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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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4,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,962
Reviews: 1,644
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,524
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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Photo of far333
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brownish black with a cocoa colored thick and frothy head that rises up over and inch and lingers long, slowly settling and leaving oily ringlets and legs of lace reaching up and round the glass.

Rich and inviting aroma of dark chocolate and espresso, darkly roasted malt, subtle smoke.

Flavor is initially sharp and assertive, bitter dark chocolate and strong espresso, notes of leather and charred bark. Dark brown sugar and molasses chime in, and intense bitterness keeps any malt sweetness at bay. Notes of marshmallow and licorice weave in and out along with oaked woody flavors. ABV is well hidden and doesn't detract from the flavor.

Even mouthfeel, creamy but not overly full, finishes tingly, a little tannic and woody. Minor alcohol warmth.

Very tasty beer, scarily smooth and drinkable for such a big beer. A nice sipper. Many thanks to Sparky27 for throwing in such an amazing beer as an extra.

far333, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of omnigrits
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really can't add anything to what's already been said about this beer other than if they ain't got this in heaven, I ain't going. It's a little on the sweet side as far as my own personal taste for the RIS goes - I prefer something a bit drier like Bear Republic's Big Bear Black Stout, but this is a world class beer, all preferences aside. This particular bottle has been sitting in my pantry for almost a year, and although I'd have preferred to let it age a bit longer it's been an exceptionally hot summer in Texas (hottest on record for Austin) and I thought I should open it. I had it with some nice, well-aged cheddar cheese and a halfway decent cigar. They both complemented the beer perfectly. Life is good.

omnigrits, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of fiver29
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma is mainly roasted malts, vanilla, and some oak. Has a medium heavy body with some carbonation. Flavor is dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, oak, and a slight amount of bourbon flavor. Overall is a solid brew. I prefer more balance to my BA bourbon beers. This one could have had a little more bourbon flavors.

fiver29, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, huge brown head , black body, lots of lacing.
Smell is a little weaker than i expected, but its still good, i get the creaminess from the oak, some charcoal as well, with chocolate and a bit of heat as well.
The taste is much better than the smell, and the smell is damn good. I get that charred oak right off the bat, along with chocolate, and some boozey heat. the mid-palate is more creamy, with some bourbon vanilla notes hidden way back there. The only negative to this beer, is the finish, its a bit raw, not really boozey heat, just bitter from the roasted grains and licorice. I like bitter beers but this seems a bit disjointed compared to the rest of the flavor profile.
All in all this is one hell of a beer though.

redneckchugger, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, pure ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: Like a deep chaocoalte sundael Loved the brown creamy head. But little lacing and head rentention.

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, had a strong oaky wood flavor and slight charcoal.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty. medium to full bodied

drinkability: great imperial stout with super complexity. Probably the most complex beer I have ever had.

CampusCrew, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of rayjay
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've never reviewed this beer as it's one of my favorites. 2007 vintage, poured into a Deschutes stemmed snifter.

Great appearance with a solid 3 finger head from a vigorous pour, which is chocolate colored. Sticks to the glass.

Aroma of dusty baker's chocolate, dusty chocolate malt, and some isopropyl alcohol.

Rich flavors, more of the dusty chocolate. Firm but faded noble hop bitterness. Lots of maltose sweetness, finishing with an aromatic roasted bitterness like chocolately coffee. Some higher alcohols, a tiny bit hot, which I attribute to bourbon barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is creamy, sticky, and slightly chalky. It's nearly perfect for the style. Some of the smoothness of oatmeal and a bit of the drying tannins of the oak.

Drinkability is good for the style. It's a sipper that keeps you interested.

I admit I'm biased because I like the 2006 the best, and I didn't care for 07 or 08 nearly as much fresh. 07 has turned out to be much more to my liking, and it has a long way to go in the cellar before peaking. Cheers

rayjay, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Plenum
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up 4 bombers of the 2008 Abyss from a very generous soul. Had the first one last night. What a stout...can't believe this isn't the #1 rated stout.

Pour was excellent, a small head coming up at the end. Black as oil, with some light brown lacing on the glass.

Could definitely smell the licorice in here. Was a great blend of the 1/3 barrel aged...just enough to let you know that it was there, but not overwhelming, and certainly not masking the depth of this brew.

Taste was exceptional. The 11+% was well hidden, leaving me wanting to crack open a second bottle.

