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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,612 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,612
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,407
Gots: 2,139 | 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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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-01-2011 05:24:08 | More by rab53
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mhenson42

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-01-2011 05:06:59 | More by mhenson42
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Kevlee722

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-01-2011 04:10:02 | More by Kevlee722
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Daveychu

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-30-2011 20:46:50 | More by Daveychu
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hankbenzenberg

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-30-2011 18:49:03 | More by hankbenzenberg
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MrBURTON55

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-30-2011 16:30:48 | More by MrBURTON55
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Manboy21182

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-30-2011 13:41:45 | More by Manboy21182
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Lillie1128

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is for The Abyss 2010

A - Pours a deep espresso with a small mocha head

S - Smells like maple laced with bourbon

T - Strong, deep licorice taste tinged with bourbon, along with some maple and caramel

M - Heavy bodied, thick n' tasty

D - Pretty low. This one's for sipping.

This definitely lived up to the hype for me. It was so delicious! Thanks to Sweetwillyrolbar for this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:44:10 | More by Lillie1128
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schwee

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-30-2011 03:16:21 | More by schwee
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robsee

California

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this many times but reviewing from my recent trip to Deschutes PDX taproom.

I had this both on nitro and regular taps. Nitro definitely brought forward the chocolate and added a wonderful creamy nitro mouthfeel. However, the regular Abyss is still the favorite with all the complex layered flavors of chocolate, licorice, bourbon and oak that shine through more than on the nitro tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 22:26:00 | More by robsee
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ksherry112

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-29-2011 21:10:04 | More by ksherry112
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mkotsayfan

California

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Pours a deep dark ruby black with a nice dark mocha colored head (with tight bubbles). The aroma has a nice smoky character, along with the sweetness of the molasses and some chocolate notes. The taste hits you with smokiness and wood along with some bitter chocolate, along with molasses and roasted malts to round it all out. The mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied with decent carbonation, smooth and creamy.

A well-balanced great brew from Deschutes, and the alcohol is well hidden. Definitely worth seeking out if you can find some.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 07:43:54 | More by mkotsayfan
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ipafool

Oregon

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-29-2011 06:54:59 | More by ipafool
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twelveinches

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-29-2011 06:47:33 | More by twelveinches
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Ish1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-29-2011 04:43:41 | More by Ish1
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Patchmaster

Indiana

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-29-2011 04:34:09 | More by Patchmaster
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RViator325

Washington

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-29-2011 04:11:14 | More by RViator325
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davelag

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-29-2011 03:38:52 | More by davelag
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-29-2011 03:21:05 | More by brandoman63
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mfdish

Nevada

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-29-2011 01:56:42 | More by mfdish
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Acoke

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-29-2011 01:35:18 | More by Acoke
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MeParra

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-28-2011 23:36:12 | More by MeParra
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Domeshot14

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-28-2011 22:18:39 | More by Domeshot14
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

11-28-2011 21:17:53 | More by Kadonny
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savnac

Alaska

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-28-2011 17:04:33 | More by savnac
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,612 ratings.