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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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The AbyssThe Abyss

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4,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,868
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,484
Gots: 2,208 | FT: 156
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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Photo of raveskdr
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Into a tulip.

A - Super dark with a lingering tan head.

S - Dark chocolate and oak.

T - Great big chocolate notes with a lot of bourbon/vanilla/wood from the barrel.

M - Creamy, thick mouthfeel. The blending of flavors really works.

O - Definitely in the top percentage of imperial stouts that I have had. Glad I have had this several times, and will definitely get bottles in the future.

raveskdr, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of piclee
5/5  rDev +10.6%

piclee, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2010 vintage with a best after date of 11/15/11, poured into a snifter. Thanks to exitmusic00 for the bottle!

A- Pours totally black, topped with a thin brown head with good lacing.

S- Big sweet boozy and fruity aroma. Lots of licorice and molasses, along with a big roasted aroma with dark chocolate.

T- Sweet and roasted up front. Definitely lots of licorice and molasses up front, accompanied by an almost charred roastiness. Towards the end some dark fruit flavors come out more, along with very mild bourbon and subtle oak.

M- Full-bodied, carbonation is on the low side but is perfect for the style, smooth and thick feel. Alcohol is just slightly warming, not hot at all.

O- What an awesome beer! One of the best huge, slightly sweet, thick stouts.

WillCarrera, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of cpacheco
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

cpacheco, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one, 2011 vintage.

Beer pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Aroma is a nice mellow roast with hints of chocolate and oak. Flavor is nice, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype, it has a nice mellow roasty flavor, but I don't understand why everyone goes crazy about it. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very nice. Overall this is a great stout, but it's not quite as good as expected given its advanced billing.

starrdogg, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

aclark44, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

hoppymcgee, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

xHoPtImUsPrImEx, Mar 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Kahlerbock, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of juliusseizure
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

juliusseizure, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of BabyTree
5/5  rDev +10.6%

BabyTree, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

whahappened27, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of jorgeg528
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

serving glass - snifter
vintage 2011

a- extremely dark beer, but not as pitch black as I had hoped. a thin dark-golden head that quickly dissipated.

s- very dark chocolate with a hint a sweetness. a mild oak smell. everything blends together for very nicely. An olfactory delight. the smell really got my toes tingling.

t- roasted malts, chocolate and a balanced amount of surprising bitterness. I really enjoyed the aftertaste on this one, where the vanilla and caramel really came out. Alcohol comes through a bit but with time I believe it will mellow out.

m- this beer is very full bodied. mild carb and an enjoyable film in my mouth that made me look forward to the next sip.

o- I have enjoyed every Deschutes beer that I have had, and this one is no exception. It is well balanced and makes me lament the last drop. I have another one sitting in the closet and in a year or two I can only hope that it gets better.

jorgeg528, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

ninner00, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jdprmd, Feb 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

ph4de, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

eawolff99, Feb 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

areich6, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of cccupps3
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first i have to say that Deschutes Brewery is a fantastic company all together. i have never had a bad or sub-par beer from this company.

i had it in seattle at full throttle bottles. it was not served in the correct glass so i felt the color was a little light. it had a great balance of hops and was very intricate! it was refreshing in every way. the smell was floral and sweet and it hit the spot head on! i would reccomend this stout to anyone who isn't affraid to try something juuuust a little different!....

cccupps3, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of budgood1
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage.

Review #1000.

pours out a completely opaque midnight black colour. motor oil viscosity. dark tan frothy head, almost pure brown in hue. sticks and stays with gusto. a lot of clinging lace. lovely aroma of dark roasted, chocolate, and other assorted malts. a good deal of chocolate candy aromas..some fruit enhanced and others toffee and nougat inspired. vanilla bean and bright espresso notes as well. blissful taste profile...the chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes really dominate...barrel notes add some depth of oak and bourbon, with subtle hints of ripe red fruit and port wine. the molasses and anise notes only contribute to the amazing depth of layers and the overall huge structure of this stout. hop flavour and bitterness are impressive in its overall herbal and flowery glory, but gets buried by the overall level of hot booziness. but it seems well integrated in the overall flavour profile. impressive. i love the body on this...soft, supple and secure in its massiveness. mouthfeel is incredibly velvety; as smooth as can be for such an amazingly big stout. it certainly has some rough and tumble edges but they are welcome in this beer. drinkability is off the charts...i had a hard time not gulping this huge beer down!

overall this one lives up to the hype. i've fallen into the abyss and there is no coming back. i love the layered complexity, i love the overall character, and i love the feel of this monster stout. it's a bit hot, but time will tame it. about perfect as far as i'm concerned.

budgood1, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

shelby415, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Beezee, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1400th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2011 vintage, best after 8/4/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass; looks awesome. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cherry, oak, light char, coffee, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla, licorice, toast, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity of dark malt, oak, and barrel character; and extremely balanced. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, light char, cherry, oak, toast, toffee, vanilla, cocoa, licorice, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, light char, cocoa, oak, licorice, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic depth and complexity of dark malt flavors with the barrel character and flavor additions; with a fantastic overall balance of all flavors; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic blended imperial stout! Huge depth and complexity of flavors with incredible balance; and very smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering to sip on slowly.

superspak, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber of the 2010 vintage poured into a CBS Snifter.

A: Pitch-black with a quarter inch mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S: An aggressive sweet and oak-y scent rushes to the nose. Licorice helps drive the sweetness upfront, with more subtle roasty notes in the back alongside the oak. A little of the chocolate you'd expect from a big stout also.

T: A sweet stout, but not overwhelmingly so. The licorice is very noticeable, but I enjoy it here. Some roasted malts in the back, with a little sweet chocolate as well. The finish is of sweet malts and licorice. There is a small amount of oak underlying the stout that you can taste throughout. However, if I didn't know The Abyss was partly oak-aged, I don't think I would be able to pick it out. I think it would fade in to the sweetness.

M: Medium-light bodied with low carbonation. This is perfect--supremely drinkable.

O: This is a nice beer. It's a sweet one and the licorice plays a more central role than I expected, but it works. A great beer and one I look forward to having again in the future!

Hophead717, Feb 19, 2012
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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