The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,330 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,330
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,588
Gots: 2,462 | FT: 191
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.08/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of MPLS
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Breaking out the reserves, beer is meant for drinking after all?
2008 Reserve.

A: Opaque as the darkest black imaginable. Great 4 cm condensed caramel head. Lacing is impressive, like sliding black butter.

S: Sweet chocolate, molasses, licorice, dirt, leather.

T: A really intimidating beer by its looks, but a lot of taste melds together in great ways. Almost like drinking a giant mellow fudge that runs into licorice, who knows bourbon, who turns out is friend with sweet molasses. After taste gives hint to the oak barrels, rather nice and dry with a settling sweetness. ABV is only apparent with my warm gut. Hype worthy.

M: Smooth as silk, can almost chew on it. Perfect.

D: Honestly it would be impossible to keep drinking bottle after bottle, you really would fall into an abyss. A pure blackout, time travel, and forget what time you went to sleep. It deserves to be savored. I am excited to get my hands on a few more bottles of this brew.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of hops202
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2011 Bottle poured into snifter

A - black upon black with more black

S - oak, char, black strap, and roastiness

T - barrel, not much bourbon barrel though, char, roast, oak, black strap, molasses, and vanilla.

M - lighter than expected but still full

O - incredibly complex. I look forward to updating when I crack the 2013 vintage.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Long have I waited to try this one, as I have patiently sat on this for two years before cracking open my first 2007 vintage. You can't nail the appearance any more than this. Oil slick black color with a lively coco colored head adorning the top. Thick gobs of lace hold fast while an everpresent halo of foamy bubbles stays around for the ride. The nose is very deep with flavor. Chocolate and vanilla whaft around a bit, as does a bourbon coated hop scent. Lots of aromas at work here. Taste is good, but subtle. Very gentle vanilla kisses the tongue alond with a thin chocolate coating. The hop bitterness lends a hand to help balance things out from all the sweetness, and combines with a coffee presence. I think the age has helped knock the alcohol burn down a lot to where it's hardly even noticeable. Moutfeel is tremendously smooth, but is a little lighter than i'd like it to be. I little more chewy with a touch of stickiness would be nice. A wonderful beer to be sure, but is it the best imperial stout out there? No, I thought Dark Lord was a cut above.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of zander4dawin
4.99/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best stout I have ever had and one of the top beers if not THE top beer I have tried. Dark, rich, choc. taste with hints of other flavors. Simply put it is amazing if you can find it, get it. One of the few beers I found worthy of it's hype. I do not see how this can let anyone down unless you just do not like stouts.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours like motor oil. Nice pitch black with a dense dark brown head. Little lacing

S: Brown sugar, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee. Pretty complex.

T/M: Full bodied and creamy. Same as the smell. Sugary coffee and chocolate. Roasted malt. This is dessert in a glass. I let it warm up some and the flavors really come out. One flaw: there's a lingering bitterness that's a little out of place. Is that hop overload?

D: Very dense and mouth coating so don't know how much I could really put down. Availability is definitely up this year, so can't knock it on that.

Overall, a great RIS. I'd still prefer a Port Santa's Helper, or the Surly Darkness I had the other night, but this is damn good.

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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber with a black wax-dipped top. Poured into a snifter. Pours with a very small dark brown head. The name of the beer is appropriate, as it's black as night.

Aroma is of roasted malt with a hint of underlying licorice. Taste is similar to the smell, but it strikes an awesome balance between caramel/licorice sweetness and roasted/coffee bitterness. Despite the huge ABV, there is only a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is very thick and the beer has an extremely long coffee-like finish. Drinkability is about as good as it gets for a high ABV RIS. Probably my favorite RIS so far, and I really wish it was more readily available.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 on Tap at Stone.

A - Dark Black with light tan head.

S - Smell of Chocolate, bourbon, and coffee. Thought it would be better.

T - Taste of chocolate, roasted coffee, bourbon, and finally vanilla.

M - The carbonation was very even and smooth.

D - Other than the 11% ABV I could drink this beer all night long.

My Dad like this beer and he didn't even like Speedway. Had 2 glasses just to make sure I liked it and at 4.35 who wouldn't.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,330 ratings.