Can't wait to have another is 6 months or so...

Plenum, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 reserve, poured into la choufe snifter. took forever to get the wax or plastic off of the top.

A - this is perfect. no getting around it. there is plenty of head to go around (hehe), and the body is about black as the midnight sun. head is a dark brown, has amazing retention, and has lacing to boot. there is nothing wrong with this beer: the amount of head is perfect, the colour of the head is perfect, and the body is a super dark brown, just not quite black (but who the hell care, or can tell). nothing more to report; this beer looks perfect (and talk about lacing for an RIS!)

S - malty, fruity, boozy. this is pretty good, but I think I like the way the dark lord, which I just had, tastes. let me have it warm up a bit. this is the beer that makes me wake up; it smells amazing, but the only problem is intensity. top notes are molasses malts, maybe a bit of coffee. the molasses-caramel malts are the most prevalent in the top nose. mid-notes of chocolate and a sweeter fruit quite easy to pick up, bottom notes of coffee, hops and licorice. let's drink this bitch.

T - sweet holy Jesus this is amazing. the initial taste is chocolate coffee malty booze exposition in my mouth. goddamn. there are also some brief hops, and the malt is undeniably sweet as it makes the rounds around the parts fo the mouth. the chocolate coffee initial taste is so amazing: it really tastes like I am finishing off a Godiva dark chocolate bar with a big mug of espresso. But there is even more!: the booze begins to develop into this spicy kind of rum flavor as its is swished in the mouth. this is one of the most complicated ris's i have ever had, and is easily deserving of the number two spot in the RIS category; lets move onto the finish: undeniable chocolate coffee flavours, while some bourbon is also present. the finish is majestic, like a bald eagle bourlying around the rocky mountains, while holding an american flag. the aftertaste is actually like a bunch of pixies in your mouth, making love to your tongue. in actuality the ftertaste is like a chocolate whiskey, with a medium strong hop presence. quite perfect if i have ever had a good ris before. the taste itself is malty and more of the chocolate taste; maybe it shouldnt be a 5 for this part of the tasting, but the whole is so good that I cannot think of anything that could make it any better.

MF&D - the feel is a bit too thin when compared to the dark lord of 09. the drinkability is not affected by thin, anyways. it is so delicious that it wouldnt matter if it drank like lava, the beer is too good to refuse one, even if it is the dead of summer.

this is an amazing beer with touches of burbon, licorice, chocolate, and coffee. the excellence cannot be denied, but there are improvements to be made.

erz316, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black body.. brownish edges... dark, dark brown with hints of gold in the light... decent lacing... solid retention

S: Rich chocolate, licorice and hints of coffee... subtle booze and bourbon lines the background.. slightly woody and earthy

T: Spot on... I think this is, hands down, the smoothest tasting beer... each flavor transitions effortlessly to the next... licorice runs throughout with coffee and chocolate taking up positions in the front and back respectively... nice semi-dry finish with a dash of bitterness

M: Surprisingly light... on the spectrum i'd place this in the middle of medium bodied... which is a very nice thing for a beer of this complexity

callmemickey, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of aewinte1
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

08 vintage
A- Pitch black, no transparency. Fluffy 1 inch tan head.
S- Coffee, alcohol, chocolate, licorice. The list could go on and on because the smell and taste is very complex and its hard to pick up everything going on.
T- Absolutely amazing. In my opinion, the best beer I have had to date. Licorice comes through very well with a decent amount of coffee and chocolate. Delicious roasted malt flavors. Not very "smokey". Finishes with a somewhat nutty flavor. Incredible. Towards the end the coffee flavor starts to stack up on the palate.
M- carbonation is perfect and on the high side for a stout.
D- Watch out! Drinkability is extremely high because the alcohol can barely be detected for its ABV. Probably wont ever drink more than one because you will want to sip and savor the complexity of this beer, but if it came down to it, I could drink as many as it took for me to pass out.
Overall, excellent beer. With a year of age on it, the alcohol is almost completely hidden and the beer is super smooth. WOW

aewinte1, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to both Abecall98 and Draught2012 for allowing me to try The Abyss. Abecall98 has actually provided two in trade and Draugh2012 brought one over for us to share.

This is obviously an incredible beer. So much going on you have to sit with it for a long time.

