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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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100
world-class

4,963 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,963
Reviews: 1,644
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,525
Gots: 2,229 | 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%

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
Photo of andrenaline
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Little on-line rating session with my BA bro joemcgrath27. Been saving this one since the beginning of the year, so pretty stoked to take it down.

A - Pours pitch black, two thumbs of dark mocha head, solid retention and nice chunky lacing. Superb!

S - Nice dark cocoa notes, sweet milk chocolate, touch of ABV detectable on the nose. Candied cherries and hint of peat.

T - This is a rich brew, loads of flavour with the chocolate malts dominating. Touch of ABV sweetness, some leafy hop notes, a hint of licorice and molasses lingers on the palette. A bit of oak and peat are also coming through alongside some tobacco.

M - Comes across a tad thick, but the carbonation is fitting for the style, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Perhaps the anticipation of this ale jacked up the ratings, but this is certainly a fantastic ale and made for a very memorable experience. Glad I could enjoy this alongside my BA bro and well worth the wait.

andrenaline, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

gkangas, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

rwmiscik, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

johnbjaeger, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage picked up by fluke in Whitefish Montana last February with my BA in crime andrenaline, he's since moved away but we're doing a team tasting over the web, STOKED
A - straight blackness, thumb of deep brown head that was not going anywhere, globs of lacing
S - very rich malt, chocolate and licorice with compliments of vanilla, and subtle woody aromas
T - BIG beer, a bold mix of roasty and sweet malt, dark chocolate with some candied cherry sweetness, mild hints of vanilla and licorice, finishes with a charred woody flavour, and the high octane keeps you warm and sweet, way too good!
M - syrupy thick with a full sticky feel, just a little dry from the alcohol
O - what can I say, its huge in all aspects, i could easily drink this all day and night at home, just hoping I can find a few more bottles on my next snowboard trip to Montana

joemcgrath27, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

MrHirschybar, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,963 ratings.