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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,654 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,654
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,416
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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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-11-2012 23:24:40 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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bschinelli

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-11-2012 15:52:49 | More by bschinelli
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zep9865

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into aecht snifter. Nice jet black color with a quarter inch of tan foam head. Lacing is minimal

Smells like cigar, high bitter roasted malts, dark chocolate, and vanilla

Taste is all dark chocolate and coffee.

Beer has great cocoa and cofee from the get-go, with milk chocolate and 70 percent cocoa on the backbone. IBUs must be at least 80

Great stout. Roasted malts on this beer own the way einstein does with their coffee

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 09:04:38 | More by zep9865
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle of Abyss was from 2010. This beer is delicious with lots of sweet and caramelised flavours. Mmmmm.

A: Black as dogs guts. Low amount of head. 4

S: Malty with a mollasses aroma. Some coffee too. 4.5

T: Malty with caramel. Some subtle burnt flavours suggesting caramelisation. Slightly sweet. Delicious. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 04:29:35 | More by vandemonian
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The D'Yquems of beer. The dark nectar of the gods.

Penetrating and deep. This is an encyclopedia of the very best vanilla/chocolate/coffee flavors that deepen as it warms. Hints of beef bouliion, gingersnaps, and cocoa. Lots of depth.

Silky smooth texture. Almost too easy to drink this.

A femme fatale who kills you slowly. And you like it.

Top O' the heap. This really is my ultra-uber favorite right now because it has lenghtning flavors that are like a Willy Wonka everlasting gobstopper- new flavors and nuances just keep popping up, retreat, and popping up again.

The Abyss waits for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 04:02:13 | More by CasanovaCummins
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-11-2012 02:31:34 | More by Joshgonzales79
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SgunnarW

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-11-2012 01:23:42 | More by SgunnarW
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n2185

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

A: pours black with three fingers of dark tan head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: graham, cocoa, vanilla, and some roasted coffee. Fairly muted.

T: very roasted tasting. Lots of bitter chocolate and some coffee. Faint vanilla and bourbon notes toward the finish with a slight alcohol burn.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy.

O: a pretty decent imperial stout. The bourbon is almost nonexistant and the nose is very muted, though. Decent enough, though not worth the hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 23:54:55 | More by n2185
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jreamer

Washington

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-10-2012 23:35:38 | More by jreamer
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Souleman

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-10-2012 04:09:36 | More by Souleman
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Jpwv

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage
Best After: 11/15/11
Drank on: 01/09/12

A- black with 1/4 inch mocha head
S- molasses, dark chocolate, maybe some bourbon sweetness
T- much the same as the nose ending with a slight hop bitterness. Great barrel woodiness lingers as an aftertaste.
M-full mouthfeel. Not Kate or Darkness creamy but still a solid mouthfeel
O- solid stout with really good flavors and mouthfeel. I would rate this as one of the best barrel aged stouts I've had. Definitely the best readily available BA stout out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:58:34 | More by Jpwv
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured unto a chalice. Vintage 2010 bottle served 01/09/2012.

Appearance: Pours a superior jet black, head is about 1/3" like a dark tan right off the body. Not too bubbly settles within the first sip.

Smell: comes off a bit of dark chocolate and molasses. I wish I could rate it more but it goes into your nostrils as quick as it leaves. In all seriously it still smells great.

Taste: Not so overly complex hints of molasses and incredible dark chocolate. This flavor is so intense but so smooth that it leaves you wanting for more.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, very easy to drink and easily fall in lust with.

Overall: I seriously took my time drinking this diamond in the rough, I say that because this beer is extremely rare here in NY and it is one of my top beers PERIOD! It is definitely well crafted and beautifully put together. If you see it buy it, you will thank me later flavor so potent that it hugs your cheeks. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 02:44:19 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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buckyp

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-10-2012 01:51:30 | More by buckyp
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schwaeh

Ohio

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-10-2012 00:41:36 | More by schwaeh
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Soxfanmcgee

Indiana

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-09-2012 09:58:18 | More by Soxfanmcgee
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Cstromberg57

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-09-2012 01:10:18 | More by Cstromberg57
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NWer

Washington

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed a sampler at the brewery in Eugene, on tap at a local establishment, and on nitro at the Deschutes Public House in Portland. It's about time I tick off a review - from memory.
The nitro was the most memorable but in no way demeans the beer I had on-tap. Poured dark of course into a funny looking slender/tall glass.
Sipping it slow. Want it to last forever. Smooth. Flavors: what they said. No need to be repetitive.
Can't say enough about this beer. Alcohol well hidden. No burn at all.
I am so glad I've built up a stash of the '10 and '11 to savor over time. Clearly one of the great beers.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-08-2012 23:21:20 | More by NWer
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will1256

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-08-2012 22:22:08 | More by will1256
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JimmyTango

California

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is black and thick with a super thin brown scummy lookin' "head." Smells like dark chocolate, coffee, a bit of leather, toasty grains, brown sugar, and a touch of tobacco. There aren't really any hops in the nose. Reminds me of an old oak cabin. The taste follows the nose with molasses up front, a nice balancing bitterness without any herbal hop flavors, and some extra black licorice in the background. I can't believe how well the booze is masked! This beer basically tastes like an old fashioned candy store tour; licorice, molasses, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and some stale coffee... no sugar or butter in sight : ) Sticky, thick, and somehow still dry without being astringent or burnt. This is amazingly smooth. I reckon anyone could get into this beer... there are none of the burnt, raisiny, sugary, boozy, or overly oaky flavors that non-stout drinkers usually poo-poo in stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 19:41:05 | More by JimmyTango
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10shb

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-08-2012 16:18:57 | More by 10shb
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Idesofmarch89

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-08-2012 15:38:03 | More by Idesofmarch89
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kevfujii

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-08-2012 09:06:53 | More by kevfujii
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Urprimeminister

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-08-2012 05:55:03 | More by Urprimeminister
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kjritt

Colorado

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

served from a bottle into a glass.

a. black as midnight in a windowless closet buried underground and your eyes are closed. good dark brown head and nice lacing.

s. molassas, smokey, and delicious. the smell of this beer is better than most other beer tastes.

t. again, molassas, with chocolate, and tangs of bourbon and a hoppy aftertaste which is surprising and extremely delightful. gets better with each sip, deeper and more complex.

m. obviously quite thick and sticky and certainly lingers even after it is gone. a meal in a glass.

o. may be the best beer i have ever had. which is difficult to say considering all the arrogant bastards and ten-fidys i have consumed. a special occasion beer to be enjoyed with your closest beer buddies. awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:42:48 | More by kjritt
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CLBizzle

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-07-2012 23:04:33 | More by CLBizzle
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,654 ratings.