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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,117 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,117
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,583
Gots: 2,267 | FT: 163
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 +10.9%

Pwnzilla, Dec 02, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Nitro, does it get any better than this. This is my second time having this. The first was during the 2011 release on November 15, 2011. Served in a half pint glass.

A - Served a dark chocolately brown with a nice dark tan head. The head never fades a bit and it leaves solid lacing down the entire glass.

S - The smell is strong chocolate, some slight coffee, nutty, with touches of vanilla and toffee.

T - The taste is very similar to the smell. The vanilla and toffee are a bit more pronounced here. Just an absolute delight to drink.

D - Silky and smooth, nitro baby. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but again. World class.

O - I made a special trip tonight just to have this beer on nitro. I am so glad I got to have it again. If you can, hunt this one down.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

guajolote, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

mcgwire756, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

SalukiAlum, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

wsnich, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

InspectorBob, Dec 01, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

mhenson42, Dec 01, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Kevlee722, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Daveychu, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

hankbenzenberg, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

MrBURTON55, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Manboy21182, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Lillie1128
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is for The Abyss 2010

A - Pours a deep espresso with a small mocha head

S - Smells like maple laced with bourbon

T - Strong, deep licorice taste tinged with bourbon, along with some maple and caramel

M - Heavy bodied, thick n' tasty

D - Pretty low. This one's for sipping.

This definitely lived up to the hype for me. It was so delicious! Thanks to Sweetwillyrolbar for this one!

Lillie1128, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

schwee, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of robsee
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this many times but reviewing from my recent trip to Deschutes PDX taproom.

I had this both on nitro and regular taps. Nitro definitely brought forward the chocolate and added a wonderful creamy nitro mouthfeel. However, the regular Abyss is still the favorite with all the complex layered flavors of chocolate, licorice, bourbon and oak that shine through more than on the nitro tap.

robsee, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

ksherry112, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of mkotsayfan
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Pours a deep dark ruby black with a nice dark mocha colored head (with tight bubbles). The aroma has a nice smoky character, along with the sweetness of the molasses and some chocolate notes. The taste hits you with smokiness and wood along with some bitter chocolate, along with molasses and roasted malts to round it all out. The mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied with decent carbonation, smooth and creamy.

A well-balanced great brew from Deschutes, and the alcohol is well hidden. Definitely worth seeking out if you can find some.

mkotsayfan, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

ipafool, Nov 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

twelveinches, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Ish1, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Patchmaster, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

RViator325, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

davelag, Nov 29, 2011
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,117 ratings.