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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
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5,260 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,260
Reviews: 1,678
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,593
Gots: 2,375 | FT: 180
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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Photo of birchstick
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Review #500

A - pours a dark abyss-like black with a ½ finger chocolate-tan head

S - charred oak and molasses pop the most, with layers of vanilla and burnt malts hidden beneath. The sweet spiciness of the black licorice is also very prominent.

T - Huge flavor going on. Chocolate malts appear first on the palate. This fades to an oaky molasses that is shrouded in a cloud of coffee and burnt malt. A touch of vanilla fades to very bitter dark chocolates that dominate the finish with subtle hints of charred oak/smokiness and citrusy hops. The licorice makes itself known on the exhale, mixed with a some chocolaty coffee. Awesome stuff here -

M - a little watery and chewy on this medium bodied brew. Wait, this is 11%, you could have easily fooled me

D - Fantastic brew here. Very deep, dark, complex flavors on the nose and palate. This one easily ranks up there with the best of them. This beer seems to a very well balanced hybrid between a huge RIS (lots of chocolate and burnt coffee) and a huge BA RIS (molasses, charred oak, and vanilla), both sides competing on the palate, but neither winning the battle. Fantastic, can't wait to see what some age does this beauty.

Photo of abrand
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009 23 ounce bomber wax and sealed poured into a snifter glass. Review #200

The Abyss pours a deep oil black color with a lot of viscosity to the pour. A nice tan to brown head sticks throughout. A very nice looking pour. Smells are dominated with coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Very nice smelling. The taste is somewhat hot with the bourbon and alcohol but still delicious. I think this needs another year to sit and to mellow out. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated. Drinkability is misleading with this brew. It is a huge beer and the entire bomber is just too much for one person in a single session.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer, perhaps a little overhyped. I had a 2010 vintage, it tastes great but some age will do this some good.

Pours a thick black color with a great tan head that dies quickly leaving some lacing. Barely any light comes through this beer.

The smell is probably the best part, almost a 5 from me but not quite. A big aroma with tons of roast complimented by a little of the oak and licorice giving a nice sweetness and savory quality to the beer. A cool smokyness arises from this beer but is smoothed out by some vanilla notes and a sort of candied dark fruit.

The taste mostly follows the smell but here I get a little espresso and little more spicy licorice. Some lactose sugar is there as well, burnt dark fruit, alcohol heat that is off put a little by the oak and sweetness, and a bittersweet finish showing the hops still somewhat making an impression on this beer. Very Good, but not a 5.

Nice creamy feel that is sort of thrown off a little by the alcohol heat. Though the heat isn't bad, I can see why the label says not the drink the beer until after November 15th of this year. I look forward to trying it then!

Drinkability is still quite good cause it's a tasty brew, and I could still have probably taken down a bomber, though I had help from friends this time. I may come back and throw in another rating next November when I'm 'supposed' to drink this.

Photo of veinless
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, no light shows through whatsoever, looks for real like crude oil.

Unbelievable depth in this beer, with a new flavor coming out every few moments. Coffee, chocolate, alcohol rum raisin taste a little bit (probably molasses along with something else).

Great feel on palate, can taste one small sip for a long time. Thanks deschutes for making so much more of this in recent batches.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Abyss 2009, bottled version, courtesy of fellow BA'er johnmichaelsen. Big shout-out to him for making it possible for me to enjoy this rare treat- THANKS, John!!!

Appearance: Bottle comes waxed, hard to crack, open and pop. Served in a Sierra snifter, pours a very thick oil-like product, very viscous, completely black with some auburn tones. Specially at the end, it pours like liquid chocolate. I imagine the Gulf of Mexico drenched in The Abyss after Deepwater Horizon. A perfect one-finger head appears after pouring, of a brownish-coffee color, characteristic of an Imperial Stout. This head does not last long and promptly recedes into a thin rim around the glass. Lacing is very notable but not spectacular for the style.

Smell: All of the main ingredients are on display on the complex and rich nose. That licorice, the oak and the wood, some vanilla, the bourbon. This, the bourbon, appears to me as overtly strong, bringing the nose to a certain one-dimensionality (despite the overall complexity). I swear I'm back in Bourbon County, Kentucky! Some dairy as well, chocolate and hot booze.

