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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,494 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,494
Reviews: 1,727
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,606
Gots: 2,664 | FT: 204
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bottle Cellered till 4-6-12. Poured a Pitch black color,with a dark brown head. A complex aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice and Dark fruit, also some oaky/Boozy notes. The flavor has notes of heavily roasted malts, balanced by a suitable sweetness, coffee and liquorice. somewhat dry finish. Perfect balance, not too sweet, just the right amount of bitterness. Medium to full bodied and the Alcohol was almost not detected. Damn near perfect.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to funhog for this long-time want...

From bottle to Jackie O's snifter:

A: The Abyss is inky black, dark brown around the edges. A beautiful two finger medium brown head slowly settles down to a half finger. Pretty good lacing. Thick, viscous legs cling to the sides of the snifter. Excellent.

S: Wow, quite a lot going on here. The initial impression is dark chocolate fudge brownies with some dark cherry fruit notes. Delving deeper, I detect some coffee, traces of anise, and just a bit of molasses. I really enjoy big stouts that incorporate a lot of fruit character, and this does that nicely. Lots of dark baking chocolate and some anise and woody notes. Very good.

T: Lots of baking chocolate, some dark fruit, a surprising amount of hop presence with faint citrus notes peeking through now and again, and very strong oak and coffee notes. The finish is very drying, somewhat tannic. A kiss of booze pops up on the end as well. Very little bourbon character. A lot of chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit. Doesn't quite the nail the finish, though, which has too much coffee and oak char for my taste.

M: Well balanced and full bodied. The first three-quarters of this is damn near perfect, with a soft, creamy mouthfeel of chocolate and delicate fruit. The aftertaste, though, is too much coffee and tannic quality from the barrel.

O: Good, but slightly disappointing as I was expecting greatness. The mouthfeel and finish on this are just somewhat off. I really liked the dark fruit qualities in this stout, but was surprised and put off by a finish with too much coffee, oak, and maybe even hop. Huh.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage - (best after date 11/15/2011) - had it on 3/27/2012. Poured into a snifter and shared the bottle with wifey (who also very much enjoyed this with some brie)

A: Black with a bit of a reddish tint. Nice lacing. It's not completely opaque. Very little head.

S: Smells amazing (and big)... chocolate, roasted malts, vanila.

T: Starts really sweet and finishes bitter. Alcohol is well hidden. Vanila, oak, chocolate, very complex, but well balanced!

M: Not as thick as I was expecting. Very little carbonation. Smooth.

This one was really good! Will be seeking for more in the near future.

2012 Vintage - update

So,,, after having 2010 vintage about 8 months ago, I was able to obtain several more vintage bottles and most importantly, fresh 2012 bottles. I have to say that fresh bottle is quite good, but it's... kind of... all of the place. I taste more dark fruits but I get too much hops and booze. What I didn't get much of was the barrel characteristics - not much vanilla, oak, bourbon, etc. I recently had 2011 bottle and it tasted closer (but worse) to the 2010 bottles reviewed above. I will update this review again after I open 2007 and 2008 bottles as well as 2012 bottles years down the road. Fresh, I much (much) preferred 2012 Parabola over 2012 Abyss. Aged, 2010 Abyss was better than 2011 Parabola by a noticeable margin.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,494 ratings.