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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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5,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,285
Reviews: 1,682
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2,590
Gots: 2,401 | FT: 184
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of richj1970
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass, 2013 vintage.

A: Just like the name implies, this sucker is pitch black. No light penetration at all. Very dense 2-3 finger dark tan head that seems to last forever, and never completely diminishes. Plenty of sticky lacing left behind.

S: Deep roasted malts, rich espresso beans, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and sweet bourbon. There are some subtle charred oak notes here also.

T: Again, lots of deep roasted flavors going on here. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, and vanilla. Reminds me of eating dark Swiss chocolate and sipping on strong espresso next to a roaring campfire.

M: Full bodied but not heavy. Fairly heavily carbonated for a big stout, and finish is a touch bitter and slightly dry.

O: Excellent stout that hits on all of the notes that I enjoy. I look forward to cellaring my 2014 bottle for later.

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4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of TomO23
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of larryarms847
4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rather thin and unappealing. Black as night, but thin as water, not appealing. At this point, I'm already questioning the high regards for this beer, but hey maybe it'll get better?

Nope, not better yet. Light aroma of chocolate, oak, dark fruits, mainly grape, but not as complex as I was expecting or as I'd been hearing of.

Okay, now maybe we're going somewhere, nice coffee, chocolate, grape, woody, and bourbon sweetness well balanced and a dry finish.

I was expecting thick, chewy, and sticky, what I got was thin, watery, and dry. Not good.

Overall, this one refused to live up to it's hype.

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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of muraco3
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bp123
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Photo of AMCimpi
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of i4ourgot
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%

Dark head, really dark beer. this beer actually had a decent head which is surprising for a high alcohol beer. The aroma was a smoky whiskey, with a slight hint of coffee. Lots of bitterness in this beer especially at the start this than transitions for a coffee/ chocolate flavor that is very light. It ends with a nice light vanilla whiskey flavor. Really enjoyed this beer the roasted notes really come out causing come of the initial bitterness. I feel like this beer had more bitterness than most barrel aged stouts of its kind.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of schmeagol
1.04/5  rDev -76.9%

Photo of lysergicdream
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of donManguno
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of LukeQ
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My 1300th review happens to be the Abyss
What a wonderful beer. It pours like thick burnt motor oil and is capped by a deep mocha head.
The aroma is fantastic with scents of burnt malts, coffee caramel creams, molasses, dark stewed fruits and bourbon barrels.
The taste is equally up to par with a big roasty malt taste bourbon coffee molasses sweetness.
It drinks fat on the palate smooth and sweet.
Overall it is well balanced. I like the way all the flavor components balance each other and compliment each other. The only delta here is that there is maybe abit to much roasted burnt malt taste.
I love it I have two to cellar for next year.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of grilledsquid
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 release. Poured from bottle into teku.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.92/5  rDev +9.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.92/5  rDev -13.1%

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 5,285 ratings.