Taste: Follows nose very closely. Liquorice, vanilla, oak. Then the bourbon and the booze. Roastiness and some burnt sugars, acompanied by very dark, bitter chocolate. At the end of the sip, I feel like I have licked some vinous, extra-strength wooden casks.

Mouthfeel: Very hot all around. It burns! Chewy, heavy. Super carbonated. Full body and flavor. Finishes extra dry and bitter. Not too pleasant.

Drinkability: Very hard. A sipper from beginning to end. It is overtly boozy from the start, and it never quiets down. The bourbon burns, not so pleasant. I wonder if fresh is more rounded? Or maybe even older, two or three years instead of one...

As it is, this is something I'm glad I got to try but cannot say is my favorite Imperial Stout. It lacks balance, in my opinion. What I had was a total "bourbon bomb".

Photo of Dansrc51
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Living close to so many breweries has its advantages...but also its disadvantages. It's easy to get overwhelmed with such a fantastic array of beers, accessible as they are. The result is that when you try a really incredible beer, like the Abyss, you have to remain objective. After several years of production (limited release) I have bottle conditioned (over a year) and have had it on draft. The quality is always perfect, never changing except on bottle conditioning, but that only improves the character, mouthfeel and taste. I rated this beer highly, because as my liver can attest, it has had some competition and remains a highlight of the cold winter months here year after year. The aroma is incredible, and the taste washes over your mouth, saturating it completely with dark molasses and oak. I love this beer.

Photo of birderbeerer
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 release.

Dark, deep black beer with a dark brown head. Lasting lace. Tons of lace. Like ice, with each sip the lace builds upon itself. Beautiful looking beer.

Big and complex. Rich but mellow roast flavors. Exceptionally well done. Dominated by dark roast flavors but with no bitter or burnt flavor. A bit of earthy tones, even berries, and a malt sweetness with hints of caramel/chocolate sweetness comes through as it warms.

Rich, mellow, and big. I keep returning to that. Very easy to drink for a beer with such big flavors.

This beer stands out as exceptional beyond other remarkably well done stouts.

Photo of TK5150
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This score is for the 2008. My 2010 notes are below, and the rating for that vintage as of now would probably be around a 4.5 - 4.55.

Originally posted on: 2-21-09

2008 bottle. Have had this one on four separate occasions already, so I am re-rating.

A- Pours black with a pleasantly small brown head.

S- Smell is mostly coffee, chocolate, some dark malts, vanilla/oak, brown sugar and alcohol.

T- It starts off very nicely with a lot of coffee, roasted malts, creamy chocolate, and some licorice and hops. Ends with dark malty bitterness. There is some heat in this beer, but it is calming down with age.

M- Decent mouthfeel, barely full bodied. Goes down without any issues.

D- Drinkability is slightly hurt down the line due to the heat.

Overall its clear that this is a great beer, and is certainly getting much better with age. Glad I have one left in the cellar.

Edit: 2010 edition review on 1-13-11

A- Pours black with a small solid brown head. Large bubbles mingle with small, tightly knit bubbles. Nice lacing left on the glass from this beer as well.

S- Right off the bat I get licorice, molasses, sweet brown sugar, and maybe way off in the distance hints of the bourbon barrel.

T- Licorice, barbecue smokiness, molasses, coffee, American citrusy hops (oranges, grapefruit), and a hint of slight burn from the heat and barrel action at the finish. Much better out of the gates than previous years.

M- Lower end of full bodied. As always, my only quip about this beer is it should be a little bit thicker to make it a pure masterpiece. Definitely thicker than 2009, though.

D- Excellent drinkability as always. I hate to finish off each bottle.

Overall, this seems to be a great vintage. Each vintage has been different, but this may be the most cohesive vintage fresh, compared to other years. My favorite vintage is 2008, but hopefully this one can rival it down the road since I have 2 more bottles of this in the cellar and only one more bottle of the 2008.

Photo of corby112
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

2007 vintage. Pours pitch black and almost completely opaque with only faint mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chinks of soapy lacing.

