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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,664 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,664
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,421
Gots: 2,154 | FT: 142
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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4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-11-2011 17:13:42 | More by chase2634
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-11-2011 06:39:29 | More by tonyrl26
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours viscous black with a thin layer of reddish brown head, receding quickly to a ring. A little lacing.

S: Roasted malt, a hint of vanilla and barrel (cinnamon), dried red fruit (cherry), rich dark chocolate, and some red white. Aromas meld wonderfully together. I get some hops that seem to disappear as the beer warms or opens up. The oak is quite present, but no bourbon is noticeable.

T: Malt and some hops, vanilla, red wine and barrel, melted, mouthcoating dark chocolate, with a lengthy finish with some hop bitterness.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. Ultra smooth. No alcohol noticeable.

O: Tastes much more like a somewhat hoppy RIS (with some barrel characteristics) than I remember from past vintages (on tap). Not quite what I was expecting. Really solid for what it is, but I think some age will do wonders.
2007 vintage, tasted July 2013 to close out SoCal. Thanks to seeswo (I think) for sending this bottle ages ago. Not sure how well this will have held up. Let’s see.

Still has strong, roasty RIS character with black licorice, vanilla and cream. Wow, pretty potent. Slight to moderate signs of soy sauce in the nose, but few indications of oxidation on the palate. Barrel character is all but nonexistent. Overall, this has held up well enough, but it’s hardly improved. It’s on par with a slightly above average RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 06:22:40 | More by pmarlowe
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-11-2011 05:56:16 | More by AlexChillton
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1/5  rDev -77.9%

12-11-2011 03:05:29 | More by henryspam
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-10-2011 21:39:26 | More by erwin08
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

12-10-2011 21:35:04 | More by IdrinkGas
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-10-2011 18:14:13 | More by schillman
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-10-2011 17:57:39 | More by bkny27
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a rich brown head. Molasses, liquorice and oak in the nose. Slightly bitter.

Definite molasses and dark chocolate in the flavour, with strong oak note, tempered by bourbon and winey notes. Nice coffee presence, light vanilla but not much cherry (though it does say cherry bark, which might contribute to the woody-ness). Bitter black coffee after taste.

Great mouthfeel, good boozy profile. An excellent dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 07:54:37 | More by BDTyre
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-10-2011 05:20:51 | More by maltlikker
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-10-2011 02:39:23 | More by ENIGma
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4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2011 vintage. I’ve had Abyss multiple times but I’ve never sat down and really rated it before. I tried with the 09 but that was a huge, infected fail. Moving on... Pours a deep, dark brown color with a nice mocha tan 2 finger head. Head leaves nice lace as it settles down in the glass. Dark chocolate, coffee, mocha, vanilla, it smells nice and rich. Medium mouthfeel, velvety. Smooth sweet upfront with a nice roast coffee and dark chocolate back end. Lingering bitterness. The oak is there but to me is pretty subdued. A nicely balanced, solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 23:33:38 | More by kbutler1
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-09-2011 20:18:52 | More by drummermattie02
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-09-2011 18:03:55 | More by BrewCrew2010
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-09-2011 17:32:37 | More by SconnieJohnny
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-09-2011 17:22:00 | More by 1P4F7W
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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version. Big thanks to eclipse54 for this one, and all previous trades from Deschutes! Poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours pitch black color. Half finger of tan head. Dies down a bit. Leaves some sticky lacing. This appears really well carbonated. On the swirl you can concur up a nice tight bubbled beautiful tan head.

S: Smells extremely deep and roasty. I do get some of the cherry along with the oak notes. Even with minimal bourbon aging I get it on the nose. Some nice vanilla and oak.

T: This is an intensely bitter brew, which I like. I get dark chocolate, molasses, black licorice notes as well. I get some of the oak for sure. The close has some vanilla. The alcohol is extremely will hidden. I could easily drink this all night. You get a little throat warming but that is it. it's actually pleasant. As the beer warms up, other flavors show up. Just delicious!

M: Full bodied beer, but it's not cloying by any means.

O: Solid A grade for this one. I've looked forward to it for a LONG time and it completely lived up to the hype train. Lots of deep flavors but none of them over power the beer at all. Flat our superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 16:03:45 | More by inlimbo77
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-09-2011 15:09:29 | More by PhineasGage
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-09-2011 14:05:15 | More by doucmehu
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-09-2011 05:39:42 | More by Ultraman9000
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-09-2011 05:08:58 | More by cLin
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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Abyss! I've had every abyss going back to 2007 and have loved them all.
Pours a thick, rich, and black as all get out. Head is a buttery carmel.
Smell is burnt malt, sweet chocolate, with just a hint of hops. The hops are more up front than I remember. The molasses really stands out. Totally balanced in the best way. The alcohol is noticeable, but doesn't take away from any of the flavors.
Tastes of butter, molasses, some piney hops. Mildly sweet.
The mouthfeel is unbelievable. Thick, chewy, and coats the tongue entirely.
Just an all around great beer! When its on nitro, its probably my favorite beer.
Reminds me of Rocky Road ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:43:39 | More by davey
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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage, best after 11/15/11, time to crack this one open.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Pours jet black with a thin tan head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is bourbon, licorice, vanilla and molasses.

Taste follows the nose with some alcohol warming. Right out of the fridge, the taste is muted. Let this one sit a while to warm up and release the complex flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with low carbonation.

This is an incredible beer, lives up to the hype, like to get my hands on some more of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:32:24 | More by FLBeerGuy
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-09-2011 02:27:28 | More by CGMLS3
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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