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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,120
Reviews: 1,659
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,582
Gots: 2,270 | FT: 163
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  rDev -11.3%

WorldWideStout, Aug 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Entropy, Aug 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

stantheposterman, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of sommersb
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 08-05-2012
Freshness: Best after 08-04-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, waxed pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Pours a jet black and opaque beer. The tan head is 1 finger and a half with fair retention and a good amount of lace.

Aromas are powerful -- rich, dark malts, vanilla, oak wood, licorice, dark chocolate and espresso.

Flavors are strong and malty and include roasted grains, sweet chocolates, coffee and hop bitterness.

Feel is smooth and full-bodied. I get a nice alcohol warming as the beer finishes bittersweet, with aftertastes of chocolate and coffee.

Overall this is a heavy hitting stout, full of flavor. Not my top from this style, but a true contender. Recommended.

Thanks to my cousin Brian for this one!

sommersb, Aug 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -77.8%

Jsads, Aug 04, 2012
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Geuzedad, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

3Hops, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brystmar for this bottle! 2011 bottle split and shared with fellow-BA, Stumbler. Poured my allotment into a snifter. Pours a dense coal-black with a thin, wispy, mocha head on top. The nose is rich and sweet with plenty of vanilla, oak, chocolate, charred toast. Really nice. With a beer this big, I like a bit of depth in the feel. This one delivers. Heavy full-mouth with ample carbonation to back it up. Rich, velvety feel with an easy finish. There's so much going on in this beer, it's hard to stay focused. The vanilla makes a showing, but it is fleeting at best. The sweetness instead comes from the semi-sweet chocolate and toffee character. With such a small percentage of this seeing the bourbon barrels, I'm not surprised that that is downplayed as well. Mild spiciness on the back end, and a slight tart kick to finish this one out. Fantastic beer. One I was glad to trade for, and one I will hunt down again.

Onenote81, Aug 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

jls988, Aug 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

chrisrose30, Jul 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

duceswild, Jul 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

H0rnedFr0gs, Jul 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

oldp0rt, Jul 31, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. 2011 Reserve. Best after 4 August 2012...so I'm a week early. Couldn't wait any longer. 11% ABV. Brewed with black strap molasses and licorice, with cherry bark and vanilla added. 6% aged in oak bourbon barrels, 11% aged in oak wine barrels, 11% aged in oak barrels.

A: Black, but not as intensely so as I expected. A tight, thin mocha head has a hint of creaminess and fades rather quickly. The beer is rather cold at the moment. Good lacing.

S: Mmmm. Stern and stout. Coffee, roasted malt, bourbon barrels, and a touch of something dry, either the malt or trace hops. Nutty and woody, with no hint of vanilla but perhaps some of bark (whatever that might smell like). Pleasant, but unimpressive.

T/M: That is a mighty first sip, though I'm afraid my impatience has gotten the better of me...I should let it warm up. Loads of flavor lingers interminably. Rich, smooth, roasted malt that is only accentuated by time; a bit of warmth results in a velvety smoothness that is highly pleasing. Chocolate, vanilla, hints of strong stuff...perhaps whiskey. A dry, bitter endtaste worthy of a Russian Imperial Stout. Lightly dry at times, partially from the dry malt and somewhat from the alcohol content. Not heavy though, but light, sippable, and sometimes fruity. The wine parallels are almost certainly my imagination, but are also not entirely inaccurate. The blending is excellent and the extreme alterations in flavor -- from sweet to bitter, fruit to coffee, soft vanilla to dry-strong molasses -- are executed with subtlety and nuance. I'm impressed, but not overwhelmed.

O: Is this a good beer? Absolutely. However, I'll try to an older vintage to say whether or not it's overrated...as it stands, it receives high marks, but not my adulation. Still, recommended.

EDIT 6 February 2013: 2012 Reserve, best before 1 November 2013. Pretty fresh I guess. 11.1%. Brewed with black strap molasses and licorice, with cherry bark and vanilla added. 6% aged in oak bourbon barrels, 11% aged in oak wine barrels, 11% aged in oak barrels.

This is fresh, as was my last sample, and it surprises me naught that I'd change very little from my initial review (save perhaps giving the appearance a 5/5).

AgentMunky, Jul 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

dtmets84, Jul 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, molasses, cherry and other dark fruits with some licorice, Bourbon, wine, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with roasted chocolate malts with vanilla, cherry, molasses, and some licorice. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some Bourbon and wine and some more dark fruit flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, oak, vanilla, wine grapes, molasses, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The blend of barrels really adds a wonderful complexity to the beer and the balance is spot on.

ngeunit1, Jul 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,120 ratings.