The beer pours a motor oil black with brown highlights all over the place. The head erupts from within the beer and it a glossy dark brown. Sticky lacing clings to the inside of the glass. The head does eventually fade to a thin cap, but that takes quite a while.

The aroma evolves while you drink the beer. My first whiff was of black licorice. Then there was dark chocolate notes and later even some wood/oak notes. Definitely some molasses as well. It truly did change over time. Much like the flavor.

Amazingly complex. We literally took out a bottle of molasses to smell and taste. This was a great way to identify this on both the aroma and flavor. It's there. So is the licorice. Subtle but evident. The chocolate notes seemed to run throughout but not as much as some coffee notes. I commented that I got more chocolate in aroma but more coffee in the flavor. Also some brown sugar flavors. As it warms different items become evident and it was great fun to experience these changes.

The mouth feel is big, bold and thick. A little to acidic to be called creamy, but it's very smooth on the tongue. Very subtle carbonation.

A treat to drink and one to savor and enjoy with a friend over a couple of hours.

Reagan1984, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A: Pitch black (and I really mean pitch black) with a very big, brown head that leaves plenty of lacings.

S: A very pleasant, fine-tuned and balanced smell. Lots of roasted malts, some licorice and notes of dark fruits and chocolate. As the beer warms up, the bourbon notes get a little more prominent.

T: The taste is really good and showcases a good balance between lots of different flavors. There's lots of things going on here, but its still manages to come out as clean and easy on the palate. Plenty of sweet and roasted malts. Notes of wood and some charcoal. Some vanilla, molasses, burnt sugar and dark fruits. Even tough the beer is sweet, it's not as sweet as I had expected and definitely not cloying. The bourbon makes a subtle appearance every now and then. The finish is great with a pleasant bitterness to it and some warming alcohol, but most importantly a rather powerful and lingering taste of licorice that seems to lie as a separate layer of its own, detached from the the rest of the flavors in the finish.

M: Big body with a slightly sticky, but still smooth, texture. Carbonation is good.

D: A very good imperial stout. Well balanced and actually quite easy to drink. The contributions from the licorice in this one are a work of art.

ricke, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pièce de résistance in a trade with xpimptastikx
Poured into a snifter.

A- A no so gentle pour yields a one finger head thats litterally the same color as the label. Its a bubbly dark brownish red. It fades into an amorphous sheet floating in the middle of a brown ring that leaves a little bit of lacing. The rest is so black theres nothing else that can be said really.

S- Strong, sweet, rich. Both coffee and chocolate come on hard in the nose. Swirling brings out the real character. Licorice, dark fruits like plums and fig, and bourbon-like alcohol.

T- Milky chocolate comes in up front and brings the coffee with it. Im picking up a little bit of the licorice in the middle right after some fruitiness. Fruits like in the nose, fig, plum, raisin. The fruitiness is brief, it gives way to more coffee bitterness.
The hops are only perceivable in the aftertaste for me. They are earthy and not overly strong.

M- Very creamy, medium carbonation. Dry and sticky.

D- Very good, the alcohol is very very well hidden. This beer is very sticky and the flavors linger for quite some time.

MbpBugeye, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle.

Not much I can say that hasn't been said, but I'll give it a try anyway...

Pours black and opaque. Not a hint of light getting through, even around the edges. Minimal cocoa colored head, drops within a minute or so to a scant covering.

Aroma is licorice and cocoa in equal doses. A bit of a scent that reminds me of chocolate covered malted milk balls is also present. A tiny hint of roasted barley.

A bit of just about everything I would expect. Licorice, grains with a dark roast, chocolate. And it's all good. Real good. The thing that surprises me the most though, is the strong fruitiness. Not out of balance, but definitely a big part. A bit of sweet/tart plum, and to a lesser degree some cherry, really add another dimension. A minimum amount of hops, citric and sunny. They're faint, but provide a nice counter to this malt forward beer. I'm picking up only a little bit of alcohol.

Amazingly balanced, medium bodied, and unbelievably drinkable. This is a real treat. I have one bottle left, and will be saving it for a special occasion, to be sure. I rate the drinkability high however, because if I had more, I would drink this regularly! Cheers.

dancinwillie, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of charlesw
2.65/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

So, yeah. We had an RIS tasting. This was to be the highlight of the event.

