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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,653 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,653
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,415
Gots: 2,147 | FT: 143
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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groetman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-20-2012 01:08:24 | More by groetman
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dumptruck81

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-20-2012 00:32:48 | More by dumptruck81
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Shackman

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-20-2012 00:07:36 | More by Shackman
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HoptimusPrimal00

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-19-2012 22:04:15 | More by HoptimusPrimal00
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SEHopper

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-19-2012 16:14:12 | More by SEHopper
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-19-2012 00:02:49 | More by ralphw56
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beerhorn12

Oregon

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-18-2012 10:19:48 | More by beerhorn12
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01001111

California

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as midnight, black as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch. Espresso and used motor oil.

S: Dark chocolate and burnt coffee encased in licorice. But it's not the candied licorice scent; it's more like absinthe.

T: Burnt toast, tar, with the bitter absinthe licorice bite.

M: A thin, sharp syrup. There is no creaminess.

O: The Abyss is an apt name for this brew. This is neither for the faint of heart nor for the inexperienced tongue. Like its cousin absinthe it is a strong, bitter medicine for those who live off thick, black coffee, cacao solids, and despair.

One of the very few Imperial Stouts I can respect.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:43:48 | More by 01001111
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jlenik

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-17-2012 23:00:12 | More by jlenik
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NarcoSolo

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-17-2012 22:02:37 | More by NarcoSolo
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dmquinn

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-17-2012 21:41:23 | More by dmquinn
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jamesburkhart

Montana

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-17-2012 21:15:41 | More by jamesburkhart
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KAF

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-17-2012 20:29:36 | More by KAF
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archey

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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jrcmlc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-17-2012 06:21:17 | More by jrcmlc
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

01-16-2012 15:25:11 | More by gafferjohn
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bHiker76

Virginia

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-16-2012 14:44:08 | More by bHiker76
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ggodzik

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

01-16-2012 04:33:56 | More by ggodzik
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-16-2012 02:58:57 | More by MeisterSmudge
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crosamich

Florida

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-16-2012 02:14:01 | More by crosamich
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-16-2012 00:44:01 | More by RedHaze
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Reserve bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: very dark, black with dark walnut hues at the edges. One finger of coppery brown head sticks around for a bit and regenerates well with a swirl.

N: very complex nose: I get some dark chocolate, roasty malts, oak, plumb, and coffee notes. Very good.

T: also very complex. Starts a little sweet with some oaky molasses, then becomes a little bitter like coffee malts, and finishes almost tart but with a nice stout coffee-like aftertaste. Wow!

M: very good carbonation for a barrel ager. Overall pretty smooth but does have a bit of crispness from the 11%, however not harsh or overly hot.

O: Wow, this is probably the best stout I've tasted. It is extremely complex. I look forward very much to having it aged. Biggest surprise was the amount of up-front oak. Favorite aspect is the complex nose (am going to spend some time just sniffing this one). Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:23:57 | More by beerbiatchMD
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TeamUgly

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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ajcormier

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-15-2012 23:37:14 | More by ajcormier
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rmalinowski4

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-15-2012 22:57:54 | More by rmalinowski4
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,653 ratings.