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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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The AbyssThe Abyss

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4,981 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,981
Reviews: 1,644
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,532
Gots: 2,236 | FT: 154
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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Photo of kawilliams81
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from stout tasting. 2011 vintage.

A- black, light tan bubbly head and some lacing.

S- lots of oak, coffee

T- again nice oak taste, coffee and some licorice.

M- full body and nice creamy feel.

O- very good stout. Nice oak taste and aroma. Better than the 2009 vintage I had a year ago (don't think it was infected?).

2010 vintage, drank 9/11/12. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

4-A- Pours pitch black with a thick 1 finger tan head. Small bubbles of lacing cling to the edge of the glass.

4-S- Roast, chocolate, anise, faint smoke aroma.

4.5T- chocolate, licorice, sweeter molasses, oak.

4.5M- Full body with medium carbonation. Has a nice creamy feel.

4-O- Very good RIS. Molasses isn't overly bitter, and has no bourb

kawilliams81, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

heresy22, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

plickxt, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

crbooher, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of zac16125
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter
2011 Reserve

A: Pours an opaque pitch black, with just under 1 finger’s width of dark espresso colored head, which quickly dissipates down to leave only an outer ring. Leaves a trace amount of spotty lacing.

S: So many aromas; I detect coffee, anise, cherry, bakers chocolate, and black licorice. There are also scents of oak, whiskey, roasted malt, a smoky character, and an alcohol presence to round it out. The whiskey and cherry aromas become especially prominent with a good swirl of the snifter. There are so many distinct flavors yet they all meld together very nicely.

T: Similar to the nose, the flavor profile is complex and delicious. It is a little bitter at first, but as it warms that quickly subsides and the other flavors really come out. Throughout the drink I pick up anise, oak, roasted malt, a big chocolate flavor and bold roast black coffee. There are also more subtle hints of vanilla, toffee, chicory, alcohol, and a faint whiskey flavor that only reveals itself as one of the many flavors present in a long lingering aftertaste. It has a complex flavor profile with an excellent balance and multiple flavor levels with each sip. A+.

M/D: Very chewy mouthfeel. Full bodied, relatively smooth with low to moderate carbonation. There is an alcohol presence but not to the degree that it reduces drinkability. Gets smoother as it inches closer to warm temperature. Surprisingly easy to drink considering the ABV, full body, and big flavor profile.

O: Overall, a fantastic brew. Nice on the nose, with a great palate profile. Plus it only gets better as it warms. A+ for the finest imperial stout I have had to date.

zac16125, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

gkatsoris, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

growlerfills, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

alalvarez75, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of ales4baldo
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-Name pretty much explains it all. Dark, deep, hidden, mystery. Seeing the label tells it all. Something that goes down all the way to the bottom.

A-Pitch black. To the depths of the sea and like the midnight sky. Really nice and sweet mocha head that stays for a while. Head is abou two fingers and doesnt draw fast.

S-Without a doubt you get tons of cherry and chocolate. The wine and bourbon sit still and make its way up. The molasses creeps up and is present. Somewhat sweet and nice.

T-With your first pour your gonna get tons of sweet cherry and chocolate notes. Its flavorfull and dark at the same time. Alchohol is diminished by the wine hints and oak wood. Very nice.

M-Really nice fully bodied beer. Very mellow and a solid mouthfull. Tons of flavor and very complex with so many angels. Carbonation is sweet and just and alcohol is present but subtle.

O-A very good beer. Not as much chocolate as you would think but the cherry and wine finish nice. Good balance and complex flavors finsh easily and make a nice finish. Draw is sweet with a stale and bitter end. A really good beer

ales4baldo, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

tsludge, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

NFStaproom, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

exposur3, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Chebyshev, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

dannyhipps, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

bradc7178, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

BeerBaron, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

laymansbeerfan, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

kegmasterxlarge, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Scottz5, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter style glass - 2011 Reserve

A - Beer pours with a gorgeous thick and meaty, deep coffee/espresso brown colored head; rocky, thick and juicy one and half finger sized foam; held extremely well and coated the glass with a healthy and "clingy" layer of lacing; body has a dark brown, "lights-out" colored body

S - Cherry and currants; thick and rich molasses aromas; dark toasted malt nose; touch of sugary sweetness and vanilla; strong bourbon nose coats the entire glass; oak; smells more of licorice than taste

T - Very strong chocolate and oak taste; dark coffee, almost raw Mediterranean-ish ground beans (think Turkish or Greek coffee); immediately turns into a semi-sweet taste of molasses, cherries and vanilla; deep dark chocolate taste; dark roasted cocoa beans; slightly chalky taste; nice bourbon coating; bitter finish with a light touch of licorice

M - Creamy and meaty; beer is definitely full-bodied, causing your mouth to make a slight chewing motion; deep bitter coffee/chocolate aftertaste; lingering raw coffee bean flavor; syrupy consistency

D - What can I say? Love at first sight, taste and feel; fantastic beer; one of my all-time favorites in my young beer drinking career; dessert in a glass; you can smell and taste each ingredient, unique, and well thought out; doesn't get much better than this

ferrari29, Dec 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

lamentforicarus, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

emdawg, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

smutty33, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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