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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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100
world-class

4,902 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,902
Reviews: 1,643
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,503
Gots: 2,217 | FT: 156
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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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

MrMcGibblets, Mar 19, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep jet black with a mocha lacing.

S - Great stuff here. Roasted barley, chocolates, burnt sugar vanilla and a hint of bourbon.

T - Bitter roasted chocolate malts, vanilla oak and bourbon all play prominent roles here. The beer is intensely complex with all of the flavors playing nice with each other.

M - This is dangerously drinkable for 11% abv. It is thick and creamy but goes down oh so smooth.

O - An outstanding beer. One of the best that I have every had. Hands down.

staggerlee024, Mar 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

aliveguy17, Mar 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

pawpaw, Mar 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

scrizo, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

dankness3, Mar 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

C2H5, Mar 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

dannykugler, Mar 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

kslsc400, Mar 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Zachb4au, Mar 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

brotherloco, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

hansgruber, Mar 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

robieobie1, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

PerHops, Mar 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

rahbuckeye, Mar 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

BearsDitkaBears, Mar 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

EROCK75, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -33.6%

GripitandSipit, Mar 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

KingStephenR, Mar 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

shangwang, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of DARIVA
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was from 2011:

Beer is a beautiful dark brown black color with minimal head.
Very soft beer with a little tingle.
Beer is sweet and ends with a bitter aftertaste.
Furthermore, I sense the presence of dark chocolate, nougat and "bokkepootjes" many flavor tones.
Taste remains long in the mouth and has a very long finish.

This one was from 2010:

A: Black beer with a very good head. (5)

S: The smell of chocolate, caramel and a bit nougat. (4)

T: The taste of coffee, mocha and chocolate. (4.5)

M: Good mouthfeel and a nice bitter aftertaste. (3.5)

O: Prima drinkable and good relationship. (4)

DARIVA, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

chickenm, Mar 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jkane101, Mar 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

etjoyce, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Skull40
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A - Black with very little head retention

S - Barrel char, licorice, chocolate, roasted malts

T - A full stout. Tastes included licorice, raisins, chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, vanilla and char. None of the tastes were powerful or too overpowering of the others. They were all present and worked wonderfully in concert with one another.

M - Full and smooth, but not real thick.

O - This is a very nice beer. It tastes similar to some other great stouts that I've had with some age on them. I would love to try this one fresh sometime.

Skull40, Mar 09, 2012
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,902 ratings.