Black. Nice head that lasts. Perfect. Unreal. Beautiful. Opaque like nobody's business.
Smells like an RIS - rich, dark, sweet, chocolate, coffee and more coffee, burned mesquite.
Tastes like mesquite ashes and coffee grounds. Bleh. Little residual sweetness. Lots of dark and bitter things going on. Another over-the-top beer. Sure, i can see why beer geeks would go crazy over it but it's not anything like, well, a good beer. Where is the balance in there, hmm? I'd think it would need more sweetness and a lot more time before being released before it was even close to being ready.
Seems to me that the body is on the thinner side but that's prolly just 'cause i don't think it sweet enough (for balance with all of the other stuff going on). It would prolly be fine if you toned the flavors down.
I would not seek this out (or even drink it) if it were readily available to me except for trading purposes because you all are so crazy for it.

So, in terms of the RIS tasting this was SOUNDLY panned as being poorly made, unbalanced, not very interesting. My score, here, is greatly inflated compared to the remarks given on this one. Heck, it was one of only 2 or 3 out of 20+ bottles we drank where there was some left at the end of the night - and we had this one fourth. So not worth the hype it isn't even funny.

charlesw, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes.

Shared a bottle of this with the pops the other night. 2007 vintage alongside a chocolate cupcake with coconut buttercream icing.

I really like the way the 2007 is drinking right now. Too bad I never have/never will get to try the 2006.

Pours black as night with a healthy mocha head.

Chocolate cake (no, not the cupcake). Very intense and bordering on thick. Deep roasted malt and espresso, some bitterness coming through (not from hops). Bourbon presence is not upfront you have to know what you're looking for- it presents itself in a vague vanilla sweetness that aids in cloaking the alcohol. It seems to me that the licorice is more present than when I have had this previously which I would've thought would urge me to like it less- but that was not the case. (Because I'm not a huge fan of licorice)

Overall, The Abyss is the real deal- everything you want in an RIS from the flavors to the mouthfeel and beyond. It's great to see a beer of this caliber made in reasonable quantities such that people can obtain it without too much difficulty.

Ineedabeerhere, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 2007 bottle I got in a trade with mjl21...thanks once again for everything Mike!

A- Pours black in color with no other colors peeking through it as I hold it up to the light. Good 1 figner dark tan head that stays there for a litte bit before going down and leaving massive amounts of sticky thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Great looking beer!

S- Not much for any certain strong aromas in the nose. I smell a good amount of burnt malts along with a good coffee and chocolate balance with this. I can pick up on the licorice with this beer as well in the balance. Slight hint of alcohol in this one as well. Make my mouth water then I smell this.

T- I finally see what all the hype is about this beer. Nice big upfront of a chocolate and coffee malt to it. Some oakiness present I think as well. The earthy hops are faint in this but still come through just for a second before becoming nothing as the licorice comes through and dominates for a second. This beer is amazing and I'm not the biggest fan of this style but....well...wow this is fantasic.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect with this beer as it melts across the palate in so many flavors. Leaves traces of chocolate and coffee with a little licorice on the tounge. A pleasure to have in the mouth and the aftertaste makes you want more.

D- This is a very drinkable beer of which I had more of this year. I can't get over how good this beer is. I only wish this wasn't my only bottle of this year. Thanks to Mike once again for the hook up and glad to take the advice and drink it now.

alleykatking, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of peck95
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was saving this beer for a special occasion. Today the 1 1/2 inch irrigation pipe going to my sprinkler system decided to bust. The end result was a flooded yard, driveway, street, and worst of all my basement. I spent 4 hours vacuuming water from my basement. Then my wife took it upon herself to open a bottle of Abyss and poor me a glass. I took a sip of this beer and thought what a perfect day. Then I had a few more sips and decided I needed to share my perfect day with other people.

peck95, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was aquired via trade for an Andechs Dopplebock. While I was sad to see the Andech go into a UPS box, the very same bottle that I'd picked up from the monestary, packed ever so carefully, and then sent across the country in trade, I was indeed tickled to see a bomber of Abyss show up on my doorstep in exchange.

But is it worth it?

Hell yes. I will not get into Abyss' flavours, or how smooth and complex it is, or how it feels silky smooth on the tongue. All that notwithstanding, this is one damn fine stout. I love Expedition. The Abyss keeps all of Expedition's flavour, but smooths it out and makes it into a beer that's even stronger, but will be hard to find a tongue that doesn't like it. A really nice beer, and worth seeking out.