Slightly smokey, roasted malt aroma with lots of luscious, silky chocolate as well as some licorice, subtle oak, vanilla, coffee bean, toast and toffee.

Chewy medium body with an incredibly luscious, silky chocolate malt flavor. Hints of mocha, toast, oatmeal, mocha and toffee as well as some caramel and sweet alcohol. Slightly creamy presence mid-palate makes this beer incredibly smooth and extremely quaffable. Slight bitterness up front is countered by the chocolate malt as well as the oak, bourbon and vanilla notes. The ABV is excellently masked making it dangerously drinkable. Also, the barrel aging adds to the complexity and balance of the beer and instead of it being a complete bourbon bomb it results in an incredibly complex, flavorful and well balanced, amazing beer.

Photo of mrandypandy
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz waxed bottle (2010 vintage) brought to me by a co-worker from Denver. Many thanks to "Long-Toes" for hooking me up with a few bottles!

Note: This review is ONLY for the 2010. I've had the 2009 recently as well, yet didn't find it fair to actually rate the 2009 as it was infected and just horrible. If you're reading this, stay away from the 2009!

A- Nice. Pours jet black with a decent mocha head. Initial head dies down but still remains and leaves awesome lacing.
S- Again, nice. Light roasted malt with a touch of oak and bourbon.
T- Complexity. Roasted and chocolate malts, dry oak, and a touch of bourbon.
M- My wife summed it up best after taking a sip: "silky". Incredibly smooth and creamy with a medium/full body. Don't know how you could make this any better.
D- For an imperial stout this big, it's incredibly high. The rich, diverse flavors and smooth mouthfeel keep me coming back.

Overall - OK, like I stated earlier this review is for a FRESH bottle of the 2010, and it is well deserving of it's lofty praises/rating. Complex flavors, amazingly silky smooth mouthfeel, I could go on and on. I honestly don't see how this will get any better with aging, since it's already fantastic. Go ahead and enjoy it now.
However, the 2009 (infected or not) was a complete trainwreck right out of the gate. Bad barrels, infected, whatever the excuse is, the '09 sucked something awful. Avoid that year like the plague...

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2010 bottle shared with my fiance over dinner. Great bottle that pours black with a deep tan head and a bit of stickyness around the sides. I believe wine people call this legs. My nose detects smokeyness brought on by the molasses (I believe), licorics and anise, chocolate roasted notes, and a hint of vanilla and cherry. The flavor is in harmony between deep roasty flavors like chocolate, coffee, and toffee and popping flavors like anise, vanilla, oak and fruity and even some grapey tastes. Thick, luscious, and smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol content in this beer is well hidden, but even at that this is a beer to share.

Photo of moz9
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage, On tap in two different places.

What can I say about this beer except that it's the best pure Imperial Stout I have tasted. Pours a thick, deep black with a nice brown frothy head. Smells of chocolate, hints of coffee and the slightest of spice.

This beer is so smooth, it has a creamy mouthfeel and the perfect bite on the finish. There is really nothing to compare it to because it's so well balanced. It's got the sweet yet sharp taste to it.

Had it twice on tap, and both times it was exceptional. I can't wait to crack open a bottle.

Deschutes is an excellent brewery.

Photo of psiweaver
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Burger Bar on my trip to Vegas

A: Came out in a big chalice with a soft dark brown lacing across the top. (I wouldn't call it a head). Almost motor oil black and somewhat viscous.

S: great rich smell with lots of roasty malts, some licorice and a good amount of chocolate.

T: great taste really full bodied with lots of roasty malty flavors. Just the right amount of licorice and some nice chocolate flavors to it.

M: good mouthfeel though I generally like my stouts a little thicker, this could have been simply because its young.

D: its a big beer and drinks very well for it, nice integration of alchohol and is pretty easy to drink but wouldn't want to pound it back.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle shared with a friend. Poured into Sierra Nevada XXXth Anniversary tulip glasses. 2010 Vintage. Thanks to optimator13 for this!

Appearance: As pitch black as I've seen. A very nice, brown, one finger head with surprising good retention. Very thick pour.

Aroma: Espresso, brown sugar, molasses, and anise all combine to form a really pleasant aroma. There is a nice sweetness, but it avoids being cloying completely.

