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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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The AbyssThe Abyss

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4,769 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,769
Reviews: 1,632
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,447
Gots: 2,179 | FT: 147
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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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-31-2012 20:12:20 | More by herrorara
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-31-2012 18:41:49 | More by BigJK
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-31-2012 15:52:00 | More by phingdong
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-31-2012 15:27:25 | More by zgunder
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-31-2012 06:13:04 | More by NFMSKRS
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4.18/5  rDev -7.5%

2010 with as drink after 11/15/11

a double with intense bittering hops. warrior possible that dry but mineral dry also. this beer has latitude with all the minimal contracting palate qualities but fundamental form. the bourbon hints best at cellar temperature. bitterness is actually quite dominant. nose is a bit booze and roasted with a bit of malt of bourbon. roasted coffee notes, hop dry, vanilla subtle. very subtle... but to say that this beer hides abv because of bourbon aging... or wood aging and hopping would be the primary grace. wouldn't say that there is a huge dynamic blend of flavors. for something so sought after it is its rather well made... but heavy handed in the subtle notes.

01-31-2012 05:54:49 | More by rtepiak
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-31-2012 05:45:31 | More by chalkfullof
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-31-2012 05:28:00 | More by kpattonunc
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-31-2012 04:36:01 | More by jumbopanda
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-30-2012 20:20:15 | More by rogerthegill
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West Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%

Served on tap in a pint glass.
Vintage Nov 2011 batch
Served Jan 21st 2012

A - Mean looking jet black in color with no light passing through the glass. Awesome 2 finger tan head with excellent head retention and good lacing. One of the best looking stouts out there.

S - Heavy molasses, raisin, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of licorice. Just a touch of alcohol could be smelled.

T - A backbone of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel. Extremely rich and full palate with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness, and just a bit more alcohol than I wanted as wasn't balanced by a minimal amount of hoppy flavor compared to the others. Just a minor critic given the awesomeness of this brew.

M - Very creamy and full body, moderate carbonation. Almost perfect.

O - Quite simple the best Imperial Stout and one of the best beers I have ever had. Enough said.

01-30-2012 16:46:24 | More by williamjbauer
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-30-2012 07:29:33 | More by bigbeers84
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-30-2012 04:28:08 | More by rjacobs6
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-30-2012 01:29:18 | More by jfcaa193
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%

2010 Vintage.

This was a very impressive looking pour for an 11% stout. Deep, rich blackness. The head took a while to build, yet continued to hang around and refreshed everytime I swirled the glass. Bits of lace clung to the class, and thick legs held onto the sides.

Aromas mainly of alcohol and liquorice. Quite boozy. My friend smelled a lot of bourbon aromas, but I didn't notice them like he did.

The taste was excellent. Be sure to let this one warm up, as the flavors continued to improve all the way to the bottom. Hard to really pinpoint everything that was going on. Noticed the liquorice, some sweeter maltiness, some burnt sugar and some alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel was my favorite part of the beer. You could literally chew the beer before swallowing. Rich and velvety.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout. Not the best that I've had, but certainly a special beer. I think another year of aging would have been good on this, as it was stil quite hot after a year in the fridge.

01-29-2012 23:36:28 | More by doppelmeup
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4.79/5  rDev +6%

In a growler from Chuck’s 85th Market, 2011 vintage. Pours a nice head. Two finger, tan head. Completely black. Aroma was so inviting. Chocolate, strong coffee, vanilla, so much going on, this was amazing. Taste is incredible. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, caramel...so many sweet flavors and yet they still have the powerful flavors of a regular imperial stout. Says it is best aged, and it does get better, but it's also drinkable fresh. Mouthfeel goes down so easy, still very carbonated, but I can tell that this becomes better with age. Very viscous, and lingers well. This is incredibly drinkable. This is still easily in my top 3 of all time. Delicious, drinkable (and completely masking an 11 percent), and the favorite style of beer on this sight. I know this is a Winter Seasonal, and hard to get, but this is an amazing beer. Great great great imperial stout, everyone should try this at some point.

