The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,325
Reviews: 1,690
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,586
Gots: 2,454 | FT: 190
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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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Bottle date best AFTER 10/2014. Whoops.
Pours a glorious jet black with sludgy light brown head

Nose- great nose, not immensely potent- bourbon, semi-sweet milk chocolate, caramel, raisins/figs

Taste- begins with smooth and sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and subtle chocolate, turns a bit sweet and fruity with dark fruits and soft citrus. Finishes light with vanilla/oak with a little bit of char

Feel- surprisingly light for this big of a stout, sweet, lush, roasty

Fantastic. I think I should've let this sit til October, not as complex or robust as I had hoped

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of PBIU
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle into a teku glass.

pours a pitch black with a slight head. the smell is pretty complex with a ton of oak and dark chocolate...taste is very bitter for a stout, lots of coffee and oak. no sweetness at all. might be too hot? alcohol definitely apparent. full bodied for sure. correct carbonation.

overall an extremely bitter stout. not my favorite...needs age. will re review in a year or when i drink an older vintage.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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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 5,325 ratings.