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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

5,717 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,717
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,661
Gots: 2,934 | 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: 5,717 | Reviews: 1,766
Photo of beerinmybelly
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robertjskelton
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Matthew607
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MCano
3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jamesod
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of KSHunt
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ian_B
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful hot chocolate-colored head with a body black as the abyss. Aroma is oaky and slightly acidic, with lots of smooth chocolate and some discreet notes of bourbon and wine. Taste begins like a wine-blended stout, moving through lots of oak and some quite noticeable wine before turning into very roasty chocolate finishing off a very long and lingering palate.

Photo of ojgio
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnson99
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Thecasehead
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FogDishHead
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bob402
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KariD
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Couldn't wait till the suggested try by date. Glad to have a few more bottles to enjoy the evolution of this epic ale.

Photo of OlManMarley
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beernoobie
4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Leeds_xx
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of baseballrock
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikevanatta
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of trekbiker3000
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, strong fully flavored stout.

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried a three year vertical (12,13,14). Definitely was better with age, 14 was way too boozy. Complex favors, looking forward to trying it again.

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

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into a snifter.
Appearance - motor oil is darker, I suppose.
Smell - a blend of chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit and fudge.
Taste - the nose is more powerful, but the taste follows brilliantly!
Feel- bold and robust; smooth and easy to sip!
Overall - lives up to the hype; about as good of an imperial stout as you'll find!

Photo of Chris00710
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,717 ratings.