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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,652 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,652
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,414
Gots: 2,148 | 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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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-16-2011 04:48:42 | More by fizzyted
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-16-2011 04:23:26 | More by jrohrbacher
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BuckettOfBeer

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-16-2011 04:05:03 | More by BuckettOfBeer
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bravejoejoe

Montana

4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Believe it or not, poured from a tap at Capones on Black Friday. According to Matt this keg was left over from Philly Beer Week and is the 2010 version. Poured into a small snifter glass, probably 6 ounces.

A: A thick jet black color that leaves no light through it. A small light brown head sits atop. Lacing is minimal.

S: Dark roasted smells with huge chocolate notes. Some espresso mixes in with a decent amount of woodiness. I get some sweet fruits with the sweet chocolate.

T: Massive dark chocolate flavors mix with some roasted malts and some espresso/coffee notes. The chocolate just keeps coming with some caramel sweetness that gets overtaken by the wood and smoke flavors. If I try, I gets some bourbon and vanilla from the barrels too. Just dark and dank, but oh so delicious. Alcohol creeps in on the finish but is totally welcomed.

M: Full, coating, thick, some alcohol and nice carbonation for this thick of a stout.

O: What else can I say. On tap this beer is just as great as in a bottle. This is a stellar barrel aged beer that does not punch you in the face with barrel aging. Great beer, award winning.

This was hear for Philly Beer Week and I wish we got it on a regular basis, hopefully soon. If I could get this and Black Butte, I would be totally happy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 03:16:22 | More by bravejoejoe
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rpaul2012

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-16-2011 03:11:14 | More by rpaul2012
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BigB415

California

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage poured into my Bruery tulip at room temperature. Thanks to my old manager who was kind enough to just give me this without expecting anything in return.

A: Pours pitch black with a thin mocha colored head. Little to no lacing. When there is little lacing it holds up pretty well.

S: Smells heavenly. I can smell the bourbon. I could smell the bourbon when I opened the bottle and I can smell the bourbon from a foot or two away after I poured it into the tulip.

T: Bourbon, dark chocolate, licorice. For some reason I also get chocolate orange flavor which is I like.

MF: I get a lot of after flavors so it stays close to the stout name. This isn't a thin stout and I'm glad for it's complexity.

O: This is still one of the best stouts out there 3 years later. I'm glad to see it hasn't gone down hill while sitting in my cellar and more thankful that this was a present. Now if only I can get some of the 2011 vintage.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:41:01 | More by BigB415
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I've had fresh and cellared of '09 and '10, and I almost missed this years too. Anyway, here's my thoughts on the 2011 version.

Pours out as black as the name. The head is deep tan and slow to surface. It disappears pretty quickly leaving no lace.

So far I like the smell of this years the best. Chocolate and molasses sweetness start it off. Oak and the wine barrel come through next. The hint of wine barrel really jazzes up the smell. Some earth and bourbon are noticeable near the end.

The taste has a nice heat to it. Semi sweet chocolate, charred coffee beans, molasses, oak dryness and slight grain lead off the taste. The licorice taste is more of a background note this year. The barrel notes (bourbon/wine) are right at the end, with a hint of hot cocoa. Sweet, but not cloying. Goes down so smooth it's crazy.

Another top notch year for The Abyss. Probably my favorite after the aged '09.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 20:29:58 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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surlytwinsfan

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-15-2011 19:16:26 | More by surlytwinsfan
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brewnic

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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larsenju

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-15-2011 07:34:23 | More by larsenju
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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-15-2011 05:35:54 | More by KnockOut666
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Discordian

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-15-2011 04:19:29 | More by Discordian
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jfstilling

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-15-2011 02:40:41 | More by jfstilling
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pirmannt1

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-15-2011 01:21:22 | More by pirmannt1
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sstorck

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2011 19:59:56 | More by sstorck
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readicculus

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2011 17:21:25 | More by readicculus
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-14-2011 17:20:47 | More by nmann08
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BeerArchivist

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2011 15:07:09 | More by BeerArchivist
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jtk

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2011 14:25:04 | More by jtk
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wchris21

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2011 12:41:41 | More by wchris21
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 1" light brown thick head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Chocolate, coffee and yeast.

T: An assault of bitter coffee and dark chocolate galore with a semi-sweet finish. Oak, vanilla and yeast flavours are also present; but to a lesser degree.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful beer on tap, but I can see why this would get better with age.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 12:03:13 | More by DaftCaskBC
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manjanai

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2011 10:50:21 | More by manjanai
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TheJermis

Missouri

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2011 08:35:10 | More by TheJermis
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Tamarack22

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-14-2011 05:54:27 | More by Tamarack22
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mendonjoebeer

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-14-2011 01:14:04 | More by mendonjoebeer
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,652 ratings.