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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,988 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,988
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,534
Gots: 2,237 | FT: 155
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

reyna311, Jun 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Cowcakes, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of anthonygrg
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled a 22 ounce bottle of the 2011 Reserve. This beer has a "best by" date printed on it: August 4, 2012. I'm glad I bought a few bottles so I can store some and wait a couple of months.

This beer pours a viscous, slick black and produces a light brown head with traces of red that dissipates slowly. More lacing than I expected.

The aroma is appealing but not very pronounced. Coffee, wood, and a trace of fruit, perhaps plums and/or cherries.

The taste is big and complex. Coffee, molasses, brown sugar, cherries, plums, vanilla, slight smokiness, etc. Use your imagination. Too boozy to rate a five, but it's damn close.

The mouthfeel is smooth-smooth-smooth and coating. The carbonation really disappears as you continue to drink, but you won't miss it. Very warming due to the alcohol content of 11%.

This is a great beer. I'm sure it gets even smoother and more complex with age, but you really ought to give it a taste if you have some in your possession. A stellar imperial stout!

anthonygrg, Jun 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

mjr2377, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter.
2010 vintage with a "best after" date of 11/15/11.

300th review.

pours your standard imperial stout-used motor oil black while yielding 3/4" of a thick, creamy, mocha toned head. retention is very respectable for the style, as is the lacing. the nose is mouth-watering: big bold notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt with secondary elements of licorice and molasses, maybe a little bourbon. yummy.

taste follows the aroma closely with lots of the aforementioned; a touch of vanilla i missed in the nose. and while there's a splash of booziness in the finish, otherwise the 11% ABV is well-hidden. to be sure, this is a tasty, decadent brew. great mouthfeel, velvety with a medium-full body; average carbonation.

overall, well, i told myself i wouldn't be swayed by the hype but in the end? yeah this is a stellar beer. no question.

(originally reviewed: 06-02-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

josephwa, Jun 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

BeerNFixed, Jun 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

sullenbee, Jun 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

reto21, Jun 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Rado, Jun 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

PaulStoneAnchor, Jun 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Evan, Jun 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

kevinmkirk, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of animortician
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 split between 3 beer buddies

A: Dark brown body, rich creamy light brown head that left great lacing.

S: Nothing really strong stuck out but hints of the liquorice and molasses. Malty chocolate.

T: AMAZING! This is the first top big BA Double/Imperial stout I have had that wasn't overpowered by the bourbon or BA flavor. Awesome complexity of flavors.

M: Smooth and light for how big of a beer this is, Carbonation was on the low end but it was still good.

O: This was an awesome beer, so glad I finally got to try it. Loved the different flavors that came out in it. Very drinkable Very enjoyable. Amazing! If you can get your hands on this beer do it!

animortician, Jun 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

WhiskeeTango, Jun 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Timothy124, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

klipper, Jun 04, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009 - Founders Snifter

A: dark and clean. 1/4" dirty blonde head, gave it rough poor.

S: Coffee, mats, wood, vanilla...

T: Balance, depth, the flavors of the Smell profile come through.

M: Round, not a supple as I expected, but clean and flavors lingered on the paalet. Founders snifter with 4oz pours and took my time.

I understand why this is so highy coveted and reviewed.
Outstanding.

BrokenStones, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

GuisseppeFranco, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

crisis44, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

silversumo, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

mocktm, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Zaphog, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

CADMixes, May 27, 2012
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,988 ratings.