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The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.

As for the great “drink it now or let it age” debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after a year or more in the cellar.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#215
Reviews:
2,038
Ratings:
7,394
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
Wants:
2,979
Gots:
3,986
Trade:
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4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WilliamD
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ampucapt

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Photo of gbiello
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of safaricook
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pitch black, fine beige foam
chocolate, booze, licorice
booze, chocolate, licorice, coffee
fine gently carbonation, substantial burn from the Bourbon
Certainly a top Bourbon Barrel aged stout. However, it is not overly expressive and leans more towards coffee and licorice than chocolate which I would prefer

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Photo of jdell15
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmar25
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmoore9363
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bourbonstoutsrule
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zenboy99
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.01/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I haven't previously reviewed because I never it liked as much as the score indicates I should (it's got a strange bitterness to me). This time, I opened a 2014 bottle in 2019, and though it's slightly better, it still has an odd bitterness for me.

Appearance – Pours a nice black color with a surprisingly thick chocolate colored head (surprising due to the aging on this bottle). Slightly larger than normal sized bubbles in the head that stick to the walls of the glass. A nice looking beer!

Smell – Malt, molasses, licorice, cherry bark, oak, and red wine. A very light hint of bourbon and vanilla.

Taste – Somewhat bitter. Tastes of malt, oak, and wine. Maybe just a hint of bourbon.

Mouthfeel – A nice creamy stout, though it has a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – For me, this is just an ok stout. I personally find their Obsidian Stout much better.

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4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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3.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage enjoyed February 2019. Pours a deep black with short lived tight brown head. Aroma is complex with molasses, dark chocolate, licorice, but with strong notes of dark fruits.
Taste has the dark fruits and molasses up front with licorice, bittersweet chocolate, but a strong sense of coffee as well as cherry in the back. Bitterness lingers in the smooth full mouthfeel, increasingly complex as it warms. Wonderful beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had the nitro version of this one on tap recently.

I prefer the non-nitro version

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4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle. Thanks to Phil for this one.

Dark brown body with a brown two finger head. Soapy, foamy, creamy. Its it an intense looking beer.
An equally intense aroma. Roasted malts, dark molasses, very woody with lots of anise, dates and dark currants.
Aggressive yet balanced taste. Roasted malts, dark molasses, oaky, intense spices, a solid dose of valilla, espresso bitterness and barrel char in the finish.
Surprisingly smooth mouth feel, drier in the finish. A good nip of alcohol. Tannins and cherries in the after taste. Heavy body medium carbonation.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,394 ratings