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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,679 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,679
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,420
Gots: 2,157 | FT: 145
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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rmalinowski4

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-15-2012 22:57:54 | More by rmalinowski4
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Sargully

Oregon

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-15-2012 22:18:27 | More by Sargully
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erric

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-15-2012 21:07:06 | More by erric
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Faina

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-15-2012 20:27:16 | More by Faina
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davidchollar

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a whole lot of head, but what there is looks pretty awesome, and stick around for a couple minutes! I am probably not using the right kind of glass, and didn't do such a great pour. Still, one of the darkest, thick milk chocolate brown heads I've ever seen. The beer is as dark as a moonless Northwest winter evening. The molasses, licorice and vanilla advertised on the label are instantly recognizable in the smell, oak is right there as well. I find it really interesting that it's made with 3 different types of barrel aging, oak, oak bourbon and oak wine barrels. I'm going to let it warm a bit before scoring it.

The taste is soooo yuuuummm. Hard to believe it's 11%! Intensely flavorful, but not overpowering. The label says "Best after 8/4/12" ... I can't wait that long! A lot hoppier than I would have thought from the smell. With the licorice and molasses, a sweet smell, but big, bitter hoppy goodness slowly leads to a nice maltiness. Big chewy mouthfeel but a crisp clean finish.

This is my first review in a long time, just stopped doing it for a while. Really surprised to see drinkability replaced by overall!!! Totally makes sense though. That's always what was meant by drinkability, in my opinion, but many people had different takes on it. Overall, I would say Deschutes can do no wrong, and The Abyss is a perfect stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:52:58 | More by davidchollar
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-15-2012 04:23:25 | More by DangerDawg
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-15-2012 03:27:16 | More by Patrickbrusil
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dnolan36

Virginia

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-15-2012 01:41:41 | More by dnolan36
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Stoutsman

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-14-2012 22:20:42 | More by Stoutsman
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roblund

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-14-2012 19:59:47 | More by roblund
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Kenai4

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-14-2012 18:30:00 | More by Kenai4
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jbck109

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-14-2012 05:35:59 | More by jbck109
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap @ Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland and presented in a snifter. Pairs exquisitely with sweet potato fries and thai wings.

Pours a deep and dark mahogany color with ruby flarings. Impressive head with respectable lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and sweet molasses.

Opens big with roasted notes of coffee and sweet hints of caramel and molasses. Silky mouthfeel, yet chewy at times. Dark chocolate emerges with suggestions of black licorice. ABV is incredibly well concealed. Vanilla and mellowed oak surface. Finishes smooth and rich. Amazingly deep and complex, The Abyss is as good as it gets. Believe the hype, my friends. And seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 04:01:50 | More by CaptainIPA
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hattingc

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-14-2012 02:16:01 | More by hattingc
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-13-2012 23:58:56 | More by BierBliss
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Eurytos

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-13-2012 19:42:44 | More by Eurytos
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kengardell

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-13-2012 15:30:16 | More by kengardell
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timmick

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-12-2012 20:39:12 | More by timmick
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Frozenmoses

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-12-2012 15:58:27 | More by Frozenmoses
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Ruger44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-12-2012 15:57:46 | More by Ruger44
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stealth

Minnesota

4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 batch.

What a stout. Hands down my favorite. Roast, chocolate, vanilla dominate the aroma. The presentation is beautiful. Thick 3-finger khaki head with tight carbonation bubbles. The taste is out of this world. Molasses, chocolate, more molasses, coffee, more chocolate, roastiness, mild sweetness...so many good things, repeated over and over.

If you can get it, get it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 12:03:54 | More by stealth
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sublime313

Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-12-2012 07:07:40 | More by sublime313
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furthurgone

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-12-2012 06:34:09 | More by furthurgone
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demgoth

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-12-2012 02:44:29 | More by demgoth
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-11-2012 23:52:32 | More by uvm2003
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,679 ratings.