The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 1,751
Hads: 5,995
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 4.44%
Wants: 2,729
Gots: 3,152 | FT: 274
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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 kallay
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at GABF for the first time. Probably the most orgasmic first encounter with a beer I've ever had!

A - Dark brown/almost fudge-like, with a rich 3-fingered head of tan.

S - A walnut brownie dunked in a cup of espresso.

T - Dark flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dusty cocoa.

M - Full bodied, goes down like melted pudding, but with nice acidity.

D - Seriously, like someone melted your favorite decadent dessert and married it with a mellow stout.

I cannot remember being blown away by a first impression like this in quite awhile. (555 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After sitting on this bottle for a while I decided it was finally time to open it. Shared with EmperorStan yesterday for a mini tasting.

Pours black and completely opaque. A thin brown head on the pour. Retention was ok, but no real lacing.

The aroma is awesome, I was really in love. Huge roasty malts with big chocolate and coffee notes going on. It was a bit boozey, and slightly floral at times. Just incredible.

The taste is very good and I enjoyed it more and more with every sip. Burnt malts, chocolate and coffee taking the lead. The licorice is noticeable and plays a nice role balancing the vanilla. It's slightly sweet up front and then slightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied with a nice moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is high. It's got great flavor, great nose, and it's crazy easy to drink for 11%. Just loved it. (861 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage. Picked up a single in Casper at Poplar Wine and Spirits. I have been waiting for quite some time to be in the perfect mood to enjoy what I have heard to be the definition of the style.

A: Poured a viscous oily, black. Absolutely no light penetrates this beer, no garnet highlights, no color, just blackness, it practically sucks the light out of the room. After a vigorous pour a brown, head emerges, about two and a half inches thick that reduces down to about half an inch. Excellent strata of lacing as it reduces. Beautiful.

S: So many beautiful things going on, brown sugar, chocolate, raisins, figs, booze, licorice, whiskey, this one has definitely been in oak barrels. Cinnamon. Smells like dark breads. So many things going on, very hard to place everything. Coffee. Even some bitter, piney hops way underneath all the other things. This is delicious.

T: Chocolatey, heavy coffee, very bitter, brown sugar, a lot of the smells are coming through in the taste, the hops are definitely a lot more present in the mouth than in the nose. Very citrusy in the hop department. Whiskey is in the taste as well, but a little more subdued than other whiskey aged beers. Very heavy on the dark chocolate malts. That really pops out all over the place. Aftertaste is off coffee and piney hops. The alcohol is quite subdued and hidden very well. This is absolutely fantastic and complex. The deepest beer I've ever enjoyed.

M: Thick, rich, and malty, like a milkshake. Very heavy, not a lot of boozey burn. This is a one of a kind. Absolutely right on with the style. A great thick beer.

D: As heavy, bitter, rich, boozey and dark as this may be. It goes down very very easy. I wouldn't drink many of them but I could. This is a very fantastic beer, and I have not been let down in any way. This is a truly spectacular beer. Right on with everything this style is for. Perfect. Truly perfect. (1,910 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with one finger of a creamy, dark tan head and a sharp ring of lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, oats, chocolate, coffee, raisins with some oak and a hint of alcohol. There is a lot going on here, and even with a big complex scent this one managed to be balanced very well.

Taste of oak and roasted malts initially with some coffee immediately afterward. Bourbon, raisins, sugars and a hint of alcohol fill the flavor out extremely well. Finishes with roasted malts and oak, with a slight heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and heavy, charging its way through the mouth and down the throat elegantly.

An incredible beer, one of the very best I have ever had. I can't wait to get some more of this stuff. (732 characters)

Photo of ph2001
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle in snifter

looks a little thick, black as can be. a hard pour gets two fingers of deep brown foamy head that settles down into a thin layer on top. smells of booze and chocolate. the mouthfeel is fantastic. rich and thick, but still very creamy and velvety. it is surprisingly smooth and drinkable. the alcohol warms the chest a bit but the alcohol taste is not present. rich chocolate and carmel and coffee flavors with light hops floating in the background. very complex and well balanced. (504 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

more pints than I will admit, on tap at the Eastsde Club in Olympia, WA, September '08...

I find I can barely wait to get back to my table, to finally taste what I have so long awaited.

