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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,898 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,898
Reviews: 1,643
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,500
Gots: 2,215 | FT: 155
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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5/5  rDev +10.6%

ncmussell, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Plinythechugger
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Elliott Bay Pizza and Pub

A- Black as night - as true to form as it could be.

S- Smells of coffee, bourbon, chocolate - everything you would expect from the style.

I'm going to just stop this review. This brew is fantastic! I have had multiple vintages on tap...this is one of the most excessible. Very drinkable - just like the others...I'm sure it will age nicely. Seek out, rob and or pilage for a bottle.

Plinythechugger, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of LockeSD
3/5  rDev -33.6%

LockeSD, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of placlair
5/5  rDev +10.6%

placlair, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +10.6%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Mielbeer
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Mielbeer, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of cwps48
4/5  rDev -11.5%

cwps48, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of johnnyboy76
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

johnnyboy76, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of jIsh
5/5  rDev +10.6%

jIsh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of rtaps
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 release shared by darthkostrizer and with mrvonzipper
Nice deep tan to mocha head great retention leaving lacing around the glass, and a pitch black body.

smells is very nice and inviting. chocolate mocha and nutty

taste is great the chocolate and coffee and balanced very nicely together, with nuts and the alcohol playing in the mix

full bodied, with good carbonation very easy to drink.

overall this beer lived up to the hype for me completely. wish i had one or multiple to age to the best buy dates

rtaps, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Trystero, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of beerfan99
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Release - Aged past the best by date.

A- Dark black in color and opaque. Nice thick brownish head which is retained after several minutes.

S- Strong licorice, molasses, and bourbon aromas. Chocolate smell plays a background role to the others.

T- Powerful flavors are balanced perfectly to create a very balanced and delicious brew.

M- Very smooth and thick, definitely a sipping beer.

O- An excellent beer that improves with age and is worth seeking out. Unfortunately, Deschutes does not distribute to my area, which makes tracking this one down a challenge, but it is well worth the effort.

beerfan99, Nov 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

acurtis, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Kopfschuss, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

long4hops, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

mfield14, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

kungpao, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of fdkayti
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Reserve

A- Inky black with a deep, thin brown head floating on top. Spotty lacing and moderate head retention. Dark and handsome, this beer looks ominous.

S- Bakers chocolate right outta the gate, followed by the same smell as the coffee aisle at the grocery store. A slight whiff of smoke.

T- Bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans sweetened by a touch of molasses. Certainly doesn't drink its 11%. The chocolate in this is crazy. Some mild vanilla notes come through as well as a nutty earthiness.

MF- Creamy goodness. Slightly viscous with subtle carbonation. Really lingers in the mouth.

O/D- One of the best beers I've had, and certainly one of the best of the style that I've tasted. Can't stop sipping, and I don't wanna. Truly, truly enjoyed. Thanks duff27 for sharing!

fdkayti, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

PEIhop, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special bottle from my birthday box. Special thanks to mdaschaf for this. Best after 11/15/2011

A- Totally opaque black pour, quite viscous. Finger width dark tan head that disappears quickly. Lacing is surprising for the age and bourbon aging.

S- Bourbon up front with coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. There is a slight smoke smell. The oak adds a slight vanilla and brown sugar. Alcohol is there but slight.

T- Right off the bat is huge coffee taste, followed by bakers chocolate. Molasses and licorice are much more subdued than the bourbon and vanilla from the oak barrels. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Full bodied, creamy and smooth. Slight alcohol warmth, quite chewy.

O- Awesome stout, would be interested to try fresh.

korguy123, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of nmbr0ne
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from 22oz bottle. 2010 reserve.

Appearance: Pitch black body with a thick tan head. Only a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass, and head diminishes to a few broken up rings.

Smell: Espresso, dark chocolate notes, and the slightest smell of bourbon. Little alcohol is recognized, which I like.

Taste: Coffee that was very lightly sweetened, but it is balanced out with some bitter dark chocolate. The bitterness isn't overwhelming and it is only present until you swallow the sip. No intense detection of alcohol. Sense hints of vanilla and a tiny bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not too thick. Carbonated a good amount. Too smooth for my own good. I find myself wanting to drink more and more, but this is definitely one I have to savor.

Overall: Spectacular beer. Ridiculous complexity in flavor. I love how smooth it is and how drinkable. It doesn't kick you in the face with the alcohol. It's a great beer. Hope I can get my hands on more.

nmbr0ne, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Nightrain87, Nov 20, 2011
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,898 ratings.