The Abyss
Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #100
Ranked #236
4.47 | pDev: 9.4%
Jun 19, 2022
Dec 24, 2006
The AbyssThe Abyss
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 4.22 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jun 19, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
Rated: 4.45 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottled 4/28/21 (nearly one year ago) poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 11.8% ABV per label. The beer pours pitch black with no light penetration and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of tiny bubbles. Sparce lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring chocolate, roasted malt and oak barrel. The taste is bittersweet roasted malt with more subtle oak, bitter chocolate and a moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with just less that average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. The substantial ABV is well hidden. Overall, very good.
Apr 11, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by forum8417 from New Jersey

Apr 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
No head. Smell is rich dark chocolate, cherry, hints of coffee and bourbon. Lots going on in the mouth— upfront cherry, milk and dark chocolate, hoppy pine bitterness, caramel, oak char, coffee on the finish, and a bit more hops. The barrel is there, though it doesn’t dominate. Feel is thick and smooth. The kind of beer that you can mull over and find all sorts of different things.
Mar 09, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by mvansis

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 11, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Feb 11, 2022
Rated: 4.83 by lukej from Alaska

Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Jan 24, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Appearanceswc from Virginia

Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours jet black with fine chocolate colored head.

Smell is roasty and sweet wth notes of coffee, hazelnuts, chocolate, oak, vanilla, cinnamon and a hint of ginger.

Taste is roasty and a bit sweet. Notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and a slight hint of smoked ham. Soft bitterness with a finish of tobacco, licorice and tar pastilles. Lots going on, a quite deep and complex.

Mouthfeel is medium to full sm ooth and well carbonated.

Overall, a great stout. A long time want of mine that absolutely delivered.
Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 4 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 13, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Jan 04, 2022
Rated: 4.67 by MoreIPAs from Pennsylvania

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Ziosa from Missouri

Dec 29, 2021
Rated: 4.63 by jslywiak from California

Dec 22, 2021
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Rated by musicsherlock from New York

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
At the brewery. 2015 vintage tasted 12/10/21

Dec 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Spikester from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Deep dark opaque liquid with one finger of brown head. Lacing is minor so far.
Smell is rich dark coffee molasses a hint of licorice.
Taste is bitter dark roasted coffee dark chocolate molasses and a hint of licorice.
Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. The finish is bitter sweet and rich.
Overall a delicious stout. Packaged on 4/28/21.
Dec 07, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by EMH73 from New York

Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Resistance88 from California

Nov 16, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by Dgman8053 from New York

Nov 02, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 30, 2021
Rated: 4.57 by Danzifer from Ohio

Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Sep 14, 2021
Rated: 4.89 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by rstump24 from Ohio

Aug 24, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with a thick tan head that dissipated quickly and some lacing.

Taste up front heavy malts, licorice and dark fruits with a hint of oak and char. Very smooth and creamy feel that coats your mouth and lingers well into the finish. A very nice offering.
Aug 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Lots of licorice, herbal hops, roast. An old-school American imperial stout. Wet bourbon character, not a lot of barrel. good if you like something strong and bitter
Aug 22, 2021
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75
22oz bottle, dripped in wax an' all that, 2018 release, almost 3 years old to the date (short by about 3 weeks). "Brewed with blackstrap molasses and licorice, cherry bark, vanilla bean, 50% is aged in bourbon, wine, and oak". Scored this bad-boy pre-aged from the best beer store in the state (shhhh... it was $6)

Pours up black, smelling boozy and woody. This is breakfast in my ****ed-up world, cheers! Extremely milk chocolate sweet but the sweetness is thankfully cut by the barrel and spirits. But still, molasses, raisin, mocha coffee dominate. It's drinkable, but HOT, even considering the 11.4%. Other 'competitors' cover up the alc more betterer, but maybe that's the point here. If you are a boozer, you may appreciate this aspect more; me, I'm a beer'er and this is too busy to be beer. I'm a purist in a weird way, and this just has too much going on. The wine and oak don't add anything, it's just all harsh grain alcohol cutting through saccharine dark fruit. Perfectly drinkable, but why?
Aug 21, 2021
Rated: 5 by kblomseth from California

Aug 19, 2021
Rated: 4.61 by CAcker from California

Aug 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Has anyone ever said, “I cannot wait to drink this glass of what looks like boiled motor oil?” Well motor oil comes out of the container looking more like an IPA so that adjective (oily) never seemed correct. Dirty motor oil, I guess.
If my car ran on The Abyss I would do much more walking and biking.
It’s dark. Like an abyss! Wow, ironic!
It smells like cocoa malt candy joy. It smells like Jamaican Blue Mountain if it was half as good as they say.
The taste absolutely follows. It’s all been said before. Malty chocolate caramel licorice dark fruit heaven. It’s good! There’s some alcohol in that taste, however, more than most are willing to say.
You guys try that French toast version that’s around in 2021? Odd! Add cinnamon and maple to the above and you have it.
It’s good. As I have said here before, better does exist. BBA Darkness, for example. But Abyss is lovely!
Aug 05, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by o29 from Texas

Jul 17, 2021
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Rated by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I waxn't enamored with this as others it seems. Don't know exactly why, maybe just me having a bad day? Maybe. But very glad I tried it.
Jul 02, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Crowler split with a friend. Picked up at Sabatinis in Exeter Pa a week ago

Looks decent enough in a large wine glass. Jet black body, small tan head doesn't last too long, hence not much lacing.

Faintly boozy aroma, almost RIS-like. A little molasses, faint smoke.

On tasting, the roast is pretty strong on this one. There are some dark fruit notes, and some warmth from the barrel. Light bourbon notes. Does feel smooth rolling around the tongue. Some molasses, and even faint soy.

Mouth between medium and full, finish a warm boozy roast.

Overall, not as good as I hoped, roast a bit much for this palate.
Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
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