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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,643 Ratings
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99
world-class

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Ratings: 5,643
Reviews: 1,752
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,632
Gots: 2,833 | FT: 229
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

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)
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Photo of SiepJones
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

Pours a black body with a chocolate head. Good head retention with some decent lacing. Aromas of roast malt and oak from the nose. I can detect a slight scent of alcohol as well. Roasted malt, a touch of black licorice and lots of smooth molasses on the front of the flavor. Dark chocolate and bourbon on the finish. The body is will balanced and smooth, however there is an alcohol bite on the finish. I liked Abyss, but I didn't love it. I would certainly drink it again (a sipper) especially if it had some age on it.

Photo of decadance
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again, thanks to kzoobrew for another excellent bottle for the tasting.

A - The head is prominent, but is not tan, it is rather dark. It makes for an interesting looking stout, and for a beer I want to try.

S - Little muted. Some coffee tones, backed up by some licorice. A little brown sugar in the nose.

T - Better than the smell. Coffee is up front and in your face on this one. This is followed toffee and chocolate. The bourbon is there, but it is very subtle.

M - Not my favorite here. For a stout this does not coat the mouth. It also finishes a bit dry.

D - The taste is pretty good. I feel like one bottle would do me though. The mouthfeel is just not what I am looking for when I head for a stout.

Photo of kinupanda
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours into the snifter a beautiful creamy jet black. The one-finger head has a nice reddish tinge and the lacing while drinking is subtle but attractive. The smell is, for lack of a better word, divine: the chocolate and roasted malt are obvious, but the oak and molasses are the true stars. The taste is exactly what the nose advertises: a wonderful combination of the bitterness of the chocolate and sweetness of the molasses, with some bourboniness (is that a word?) for good measure. Very creamy and rich, and not overcarbonated. The alcohol is (perhaps dangerously) undetectable. Leaves a lingering warmth with almost no aftertaste.

FourthBeer potential: ABSOLUTELY. Plain and simple, this isn't just a beer, it's an experience, and is truly worthy of all 5s. And while I drank this entire bottle solo, this is one of those beers that I would enjoy sharing with others (especially given the ABV).

Photo of getgetgettleman
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes of 12/23/10
2010 Release.

A = Dark black with a velvet looking 2 finger head. Froth was thick and clung to the glass nicely.

S = Sweet molasses, dried wood, worn leather, licorice, and black pepper. Reminding me of a great bourbon.

T = Good carbonation. Malt, smoke, bitter chocolate, bourbon, and oak tannin. Excellent balance of complex flavors.

M = Nice carbonation on the front end mixing all flavors immediatly. Finish was warm with reminders of black licorice. Excellent!

D = Really a robust and pleasant drinker. All afternoon and all evening. To be enjoyed in a big ol' leather chair. Nice to share with friends after a winter hearty dinner. Perfect!

Photo of greenmonstah
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Abyss 2010 on tap in the Portland pub in January. Reviewed from somewhat rudimentary notes. Review will be updated with future tastings.

A - Black as night with a light brown 2 finger head. Incredible lacing.

S - Cocoa and roasted malt. Not so much as a hint of the booze. It's really wonderful.

T - Amazing cocoa, roasted malts. Lots of chocolate and hints of coffee with a hint of some dark fruits, perhaps fig. A bit less complex as I was expecting - I can't pick up any of the licroice, for example - but it is undoubtedly delicious. Only hints of booze.

M - Creamy and delicious. Full bodied with a nicely soothing alcohol warmth in the back end. Slightly dry finish.

D - Unbelievable. So tasty and so easy to drink. Such a high ABV, yet the booze doesn't show up very much, and it only appears in just the right way, as a warming effect. This is certainly the best stout I have yet had.

OTHER NOTES: I also had the opportunity to taste an infected bottle from 2009. Tasted January 2011 (some weeks after I had had the 2010 on tap), the bottle listed best after 11/1/2010. The spoiled beer was similar in aromatic profile, but with an added bacterial funkiness. The funk was present in the taste as well. That said, the feel and appearance were unaffected. The beer was still fairly drinkable, and I'd probably have scored it somwhere in the 3.5-3.7 range.

Photo of amcmaho1
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle w/ best after 11/15/11
Poured into an oversized wine glass
*Had only had the 09' prior with infection, and the fresh 10' was exceptional!

