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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,671
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,422
Gots: 2,157 | FT: 143
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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:
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 chrislouden


2.15/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased from Side Door Liqour Store in El Paso Texas. $13

Bottle dated as best AFTER Nov 15 2011

Appearance: Darkest beer I have ever seen. Aptly named.

Smell: Strong malt smell followed by molasses

Taste: ... nothing kind to say

Mouthfeel: meh

Overall: Did not enjoy this beer at all. High expectations based on description on bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 05:41:52 | More by chrislouden
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 Reserve, poured into a pint glass

Appearance - As black as the abyss. Big foamy brown head with lots of stick to the lace.

Smell - Deep coffee with some malt and alcohol. Plenty of complexity. You can keep smelling this, getting something different all the time.

Taste - Delicious. The alcohol is strong, but so well balanced by the coffee characters, that it goes down smooth. No off flavors. Perfect balance. I was expecting an overwhelming bitterness to follow the body, but it never came.

Mouthfeel - Very silky mouthfeel. Amazing.

Overall Drinkability - The best stout I've ever had in my life. Perfectly balanced. Smooth in flavor and in mouthfeel. Greatness. Very interesting an complex. Drink it fast though. It'll start to taste like shit pretty quickly when it oxidizes even for a little while. The last pour of the bottle tasted completely different, in a bad way, due to having been sitting on the table for half an hour.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 02:14:03 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of Azurescens


4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz wax dipped bottle with best after date 11/15/11 poured into snifter, reviewed on 4/29/11

A: Pours pitch black with no light getting through even when held up to the light. Big fluffy light brown head with good retention leaving quite a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Lots of stuff going on in the nose. Roasted barley with molasses, a hint of bourbon, oak and vanilla with alcohol and a hint of licorice. As it warms up the alcohol comes out quite a bit and begins to overpower the other aromas.

T: The licorice comes out in the taste much more than the smell with all of the flavors picked up in the nose coming together wonderfully. Roasted malts, sweet vanilla, thick molasses, chocolate, some licorice with additional complexities coming from the oak and bourbon barrels that help blend all the other flavors together rather than overpower them like many other barrel aged stouts. Very little alcohol is detectable in the taste for an 11% ABV beer. Hop balance is near perfect keeping all of the malty sweetness in check.

M: Mouthfeel is awesome, viscous, slick, super smooth full bodied beer with some carbonation. Wouldn't change a thing.

O: One of my all time favorite stouts. Fantastic all around, I love how you can easily pick out all of the complexities yet they still blend together in perfect harmony. Ridiculously drinkable for an 11% barrel aged imperial stout. Excellent offering from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:52:49 | More by Azurescens
Photo of tedwilson40


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into maudite stem glass. appearance:pitch black with thin caramel brown head. smell: verry sweet, chocolatey, roasty malts with a vague hint of soy sauce but not in a bad way. taste: delicious sweet and chocolaty up front fades into roasted malts with licorice and bits of coffee in the after taste. mouthfeel: good, not too carbonated, definately not flat. overall: an extremely delicious example of the style. this is one of my fav's its better than chocolate milk!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:38:30 | More by tedwilson40
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic 420th review!

2010 vintage received in yet another great trade with pitasoup. Thanks man!!

For the style this one looks quite good. Black, completely so, with a nice dark brown head that lasted a bit, leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell is of plenty of dark, roasty and burnt malts, licorice, dark fruits, anise. Wood and bourbon are also present.

Taste is damn spectacular, I dare say the perfect tasting American Double stout has been found! Bold roasted malts and ample bourbon come through first, followed by tangy anise and licorice, woody notes, vanilla, and dark fruits. There's some dark chocolate and espresso notes in there too. Extremely complex, flavorful and delicious. A bit of alcohol comes through, but this is expected for the style and ABV.

Mouthfeel is very thick, smooth, with silky carbonation and a lingering bitterness. Alcohol warms on the way down.

Drinks quite well. A damn fine beer that's fully worthy of all the hype. It's on my "always wants" list on my profile from now on.

Thanks Pitasoup!!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 20:14:12 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of dcsoke


4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage from Bottle

A: Dark oily pour with decent head at first, but the foam soon subsides. Little to no head retention.

