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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,274 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4274
Reviews: 1608
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.49%


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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3sheets2wind

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like a wanker for reviewing this beer. I have drunk it several times on draft and in bottle and I have grown to like it more and more every time. Reviewing the 2013 batch, black wax.

A: Tiny bubbles in black ink. Tan head dissipates. "Tis a fine looking Russian lass.

S: Great toffee and maple syrup aromas. As it warms, the bourbon and oak come out a little more. LIght fennel/anise aroma underneath there.

T: There is a pleasant hop kick to this beer. Good bitterness, though not as bitter as Speedway or Founders Imperial. Definitely a bonus to have some good hop in a RIS. Hits that nice toffee/maple note from the smell and some chocolate too, but this is drier than you would expect. Very mild sweetness that is played off of the bitter hop aspect.

M: That fine carb really helps to coat the mouth. My mouth feels like I ate a bag of Werther's caramels without those pesky little clumps that get stuck between your teeth and gums.

Overall: Find this beer and drink it. Duh.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 22:52:37 | More by 3sheets2wind
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jjdc

District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer on the pour. Abyss is appropriate for the inky, black liquid that oozes into the glass like Quik. It bubbles up with a gorgeous tan head. The nose is a bit muted, but smells of cocoa powder. The mouthfeel is luscious, almost as thick and rich as chocolate milk. Cocoa dominates the palate, but there are also notes of oak and molasses. This is definitely a little less barrelly than some big BA stouts like BCBS and also a touch less boozy. Overall, a great beer. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 01:22:55 | More by jjdc
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dheacck11

Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Papago brewing.

Black as dick cheneys soul. Massive amount of frothy lacing, unlike dick cheneys soul.

Smells like licorice and the woods. The dark mossy damp woods. But with a little bourbon and espresso too. A nice dark woods. Dick Cheney doesn't live there.

Tastes like some sort of illegal drug. I've never used black tar heroin, but I would guess this is what it tastes like. Burning. Boozy. More bourbon. More burning. Then you die.

Feels like beer.

You should not drink more than one glass of this at a time per the FDA. Buying a bomber is stupid unless you are having a get everyone really drunk party.

I like bcbs more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2014 01:57:30 | More by dheacck11
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dar482

New York

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a black color with a brown mocha head.

The aroma has tons of chocolate notes, coffee, roasted malt, hints of dark fruit, oak character.

The flavor follows again with different notes of dark and milk chocolate and cocoa. Some coffee bitterness and roasted malt character. As the beer moves along, there are hints of woodiness and oak, but not dominating as the beer is only partially barrel aged. Very drying and roast on the finish.

Having had a few vintages at a bottle share, the beer does not seem to change too much (at least compared to the Chocolate Rain vertical we had).

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:28:44 | More by dar482
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 2011 bottle was drank alongside the 2012 and 2013 (shared with others) this past weekend; review is from notes taken during the tasting. The 2011 was my favorite of the three (and my review is thus of it), though the 2012 was the popular choice.

Pours black with a centimeter of caramel-colored head fueled by a constant stream of bubbles from the base of the snifter. The aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, caramelized brown sugar, caramel, oak, and roasted malts. May pick up some anise if consciously looking for it, but it’s subtle if there at all. It tastes of bourbon, chocolate, rich/roasty malt, sugar, oat, oak, vanilla, raw molasses, licorice, and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is wet and viscous up front with a velvety finish that is warmed by the ethanol. Overall, this is a complex and delicious stout that does a great job of balancing and showcasing a wide variety of flavors and ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:45:53 | More by eclipse54
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle pours opaque black.

Both the aroma and flavor are amazingly complex yet balanced.. The complexity leads to different aspects of the brew coming forward in successive sniffs, with some featuring the wine barrel effects, another the BBL and yet another the dark roasted grains. Excellent sweet/bitter balance.