Appearance: Foreboding, thick, black, utterly opaque. Small coffee colored head which dies down quickly, and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Definite black licorice, molasses, bourbon, booze, and dark fruit on the nose. There is also some really nice, full roasted malt flavor imparting some coffee like notes as well.

Taste: Malt forward with some sweetness, and same molasses and black licorice flavors that were on the nose. there's some moderate alcohol burn, but still rather smooth for an 11% stout. That said, after 11/15/11, this thing will likely taste sublime, as some of those more prominent flavors round out and the heat dies down slightly.

Mouthfeel: This is really the only place where i feel there was more to be desired. I felt it to feel rather thin, and not nearly as viscous as an "abysmal" stout ought to be (at least in my mind). In it's favor though, there is no cloying sweetness, nor overpowering other flavors.

Drinkability: I enjoyed sharing this for a special occasion. It proved to be a great conversation piece and a sipper undoubtedly. It's a great complex stout that doesn't attack you with a ridiculous ABV, nor does it leave you dissatisfied. Can't wait to see how this one ages...

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this one through a trade with Tieman who send this one as an extra. What a score! Thank you, Dan.

Poured into a snifter

Pours pitch black with a little mocha color head. thereis some lacing visible.

Not a very bold nose. Little hop, chocolate, coffee the usual suspects.

The taste is where this one shines. A little smokey oak flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. I love it. Hey... there is some liqourice in the end.

Nice mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation.

This is a fantastic stout, I tried the 2009 version, none infected after alrady having had a kazillion great bear at Brabanders (Thijs') house and didn'ttake notes. I should have Sek it drink it and age one if you can. This is a winner for sure. Thank you a bunch Dan.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance?
Pours black in color with a small/short dark tan head.

Smell?
Aroma of dark roasted malts with notes of licorice, dark caramelized malts, and a dash of booze.

Taste?
Tastes as it smells with some notes of coffee and spice.

Mouthfeel?
Full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability?
I enjoyed this brew at a Rare Stout night tasting, thanks to CampusCrew and the other generous BAs. This was not a true standout like the Bourbon County and Hunpahus was, but it is an impressively made imperial stout indeed.

Photo of Rizalini
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Jet black in color, dark brown creamy head.

S - Rich aromas of roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Very nice smokey, almost sweet chocolate flavor, with whiskey and licorice notes. Very complex flavor pallate.

M - Heavy/Full mouthfeel.

D - Extremely smooth and silky.

*I also had The Abyss on tap, and it was amazing! I have 1 bottle I am aging for a year to compare flavor profiles.

Photo of mudbug
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2010 poured into pint glasses and shared with my brother in law
Pour results in an inky black-hole light sucking darkness with a fluffy tan two finger head that slowly receeds into a thin cap of foam that claws its way up the sides of the glass.
Lots of aroma here, burnt malt, coffee, chocolate factory just great!
Taste is like trying to discern the winner of a bar fight, so much going on here, Bitter chocolate, coffee, milk chocolate, malt sweetness and dare I say Hops, slightly floral and bitter. Changing like a chamelion as it warms, just getting better
Not too thick, tight carbonation keeps it lively all the way down.
World Class? Yep!
Edit for cellared 2012 version opened 6/14
Tastes have mellowed and smoothed beautifully, two years could be the sweet-spot for this beer.

Photo of homebrew311
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received in trade with bitterbill...thanks for the awesome extra!!

A: pours dark black, opaque, moderately thick...not as thick as some big stout. Nice dark head upon pour, some retention and a small amount of lacing.

S: aroma feature some sweet notes of licorice and and molasses along with big notes of dark chocolate, mellow bourbon and oak in the background which lends some vanilla. Nice unique aroma going on, not too much booze.

T: big sweet start with molasses and licorice, chocolate and coffee come through in the middle, notes of tobacco and earthy oak on the end. Very well balanced. The end is mellow and leaves lingering notes of vanilla. Very nice.

MF: thick body... but not too thick. A little dry on the finish.

D: this is an expertly crafted imperial stout that shows a lot of finesse as well as bold flavors.

Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks kindly to PhatAtUT for the trade. Vintage 2010 poured into a big fat snifter.

Pours a solid dark walnut out of the bottle into the glass. Faint solid brown head with some good staying power. Bubbles in the head are all uniform and manage to stick together on tilting the glass. Some small carbonation coming from the bottom but not alot. She's looks good to go. Whiskey thick legs giving leopard print style lacing on the glass. Looks great.