S: Molasses, chocolate, roast and a hint or bourbon aroma with no alcohol kick to ruin it. This smells like a great and inviting beer.

T: The smells don't deceive, but there is a faint alcohol taste. Considering this was only bottled 5 months ago it's not suprising. The roast comes through strong in the end.

M: Nicely carbed with a full body... smooth all the way.

O: Overall a great full bodied beer. Could use some more bourbon flavor and a bit of aging to mellow out the alcohol flavor. Definitely drink again and would probably age the next bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 02:52:07 | More by dcsoke
Photo of dmsohyea


4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at San Diego Brewing Co. Served in a mini goblet. 4/21/11.

A - Pour had virtually no head, but the bit that was there was very dark khaki. Some lacing. Pitch black. No light penetrates.

S - Some sugary dark malts and chocolate. Faint hops with some coffee.

T - Tastes nearly exactly as it smells, except the coffee is much more forward on the first sip. Brown sugar and chocolate are background flavors with a bit of oak somewhere on the finish. Moderate bitterness, but not overly so.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect. Silky smooth bubbles and full bodied texture. Holds its body well without being overly thick or watery.

O - A great example of the style, but not world class to me. For me I would rather have a speedway stout. I'll drink this one again if it comes across a tap board in my future.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 01:18:48 | More by dmsohyea
Photo of Dijeriduster


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 2008 followed by 2007...'08 was slightly better as the booze wasn't as forward as the more aged '07

A - Dark thick looking black, opaque with a bubbly coffee looking head.

S - Roasty malts come thru with a hint of booze and a ton of complexity. You get some fruits (dates, currants) along with some sweetness hidden in the darkness.

T - Wow, easily the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. Extremely well balanced between roastiness, booziness, sweetness and goodness. So many different things happening I don't even know how to describe it all. Just a hint of the oak they use, but again well balanced and nuanced.

M - Nice feel rolling on the tongue, not too thick while still having a good ummph. The booze does take away some of the feel, but that is very much a part of the style.

O - Damn, first time taking this ride and really impressed. Of course, its not a daily drinking type beer but clearly they know what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 21:01:08 | More by Dijeriduster
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

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

My first review, figured I would begin with a bang.

2010 vintage poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip. Pours a very dark black with a dark tan head which dissipates quickly. Lasing was negligible.

Aroma – hints of vanilla, roasted malts, slight bourbon, and very sweet.

Taste – dominate notes of roasted malt/caramel which fades to vanilla and bourbon notes, finally finishing with a roasted coffee/mocha taste. Flavours are incredibly balanced and very palatable. I could not personally distinguish the liquorish(anise) character and the 11% is very well hidden.

It is incredibly smooth with perfect carbonation; resulting in a very creamy texture.

I am personally not particularly found of 100% barrel aged (BA) stouts and found the abyss (33% barrel aged – bourbon notes not overly pronounced) to be perfectly balanced. Though this beer tends to be difficult to acquire especially for those in Canada, it is a perfect gateway to BA stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 21:42:40 | More by mmurphy525
Photo of nickfl


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Lots of chocolate with notes of molasses, earthy licorice, smoke and some vanilla.

T - Sweet chocolate and caramel up front with a little bit of molasses. More chocolate and molasses in the middle with some licorice coffee coming in. The beer finishes with lots of earthy chocolate and spice notes as well as pine hops and coffee. Lingering malt bitterness mixes with bitter chocolate, tobacco, and lots of smoky whiskey.

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - There is a lot of earthy, spicy complexity here, especially in the finish. The aroma really doesn't have much going on until the beer nears room temperature, but once it does the molasses and licorice really begin to come out. I don't get as much whiskey character as I expected, but there is a bit in the finish and it seems to add another note of underlying complexity to what is already a complicated beer. I imagine this would age very gracefully.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 04:41:03 | More by nickfl
Photo of krisandajt


4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle of this (2010 vintage) with mymrnngjckt at AuRant's. Big thanks to Teddy for hooking us up with this great beer!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, the beer is thick, viscous, and a deep dark black. Even with an easy pour, the brew had a good inch of creamy, mocha colored head. The retention was good, and the retention was impressive.

Smell: Nice roasty quality, lots of sweet chocolate. There was some light coffee, but not too much. Really balanced overall...smells great.

