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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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100
world-class

5,293 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,293
Reviews: 1,684
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,590
Gots: 2,407 | FT: 185
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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4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwenzel019
4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
3.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 bomber into a Deschutes Teku glass in the 50 degree range

A - As promised. Pitch black. Lovely dark tan, frothy head that leaves significant lacing, and a 1/4" ring.

S - Not a lot going on for what I expected, but nice. Noticeable red wine notes and roasted malt. A bit of molasses and espresso. Very faint alcohol/ bourbon.

T - I honestly thought drain pour at first sip. After hanging with it for a minute, the flavors seems to grow on me. I think it is the initial blast of the wine barrel and licorice combo that really put me off, but they seem to start melding with the other flavors. This includes a lot of sweetness seemingly from molasses/brown sugar, and vanilla, sour cherry, coffee beans, some definite oak, and a touch of bourbon at the end. Finishes pretty bitter and tart.

F - Creamy texture. Medium carbonation.

O - In all fairness, this beer probably shouldn't be reviewed until it's "best after date" like Mirror Mirror. That being said, Mirror drinks much better right out of the gate. This beer is pretty harsh, and all over the place flavor wise. I really think my score on taste will be much higher when I drink my next bottle a year from now. It is very good, but hopefully it will reach the "world class" status that it has earned. Right now?… Nope.

Photo of mikebcpa
3.81/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As others have noted this is a beer that probably benefits from aging a bit. Some of the flavors overwhelm when it's fresh out of the bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014 vertical on draft. The older the better with this one.

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4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blaze5445
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013. Very nice brew from Deschutes.

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4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,293 ratings.