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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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100
world-class

4,775 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,775
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,450
Gots: 2,182 | FT: 148
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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areich6

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-26-2012 19:22:28 | More by areich6
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cccupps3

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

first i have to say that Deschutes Brewery is a fantastic company all together. i have never had a bad or sub-par beer from this company.

i had it in seattle at full throttle bottles. it was not served in the correct glass so i felt the color was a little light. it had a great balance of hops and was very intricate! it was refreshing in every way. the smell was floral and sweet and it hit the spot head on! i would reccomend this stout to anyone who isn't affraid to try something juuuust a little different!....

02-25-2012 16:37:09 | More by cccupps3
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budgood1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

2011 Vintage.

Review #1000.

pours out a completely opaque midnight black colour. motor oil viscosity. dark tan frothy head, almost pure brown in hue. sticks and stays with gusto. a lot of clinging lace. lovely aroma of dark roasted, chocolate, and other assorted malts. a good deal of chocolate candy aromas..some fruit enhanced and others toffee and nougat inspired. vanilla bean and bright espresso notes as well. blissful taste profile...the chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes really dominate...barrel notes add some depth of oak and bourbon, with subtle hints of ripe red fruit and port wine. the molasses and anise notes only contribute to the amazing depth of layers and the overall huge structure of this stout. hop flavour and bitterness are impressive in its overall herbal and flowery glory, but gets buried by the overall level of hot booziness. but it seems well integrated in the overall flavour profile. impressive. i love the body on this...soft, supple and secure in its massiveness. mouthfeel is incredibly velvety; as smooth as can be for such an amazingly big stout. it certainly has some rough and tumble edges but they are welcome in this beer. drinkability is off the charts...i had a hard time not gulping this huge beer down!

overall this one lives up to the hype. i've fallen into the abyss and there is no coming back. i love the layered complexity, i love the overall character, and i love the feel of this monster stout. it's a bit hot, but time will tame it. about perfect as far as i'm concerned.

02-25-2012 00:09:56 | More by budgood1
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shelby415

Oregon

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-21-2012 08:24:00 | More by shelby415
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-21-2012 04:42:54 | More by Beezee
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superspak

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

1400th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2011 vintage, best after 8/4/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass; looks awesome. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cherry, oak, light char, coffee, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla, licorice, toast, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity of dark malt, oak, and barrel character; and extremely balanced. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, light char, cherry, oak, toast, toffee, vanilla, cocoa, licorice, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, light char, cocoa, oak, licorice, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic depth and complexity of dark malt flavors with the barrel character and flavor additions; with a fantastic overall balance of all flavors; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic blended imperial stout! Huge depth and complexity of flavors with incredible balance; and very smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering to sip on slowly.

02-20-2012 03:55:33 | More by superspak
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Hophead717

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%

A bomber of the 2010 vintage poured into a CBS Snifter.

A: Pitch-black with a quarter inch mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S: An aggressive sweet and oak-y scent rushes to the nose. Licorice helps drive the sweetness upfront, with more subtle roasty notes in the back alongside the oak. A little of the chocolate you'd expect from a big stout also.

T: A sweet stout, but not overwhelmingly so. The licorice is very noticeable, but I enjoy it here. Some roasted malts in the back, with a little sweet chocolate as well. The finish is of sweet malts and licorice. There is a small amount of oak underlying the stout that you can taste throughout. However, if I didn't know The Abyss was partly oak-aged, I don't think I would be able to pick it out. I think it would fade in to the sweetness.

M: Medium-light bodied with low carbonation. This is perfect--supremely drinkable.

O: This is a nice beer. It's a sweet one and the licorice plays a more central role than I expected, but it works. A great beer and one I look forward to having again in the future!

02-19-2012 22:02:34 | More by Hophead717
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

02-19-2012 20:42:24 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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baerb69

Maryland

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-19-2012 18:59:18 | More by baerb69
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rocklibster

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -11.5%

02-19-2012 17:28:40 | More by rocklibster
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-19-2012 06:24:05 | More by mmcnaughton
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M27

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-19-2012 04:50:16 | More by M27
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somnus

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-19-2012 01:01:18 | More by somnus
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DocJitsu

California

4/5  rDev -11.5%

02-19-2012 00:36:10 | More by DocJitsu
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah- Thanks Matt!

The Abyss pours a dark brown color w/ a two finger chocolate head. Excellent lacing on my New Belgium glass. The nose is oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Very mellow and balanced. None of the 11% abv evident at all. The taste is really smooth and balanced- with coffee and oak out in front. Again, none of the alcohol is present in the taste. Feel is medium full, w/ a nice hops bite on the aftertaste. Overall, really happy I finally got to try this beer. Cheers!

02-18-2012 21:51:04 | More by jayhawk73
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bdkucharski

Michigan

4/5  rDev -11.5%

02-18-2012 16:59:26 | More by bdkucharski
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raymo55

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

02-18-2012 01:31:31 | More by raymo55
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ajramirez1

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -6.4%

2011 Edition. On tap poured into a pint glass. Great look to it, heavy looking stout. Smelt, average, smelt like any other stout, especially relates to an irish style stout. Taste, good taste but not blown away at all. Overhyped, didnt think it was an exceptional stout, ive had a few better stouts, but it was a nice beer. Good-great stout.
A-

02-18-2012 00:47:40 | More by ajramirez1
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SoCalStout

California

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

My last 2008 Vintage poured into my Stone IRS snifter.

Appearance: Pours an absolute pitch black like a black hole with a nice 3/4 fingers worth of dark tan/brown head that leaves little lacing that eventually dissipates.

Smell: Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts are dominant with mild hints of oak in the background. All of these come together very well and balanced now. I remember the first time I had it fresh and it was hot from the bourbon.

Taste: IRS are one of my two favorite styles and this beer is why. Rich and earthy bittersweet chocolates meld together into flavors of oak, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, a little anise, and smooth roasted malts. Great earthy mild hop presence supports the malt while allowing all the complexity to come through, adding a gentle to moderate bitterness in the finish. Really has aged to perfection and the blending and complexity that has taken place with age has done wonders. Perfection!


Mouthfeel: Full bodied with thick, creamy, velvety texture. With the light moderate carbonation level that is typical of the style. This is dangerously drinkable. Had the whole bottle easily by myself.

Overall: This beer speaks for itself.

02-17-2012 22:50:52 | More by SoCalStout
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dolfan54fl

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-17-2012 15:48:31 | More by dolfan54fl
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kevinscott

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.5%

02-17-2012 15:47:19 | More by kevinscott
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duels

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-17-2012 07:34:48 | More by duels
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radlleb

Oregon

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-17-2012 04:50:50 | More by radlleb
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spatialk

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-17-2012 02:08:26 | More by spatialk
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Belize2000

Washington

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-16-2012 21:51:31 | More by Belize2000
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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