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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,100 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,100
Reviews: 1,655
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,582
Gots: 2,256 | FT: 161
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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5/5  rDev +10.9%

icanhazbeers, Jul 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

BeerNW, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
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%

LambicKing, Jul 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Hanzo, Jul 23, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best after 8/4/12 (opened 7/22/12), 11% abv.

Appearance: Black glass shows an angry blood red edge that intimidates. Holds it's dark tan head with a large bubbled halo. Watching the legs slowly drag spots of lace off the glass about the speed of a sunset.

Smell: Boozy oak tannin overwhelms most of what's going on. Hints of sweet burnt sugar poke through.

Taste: Bourbon oak aged flavors are on top of everything, but with some sophistication, like a well worn leather chair. The boozy wood barrel serves as the bitter to balance out the sweet malty base that slowly fades out to an alcoholic vapor. Pipe tobacco, leather, black strap, with a surprise piney citric hop flash at the top.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation combines with the molten lead texture to give a very silky smooth feel with a serious chew.

Overall: A wonderful combinations total out to a great experience. A slow evening worth of happy sips. Solid show, will seek more.

HardTarget, Jul 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

IlludiumQ36, Jul 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

bonez05404, Jul 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -33.5%

bmcwood, Jul 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

ellswrth, Jul 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

JebediahScooter, Jul 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

ncaudle, Jul 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

tjfilippo, Jul 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

skunk242, Jul 16, 2012
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

ajs4bd, Jul 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

jdmandel, Jul 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

atone315, Jul 12, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage shared by shutyourface. Had the '11 many times, and this is my first time with any of the previous years.

Pours a syrupy black with some tan head, though it recedes in due time. Molasses, dark roast, bourbon, and toffee compose a respectable aroma.

Oily, viscous body delivers this deeply roasted stout to my lips. Some initial sweetness up front before coffee, bourbon, and even some hops join the fray. Finishes mildly bitter with a touch of booze as it descends. Excellent!

Abyss is one of the absolute best off-the-shelf RIS made anywhere. It's remarkable that they can produce so much of it without sacrificing quality ('09 be damned!). Undoubtedly a highlight of every future November. Cheers!

brystmar, Jul 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

TonyTalon, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Peller80, Jul 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

texantiff, Jul 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

seplo, Jul 07, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this advertised as being available for one night only at a local establishment (the miracle of Facebook), so I hopped in my car and sought it out.

I was immediately struck by its dark, almost black appearance. Regal-like, in fact. I poured it into a chalice-like glass and observed a moderate lacing that lasted. The smell was pleasant but not overwhelming, and the taste was as rich as it looked. I wasn't overwhelmed with a strong licorice taste (as I had feared). Instead, a touch of oak and a sweet caramel-molasses taste dominated. I loved the opportunity to try this masterpiece!

Ilafan, Jul 03, 2012
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,100 ratings.