of that more vineous note but it's really subtle.

M - Medium body, good medium carbonation, appropriately smooth into a semi dry finish. Quite nice.

D - I always have grouped this together with Dark Lord and Darkness (and perhaps Kate the Great as well). Of those main three, this is right in the middle for overall impressions. It's enjoyable, but I'm unsure how memorable this will be.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 22:40:14 | More by Auracom
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4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally get to try this beauty on tap. 2012 vintage, at the brewepub in Portland, served in a Deschutes Teku for $6

Black as always, with a dense, dark brown head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks nice (not as nice as some of the bottle pours I've had, but still very good). The nose just makes me sad. All these years, I've been imagining each experience with this beer was as good as my first, but this time, I'm really taken back. Fresh, this beer is a beauty. Yes, it ages fine, but so fresh, it's just so good, I feel bad about having ruined so many bottles in my attempt to improve this beer. A near-perfect blend of chocolate, snappy licorice, mild roasted malt acidity, caramel malt sweetness and some coffee, this beer carries its light bourbon barrel character delicately, with vanilla and mild bourbon notes exquisitely well. The palate is a mirror image of the nose, with the delicacy and balance that I've come to expect from this beer. Opening with waves of chocolate and mild caramel, followed by a great blend of coffee, roast, licorice and mellow bourbon. Some vanilla, a little bit of dark fruit and a beautiful fullness are present. No ashy flavors (that some aged bottles develop) are present. Medium full in body and with a smooth, creamy carbonation, this is really great on the palate. An excellent beverage, best consumed fresh.

**Edit 19 Jan 2014**

My last bottle of the 08 vintage. It sings. Delicately layered chocolate, bourbon, roast, dark caramel and some mission figs. The palate is still stunning, after all these years. Smooth as silk with a velvety heft, the blend of flavors is sublime. Truly exceptional. 4.5/4.5/5

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 04:53:27 | More by DefenCorps
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4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This carries some good chocolate tones with this and what seems like clear barrel aging. The detractor is the boozy tones; and they're quite evident here. I was wondering what year's release this was, but it's gotta be the 2011 since it's so hot. Clearly shows how age can mellow beers into being excellent brews.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 05:40:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.


A: Dark as a beer can be. No head, no lace, nuthin'. Just liquid.

S: Ground espresso beans. That stands out the most. Bittersweet, dark chocolate at the end.

T: Perfectly balanced between espresso, wood, and dark chocolate. They all come together to create a delicate yet robust flavor that fills the mouth with amazing flavors. The best roasted malt flavors I've ever experienced. Nothing overpowers. "Balance" is a rare word used to describe a Stout.

M: What can I say? One of the easiest drinking Stouts I've ever had. And it's an Imperial Stout. And it's around 11% ABV. Could have had several more glasses.

O: Deschutes, you've done it again. The Abyss is my Top 5 of all time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 22:23:49 | More by Gatch
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4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Stiengarten LA on 4-10 during a Deschutes event & tasting...

2011 vintage tap pourned in snifter, the sun could not penetrate its deep brown blackness! Nice dark brown head which subsided leaving bits of lacing. Amazing mouthfeel, molasses & chocolate hit you immediately, hints of smokey vanilla, cherry oak, and pinot barrell goodness come in. A delicate flavor indeed, no sign of its 11%ABV 1.10 OG, a very well rounded stout. Quite a process to create this beauty after speaking with Joey and Robin from Deschutes. A must try!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 16:10:36 | More by Tad
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4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a fresh 2011 22oz bottle AND on tap at Amsterdam Cafe during SF Beer Week 2012 (so probably had the 2011 abyss).
-Pitch Black.
-Chocolate milk thick head (I've come to see this as a good sign)
-Aroma of subdued-but-still forefront candy molasses, dark chocolate, with some bitter coffee bringing up the rear. Almost like sniffing a dark chocolate candy bar.
-Tastes of dark molasses beginnings, followed by the dark bitter chocolate (not too sweet, but not too bitter) and brought back to earth by the drier coffee.
-Mouth feel was heavy, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation was there, but it takes a back seat to everything else.

I just wish I was smart enough to have bought another 2011 Abyss bottle to age, but damn was I there at the Deschutes event when I heard the Abyss was back during the SF beerweek.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 10:48:04 | More by BoatsSinkBro
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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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