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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#205
Reviews:
2,032
Ratings:
7,362
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
Wants:
2,972
Gots:
3,978
Trade:
334
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Photo of Zythophile
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2015
Palate Contaminants: none

Here's hoping I didn't wait too long. I'll revisit if I think age is too much of a detriment.

Color is that opaque dark brown that doesn't really let any light through. Head is a very fine light brown that looks like a mousse. A reasonable amount of lacing considering the type.

Smell has tons of dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and dates. They're sweet, and that's nicely integrated (or "natural" if I wasn't tryin' to be so fancy). It just smells thick and heavy. It's fair to say there's a little bit of cocoa and a little brown sugar in there, as well.

Those same fruits are also there in the taste, but they have a lot of anise flavor to compete with. Coffee, too. Bitterness and some charcoal taste hit late, and they're every bit as intense as the other flavors. There's also a mineral quality that isn't particularly common in the brewing arts. It could substitute nicely for a ruby port.

The aftertaste has too much of the charcoal. The bitterness is okay, but I'd love it if some of the other things left the party late, too. Good medium-heavy carbonation, and medium weight for the type. Alcohol is noticeable, especially later.

So, I might not require a revisit to the baseline Abyss, but I am curious about how it is when younger.

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Photo of Fantific
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Date: Bottled on 10/30/17, savored on 12/05/18.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a dark mocha head the barely cover the top of the beer. The lacing clings to the glass beautifully when I give it a swirl before slowly cascading back down.

Aroma: The aroma is a large amount of vanilla bean, dark chocolate, bourbon sweetness, roasted malts, chocolate covered fruit, coffee, some licorice, and syrupy molasses.

Taste: Big bourbon barrel character with a significant oak presence which gives way to sweeter flavors of vanilla and rich dark molasses and then the beer descends into the abyss with bitter dark chocolate notes and a bottomless cavern of roasted malts. The aftertaste is a whole bouquet of dark fruit and coffee notes. As the beer reaches room temperature, or I find the bottom of the abyss, a few things happen. A very slight soy sauce flavor does come out, but nothing that really damages the rating as it can easily be ignored with the myriad of other flavors. The ABV does become a little more noticeable, but I wouldn't say this beer is hot. Also, the malt roast and oak characters intensify. The mouthfeel on The Abyss is thick and full with the texture remaining totally smoove. This is one of the best damn beers I've ever tasted. I have without a doubt spent more money on The Abyss than any other single beer and every time I crack a bottle I remember why it is worth every penny of the $18 it retails for.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, thick black with no head or lacing.

The smell is oak and red wine with a little chocolate and bourbon.

The taste shows the red wine and some black liquorice. There's also a strong leather/char taste. It's pretty bitter on the finish.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected but still velvety.

A very nice beer although less depth of flavor than expected. I'd like to try one that fresher to compare.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice imperial stout but the stronger flavors of raisin and licorice were just a little too much for me. Pours a deep, rich dark black color with great dark tan head and sheets of lacing. Smells of deep rich chocolate and coffee, along with fainter dark stone fruit, malt and caramel. Tastes of deep dark roast coffee, dark chocolate mocha, vanilla, caramel, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, malt and licorice. Just too much raisin and licorice for me. Smooth mild mouthfeel, surprisingly not that creamy. Clean and silky, just enough carbonation. A strong beer but a little disappointing given the huge ratings and reviews here.

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

A lot toastier and maltier with some good dark chocolate taste. Not sweet like so many in this style but in a good way. Oddly, I drank the bottle over two days and it actually tasted better after being exposed for a day.

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Photo of bucrogers26th
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgrunin
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbehlar
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antwon616
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DamienArk
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of davidsonte2
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RollTide7
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mintzmeet
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells like hot caramel. Looks quite alluring in a sniffer. Wow. Intense flavor here. Obvious roasted malts, but something else...maybe kahlua-like. Very thick. Super alcoholic. Delicious. Like hot fudge. Rich.

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Photo of codytwo
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sunnovgoat
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Reinmogard
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtyjerk
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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Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,362 ratings