The '07 bottles haven't yet aged into the magnificence of the '06 version, however '07 on tap blows either away. My current score would be 4.65 for '06 bottles, and 4.3 for '07 bottles.

Inky black beer slides slowly out of the glass and into my awaiting mouth. A dark tan head originally tops the rim of the glass and fades slowly to a ring by midglass, then only a whisper by the bottom. Time for another! Certainly no Dark Lord, but quite viscous nonetheless. Black is beautiful.

I can't decide on a 4, 4.5 or 5 for aroma. A few years ago I'd call this "perfect!"...now I've smelled most of the world's best imperial stouts, and find that while there is no fault here, the sheer complexity and strength of some of the others have raised the bar. This beer is lacking...at least compared to a rare few stouts on this earth. Does that mean I can't give it a 5?...Hmm. Chocolate abounds, some coffee here, thought it increased drastically as it warmed, ample molasses richness/sweetness. Barrel notes are light, but there.

There is no debate for flavor. As the 2nd sip hits my lips, any doubt is squashed: what was good from the bottle instantly vaults into my personal top 10 from the tap. Wow. Vanilla and chocolate, roasty and smooth, bitter and sweet. Everything is blended together in breathtaking fashion. Plenty of heavily carmelized/molasses notes, coffee again pretty strong but managing to remain blended in. Other than the body, the lack of alcohol warmth is the single biggest difference between the last several bottles I've consumed and this. There is nothing here to slow me down from sipping this monster until I collapse. I suppose I could rate the beer lower for being "dangerous" or some shit like that...but c'mon: "Too drinkable" is just something people without a designated driver" say!

Silky smooth in my mouth, not too thick, but far from stretched across my palate. My tongue luxuriates in the sensation, and I don't want to swallow...but I know there is a full keg left to be drained, making the sweet/roasty finish less saddening. Back to work!

My compliments to the Deschutes team. Can't wait until the next version, but until I then I'll take solace in my bottles. (2,386 characters)

Photo of jamesm7485
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just cracked open one of my cellar bottles from 07 enjoyed on october 3rd 08, it was a tad different, the coffee notes were much more pronounced oddly enough, simply divine even with just a year on it, perhaps not my favorite ris, that honor goes to kentucky breakfast stout however this is a very amazing beer im glad i stocked up on, im looking forward to the 08 and plan on buying alot more than i did of the 07

This is my first review and im just entering the beer snob scene so bear with me.

The beer lives up to its name with its pour, pure black with a reasonably decent head.

Smell was amazing with hints of licorice and chocolate

Beer was incredibly smooth and easy on the palette, very easy to drink as well.

Despite being a beer snob for only a few weeks now I can see why this beer gets the respect that it does (829 characters)

Photo of BrewMonkey
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark coffee color to black with loads of dense tan head. Sticky lacing on the glass when the head finally recedes.

Aroma is almost smoky, with hints of chocolate, a nuttiness similar to hazelnut, butterscotch or toffee.

Taste of bitter chocolate followed with a roasty flavor, nuts, vanilla, some residual sweetness and a little oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, with decent levels of carbonation to break up such a big brew. Finish is both sweet and bitter.

Great beer. This was our last bottle of about 8 or so we tried over the last 10 months or so. We've also had the pleasure of having this on tap. Terrific stuff. (644 characters)

Photo of abedenbaugh
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a dark brown head.
S: In the nose there is roast and coffee. Also with a sweet and malty aroma.
T: Roast and coffee up front. A smooth mid-palate. A little bit of a smokey flavor in the mid. Also a sweet woodsy flavor in the middle (maybe oak).
MF: Medium body and medium carbonation. Also a very smooth mouth feel.
D: Very drinkable. Complex flavors. Good mild roast flavor in the end. Very enjoyable. (453 characters)

Photo of aqsprint
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Water Street Brewing & Ale House, Port Townsend WA in May

A- Black, just like an Imperial Stout should be. 1 finger tan head.

S- The smell is great! Roast, leather, chocolate, bourbon, licorice.

T- The best Imperial I have had to date. Bourbon not too overpowering, Slight licorice taste, roast and chocolate. Great balance all around.

M- Nice and smooth. Coats the tongue nicely.