A small but detectable smell of molasses, and then gives way to a smokiness of smoked meat, specifically like smoked sausage. Smoke is salty in character. Licorice smells come out more noticeable on the bouquet after a few drinks. Small nose but noticeable not that exceptionally big or grand. Still solid.

Taste is a surprising hard to identify chocolate at first, and barrel notes of wood tannins. Fascinating finish of lime astringency without the bitterness. Smoked meat sensation is lost from the nose. Heat tannins stick to the roof palate of your mouth and dry you out a bit. Very tolerable carbonation but noticeable also.

Not completely masked abv but pretty good I must say for a very high eleven percent. Great tasting, a beer that changes personality in your hands while you consume it. Glad I had one, and for sure... I want another.

Photo of bbb099
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage reviewed on 12-18-2010. Thanks to scottfrie for sharing this one with me.

A - Almost black color, motor-oil like. Mocha colored head with moderate amount of lacing.

S - Smoky chocolate and molasses aroma.

T - Rich and creamy chocolate malty flavor. Hints of coffee and licorice. Goes down smooth and leaves a tasty chocolate bitter aftertaste.

M - Full bodied. Nice thick and creamy. Moderate carbonation, does not detract from the taste.

D - Goes down incredibly easy considering this is a stout. Very impressive.

Photo of cpmichael
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, thanks to Khumbard

A: pours black, with mocha colored head, good retention

S. A balanced aroma of sweet and bitter. Baker's chocolate and coffee are present, also hints of oak licorice and molasses.

T: Very balanced, even while young. Chocolate and espresso as well as some sweetness from the licorice. Malts are present too. Not overpowering with alcohol either.

M/D: Super smooth and one of the most balanced beers I have had to date. There isn't any one thing that jumped out at me in this beer, and that's not a bad thing.

Photo of projectflam86
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a little over two years on BA...time for my 400th review!

2009 Reserve with a best after date 11/1/2010. Consumed on 2/9/2011. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours an engine oil black color with very little light shining through around the edges. A nice 1 finger mauve colored head leaves rings of lace and has excellent retention.

S- Definitely picking up some bourbon with plenty of alcohol in the nose. Dark chocolate and some oak coming through as well. I'm noticing a slight bit of funk in the nose and I'm really hoping this one isn't infected. It's minor but I can pick it out. Hopefully its all in my head...

T- Pheww! It WAS all in my head! Warm rich chocolate flavor with tons of coffee coming through in the finish. As this warms, I'm picking up quite a bit more of the molasses and licorice along with some mocha, roasted malt, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and anise. I have to concentrate to find the bourbon and oak in the flavor. They were both a bit more pronounced in the nose.

M- Full bodied with an incredibly smooth rich feel. The alcohol is very well hidden and I can tell that one year of age did some mellowing to that heat.

D- Wow. Truly a deeply complex brew that is dangerously drinkable. I can't tell if the alcohol is just surprisingly well hidden, or if all of the rich flavor just keeps me from noticing it. Drink with responsibility and caution! Enjoy :)

Photo of BarrelO
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. 2010 Reserve, best after 11/15/11. Screw that, I'm thirsty now. The inside of the bottle cap says "BRAVELY DONE", which I guess is the reward for getting through the wax seal. I can't tell if it's supposed to be laudatory or mocking.

A: Blackety black black body without a hint of light getting through. Modest tan head with a bit of lacing.

S: Chocolate, molasses, bourbon, and alcohol. Like dessert and a nightcap in one.

T: More chocolate and molasses. Subtle bourbon notes. Plenty of initial alcohol heat that recedes as it becomes warmer. Becomes exponentially better as it warms up.

M: Thick and creamy. Thinning effect from the alcohol.

D: As far as stouts go, this is a first-round knockout. Like I said, it improves greatly as it warms up. Unfortunately, this means that it reached its peak right when I was almost done with the bottle. But like they say in showbiz, always leave them wanting more. I can see this improving with age, but it's plenty good right now.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2010 version.

Appearance: This pours somewhere between mahogany and black, with a ruby walnut corner in the middle. A creamy brown cap sits on top, fading to a few islands after a short while and leavin a few spots of lace.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, anise, smooth mild coffee, and a bit of earthy hops. Great balance and depth in the aroma.