Taste: Lots of sweet milk chocolate with a nice roasted malt quality. Not too much in the way of coffee which actually surprised me as I have come to expect some coffee flavor in big stouts. Surprise <> disappointment, this is a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Full body, great creamy texture, smooth and very easy to drink. Ain't nothing wrong here.

Overall (Drinkability): A great tasting brew, and definitely one of the best stouts I've had. Lots of flavor without any single quality being overwhelming, and drinks very well. Absolutely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:14:41 | More by krisandajt
Photo of Schmittymack


3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage (knowing it was infected). Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Poured a jet black with a creamy brown head and sticky lacing. Aroma of malt, coffee, booze, and a little bit of something funky. Taste of coffee, booze, and a bit of tartness/sourness. I don't know why people think this is a terrible beer ('09 vintage): though not what other years' vintages have been, this one is definitely quaffable in my book. Will be interesting to see how the rest of my '09s evolve.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 16:12:45 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of colts9016


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marcellar put the Abyss on Nitro and it is awesome. Poured into a snifter at 47 degrees. From my notes I write this review.

Appearance: The head is a dark tan color and is foamy and creamy; furthermore, the head has really good retention with lacing on the glass. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer, visible from the sides of the glass. The clarity of the glass is opaque; it is like trying to look through tar. There is a lot of lacing on the beer glass.

Nose: A nice roasted malt, strong coffee, and chocolate aromas. There is a molasses like note with floral ester, resin, biscuit, and toffee. There is also a slight port aroma to the beer. You can smell the burnt character in the beer and the oak. The bourbon barrel age in the beer comes out very brightly and aromatic.

Taste: A very rich roasted malt, oak, espresso, chocolate, and a molasses are the initial flavors. In the background of the beer there is bread, oak, toffee, and a burnt character in the beer. The age in the bourbon barrel give the beer balance and flavor. The hops is subtle but there is floral, pine, and a hint of grapefruit.

The mouth feel is a full bodied brew that is very creamy, coating, and smooth.

Overall: The body of the beer is thick and the finish is full and last for a while on the palate. The beer is very well balanced and beautifully made. With beer being poured on a nitro tap, it just brings a whole new level the beer. There is not much to say, other than a great brew.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-16-2011 03:50:50 | More by colts9016
Photo of joecast


4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 Lucky to try this at the deschutes tasting at high times in costa mesa.

Viscous black beer. Looks like the bubbles struggle to make it to the top but a thin dark tan head forms. Swirling in the goblet looks like it's in slow motion it's so heavy.

Smell is absolutely phenomenal. So mellow with a mix of chocolate and molasses syrup. Not too sweet though and was expecting a bit of oak or something but it was just so smooth. It may have just combined into something else where the sum if the parts no longer resembles the whole.

Taste as well us just completely mellow. So smooth, alcohol is nonexistent. Again, as with the taste it's difficult to identify individual components in the beer as they seem to have evolved into something unrecognizable to me, though thoroughly enjoyable.

Wow, just wow. Was able to do a side by side with some 2009. The 09 had a slight acetic sharpness to it, though behind that the beer was still very good. The 07 though is amazing.

**edit 26/12/11**
enjoyed a bottle of 2008 which has completely lived up to the high expectations i placed on it. as good as the 2007. wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 22:48:18 | More by joecast
Photo of Blanco


4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with a small head that disappears rather quickly. smells boozy up front with the malt coming through in the end. slight hint of soy sauce but not a lot. chocolate as well. flavor is complex, bourbon is non-existent, which is a disappointment. hints of vanilla, chocolate and oak. Nice complexity. Warming sensation. The strong ABV is apparent, but not from a boozy taste. mouthfeel is thick and the beer coats the entire palette and kind of sticks around leaving an everpresent aftertaste. Overall a nice sipper. Not my favorite imperial stout, but a good beer either way. Just wish this actually had SOME hint of the bourbon I was expecting, based on the bottle's label.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 01:01:09 | More by Blanco
Photo of dfclav

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok so I managed to snag a few bottles of the 2010 release and held onto all of them until I just couldn't wait any longer. Tonights the night.

Poured into a snifter...

A - total ink black, the name suits the beer quite well. A medium pour yields a one finger sticky head. Tremendously thick lacing coats the glass and doesn't go anywhere.

