The Abyss (Scotch Barrel-Aged)
Deschutes Brewery

The Abyss (Scotch Barrel-Aged)The Abyss (Scotch Barrel-Aged)
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From:
Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12.2%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 5.28%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
234
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jun 09, 2023
Added:
Dec 10, 2016
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  66
The most multifaceted liquid truffle ever fashioned. Dark cherries brined in light peat smoke and popped into the heart of a prune. Then drizzled with toffee and flamed caramel, crusted with white and green peppers, and dipped in honey infused molasses. This beautiful construction is then delicately coated with rich dark chocolate and finished with a luxurious coating of milk chocolate and a dusting of cocoa powder and gold flakes. Served on a chard shard of oak with three sultanas and pieces of vanilla suffused marzipan.
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle at annual RIS share. Black oily pour, small ring of beige head. Toasty, boozy aroma. Taste is more of the Scotch flavors, held up nicely by the Abyss base.
Jun 09, 2023
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 12/9/16. Drank 3/31/23.
Pour is jet black with a dense cap of deep cinnamon head. retention and lacing are good for a beer of this strength.
Nose is dark chocolate, vanilla, leather, earthy peat
Taste follows. Dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, hint of coconut, molasses, layered over subtle peat, oak, scotch. Oaky vanilla on the finish. Excellent beer
smooth, creamy body. invites another sip. big stout without being too sweet.
Apr 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours a thick oily dark black with a small tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of cinnamon, cherry, caramel rich chocolate that ends a nice hit of scotch.

T: Strong note of scotch starts the taste, followed by some cherry, vanilla, caramel and some bittersweet milk chocolate and ends with a medium bitterness.

F: Large body, smooth lighter carbonation.

O: Another fantastic barrel aged stout from Deschutes.
Jan 29, 2023
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Rated by robotic_being from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2016 Vintage drank on 11/21/2022
Nov 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

May 23, 2022
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Reviewed by zonker17 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2016. Near black, brown head does not linger, no lacing. Nose wood, liquor, chocolate. Taste more of the same, some oxidation at 5+ years, boozy. Heavy body and light carbonation.
Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Jan 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz. waxed and capped bottle into a Founder's snifter. 2016 vintage.

Nose is molasses, liquorice, baker's chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, a touch of boozy sweetness, and tobacco. Great complexity, deep, rich, and robust. Beer opens semi-sweet chocolate, sweet soy sauce, and a slightly tart roasted malt. Another sip yields molasses, oak, peat, and tobacco. End is chocolate, fudge, and more oakiness and smoke. Delicious! The smoke is subtle but it builds and builds in the aftertaste. Body is full with low carbonation. Smooth and rich on the palate and goes down luscious, silky, and boozy with a long, lingering, layered aftertaste.

I was skeptical of the scotch barrel aging but this has turned out wonderfully. Well worth trying.
Jun 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.36 by BKotch from Texas

May 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by cd34 from Illinois

Apr 25, 2021
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The Abyss (Scotch Barrel-Aged) brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 12.20% This American Imperial Stout pours out of a Bomber bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep brown color with a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is Rich with scotch notes roasted malts and grains. Hops are mild an clean in the smell. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You pick up on a nice smokey notes mixed with roasted grains and malts. Lots of mirror sweet notes as well. This is a well put together brew. It is really hard to pick up on the 12.20% ABV it is just that smooth. This brew would go nice with dinner or an nice after dinner brew. The body of The Abyss (Scotch Barrel-Aged) medium heavy, but not to heavy. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Scotch, Roasted, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give The Abyss (Scotch Barrel-Aged) a 4.75 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to.
Deschutes Brewery , did a super nice job with this American Imperial Stout.
Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and rocky finger of dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells surprisingly restrained on the nose. There's some chocolate, coffee, and a little oak along with some sweet scotch notes.
T: Taste is dark cherries, chocolate and coffee with some nice scotch barrel notes. Slightly smoky with some charred wood as well. Burnt sugars and creme brulee, with a ton of nice roasty notes. On the swallow it's more scotch barrel, chocolate, coffee, smoke, charred wood, and burnt sugars.
M: This beer is lighter than expected but still full bodied. Carbonation is a little lively for the style but not to the point of being detracting while the beer has a drying finish due to the high ABV.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and a killer amount of complexity. Very smooth and well incorporated with the flavors seamlessly coming in and out instead of harsh and abrupt flavor notes.
Jul 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by zenithberwyn from California

Jun 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle Date: 2016
Palate Contaminants: none

Super dark brown color that doesn't leave much room for description. Fine, dark brown head, but not much of it.

The smell is really nice. Vanilla right up front. Sweet prunes. A little smokiness, spicy molasses, and barrel. Good intensity for a stout that has yet to warm up all the way.

Lots of dark wood up front, and raisin is the dominant dark fruit. I definitely get some peat, too. There's moderate sweetness to start, but it fades away surprisingly fast. Bitterness increases toward the back. Barrel, too. Alcohol taste is present. Definitely a sipper.

Medium-light weight for the type. Good character, but more alcohol than I'd prefer, even for a thirteener. Carbonation is a little light. Aftertaste is the bitter smoke, although it's not overbearing.
Apr 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.43 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Mar 29, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours onyx black with zero leakage on the edges, underneath a thick, foamy tan head. Absolutely gorgeous beer. The nose is filled with rich dark chocolate, cherry, and vanilla aromas. There’s a boozy note that I’ll attribute to the scotch barrel.

The cherry and dark chocolate flavors are front and center on the taste, and the vanilla smooths things out a bit, leading to a smoky, boozy finish courtesy of the scotch barrel.

I love the base beer, and this is better, IMHO. Exceptionally well done by Deschutes on this world-class beer.
Feb 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22o bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 12/9/16

A- pours jet black with a one-finger creamy dark brown head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- aroma opens with cherry pipe tobacco, chocolate, caramel, toffee, black licorice, prunes and molasses. The barrel adds notes of honey, light peat smoke and oak. The complexity seems to increase as it warms

T- bold dark cherry notes up front, along with bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, pipe tobacco, prunes, raisins, toffee, black strap molasses, black licorice & burnt brown sugars. Mid-palate starts to bring out a subtle, but noticeable scotch note, adding subtle peat, floral honey and a hint of brine. The finish gives more dark cherry, chocolate and subtle barrel

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- as with most scotch BA stouts, with the exception of an Islay barrel, the barrel notes were subtle. However, it worked very well with the base beer, adding a nice honey sweetness and just enough smoke and salinity to be noticed
Feb 09, 2020
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Reviewed by BEERdedCharmer from New York

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2016 variant opened January of 2020

Black as my ex girlfriends soul but with more warmth.
Chocolate. Caramel and toffee, right off the pallet. Wishing I had a vanilla ice cream sandwich to enjoy this beer with.
Mouthful is fantastic, and AbV has dropped over the aging period.
10/10 would recommend
Jan 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Birdlegs from Washington

Sep 09, 2019
The Abyss (Scotch Barrel-Aged) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 234 ratings