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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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The AbyssThe Abyss

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5,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,285
Reviews: 1,682
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,590
Gots: 2,401 | FT: 184
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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Photo of StroppyMare
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Black and beautiful. A dark tan head that I could have eaten with a spoon, but it didn't stick around. Poured in like used motor oil. A N T I C I P A T I O N.

Smell: Dark fruit, coffee, some booziness. Not as complex as I thought it would be.

Taste: I've never been moved to tears by a beer until now. Wow. A symphony. An opus in chocolate and coffee and malt. Dark fruit, licorice...I could go on.

Mouthfeel: Like the appearance, slick and silky.

Overall: I wish she were a woman. I'm in love.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2008 Reserve; Pours black with thick coffee and dark chocolate nose. Huge dark coffee/dark chocolate/rich roasted malt flavors and characteristics. Interesting light bitter hop in the mid palate. Strong coffee and dark chocolate finish. This ale is very well made and with pleasant burnt espresso and dark chocolate flavors with big coffee/chocolate finish with hints of bitter hops. (This review was done in 2009)

REVISITED May 22, 2009 with a 2009 Reserve a few months after the tasting that gave rise to previous comments. Suffice it to say that bottle here tasted was huge with chocolate/coffee-espresso/licorice character and flavors and with a creamy mouthfeel and character lacking in the previous bottle. I'm a stout lover and this may have been one of the nicest stout experiences I've had since I tried the 2003 Imperial Russian Stout that Stone broke out at it's 2009 Winterstorm (best stout I've ever tasted). This one is my number one "available" stout. Try it!

REVISTED December 14, 2013 with 2013 Reserve. Beer has gotten significantly more hopped and has lost much of it's mouthfeel and intense flavor. Still a very nice and well made beer but my over all rating has now gone from a 4.7+ (under the old rating scores) to a 3.75; still very good but not "outstanding." This was once a standard by which others could be judged. No more; the world has caught up with and surpassed Abyss. JMO

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Nunya
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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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  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of MCain04
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank an '11 and a '12 side by side at cellar temp and shared between Nate and Kieran.

This beer pours as black as I've ever seen a beer. True motor oil pour. Some dark cocoa lacing with good retention.

Smell is woody. Oaky from the barrels but also a more earthy wood likely from the tree bark. Tobacco, molasses aromas. A lightly fruity note is present as well. Not much bourbon or heat.

Drinks very nicely. Taste is robust and roasty, not highly hopped or bitter. The additives of cherry bark and back strap molasses really work well, but I don't pick up a ton of vanilla. Very little bourbon or wine taste, but the barrel character is present. However, if you didn't tell me it was barrel-aged, I might not have guessed it was.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, full, smooth, creamy, pretty ideal.

Overall, a tasty tasty brew. It doesn't try to be the biggest or booziest, but is just really well-crafted. I preferred the '11 to the '12 but they were very similar. May re-review this when drinking a '10 which different barrel ratios.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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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%

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,285 ratings.