D- So drinkable they even let me take a growler with me. (453 characters)

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

2007 edition. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. It was pitch black even against a strong light. It was very thick and poured almost like motor oil and DL. It had a huge dark brown head that stuck around as a thick foam throughout the session. No visible carb but tons of lacing.

The aroma was heavy on coffee and roasted and chocolate malts. Lots of sweetness as well. Good strong aroma and really set the stage for what came next. The taste pretty closely followed the aroma. Nice bitterness from the coffee and roasted malts. Touch of smokiness as well. Starts off really smooth with a touch of watery and then the real flavor hits with the bitter bit then fads right at the end so as not to linger too long. I was pleasantly surprised that very little of the oak aging came thru. I as not a fan of that trend and was worried that this one would be affected by it. It wasn't and it tasted great. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy.

Overall, an excellent beer that is worthy of the high ranking and hype. Most highly recommend. Get your hands on some now! (1,069 characters)

Photo of jojox
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"2007 Reserve"

a - not much head. The blackest black!

s - oak. Whiskey, raisins? Rich and malty, black molassis. Some beers you can smell even before your pour - this is one. Very very rich aroma and it's pretty damn cold too. Vanilla and Oak. Boozy, whiskey, heaven.

t - how to explain. Aroma is so impressive, the taste is there too. Super rich, COFFEE, some sweetness, roasted ROASTED. Nicely balanced regarding the oak and whiskey. Bitter at the end, but not too much. There is licorice if you look for it, in the aftertaste and mouthfeel.

m - thick. Bitter, but not so much from hops but from the Charcoal-ish-ness.

d - f-ing great. MORE MORE MORE!!

Really, really top rate, A+. I have another and I would like to wait 2 years to see.. but we'll see what happens. (776 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber shared with newtonty tonight while watching the Cincinnati Reds kick Milwaukee's ass (no surprise there lately - Reds are on fire and the Brewer's are icy cold). This is a 2007 vintage.

As expected, it poured a super dark brown/black with a gorgeous, very dark brown 2 inch head. Minimal lacing.

Smelled of heavily roasted coffee, dry chocolate, vanilla and black licorice when it was freshly poured. Interestingly, the smell changed as it sat and warmed.

Tastes like a wonderful combination of black licorice, molasses, charred malts, freshly brewed coffee and trailing with rich, dark chocolates. Wow... Mother, may I have another?

This is an intensely flavored, moderately complex and full-bodied beer. If you're a fan of vanilla, molasses, licorice, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee, then you'll need to try this one. There's a shitload of crafting mastering in this one, what a treat! (906 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to robotgod for this spectacular beer! Split this one with my girlfriend and poured it into a pint glass...2007 Reserve

A: This one rivals Dark Lord for the darkest beer I have ever seen. Held up to a light, the Abyss is just that - a labyrinth of darkness squeezed into a bottle. It has a one finger head that is deep mocha brown and lasts a while. The viscous brew laces and clings like glue to the side of the glass.

S: Complexity is the key here. Tons of roasted malts hit you right in the face. A tad of whiskey shows up, but just slightly so it is not overpowering. Dark cocoa and dark fruits - Figs and raisins show up slightly.

T: The most complex beer I have tasted without the viscosity of syrup. Chocolate covered cherries surround your mouth while roasted malts soaked in slight whiskey engulf your taste buds. The coffee flavors finish nicely in the end as well combined with a nice vanilla-malty-nutty flavor.

Overall, this is perhaps my favorite beer to date due to the reasons aforementioned. It comes with a slight punch to it, so I believe this one is best shared! Grab it if you get the chance! (1,124 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Colorado Liquor Mart and imported to California.

Appearance: Pitch black. Creamy tan head presides over the top. Poot-like, and very appropriate for members of the San Francisco DRA.

Smell: Molasses, coffee, soy sauce, and smoke. Very intriguing.

Taste: Same flavors as the smell, along with seriously roasted, burnt maltiness, campfire charcoal (even though I don't know what the hell that tastes like, it seems like it would taste a little like the Abyss), and grilled steak. Very little sweetness, and the finish is fairly dry. Upon closer inspection, one notices some hops camouflaged somewhere in there too.

Mouthfeel: Trump tight. In other words, awesome. Thick, creamy, choclate-shaky, with ample carbonation to support it.