01-29-2012 22:57:31 | More by Smurf2055
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4.28/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured this one into my Brooklyn snifter and it is very deep in color and the head lingers for a good while. The nose is huge with toasted grains, dark chocolate and bit of burnt sugar. The tastes follows the nose but has a bit more of dark chocolate bite at the end. The sweetness is not over powering and seems to even out after the first sip washes over your tongue. I really enjoy the dryness on the aftertaste and at this point is pretty drinkable for the alc%. This is the 2011 version so it is still young but wanted to try now and again after the "best after" date.

01-29-2012 21:58:38 | More by lonestar4lunch
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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%

Very nice big, dark stout. Opened a 2010 vintage on 1-27-12. I had a full bottle that was slightly chilled to about 50 degrees or so. Smell and tastes are deep. Taste really opened up as it warmed. Deep licorice tastes, really nice. A little pricey for what the market is currently bringing on this, but overall a really, really nice BAS (barrel aged stout)!

01-29-2012 15:10:13 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

2007 vintage.

A: Very thick beverage. Very dark color with a dark thick head which fades quickly.

S: Incredible nose. This is a true fall in the abysses. Complexity is extraordinary. Roasted, dark chocolate, dark fruits, soaked red fruits, bourbon, vanilla, sweet finish on bitter chocolate and caramel malts.

T: More incredible than the nose if possible. Roasted, toasted, dark chocolate, huge presence of the bourbon and the vanilla, fruity (same as the nose), wooden, finish on the bitter chocolate which settles very slowly on the long-term.

M: Skillful blend of sweetness, deepness, balance and length on the palate.

O: Tasted for dessert with a home-made brownie after a huge, massive dinner. This exceptional beer has been the icing on the cake of this evening.

01-29-2012 14:19:25 | More by Fux
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-29-2012 13:20:34 | More by Jefe73
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-29-2012 06:06:08 | More by Billakowski
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

For me, that's a perfect looking beer - steady, dark, monster head and like India ink below. The head sticks to the sides of the glass in clumps.

Predominantly roasted - like having a front row seat to the mash itself. Everybody else seems to comment on chocolate, coffee and other scents - to me, it's all wound up in those dark grains.

Like chewing on the grains themselves, this beer delivers them without measure. Roasted with licorice, I'd swear that it might actually roast the tongue with each drink. Being as high in ABV, it's very well hidden, only revealing itself before it comes to temperature.

Thick, like they've blended a portion of the grains in prior to bottling, rather than filtered them out. Akin to chocolate milk, with a steady foundation and a hint of sweetness.

Not for the faint of heart - this is a heavy drinker - one of the bigger Impy Stouts I've had. Some pepper on the tongue through the carbonation. A beer you can really drown into. A bottle will do you for the night though.

01-29-2012 04:08:24 | More by mdcrouser
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4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

Had this at the Deschutes Pub as well as the bottle.
One of my favorite RIS out there.
Dark black.
Viscous, syrupy, and full bodied.
Coffee, dark chocolate, creamy maltiness, roast, vanilla, oak.
Smooth and warming.
Faint carbonation.
One of the best!

01-29-2012 03:26:01 | More by Hawkfish
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4.68/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a "best after" date of 11/15/11 into a tulip.

Pours the deep, viscous, black that I love in a good stout. Pour produces a surprisingly large brown sugar head that leaves some thin lacing as well as a thin cap. So much going on in the nose I really can't pick everything. What I can pick up is roasted malts, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is a roasty, almost charred, flavor up front with molasses with a smooth milk chocolate finish. Also some faint licorice and hop notes throughout. Definitely full bodied with a clean finish, somehow feels a bit thinner than it is. A great brew, glad I hung onto it as long as I did, but now I'm sad I only have one.

01-29-2012 03:25:14 | More by alli4051
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

01-29-2012 00:09:01 | More by 12packpoet
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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