DaveFL1976, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of pepsican
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07 batch, fresh. Pours black with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is very roasty with some chocolate. Flavor is very roasty as well. Chocolate. vanilla, coffee, smoke, and just a bit of the barrel aged flavor. Finishes creamy, little carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice but could use a little less roast in the flavor.

pepsican, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of photomike
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown with a huge, very dark head. Thick, dry, fluffy lacing coats the glass with strong retention. Couldn't look better.

Smell is surprisingly mild for a beer that is robust in every other aspect. What is present is impressive, though, with a nice balance between coffee, chocolate and licorice.

The flavor is full of bready chocolate malts, coffee and a licorice character that borders on the fruity. Not overly sweet, this drys on the finish. Delicious.

Full bodied with aggressive effervescence that causes a slight burning sensation. Creamy and oily.

The flavors in this are so dense, and with the richness in body, this beer is a definite sipper. The alcohol is well hidden and the sweetness is just at the right level.

An absolutely fantastic beer that lives up to every bit of the hype. Easily one of the best stouts I've had, the weight on smell here is the only thing keeping this from being one of my most highly rated beers. Get it.

photomike, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of PBoegel
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the good fortune of sampling a 2008 bottling during a recent trip to Seattle.

I am not going to be able to add much to the description of this beer that has not already been written.

I have enjoyed many Imperial Stouts, to date nothing has come close to this beer in the category, by a longshot.

I'd say I am just trying to be realistic in not giving it fives across the board, in that without having tried every RIS available I am trying to be fair. Still this is a world class and incredibly complex and delicious beer.

PBoegel, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah... so ends an era. *Sigh* This was the last bottle I drank from my Christmas gift to myself from '08. Sadly, I foresee dark times and lots of cheap beer in my future. And so it was that I opened this final bomber on 4/20/09 and shared it with my good friend John to celebrate all I once was and all I hope to someday be again. Into our glasses the brew was a used-motor-oil black color. The two-fingers of wood-brown head displayed excellent retention as a skim and collar that left sticky lacing throughout the sample. The aroma was complex, full of milk and dark chocolate, dry cocoa, roasted malt, dark fruit, alcohol and oak. Rich, sweet and very appealing. The flavors were also outstanding and highly complex. Starting with chocolate and toffee it then went into dark caramel, alcohol, sweet pipe tobacco, lots of oak and coffee. The balance between the sweet malty elements and the bitter hoppy notes was superb. As it warmed the chocolate continued to waft forth, encouraging us to dink more. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, the body full and the carbonation on-point for a RIS. A joy to drink and surprisingly gulp-able, this was one of the finest beers I had ever tasted and it deserves to be honored amongst the best in the world.

thekevlarkid, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of stawn
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a muddy brownish black into a snifter. Thick as paint.

S - Smells of molasses & alcohol.

T/M/D - Taste is unbelievably smooth for how it smells! Sweet, molasses, bitter at the very end and followed by a smokey flavor.

WOW! From start to finish there are SO many different flavors! They say licorice, but I don't catch that. Fuck, this Imperial Stout is everything everyone has raved about. Absolutely amazing beer.

Its smells so strong of alcohol and is completely hidden and very smooth. I could write something new every sip I take. If you can find this, its worth every cent!

stawn, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks go to wasatch for this particular bottle.

22oz bomber with black wax on top. 2007 vintage. poured into tulip. tasted in late april 2009.

opaque, midnight black. coffee brown head is big and foamy. fades to a constant thin layer, or at least thick wisps and ring. thin rings of lacing at first, then mostly just some big patchy splotches.

aroma: mild oak and vanilla, hint of something approaching chocolate, but maybe more carob and coffee. molassess and caramel malt. hint of figs and dates. bourbon is very mild, melding nicely. whiff of mash acidity.

taste: caramel and roasted malt, with oak, vanilla and mild bourbon again. coffee, faintly mocha, with earthy hop, giving a moderate to bold bitterness with touch of mash and coffee-like acidity. light, dried cherry fruitiness peeks in before a very coffee finish. maybe a touch of licorice?

medium body (a bit lighter than expected, perhaps?), lightly syrupy, with moderate astringency in the finish giving texture and body. mild carbonation helps assist in creamy perception.


tai4ji2x, Jun 27, 2009
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,962 ratings.