S - bakers chocolate, anise, oak, roasted malts, vanilla and bourbon. Very complex, more smells find their way out of this beer with each sniff.

T - the first sip brings a nice balance of dark fruits, roasted malt, oak, and bourbon. The flavors combine very well and bring about a dry, hoppy finish. The slightest hint of espresso, I am pretty shocked to see all the reviews of smelling and tasting coffee...i could be having an off day but it's just not prevalent.

M - wonderfully silky smooth with a great amount of balance between everything that leaves the alcohol hidden very well. Hop twang and carbonation are perfect.

O - next time I will share this brew with many friends, as it is too much for one person. This is a very well crafted brew and much deserving of the hype, but it's not the best stout i've ever had. You should let this age more if you have the 2010, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:30:12 | More by dfclav
Photo of GuruDel


3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle split 3 ways into a tulip

Jet black pour into a tulip with a mocha 2 finger head

S: charred malt, dark chocolate and leather or tobacco.

T: Got lots of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate and some coffee grounds. I am not sure what I was expecting but this wasnt it, still a good stout, but I guess I am getting used to bourbon barrel aged stuff too much. Sweet molasses came through on the finish.

M: Big chewy thick stout, with great mouthfeel. Coats the mouth and enjoyable to sip.

O: gonna give this one some more time, i have a few more bottles left that I want to see how this does over time.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 14:39:46 | More by GuruDel
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a tasting on 1/28/11.

Appearance (4): A finger of thick, brown head. Mostly small but some larger foam bubbles that reduce to a thin layer with a thick ring. Little lacing.

Aroma (4.5): Roasty with a bit of chocolate and pine.

Taste (5): Dark chocolate and a burnt malt that leaves a lingering char. Chocolate is very prominent up front, and there is a slightly sweet middle with a mocha note.

Mouthfeel (5): A very thick, chewy mouthfeel. Full bodied.

Overall (4): Very good but a bit boozy. This one would definitely benefit from a few years in the cellar. Still an excellent RIS.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 13:58:28 | More by grover37
Photo of evanlarkin

District of Columbia

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a Darkness goblet.

By the time the foam hit the edge of the glass, it was sitting around a finger and a half, a chocolatey light brown color. The beer itself is jet black, even if I put it between me and a window. The foam gradually cuts itself down into a light covering with thick lace.

Sweet and licorice-y, with the molasses coming in loud and clear too. the oak/bourbon is fairly subtle but present. I could imagine someone mistaking the licorice and molasses for chocolate.

Sweet, like a liquid molasses cookie. licorice in the background, slightly masked by oak flavor. Hints of bourbon and chocolate, with just a touch of coffee. There is a very very light hop bitterness, just enough to balance with the sweetness.

Syrupy and thick. Chewy certainly comes to mind. Low carbonation, and very full body. Coats the mouth and doesn't let go, forcing me to savor it forever.

I think this may be my favorite sweet stout. It really is amazing. Everything about it screams deliciousness. Probably one of the best beers I've ever had.

Anybody want to volunteer to make Abyss ice cream?

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 20:46:45 | More by evanlarkin
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New York

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 edition. Poured a super dark brown color. In the glass its black with no highlights let through. Vigorous carbonation when poured. You get the layered bubbles washing down the glass in sheets similar to a Guinness pour. Lacing is spotty and nice. Head is a masterpiece! Right now its an inch and a half high. Super frothy head that holds shape pretty well when you fuck with it with your finger. Pretty brown.

Smells of super dark roasted malt with vanilla, oak, licorice, coffee and chocolate.

Cant taste the alcohol but its very warming to my throat. I was at first hit with coffee and roasted malt. A nice bitterness follows reminiscent of a dark bitter Belgian chocolate. Wood flavor is just how i like it, only a hint that adds to the overall complexity. Not overpowering like the oak in a 5 year cellared oak aged yeti. Awesome cream aftertaste. Super smooth mouthfeel. Nice carb.

The thing about this beer is how complex it is without any one flavor becoming overpowering. Bourbon is just hint but that is okay. All the flavors work amazing well together. Licorice is also lightly noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 00:09:33 | More by kbnooshay
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4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 Reserve into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark, used motor oil black, plenty viscous, with a creamy, tan, 2 finger head with a good amount of lacing. Not a ray of light penetrates this beer.