Taste: This is seriously smooth and complex. Licorice and molasses are definitely here with brown sugar, coffee and some nice baker's fudge.A touch of oask is also noticable. What I like so much is it manages to stay sweet and smooth, about still has a nice roasty and bitter character. Really remarkable balance.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and really smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: At 11% ABV, this is still remarkably smooth. Great for sipping.

Overall, a really great stout with some nice balance. I love the brown sugar/molasses component to the flavor and how well it is integrated without being overpowering. Complex and balanced, with a really strong flavor base. Highly recommended.

Photo of bootlegger1929
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Shared with my girlfriend in our oversized wine glasses. This was not particularly easy to track down but well worth it.

Pours deep dark black with nice mocha coloured head that dissipated rather quickly. Left pretty much nothing.

Smells like heaven in a glass. The bourbon is well masked and mingles well with chocolate and coffee and roasted malts. Everything you could ever want In a stout is here. The oak comes out to play a bit as well.

The taste is equally as good as the nose. First is the sweet bourbon and chocolate followed by a bit of coffee and hops that gives way to a sweet lingering finish that dances on the tongue until the next wonderful sip.

Feels medium heavy in the mouth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Sits well and nice warming feeling with every swallow.

I could sip this all night if I had more. Alas this was the only bottle I could procure. I love this beer. Must find more. Holy damn.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage, best after 11/15/11. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an oily, dark, thick blackness with 2 1/2 fingers of milk chocolate head. Abundant and thick lacing up and down the glass.

S: Rich coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and subtle smokey vanilla on the end.

T: Warming bourbon taste. Bitter chocolates, coffee, and a roasty finish. This one could use a little time to subdue the heat, but delicious nonetheless.

M: Thick and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Couldn't ask for a better feel for this one.

D: Have had this one a few times during various tasting. Finally had a full bottle to review. Very smooth, but a little hot to call this one highly drinkable. Would love to try a vertical of this one.

Photo of thomasben86
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought this beer was amazing. After having the oak aged yetti that everyone raves about i thought this was far and away a better beer. the drinkability was hands down better and the flavor was more apparent. I thought that the 11% felt more like an 6 or 7% because of the abundant flavor hiding the alcohol. Nothing about this beer was too harsh yet it remained a full body Imperial stout.. in my opinion it was a perfected stout. I live in oregon and get to drink deschuttes beers all the time and none of them are this good. their porter is great but waiting all year for this beer is well worth it. in my town you can get it whenever you want on tap. Only thing i have to say about this beer that i didn't like was the 14 bucks it cost out of the bottle when i can get it on tap for 5. I have always been a stout drinker and in my opinion this one wins every award... best of the best. Chocolate/coffee with licorice finish... and molasses all over... amazing..

Photo of Bighuge
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black body. Thick and dense dark brown head. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is chock full of great stuff: chocolate, roast, char, molasses, anise and tobacco. Very complex flavor profile. Nice black licorice/roasted malt bitterness combo. Char is pretty big. Baker's chocolate. And dark fruits...plums, black cherry, etc... I really like the anise oil/licorice/molasses characteristic in the flavor that lingers long after. Body is medium or so. Carbonation is prickly, but light. Nice. Very good beer.

Photo of vkv822
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 Abyss on nito-tap.

Beer is black at the bottom of the glass, though as it gets closer to the head it does give some faint brown highlights. The carbonation adds some tan rising bubbles.The head is a brown fluffy cloud sitting atop the the beer. It leaves beautiful lacing that leaves a thing foamy cover of the entire side of the glass. There are thicker rings of foam lacing that show where each sip was finished. Gorgeous.

The aroma gives smooth notes of roasty malts, cocoa, espresso and molasses. The anise notes are there, though only as a faint back note.

The taste follows the nose, with an emphasis on the sweeter chocolate and espresso aspects of the beer. It gives way to more of the black licorice anise and a lightly boozy bourbon note in the finish.

The mouthfeel really blew me out of the water. Amazingly thick, full bodied and creamy smooth. The first thing I said in regards to the mouth feel was that it was like a beer milkshake. Now with all that said, it in no ways becomes heavy on the palate. It actually gives a wonderful fluffy airiness. Hard to describe.
I wish I could score the mouthfeel higher.