O: Admired even more than I like it: It is created with a very complex brewing process, but all the pieces come together artfully.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 22:30:54 | More by chinchill
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottled into chilled tulip glass (served just a little cooler than room temp). Deep, dark color in the glass. Virtually no immediate head, but nice tan collar and lots of tiny bubbles. Excellent, sticky lacing throughout. On the nose, lots of chocolate licorice and molasses, with hints of vanilla/coffee. On the palate, heavy roast and carbonation cut the intensity of the flavors, which replicate the nose, except that there is more smokiness to the taste than the nose would reveal. Ample, chewy mouthfeel.

All in all, very pleasant. But I must say that, based upon the hype, my expectations were disappointed. Honestly, to my taste, Parabola is twice as good as Abyss.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:03:49 | More by JohnParadee
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razorsdescent

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle of Abyss from 2013 bought in Philadelphia, not aged.

A- Pitch Black, dark tan bordering on light brown head. Can't wait to taste this.

S- Molasses, coffee, oak and bakers chocolate, mmm tasty.

T- The tastes on the smell are present and magnified with the addition of BIG molasses taste which dominates, with chocolate, dark cherries, coffee, faint black licorice and everything is oaked.

M- Creamy and smooth, like a mixed drink with a cream base, absolutely outstanding.

The finish on this beer has the slightest and sweetest of burns. I have hunted down the best beers that I can get my hands on (spent more of my income than I care to admit), and as far as stouts go this is second only to Dark Lord in terms of complexity and deliciousness. I can safely say that you can believe the hype and go for this beer, a complete joy to drink. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 23:05:49 | More by razorsdescent
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Samuel906

California

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to trying this for a long time; despite the tumult of praise I've heard, I'm managed to avoid the bottle that's been sitting in my fridge for 4 months. Today is the day, and I'm encouraged by the simple quote on the inside of the waxed cap: "Bravely done". You too, Mr. Beer, you too. Onward! Pours the most delightful thick and syrupy black I, one of the heaviest I have seen. Smell is not super in your face, but some lighter notes than typify stouts. I got lots of cherry, raisin, vanilla, bread and molasses. Taste is wonderful, loaded with toasted oats, sweet tobacco, coffee and some cherries and grapes at the end. Huge flavor from start to finish, leaving some roasted goodness to linger. There is a very slight hint of some tartness, and it works well especially with the slightly higher than average carbonation, for the style. Feel is heavy, and smooth. Coats your entire mouth.

Overall, an absolutely incredible beer; it lived up to its hype 100% for me. Delicious, unique, full of flavor. Not much more I could ask for.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 05:11:21 | More by Samuel906
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best after: 8/24/2014, Consumed: 1/28/2014. Wanted to have a yard stick by which to measure the effect of aging this beer.

A – Impenetrable darkness, the like of which was last seen when camping on a moonless night in the middle of a Pacific Northwestern forest. That’s very dark. Burnt toffee head which maintains perfectly ordered bubbles. The foam clings like foam-scum on a river but in an attractive way. Excellent retention.

S – A little muted. Mainly getting roasty toasty scents. Not very much coffee or chocolate.

T – Not as much hotness from the alcohol as I had anticipated which is a pleasant surprise. I expect age to add complexity to this beer; developing some sweet toffee or caramel notes to balance the bitter chocolate finish and burned, toasted malt-bread flavours. The vanilla, molasses, cherry bark and liquorice which are mentioned on the label don’t really make an appearance at this juncture. I do get some woodiness from the various oak-agings it undergoes, however. The booze arrives with scotch flavours mid-sip and fades to ash on the finish.

M – Already spot on. Thick, rich, hearty and satisfying. The thickness of the mouthfeel is visible even on the pour. This is a beer of significant substance.

O – I’m still pretty new to imperial stouts in general but this is certainly a very well-rounded beer. From memory it seems to be on an even keel with Narwhal, albeit with a richer body and less caramel or maple on the palate. I look forward to seeing how this beer ages.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:55:42 | More by abeeronthebeach
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Vintage
Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a snifter.