Drinkability: Such a powerful, high alcohol stout that there's no way you could guzzle this. But why would you want to? That said, Abyss should have also been available in smaller bottles. Yes, we all enjoy sharing a bottle of tasty beer. But if it's a week night and your wife doesn't like good stouts, you end up having to waste some or get hung over. (1,111 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 PINT 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle
2007 RESERVE
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my roommate Mel for bringing this one back from Oregon.

I decided to save this gem for review #350.

The beer poured a viscous, absolute pitch black with a thick, creamy, one-finger, cocoa colored head. The head stuck around longer than I have ever seen on a beer of this magnitude, eventually fading to a bubbly film. Thick sheets of lacing coated the lower half of the glass and spotty drips trickled down from the top with each sip. This was unquestionably the most impressive looking Russian imperial stout I have ever seen.

The aroma was dark and intense. Super roasty, oaky and bourbony with semi-sweet notes of vanilla, licorice and molasses. As the beer warmed, the booziness became more apparent.

The taste was deep, dark and complex. Ultra roasty, oaky and coffee-like up front. Somewhat burnt. Licorice came through in the center along with notes of bakers chocolate. The dry, lingering finish was a mix of intense, piney and resiny hops, burnt malts and bourbon. As the beer warmed, the hoppy bitterness on the finish became even more intense (almost a bit overwhelming), as did the alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel was ultra creamy, frothy and smooth. Super thick and rich. The beer felt like a blanket on my tongue.

This is a fierce Russian imperial stout that definitely lies on the more extreme end of the spectrum for the style. With a bit more aging, this stuff could be amazing. (1,485 characters)

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

Opened 2007 Reserve 22 ounce bomber bottle, poured into Snifter glass.

Pours a nice black color with a caramel tan colored head of ¼", that dies down to a thin lacy head. Slight legs on glass (nice for a beer).

Smell is of dark coffee and burnt sugars. Taste is very nice. Not over powering on any facet: Chocolate/liquorice notes are accentuated by mild woody tones. Coffee finish lingers a bit, but it is quite pleasant. Fine bubbles are nice and give the beer a good mouth feel Even with the high (11%) alcohol, this is not a hot beer. (541 characters)

Photo of Aimstatus
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: thick and black, very characteristic of a Russian imperial stout. It had a dark tan very thick pleasing head.
Smell: the smell was a wonderful combination of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of black licorice.
Mouth feel: very pleasant. No complaint what so ever. It was a medium thickness of a liquid. It was definitely one of those beers so smile with every sip, and you want every sip to last through the night.
Taste: wonderful, every smell you intake is encompassed in the beer it is wonderfully balanced with a bit of hops and creamy malts. Just in a word...perfect.
Drink ability: like with every time I have a good beer to review I want one now. Sad it only comes once a year, like Christmas, but definitely could have one everyday through out the day. Bit alcoholic of me I know (809 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a pitch black body with a large thicket of mocha tan head. By the way thanks to SurlyDuff my old roomie Geoff, from Morgantown, WV for sending his local breweries finest in my direction. By the way Geoff's screen name has nothing to due with Surly Brewing Company I believe it's solely based on his love for The Simpsons, as a shout out to Duff Man. By the way the head dwindles slowly forming chunky sporadic bands of lacing around my chalice, very nice.

Aroma contains dark roasted malts including anise, dark chocolate more of a bittersweet baker's chocolate note. Warming vanilla and oak barrel aging effects flowing strong but with some finesse. I'm not crazy about the oak barrel aging frenzy that's going on in the craft beer movement at this time, however this blended version brings enough of those characteristics without overshadowing the actual beer. Deep alcohol with fruit undertones doing this bee much justice.

Flavors are great, much more complex and straight forward than the aroma was. Soothing alcohol burn weighs heavy among the waves of dark chocolate and mild sweetness provided by underlying plum and fig sweetness. Herbal hops barely play a role here with a touch of bitterness, charred oak and vanilla with a touch of whiskey blend beautifully into one massive American Imperial Stout. Some coffee hints here but nothing blatant a lot more dark chocolate from the dark roasted malt character than anything else.

Mouthfeel is full bodied carbonation is timid amongst the large bodied brew, but definitely ample enough to stand up to it. Textures of bitter chocolate leave a drying bitterness over the palate, charred oak makes it nearly smokey but nothing like a true Rauchbier. Solid through and throught definitely silky presence to the overall feel.

