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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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world-class

4,671 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,671
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,422
Gots: 2,157 | 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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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-09-2011 15:09:29 | More by PhineasGage
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-09-2011 14:05:15 | More by doucmehu
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Ultraman9000

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-09-2011 05:39:42 | More by Ultraman9000
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cLin

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-09-2011 05:08:58 | More by cLin
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davey

Illinois

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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FLBeerGuy

Florida

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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CGMLS3

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-09-2011 02:27:28 | More by CGMLS3
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arkansastroy

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-08-2011 20:30:41 | More by arkansastroy
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leschkie

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-08-2011 19:13:43 | More by leschkie
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Unchi

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-08-2011 14:00:19 | More by Unchi
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gshak

Texas

4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - modest carbonation with minimal head retention. Pitch black, with some alcohol legs...ominous signs...let's dig in
S - possibly the most complex nose on a bottle this fresh. Aromas of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, wood, bourbon, roasted malts, earthy hops, a slight astringent finish.
T - follows the nose, perfectly. Starts with mocha capuccino flavor cascading into espresso. In mid-palate, bourbon takes over, with vanilla, and charred wood. The sweetness is cut by wood, and earthy hops towards the back of the mouth. The bitterness lingers on a bit, and it then transitions into a tannic, slight astringent and vinuous finish reminiscent of a cabernet sauvignon. Incredibly complex, and I can only wonder what time will do to this beer. By far, this is the best tasting fresh bottle of RIS that I've ever had.
M - lush and full. The carbonation moves things along bringing out all the different notes.
D - amazingly drinkable for a beer this big.

Well worth the hype and justifies the premium cost. The best fresh RIS, and top 3 of all RISes I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 05:33:42 | More by gshak
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jvillefan

California

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

This review is for the 2011 vintage:

A: It is a black/dark brown beer with a very minimal head.

S: The smell of alcohol is very strong. In the background there is hops and malt.

T: The taste is strong malt, hops, and caramel. Very strong and well balanced.

M: Very thick and slightly under carbonated.

O: This beer was good but not great when served cold. This beer is best served at room temperature so be sure to do so. Well worth the cost.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 04:06:33 | More by jvillefan
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Bogforce

Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-08-2011 02:13:55 | More by Bogforce
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marieow

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-07-2011 22:19:21 | More by marieow
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gizmodave

Oregon

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-07-2011 21:30:35 | More by gizmodave
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afipsycho13

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-07-2011 17:53:26 | More by afipsycho13
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2378GCGTG

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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bonbini26

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-07-2011 15:00:45 | More by bonbini26
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leprakhan

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-07-2011 07:59:56 | More by leprakhan
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StoutFest

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-07-2011 04:43:07 | More by StoutFest
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Destral

Nevada

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-06-2011 22:49:30 | More by Destral
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shanghai55

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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MASPuros

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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Davelas

New York

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-06-2011 03:21:24 | More by Davelas
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,671 ratings.