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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,109
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,582
Gots: 2,263 | 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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This carries some good chocolate tones with this and what seems like clear barrel aging. The detractor is the boozy tones; and they're quite evident here. I was wondering what year's release this was, but it's gotta be the 2011 since it's so hot. Clearly shows how age can mellow beers into being excellent brews.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of TheDudeRules
2/5  rDev -55.7%

TheDudeRules, May 09, 2012
Photo of njgoodspeed
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

njgoodspeed, May 08, 2012
Photo of eulcedes
5/5  rDev +10.9%

eulcedes, May 08, 2012
Photo of Zenk
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Zenk, May 07, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage so almost 6 months old.

A: A pitch black pour with a nice dense medium brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving an almost solid wall of lacing behind.

S: Hearty roasted malt with some dark chocolate and coffee beans. A bit oaky with some anise and molasses. Creamy.

T: Up front there is oaky vanilla, toffee and molasses along with a boat load of roasted malt. Bitter char with some creamy chocolate and coffee mixed with quite a bit of anise, especially as it warms up. Tons of lingering bitter coffee, chocolate, anise and a little smoke in the aftertaste. Flavors are sharp and just a touch boozy.

M: Heavy. Fairly thick but not syrupy.

O: Deceptively big imperial stout. I've had weaker beers that feel like they're twice as strong. Flavors are complex, varied and well balanced. Flavors stand out and are quite sharp as previously noted. Overall a great stout, up there with some of the best. With some more age and some mellowing it could become incredible. The label DOES state, best AFTER 8/12.

Dope, May 07, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

muskiesman, May 06, 2012
Photo of wifehatesthebike
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008.

Appearance is dark and viscous. Let out a decent "psht" upon opening.

Smell is mostly wood with some vanilla and a distant hint of cold coffee.

Taste...I now know what balance everyone raves about. A tinge of alcohol followed by heavy chocolate and coffee that just laaays across the palate. Finish is sweet but also drys a bit with faint hops.

Mouthfeel, well, its excellent. The flavors come on slow but relentless, and stick around for quite some time.

Overall a benchmark IRS.

wifehatesthebike, May 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

cralyanne, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

rebelmusic, May 04, 2012
Photo of PluckyDucky
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

PluckyDucky, May 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

scubahood, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Durb777, May 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

BrandonDZ, May 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Yabev15, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

DAVEnHOPS, May 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Plan-B-Brewing, May 02, 2012
Photo of infi
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

infi, May 02, 2012
Photo of bvdubn
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage 22oz bottle poured into a wide mouth wine glass at a bar. The bottle specifically says best after 11/15/11.

The beer is black as night with very little brown head that immediately disappeared without any traces. I smell lots of fruits along with the roasted malts. It is sweet and fruity with roasted malts and licorice. The beer is think and viscous with almost no carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is a great beer and all of the complex flavors have meshed with time producing a fantastic beer. I love that they put a best after date on the bottle. I would like to try a fresh bottle just to see how it changes over time but I can’t imagine that it is better fresh than it is now.

bvdubn, May 01, 2012
Photo of cspieth
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

cspieth, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of TWStandley
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

From notes:

Poured into a KTG Snifter.

Appeared a dark brown, nearly black color with a small, brown head.

Smelled of roasted coffee and chocolate.

Taste is very rich - dark chocolate, a bit of woodiness.

Mouthfeel is thick and sweet.

Overall a delicious RIS.

TWStandley, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

UnderJoath, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber to airplane and rainbow themed tippy cup:

Deep and dark, ominous black body. Dense brown froth that swells to the rim. Great lacing, even in the plastic children's cup.

The nose is one of the best - cocoa, nutmeg, smoke, oak, faint licorice, molasses, vanilla, a lot going on here.

The taste is just as satisfying - big oak, warming booze, smoke, the finish is still a little hot.

I'd like to take a more in-depth look at The Abyss in the future but, as always, delicious.

yamar68, Apr 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

alamode, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

wiu992000, Apr 29, 2012
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,109 ratings.