The appearance is remarkable; a deep, dark brown, almost black. Very little head on this beer and it quickly dissipates to a light trail around the outside of the glass and a dusting on top of the beer.

The initial smell is boozy and slightly fruity, certainly not a true indication of what's to come.

The taste is incredible. This beer explodes on your tongue with amazing complexity. There is coffee first, maybe some deep, dark chocolate, then a hint of fruit (raisin, maybe even prune) and then a bit of charred oak flavor. As it warms, you get a hit of the hoppy bitterness.
Although there is not a lot of carbonation, there is a lingering tingle on the tongue. This is a very complex beer!

The mouthfeel is wonderful. Full and substantial and a little creamy.

Simply put, overall, a great beer. One of the best I've ever had. Bravo Deschutes!

Serving type: growler

02-02-2014 03:37:10 | More by SD-Alefan
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2012 Release

Poured from the bottle.

The beer poured jet-black.

The nose had chocolate, berry, raisin, coffee, and charred oak notes. It also had a sweetness to it.

The beer tasted like charred oak with dark molasses, and finished with coffee. Another sipping-beer.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 19:52:51 | More by NilocRellim
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lsummers

California

4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick chocolate black with a half finger cocoa colored head that leaves some fine lacing and alcohol legs.

Smells of oatmeal, slight bourbon, chocolate, and some roasted nuttiness.

Taste has the smell notes but also more woody notes and some subtle dark fruits. Very complex and nicely sweet yet the ibu's do come through. This one hasn't been aged so I'm sure that's why the ibu's are coming through more prominently, which I like. I can't talk more about the woody, sweet, brownie,and subtle bourbon notes.

Mouthfeel is nicely thick and the carbonation is mild. Overall this one is pretty dangerously tasty. I compare it to the slices of chocolate cake I only get once a year for fear I'll overdue it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:26:07 | More by lsummers
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vfgccp

New York

4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened less than 12 months old. 2013 bottle, opened Jan 2014.

A - Thick, motor oil black body. Towering cap of milk chocolate brown head. Awesome retention and lace.

S - Fresh toasted wheat, sesame seeds, vanilla, bread dough, and dusty grain silos.

T - Toasted grains and warm bread crust permeate the flavor profile. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and caramel sweeten the center, and are balanced by ash, soft tannins, oatmeal, and molasses. Touch of anise and burnt chocolate through the finish.

M - Outstandingly creamy. Smooth, full body.

O - Surprisingly little barrel character, but the quality of the blend comes through in the smoothness and balance of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:23:51 | More by vfgccp
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winningwes91

North Carolina

4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- typical, beautiful motor-oil black. Surprisingly big cinnamon head for an 11-percenter that disappeared slowly.

Smell- Wonderful. Chocolate, Cherries, Molasses, Bourban, Oak, Wine.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Follows the nose perfectly. A pure joy to drink. I have never been a big wine fan, but this beer makes me feel completely different. The wine-aging has done wonders to this already complex brew. The mouthful is a little thinner than expected, but a minor problem.

Overall- This is a beautiful, well-made beer that is only surpassed by BCBS itself. Worth every penny of the price/shipping to get this. Am aging a bottle right now, and would like to see how it tastes in about a year.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 05:49:42 | More by winningwes91
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evanforbeer

California

4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date best AFTER 10/2014. Whoops.
Pours a glorious jet black with sludgy light brown head

Nose- great nose, not immensely potent- bourbon, semi-sweet milk chocolate, caramel, raisins/figs

Taste- begins with smooth and sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and subtle chocolate, turns a bit sweet and fruity with dark fruits and soft citrus. Finishes light with vanilla/oak with a little bit of char

Feel- surprisingly light for this big of a stout, sweet, lush, roasty

Fantastic. I think I should've let this sit til October, not as complex or robust as I had hoped

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 06:58:34 | More by evanforbeer
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PBIU

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very fortunate to try this one in bottle form and tap within a two week timeframe.