Taste: The roasted malt and espresso are the first two flavors to hit my palate. A little bit of dark chocolate integrates well with anise, vanilla, and oak. There are some earthy hops that blend well with the anise as well. The end of each sip warms the stomach.

Mouthfeel: I felt like this got a bit syrupy, which is the only true detractor for me. It has a huge body, a great creaminess, but the light carbonation contributes to the syrupy feel for sure. There is some light residue that sits on the tongue afterward.

Drinkability: This reminds me of Stone's IRS in how balanced it is. Not a coffee or chocolate bomb, Abyss simply presents a variety of enjoyable flavors to you, one after another, letting them integrate over time. A very relaxing sipper.

Photo of beerpirates
3.51/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage 2009
Infected

A: Pours "stout like" except for the mocha head rapidly rising to massive proportions within my glass. Odd....

S: Sour! Sour cherries, lactic presence. The base beer is almost completely masked. A boozy Flanders Oude Bruin...

T: Not terrible I guess. It sort of reminds me of the zwet.be from 3 fonteinen I had somewhat recently, just not as well crafted....and with alot more cherry. The infection in my bottle must be pretty far along, the sour cherry aspect is still prominent over the base beer.

Hope to taste 2010 soon

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours a coal black liquid with a short living head of foam. Head however laces the glass all the way down to the last drop.

It smells of alcohol and roasted bitter chocolatey greatness. A semi sweet kick of some vanilla I think due to barrel aging

Its very smooth in the mouth with a kick of alcohol. carbonation up front with a Hershey chocolate syrup finish. AMAZING. I get a slight oakyness in the middle of this but not very noticible till the end when you get an aftertaste of roasted wood with the chocolate.

I am thoroughly convinced this is one of my top 3 imperial stouts .

Photo of BobZ
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike (mrunseen) for the extra!
Half the contents of a 22 oz. 2010 vintage poured into my Aventinus Eisbock glass.

Appearance: Poured a pitch black with little to no head, decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with a sweetness, either licorice or molasses. Really rich smell.

Taste: Great beer, subtle bourbon lurking beneath the rich malty sweetness. Really like what the licorice and molasses add to this beer. Very well balanced and delicious.

Mouth feel: Very smooth with nice warmth on the finish.

Drinkability: Great depth of flavor, alcohol completely masked. A great drinking beverage for a winter's night.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Undated notes from a recent trip to the Portland brew pub. Served in a 300 ml conical glass and paired with an elk burger and sweet potato fries for lunch. Wet dreams are made from lunches such as this.

It's been a while since I've had un-infected Abyss and this was my first taste of the 2010 batch. Boy-oh-boy what a revelation this batch is...

A: The previously described conical glass arrived to the table with about two inches of tight espresso like foam sitting on top of text book inky blackness. The lacing that The Abyss puts off is just amazing in this format. The foam NEVER faded. 5/5

S: Strong cocoa powder is supported by anise and soft bourbon notes. A treat in a glass is promised. 4.5/5

T: Light vinous notes meld well with the decadent chocolate richness that is amplified to the mousse level by the nitro. Brown liquor is gently warms and brings with it some nice caramel. Bitter cold pressed coffee rounds out the finish and lingers alongside the bourbon notes. This is just a rich complex dessert in a glass. 4.5/5

M: Again the nitro helps improve the score. The creamy elixir is just so damn smooth of the palate. Like a thick chocolate milkshake, a mustache of foam can be left on my upper lip and complete my audition for any future "Got Abyss" billboards. 5/5

D: Fuhgit abaht it... Bahtendah... Ahl 'ave anothuh. 5/5

Photo of cosmicevan
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

really excited about this one...so going into this with some high expectations. 2010 bottle.

a - if you ever want to make a statement about the ability to age your beer and specialness of cracking it open, waxing the cap would be it. i cut the wax with a straight razor and made work on the waxy cap. after a little bit of work it came off and revealed "Bravely Done" on the inside of the cap...another nice touch. poured a generous portion into my oversized snifter. gorgeously silky black with a soft tan creamy head. leaves a nice spotty trail of lacing when swirling the glass. so far, so good.

s - malty chocolate with a subtle bourbon tease. non offensive and not overly boozy at all. every part of the flavor compliments every other part.

t - YUM. caramel, chocolate, roastiness, subtle wood and bourbon.

m - smooth and bready with a nice bourbony tingle. the wood effect is subtle and creamy and the mouth is cooling.

d - as a really big fan of black ops, this is a beer that brings back that same joy of discovery as my first taste of that beer. i'm glad that i have a few more bottles of this and i'm glad that i opened this now. i only wish this was easier to come by for me. it is beautifully balanced and a real treat in every way. a really fantastic beer. this beer stepped to the plate, pointed at the fences...and then hit a home run on the first pitch.