This beer is easily one of the most enjoyable and drinkable beers I have had. One word to describe the aroma, taste and mouthfeel? Smooth. Incredibly well balanced flavors, and an out of this world mouthfeel. Also it completely hides 11% ABV which really just makes it dangerously drinkable.

Photo of Eschulz91
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, rich, rich. Truly all I can say. Amazing mouthfeel, masks an impressive abc. Dark head fortold of what was to come. Picked up molasses, coffee, and heavy roasted flavors. Poured too cold, let it warm and open and you will be rewarded. Does make you want o keep drinking it but, more than a 7.5 glass would have been too much.

Photo of chuckl8899
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at bistro
Pours dark and molasses with an evolving explosion of flavor in the glass bordering on decadence. More nectar than beer. Sinfully delicious and beguiling in its complexity, with hints of chocolate, anise, bourbon and coconut. Merely sublime. A beer to be sought and cherished.

Photo of kytashie
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Reserve

Truth - I cracked this open too early. Wife stated tonight that it's time to start "thinking about having little ones". So in celebration of striving for parenthood...I grabbed 1 of "The Abyss" out of the cellar and chuckled.

Poured into a snifter in a quiet, relaxed, "man cave"...no noise...no distractions...pure silence as I contemplated the near future. A thick black impossible to see through ale, with a 1/2' thick, delightfully inviting chocolate mousse' like head. Smells of sweet bourbon (of which i'm a huge fan), licorice is present...alcohol just "subtly stings" the nasals as I sigh.

With the 1st deep sip...I am gone. Silky, smooth, a bit of a bourbon hang that dissipates within a couple seconds. The second sip...heaven or hell (whichever you prefer). A warmth consumes me. The bourbon makes it's presence known.

Easily consumable, a treat, one to relish & savor. There is no need to repeat the praise of this flavored ale. I do promise that I will not enjoy the next alone...for this is to be shared & celebrated.

I only ask for strength not to pre-emptively crack the precious few I have left, but it leaves me with a mission to hunt this down and cellar as many as I can. Good hunting my friends.

Photo of GradyS1
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into snifter, very thick consistancey, opaque black, nice 1/2 finger head that sits nicely. Great looking beer
S-chocolate and mollases,black licorice. I can smell subtle amounts of Oak and bourbon, the oak is more distinct. Light malt smell after all that
T-I have had this beer numerious times and it never ceises to amaze me how good it is. Chocolate licorice. A bit of sweetness that is balanced out nicely the malts. There is a nice amount of oak and bourbon in the finish.
M-this is my favorite part, for such a big beer, this is silky smooth, small amount of carbination as it gets a little dryer in the finnish.

Time after time, this beer always stands out, I will look forward to the next time.

Photo of morimech
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. Dark black color with a slightly higher viscosity than most other beers. A small head forms and slowly settles to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

This beer has an impressive aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, vanilla, and some barrel-age oak. Alcohol is detected and adds nicely to the aroma.

Deeply roasted flavor. Hints of chocolate and licorice. Just slightly smokey. Slight yeast esters. The alcohol definately adds to the flavor without being overly boozy or hot. Reminds me of Expedition Stout with a few years on it. Do not get much from the barrel-aging.

Thick and chewy body. Wonderful smooth texture. About as good as a stout could get.

The one major fault of this beer is that the label says part of the beer was aged in Bourbon barrels. Absoulutely no sign of it in the aroma or flavor. If I could of tasted it, this would of been a perfect 5 in flavor. Drinking great now, no need to age this fine stout.

Photo of July2Nov
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Reserve Edition

Appearance: Dark, dark and dark. Nice dirty 1/2 inch head on it.

Smell: Sweetness of molasses comes straight out.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Must have got lucky because this isn't an infected one. A slight bit of licorice flavor bubbles up, then the sweetness of the molasses hits you. Slight alcohol tingle rises up and tingles the mouth till the end.

Drinkability: This has been in the fridge for a year and i'm so happy that it wasn't an infected bottle. Very drinkable beer. Just bought a 2010 edition...guess i should find some more.

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,260 ratings.