Appearance is jet black with a creamy tan head. For the style it is right on point

Smell is so complex you can just spend a few minutes thinking about what you are taking away. Oak, dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon. But all components are not overpowering. They marry well together.

Taste is decadent and so smooth the ABV is really well hidden. Chocolate, Coffee, Oak, Fig just to highlight a few things. Again, like the nose they are all very well balanced together.

Mouthfeel is rich and coats the palate pleasantly.

Overall just an outstanding example of the style and worth the investigative trip to find. This beer is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2014 19:32:28 | More by PBIU
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle into a teku glass.

pours a pitch black with a slight head. the smell is pretty complex with a ton of oak and dark chocolate...taste is very bitter for a stout, lots of coffee and oak. no sweetness at all. might be too hot? alcohol definitely apparent. full bodied for sure. correct carbonation.

overall an extremely bitter stout. not my favorite...needs age. will re review in a year or when i drink an older vintage.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:47:29 | More by Axnjxn
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Alron

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding. I absolutely love it. A very Stout with just the right amount of barrel aging. Not the over the bourbon smell of some others. I'd say that's a fair description. Complex for sure.
-Appearance is thick and dark, dark brown with a tan finger of head. Gorgeous.
-Smells of Sweet Coffee with a hint of fruit, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Fantastic.
-Taste is similar to the smell with Chocolate and Coffee backed up by Cherry, Oak, Bourbon. Then it finishes with a roasty coffee and vanilla taste. Man the 11% is hidden so well.
-The Mouthfeel is thick and slightly carbonated that lingers with a hint of bitterness.
-Overall, I really couldn't ask for anything more. It's Terrific. A bourbon aged stout is honestly my favorite smell on the planet right now. This one does not disappoint. I've cellared another and can't wait to find out how it ages. :)

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 07:39:48 | More by Alron
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #100!

Context: Shared bottles of '11 and '12 vintages with Dactrius and lunarbrew today, 6/10/2013; blinded & in snifter glasses. The review is based on my preferred vintage, 2012.

Aroma: Really really complex stuff. Smells incredibly mellow with a good chunk of chocolate and dark fruits. A little bit of roasted black coffee. The rest is pretty boozy. It promises a heavy night ahead for us. (4)

Colour: Typical imperial stout. Very dark brown, nearly black and opaque beer that is incredibly thick. Pours with a small <1 cm mocha head that sticks around as a thick film on top of the beer. Very tasty looking, but not necessarily heads and tails above other imperial stouts I've seen. (4)

Flavour: Nice! Super smooth but it roundhouse kicks you in the face with the sheer booziness and dark fruits. Very, very aggressive dark fruit (figs, dates) sweetness with a wee bit of vanilla. Not much oak, which isn't surprising as Abyss isn't even half barrel aged. But I really enjoyed the flavour profile on this beer. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Really, really thick bodied and creamy in the mouth. Carbonation was OK, nothing special. The beer leaves a thin brown film when I swirl it, really thick beer. The lacing wasn't anything special, but damn this beer is really thick and creamy, very enjoyable to drink. The only thing that detracts from here is the booziness- you can taste the heat even from the beginning. (4.5)

Overall: the '12 was incredibly mellow, creamy and tasty. The '11 was a bit more subdued, not as "punch in the face" as the '12, but I appreciated the greater intensity of the flavours in the '12. It's a very excellent imperial stout that I would definitely grab a bottle per year if I had better access to Deschutes beers. (4.25)

Re-review: 2013 version, on tap at Verdugo Bar in Glendale, Los Angeles. 12oz poured into a snifter glass yesterday, 1/6/2014.