--- edit --- 2011-11-30
4.5 - 4.5 - 4.5 - 5 - 5
really excited to try the 2011 version of this. thanks a ton brad for zipping this out to me as soon as it hit your shelves! SUPER appreciated.

a - pried the wax and removed the cap...bravely done. filled my cbs snifter. ah...there she is in all her golden silky black glory with that creamy mocha head, seems a bit more frothy than last years. my mouth is literally watering.

s - BAM! milk chocolate roasted malt perfection. i'm not getting the bourbon as much, but looks like the mix is a bit different. the label says with cherry bark and vanilla with a mix of small percentages aged in various barrels (oak bourbon, oak, and oak wine). definitely tamer than last year...i can pick out a bit of the cherry and white wine, but the bourbon is not in the smell at all...and the oak is overall more timid...

t - again, the first thing that jumps out at me is the lack of that bourbon blast. thick decadent chocolate with some mellowing from the oak. the wine seems to shine through most on the flavoring from the barrel and there is a slight hint of cherry.

m - smooth and creamy

o - overall, still a solid beer. that being said, i don't understand how they could've played with such a perfect beer and changed the blend. i guess i'll have to hold my 2010's a bit tighter since 2011 is different and lacks a lot of what i love about 2010. still great, just not as great. much more milk chocolate.

--- edit --- 2012-02-17

5 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 5

VINTAGE 2008! (thanks pintplease)
pried the wax off to reveal a 20th anniversary (1988 to 2008) cap. excellent. opened carefully and filled my deschutes snifter.

a - stunning. deep black with a creamy mocha tan head...milkshakey lacing. doesn't get any better than this.

s - deep rich chocolate milk. creamy...perfect.

t - amazing. decadent. the bourbon has been perfectly blended and this is a slice of godiva chocolate cake.

m - unreal feel. creamy and smooth.

o - abyss is my favorite beer. the 2010 blew me away, the 2011...not so much, 2009 i don't like to talk about (infected) but the 2008...OH 2008. what a year! and the time on this beer is simply perfect. this is a real treat and i'm psyched to have 22oz all to myself! iso this beer!

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

A= Black as night, poured like motor oil, nice tan head nice lacing, nice carbonation.

S= Roasted barley notes, chocolate notes, some coffee in this one kind of smells sweet not strong but it hids the alchol.

T= Wow really smooth, roasted barley, nice chocolate notes with coffee really like the taste sweet finish get a coffee aftertaste.

M= Good carbonation for this beer, full bodied.

D= Very drinkable for a high ABV. This is a great beer would seek out again.

Photo of Beernf
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods in Santa Monica, CA.

Man this beer was insane. We popped a 2010 vintage open at a party to share among a group of beer lovers. People marveled at how it poured so indescribably black. People commented that they thought we were drinking soy sauce. It coats the glass and looks like you are chugging engine oil. Smell was out of this world, an amalgam of various sweet and savory flavors that was almost overwhelming. I couldn't drink more than about 4oz of it and not sure i could ever finish a whole bottle. One note was that for such a strong beer the alcohol was hidden surprisingly well. My compatriots and i were surprised when we saw the 11% on there, which was a welcome change from the heavy beers we tend to try.

Photo of adamhimself
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into my tulip glass.

The appearance is motor oil black with a rich creamy brown head.

The smell is phenomenal. A sweet smell of caramel, chocolate, and coffee. The alcohol smell is very present. There was also something else I couldn't put my finger on... I thought it was licorice and while looking at the bottle I realized they brewed it with licorice!

The taste is very similar to the smell. Upfront is chocolate. The middletaste is sweet chocolate, licorice, coffee, and faint caramel. The finishing flavor is like chocolate and coffee had dirty drunken sex... and it was good.

The mouthfeel is creamy smooth.

I would say it has pretty good drinkability, but since its such a good beer you almost feel bad drinking it. I could/would knock a few of these out easily.

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,643 ratings.