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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,494 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,494
Reviews: 1,727
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,605
Gots: 2,663 | FT: 203
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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Photo of lighthabit
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at Capital Market Dec 2012 poured

A: Opaque. Average head dies down to a persistent bit around the edge. Lacing is ok, not as delicate as I'd hoped, but acceptable none-the-less.

S/T: Dark chocolate. Black cherry. Licorice. Subtle hint of bourbon turns a bit boozy as it warms, but remains pleasant.

M: Thick when it's cold, and smooth when it's warm. Nice all the way around.

O: Haven't had a Deschutes in a while, but this makes me think of Obsidian on steroids - a good thing. Fairly complex, but easy to approach, and changes just a bit as it warms, keeping my interest. A bit pricey at $15/22 oz, not a daily choice, but definitely something to pick up and shelve for later!

revised 5/13 - still wonderful, just has more competition in my brain from some of the other great brews out there. it's a great time to be a beer enthusiast :)

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mattvandyk
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Caleb
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of paulozanello
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this beer! Vintage 2010.

Pours a pitch black and opaque color with a light brown head showing nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is absurdly complex: dark malts, mollasses, chocolate, vanilla/bourbon, smoke and light booze. Something reminded me also of the smell you feel when you are by the ocean (minerally notes maybe)...weird. Anyway, this is an exceptional smelling brew.

Taste starts with lots of dark malts, chocolate, tons of molasses, licorice, slight dark fruit, smoke malt/wood and ends with coffee notes. Wow, even better than the aroma.

Body is huge and complex, with low to medium carbonation. I finally get some hop presence towards the very end. Not much bourbon character in the taste.

Top notch imperial stout, probably one of the best beers I've ever had. A must try.

Photo of Jonathan2291
4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jnich2424
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bombadil
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Peller80
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage bomber poured into Samuel Adams Utopias glass. Aged for 18 months.

A) Very dark, almost black. Glass is small, so 1 1/2 fingers of tan head forms and retains impressively, leaving thick lace and half-ring, half-cap.

S) I get malt, coffee, bourbon, sweet spices. It's really quite nice.

T) Very malty, lots of coffee, some spice, some alcohol.

M) Balance not as good as I expected, though certainly not bad (could very well be my storage). A little bit of alcohol burn, mildly carbonated.

O) It's definitely a solid achievement in brewing, but I'm a little less enthusiastic about it than some of the reviews I've seen. Maybe I should have let it go for longer. Unfortunately, I don't have another one.

Without question, a great D/I Stout to share with friends or drink on a long weekend day.

Photo of Labeorphile
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Rainblows
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of HopDropTheElder
4/5  rDev -11.1%

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

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received from the man, the myth, and the legend Younger35 in trade

A - Burnt Charcoal brown with a a good sized off dirty brown head
S - lots of espresso, chocolate, campfire smoke, rum soaked raisins
T - Holy Mother of God! So many intricate flavors dance on the palate so well. Chocolate, bitter coffee, vanilla beans, campfire smoke, balanced bourbon/wood flavor, brown sugar and grassy hops
M- Full bodied and very silky with the alcohol well hidden, thick and creamy a real treat for the tongue
D - this is the only place it faltered. I just finished this about 20 mins ago, and I am certainly feeling alright at this point.

This beer is just amazing. Dan, why did you have to move to Chicago and leave me without a Abyss hookup? Seriously though, thank you for giving me the opportunity to try this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wedgie9
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a bomber from the 2008 Reserve.

This beer pours BLACK and it is completely opaque. The head is spotty and brown with a red tint. The first aromas that come to mind are molasses and cereal. Other aromas include carob, black licorice, and toasted oak with a little bit of an alcohol burn. To put things quite simply, this beer tastes almost exactly like it smells. The addition is the black espresso flavor on the back of the palate and the finish. The beer is extremely full bodied and oily. The carbonation is still very alive, but has a creamy texture. The finish lasts forever with a bitter coffee flavor. Overall, this beer is awesome! Exactly what I hope for in a huge stout.
Vertical Tasting on the Same Night, here are the notes on the 2009 Reserve. I know it says best after November of 2010, but I wanted to taste these two side by side.

Appearance (5) - Pretty much the same as the 2008.
Aroma (3.5) - Completely different...smells almost like a cola, considerably sweeter. Chocolate malt, fertile soil, and a brown sugar sweetness.
Taste (3) - This is really bitter...maybe overly so. Over-ripe plum, black pepper, carob. Bitter, bitter, bitter.
Palate (4) - Full bodied, not as oily, much fizzier carbonation. The finish still goes on forever.
Overall (3.5) - This is too young. The note on the side of the bottle should be heeded. That adds up to a total score of 3.7.

Photo of jrnyc
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevinhcraig
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of 1noa
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- jet black, 1/2" brown head

S- smoke, cherry, leather, earthy, woody notes, alcohol

T- intense dark chocolate, smoke, cherry, slit alcohol, acidic after taste

M- oily, low carbonation, belly warming alcohol

O- an awesome sipper. The cherry bark gives it a unique aroma/flavor, there's really no hint of bourbon and the alcohol is fairly tame and complements the flavor nicely. I was hoping for a creamy mouthfeel but i got oily. Still a great brew and i'm glad i have another to age.

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,494 ratings.