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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,629 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,629
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,629
Gots: 2,827 | FT: 227
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

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)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 14/10/12 cheers Rutager for this one

A shes black right out of the bottle before it even hits the glass, a deeper reddish cola edge then I expected after seeing how dark this one looks sitting in the glass, large three fingers of dark foam hangs around for a couple minuets and leaves a few spots of lace

S the nose has a fair bit going for it to say the least, bakers chocolate, molasses, chocolate covered raisins, cinnamon, dried dark fruit, and a blend of wood almost like incense before you burn it, I get a little smoke and the booze is there but not out of control and a little coffee and hard nutty toffee

T thankfully the taste is similar, darker roast with char and more like espresso in the mouth compared to the coffee I could smell, more barrel but its still mellow, very dark licorice and the cinnamon is gone, booze is still there but manageable, complex tasty ultra dark roast

M its thick and rich with just enough carbonation to give it a little life, a little heat but its more likely to hit your chest then your throat, very long finish of espresso and charred wood

O a big complex monster of a stout, I was expecting more barrel but this one has everything going for it and some age would make it amazing, the booze needs some time to mellow but everything else is there

I forgot this one was stashed away and I'm not sure why I picked a random Sunday night to drink it but here we are. If this one was forgotten for another year or two it might get a world class score because the booze is a little strong but everything else is there, very complex ale

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into my tulip. Thanks to Dee from Bobby’s in San Jose. Thanks much my friend.

A- Poured out pitch black with no light to speak of. Nice brown head on top about a finger high. Nice lacing left.

S – Light vanilla, molasses, coffee, roasted malts. Pick of some dark fruit. Also has a bit of a wine like aroma.

T – Strong right out of the gate with a big roasted malt flavor. Vanilla comes through more in the taste. Get some molasses and toffee flavors. Has some dark chocolate bitterness in it. It’s sweet but really not overwhelming at all, it balances some of the bigger flavors. Has a nice cherry like quality as well.

M – Smooth, creamy and just coats the palate. Medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Just nice all the way around. Slight alcohol burn as it made its way down.

O – I am usually disappointed in heavy hype beers but not this one. Its in my favorite style so Im sure I am biased but this is a wonderfully full flavored and complex brew. It is so well balanced and a very easy drinker. I enjoyed every sip and it got better as it warmed.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle served is a snifter.

Pour-Jet black with a thin tan head.

Smell- coffee,nuts,winter by the fireplace.

Taste- Toffee, nuts, thick cream texture. No heat from the High ABV at all.

Overall- A world class beer worthy of its Rep. I would buy this again and again.

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4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review July of 2012. Bottle from '10. Pour is jet black with dark chestnut brown head. Nose is dark chocolate and smooth coffee, light oak and licorice. Taste is vibrant and bright, chocolate, molasses, faint licorice in the finish with a touch of dark chocolate lingering. Body is thick, soft and creamy, gentle carbonation.


A-pours a jet black liquid that lets no light pass through. The head is mocha colored, dark, tight, and creamy. The retention, lets just stay it goes no where. The entire glass is covered in lace, thick coating.

S-the nose is a little light. Lots of molasses comes in up front, notes of anise sit behind. Some vanilla and hints of oak come in towards the middle. Dark chocolate sets in towards the back with some faint dark fruits, plums and raisins.

T-the taste is big and good. Like the nose, the molasses is strong right up front. Roasted malts, chocolate, notes of vanilla, and just a touch of oak reside in the middle. Dark fruity malty sweetness comes in towards the back with notes of alcohol, slightly warming

M-full bodied, quite big. Very creamy initially with strong carbonation towards the back that turns a little prickly on the palate. It coats the throat slightly with a drying effect in the back and a bit chalky.

D-very good beer, big flavors and quite a big body. The oak aging isn't really noticeable here, just ever so slightly. Nice roasted malts, the molasses is quite dominant. Ever so faint hints of alcohol and some warming in the back.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Named #10 in the World's Best Beers by CNBC, Abyss also garnished a top 10 from RateBeer's Top 50 Beers in the World.

The beer pours with the viscosity of motor oil, and enters the glass an opaque black, with a chocolate-milk colored head
. The head is thin, yet well retained and leaves a wall of lace. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, oak, and roasted malt make for a big nose. Super smooth, flavors of chocolate, molasses, licorice, and bourbon dominate, with lighter flavors of oak, dark fruit, alcohol, and vanilla mingling underneath. Abyss is amazingly well blended and balanced, with a full body and lower level of carbonation. Simply wonderful!


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4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hybrid review. 2006 bottle shared by Sean, as well as 2011 sampled previously. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Half finger of tan foam settles to wisps, thin collar, and minimal lacework. There's a glass-coating brown film left behind. Body is pitch black.

S - Biscotti, roasted malts, char and light smoke, espresso, anise, hint of vanilla and oak, and a bit of milk chocolate sweetness. The 2006 vintage has some mild oxidation setting in, but it's still quite nice and very similar in character. The 2011 had a hint of alcohol, but nothing excessive.

T - The taste of the 2006 is significantly less sweet, with more char, espresso, light licorice, and perhaps a bit of dark chocolate in the finish. The 2011 oddly has more in the way of biscuit, caramel, and Coffee Crisp-esque sweetness. Not a ton of whiskey or barrel in either version. Alcohol is well-hidden, and there's nice flavor depth.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, silken texture, lower carbonation, and light residual stickiness. The 2006 version is a tad thin for the ABV, but otherwise it's quite nice. Mellow, with minimal alcohol presence.

D - I was pleasantly surprised a 6-year old stout held up this well. I prefer the sweeter flavors of the newer vintage but I suspect that's due to age and not a recipe difference. Unlike some other breweries, Deschutes appears to have done a really good job keeping the quality up even as the batch size has grown over the years. Not a beer I find myself craving, but always enjoyable and easy to drink - an Imperial Stout that appeals to a broad range of palates.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,629 ratings.