Appearance looks just like the '11 and '12, at least how I remember it. At the very least, it looks black and foreboding, opaque. Smells smoothed out actually, no booziness at all. Similar and very complex nose. And flavour is great- dark fruits, roast and dark malts, chocolate and coffee, a little licorice. Complex and not boozy at all. Medium bodied, creamy, not hard to drink at all. Very smooth and hides ABV well. I'm starting to think that while Abyss is good to drink years later, I suspect that with the decrease in % barrel-aged components, you might as well start drinking it fresh. Because fresh '13 vintage is the best I've had so far versus 1-year old '12 and 2-year old '11.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:33:25 | More by Stevedore
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goochpunch

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Version

Pours out pitch black with a thin head that looks like whipped hot milk on top of a hot chocolate. In the nose, I get chocolate, coffee, vanilla, berries, stone fruits, and a punch of booze. Up front in the flavor there is loads of roasted malts and dark berries with a touch of tartness. Chocolate come out in the middle with coffee on towards the finish. Vanilla pokes its head out around the middle, but is not beating you over the head, like typical barrel aged stouts. I pick up some buttery toffee as well. Chocolate covered cherries linger on in the aftertaste. Delicious. Boozy touch in the finish, but not as prevalent as in the nose. Light acidity refreshes the palate. I'm glad I sat on this for a year. Mouthfeel is full, but not overly thick as the flavor profile would suggest. Mild carbonation. This is a fantastic stout, utilizing a blend of non-barrel aged stouts alongside different barrel aged expressions. An excellent example of blending skill over aging a stout 100% in cloyingly vanilla-forwarded bourbon barrels. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:23:34 | More by goochpunch
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011

This poured with an obvious thickness that oozed into the glass to display the darkest of onyx hues. The head grew out of nothing as there seemed to be little carbonation in the pour. The head was a deep brown foam that left significant lacing.

I catch some thickness in the nose as well as maple, caramel, molasses, raisin and malt come through.

The flavor, though, is more dry with pronounced chocolate malt, slight coffee, licorice and molasses.

This is smooth on the tongue with a light carbonation and a relatively viscous feel.

This is very good, not as rich and diverse as I expected but it may have mellowed over the years.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:48:58 | More by KYGunner
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Or80rowley

Texas

4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a outstanding complex smooth beer!

A. Dark,opaque, two finger red velvet head

S. Licorice, chocolate, coffee

T. Coco,leading into dreamy morning coffee, hint of licorice, nice clean finish

M. Smooth satin throat massage

O. All beer lovers must try, this is a romantic beer for a special occasion

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 18:26:15 | More by Or80rowley
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metter98

New York

4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of dark, roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of oak from the barrel aging.
T: The taste starts out with lots of flavors of roasted malts and is accompanied by complimentary notes of bourbon, cherries, dark fruits, molasses and oak flavors. The roasted malt flavors linger from start to finish. The cherries become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: As a mixture of blends, this beer is extremely well balanced and doesn't have any one dominant flavor. The taste is very complex.

Note: 2013 Reserve

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:15:05 | More by metter98
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 abyss from Sara
Looks amazing, dark black with a thick creamy coffee tan film, great lacing. 4.75
S- dark cherry, spicy oak, lots of black strap mollasus, walnut nuttiness, huge depth Of interesting flavours, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, with a subtle dark fruit edge. 4.75
T- mollasus, dark rich spicy notes, lots of wine tannins, cherry and black current, pepperiness stand out on the tongue. Quite a bit of oak. A moderate touch of initial sweetness then tends into a deep dark abyss of alluring flavours, flavour and balance truly defy description. More oak than I expected but what an amazing stout. 4.75
M- big body, with a moderate carbonation, creamy and spicy with lots of oak, hints of strapping alcohol but for the strength it really isn't overbearing, dry finish with oaky mollasus spiciness. 4.5
Certainly one world class stout, brings a huge complex flavour at this strength with a ton of richness and no heat. Deep dark molasses flavour, lots of spicy oak. Amazing balance and complexity, haven't had it fresh but aged is really inspiring, great complexity and spiciness. Definitely one of the best stouts I've ever had. If I could but a case I would. 4.75

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 00:14:04 | More by mick303
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,274 ratings.