The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 5,330
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,588
Gots: 2,462 | FT: 191
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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 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.

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

2010 Bottle. Thanks to black13 for this Christmas present...you the man, Michael! Shared with my girlfriend the other night. Poured into a pint glass:

A - Pours black with inch or so kahki head that eventually dies into a nice foam ring. Lacing retention is very good on this one.

S - Smell is of chocolate and roast, vanilla and earthy hops. Little bits of caramel and brown sugar.

T - Roast and light chocolate. Coffee flavor is throughout and leaves a bittering coffee dryness. I'd like to say that this had a bit more flavor but all I'm really tasting is huge coffee roast flavors.

M - Creamy and well carbonated. The taste leaves a bittering, dry mouthfeel but its pretty nice for a stout.

D - This is a very nice sipper and a great after dinner dessert drink. Although I was expecting more flavors that I've had in so many other stouts, this is a huge coffee heavy stout. This is pretty good considering the only other Abyss I've had was an infected 2009 but this isn't bad.

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

Wow is this impressive. I had it on tap following a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout the other day and thought it was good but a little rough around the edges still. This bottled version is different or maybe I just didn't finish the sweet GI BCS right before drinking it. Whatever the case...top notch..

A-Call it black with a creamy chocolate brown head on top.

S-Very rich...has some doppelbock like characteristics....sweet molasses, brown sugar...some dark fruits...light cocoa...light woody notes but not much bourbon at all

T-Succulent....just a richly flavored stout with great flavors of dark malts, molasses and brown sugar, light cocoa, some dark fruits, and a very light woody note....a slight bakers chocolate/ alcohol presence emerges on the finish. Splendid

M-Can't build an IMPY any better than this. Velvet like texture...immense...rich...fantastic.

D-The other day I had this and I told Big Hugey that I thought Darkness was better. I don't think so anymore. It's splitting hairs but if I had to pick one I think I would go with this. Incredible beer and reasonable priced too. If it was more available I would drink the shit out of this.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 Bottle:

Not going to follow regular format for this one. I'll just say, for a beer this fresh or young, I've never ever had a Imperial Stout taste this balanced and smooth while holding such flavor complexity. As if it's already been cellared for a year in comparison to most all others of the style.

Most of this style are still pretty hot at this age and the drinkability, mouthfeel, carbonation, silky smoothness of the Abyss right now is spot on. True craftsmanship 2010 vintage.

The taste will easily warrant a 5 after 8 months or so. Chocolate dominates moreso than I remember from the last 2 years. Inbetween dark and milky chocolate. Liquorice, molasses, a wee bit of expresso and mild hints of bourbon swirl together on the palate and the mouthfeel is silky and damn near perfect. Mouthfeel will be PERFECT with age. A mild smokiness can also be detected as well as bits of Oak and Vanilla. Crafting all these characteristics together is 2nd to none. Less carbonated than past vintages but I felt 2009 (uninfected of course) to be just a tad bit overcarbonated.

Final Thoughts - This beer is damn near Stout perfection now. Again, it tastes like it already has aged some! 2008 BCS is the only other I'd argue drinking better right now although I understand they're not quite crafted the same way.
This 2010 vintage will be a measuring stick for all others with some good age on it I'd assume. Very impressed.

$11.99 - brewers and breweries take note.

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

A: Looking into this beer truly is like peering over the edge of an abyss. Absolute blackness. Dark tan head.

S: Espresso, licorice, vanilla, smokey

T: This is a delight to drink. I'm not a big fan of the licorice flavor, but that's me. That being said, I still found this to be an incredible beer.

M: Exceptional. Huge. I did not even notice the high ABV until I found myself tipsy off just one glass, then I checked the label and was surprised to see 11%. Masked beautifully by the flavors and full body.

D: Best beer I've had since the Oak Aged Yeti. Absolutely worth $10 for a 22oz bottle.

Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle (2010 vintage) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Jet black, totally opaque. Generous brown head stand with moderate retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Mmmm, roasty with dark, bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. Some sour cherry notes, oak, and light vanilla aromas as well. Slight smoky bourbon. Complex, multi-faceted, and delicious.

Flavor-The first flavor I get is a sweet, tart oaky cherry flavor, which is prominent and muted at the same time (I don't really understand myself). This is then overtaken by rich, chocolate milkshake and roasted coffee. The roasted flavors grow in the finish. The tart and oaky flavors return in the finish to eventually be overtaken by roasted coffee and alcohol flavors, which carry far into the aftertaste. As it warms, bourbon and molasses flavors become more prominent.

Mouthfeel-Full, somewhat chewy body. Medium low carbonation. Feels silky smooth and somewhat mouthcoating. Finishes a little bit tart and with some substantial alcohol warmth, but is not astringent, and is not harsh or hot.

Definitely good, though with it this fresh, I can definitely see this one improving with age (It's even dated as "Best After 11/15/11", but I figured since I had 2 I'd try one now and one in a year or two). The flavors need a bit of time to integrate, the body could slim down a hair, and the alcohol, while not hot, could be a little smoother.

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,330 ratings.