Drinkability is effortless the glass will drain before your ready for it, it's easy to make it through a review without ever even stopping to take a note or complete a sentence. This brew kept my nose in the glass and my palate in touch with the contents of this awesome wax sealed bottled from the left coast. Another amazing experience I can carry with me in my beer journeys, thanks again Geoff! (2,194 characters)

Photo of kasper
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage breached 9/6/2008 and served at just-above cellar temperature.

A: Thick and vicious, nearly black with a single-finger, tight creamy brown head that settles to a blanked and leaves polka dot lacing patterns all over the place when swirled or sipped.

S: Smoke/smoked meat, charred wood, tad of licorice.

T: Very similar to the nose: smoke, roasty bitter chocolate, sort of a palate-coating woody finish. There's also this subtle underlying presence of molasses throughout.

M: Thick, creamy and velvety. A perfect example of how I love my RISs. This baby is smooth. Mild carbonation. Perfect 10 here.

D: 11% ABV is masked really well. The velvet (almost biscuit-like) texture and smokey/sweet flavor could easily pull me through a bomber and a half, tho I'd probably be knocked the hell out if I finished two. Awesome representation of a RIS. Was not let down by this one. It's not the best beer I ever had, but its up there with the best of them. (966 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a deep black color with a thick tan head. It is slick and oily. It even has "legs" that run down the glass when you swirl it.

S: The aroma is spicy. Licorice, malt and cinnamon are noticeable. The alcohol is also apparent.

T: This is a complex blend of malt, coffee, molasses and chicory with an alcohol kick.

M: The beer is heavy, slick and sticky - just what one would want.

D: This is a heavy drinking brew...but I swear I could drink it all night long! (480 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a thick, oily, black color. The head is half and inch in height, dark tan in color, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, graham crackers, dark chocolate, and hints of oak. The taste is burly, and bold without being over-the-top. Roasted malt, graham cracker, and cream open up the taste, leading into chocolate, and oak in the finish. There is a lingering roasted malt bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. This is a world class Russian Imperial Stout. I could certainly drink this again. (632 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 reserve
Pours a thick jet black brew with a dark tan head that had a good amount of retention. The aroma was sweet and had a touch of chocolate and some sweet oaky vanilla notes.
The taste is very intense with a rich dark carmely sweetness blended in with the roasty, coffeelike tastes of the dark malt. Smooth flavor overall this beer finishes with a nice hint of oak and bourbon sweetness that segues into a warming finish. Very rich and complex yet neatly comprised this beer is an excellent example of the Imperial Stout style.
The mouthfeel was rich and full yet not too thick.
Overall an excellent beer that i will be adding to my cellar. (650 characters)

Photo of mrkc
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bottle is stately, simple, with a wax sealed cap. The label declares its vintage (2007). The Wax is a bit tricky to cut off at first, but soon comes off from around the cap. The beer pours slowly, with a viscosity befitting to its molasses heritage. The result in my glass is a deep brown opaque beer, with a brown head that clings nicely to the side of the glass. The smell of dark chocolate, and the mild molasses is countered by a woody and smoky odour.

The flavour is strong, muscling through anything, with a tastes of baker's chocolate, liquorice, with a mild to moderate hint of coffee. The woody, smoky flavour really comes through pleasantly, with just enough presence to add additional direction to this beer. The beer drinks smoothly, with moderate carbonation that doesn't sting, and a oily finish that clings to the mouth. This is really a beer to have with a desert such as a cheese cake, or perhaps as a desert in its own right. The ethanol remains hidden under the malts and tastes of roast throughout, making it very easy to drink more than you intended. An amazing beer from a quality brewery. Deschutes has really outdone themselves with this offering. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so after many months of waiting, a few tears, some convincing and a whole lotta bribes, my friend finally cracked open his bottle of the abyss that he has been aging since january.

an amazing pour. phenominal smell. the taste is an amazing ride from start to finish, although i believe that one thing that makes this beer so good is the lack of availability, it is still an amazing brew. gets even better as it reaches its optimal room temp.

i cant wait till the next release. do yourself a favor and pick up a few bottles. (527 characters)

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,751 ratings.