S - First smell is a bitter cocoa, like baker's chocolate chips, with hints of caramel, some dark fruit, and just a touch of bourbon.

T - Wow, lots of tastes going on here. Up front is a bit of dark fruit and that baker's chocolate. In the middle comes that oakyness from the barrels before fading into a delicious, roasted coffee taste. This is such a complex beer! It's like it actually changes the way it tastes as it goes through your mouth. Absolutely remarkable.

M - The beer was full, but silky. Some of that bitterness lingered in the back of the throat, and I just now remembered that this beer is 11% ABV, because the alcohol is completely hidden. I love the way this beer permeates through the mouth and pretty much hits every taste bud.

Overall - Phenomenal. A great beer deserving of the hype. The most interesting thing about this beer is how much different is tastes from it's smell. I found the smell lacking to be honest, but when you take a drink of it, every single little flavor comes out. Remarkable beer. Glad I had the opportunity to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:06:11 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010, poured from a bomber into a snifter type glass.

Pours the deepest black I've ever seen- not a tinge of amber to be seen around the edges of this glass at all. Head lingers, minimal lacing. Despite that though, the aroma of charred malt is (surprisingly) not present. What I do get it the nose is a good deal of alcohol- not offputting, it just lets you know what you are getting in to. Fair amount of roast in the nose, as well as some nuttiness and dark chocolate. Did I mention it smells boozy?

Taste pretty much follows the smell. Lots of roasty character, coupled with nuttiness and chocolate. There is a lot to this beer, definitely not the beginner. The booze is strong with this one- which makes it a sipper for sure. Despite that, not overly syrupy.

This is, ultimately, a quality beer. A ton of flavor, this is what an Imperial Stout should be. My only regret is that I did not purchase more than three bottles, so I can age them.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 05:33:00 | More by Ghenna
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a dark black color with a 1" head that lingers around a while. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolates, licorice, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon create a wonderful aroma.

Taste: follows the nose as roasted malt base is big. Dark bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit sweetness is soft, licorice, and alcohol is strong and warming. Bitterness is quite strong for the style.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and creamy at the finish. Aftertaste is very long as the flavors glue themselves to the tongue.

Overall: this beer creates an incredible experience as you can sit and slowly sip a glass of this beer over the course of an hour. Absolutely a great flavored beer - this was the 2010 version.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 19:50:20 | More by Gavage
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3.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Abyss from a 22oz bomber bought at whole foods.

Appearance- Poured like motor oil into my goblet, nice and thick looking. It had a nice mocha colored head to it with nice retention and a little bit of lacing.

Aroma- Lots of dark caramel malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, anise, black licorice, and a nice hoppyness. Unfortunately for me the beer had a great aroma but fell through for me on the taste department.

Taste- Starts out with a myriad of beautiful caramel note, that morphed into a nice dark chocolate astringency, then moved into a very deep and bitter black licorice, and anise that seemed to overpower the back end way to much and turned me off a little bit.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel to this beer was a great silky texture that flowed over the palate, and the carbonation carried over enough to keep the beer moving. Mouthfeel was another nice touch to this beer.

Overall- A beautifully made beer, that I can tell was made with great care and talent. Perhaps not the imperial stout for me, but I enjoyed it for the greatness that it could achieve for me in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 05:40:15 | More by dookiepower
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4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage poured into a snifter. Enjoyed on 03/26/11.

A - Absolutely pitch black, looks like motor oil, which is a good thing. One finger milk chocolate colored head that leaves good lacing. Great looking beer.

S - Chocolate, coffee, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, oak and alcohol. Very good stuff.

T - This is the most complex beer I've ever tasted. Coffee and vanilla and wood initially. Moves into some dark chocolate and bourbon. Finish is a good roasted barley flavor and also some vanilla is present again. This is excellent.

M - Mouthfeel is near perfect. Nice and creamy and thick with slight carbonation.

O - Overall, this is one of my favorite beers I've had the pleasure of tasting. So complex and alcohol is pretty well hidden. It's quite rich so it's good to have someone to split it with. Really enjoyed it, can't wait to see what some age does to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:36:14 | More by Janderson91
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,671 ratings.