The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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:
#146
Reviews:
2,018
Ratings:
7,316
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
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2,965
Gots:
3,963
Trade:
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4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Steveskk83
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BobMagruder
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(2017 Bottle)
Pours into a small 1/2 pint glass with a dark chocolate foamy head. The Foam looks thick.
The smell is strong on roast and light on coffee.
The taste starts good and as it warms it changes to even more complex. I love the vanilla that comes through in a stout as it warms. I also taste hints of cherry as it warms.
Thick and delicious. Shared a 22 oz with 2 buddies will definitely find another bottle to put away in my cooler.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle. Craziest part was experiencing the change in flavor from the cold to warm. Went from ultra roasty, almost abrasively bitter followed by mollases dark coffee bean flavor/dark chocolate. Then it went to an impressively smooth chocolate roasted malt rounded out by dark fruit and oakey wine barrel with decadent red wine grapes. Truly an impressive and astounding drinking experience.

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Photo of ChittyChambers
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of tapabrew
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Definitely under appreciated. Pours dark black. Lots to smell -- licorice, vanilla, bourbon . Sweet smelling. The taste is incredible. as the smell is complex so is the taste. we get the licorice, vanilla, bourbon but also coffee, malts and some hops. The finish is slightly bitter from the hops. Amazing stout that does not get the love for some reason.

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4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy birthday to me! Not only is it my birthday, but I’ve also got a beer I’ve been waiting to get my hands on since I joined BeerAdvocate and began my craft journey all the way back on Jan 13th 2011: Deschutes The Abyss. Even saying the name of this beer out loud fills me with a sense of awe (and trepidation at the 11.4% ABV within) this brew is going to be BIG in so many ways, with headline ingredients such as: black strap molasses, licorice, cherry bark, vanilla bean, and 50% aged in bourbon, wine, and new Oregon oak barrels - PHWOAR! Let me repeat myself for emphasis: PHWOAR! The only [first-world] problem I’m facing is the prospect of finishing off a 650ml bottle by myself... yes, it’s not a terrible situation to be in.

Poured from a 650ml US Bomber sized wax-sealed bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Inky black like the expansive vacuum of space, with a deep tan head that hangs around for as long as I’ve seen in any Stout north of 11% before fizzling out leaving a patchwork of bubble and lace. Peering down into the glass is like looking at a mini universe - epic in many ways this beer. 9/10.

S: Red wine really comes through in the first whiff, then licorice, molasses, dark fruits (plum and prune), oaky vanilla/woody tones, espresso coffee, and finally a sweet lick of bourbon. Incredibly complex aroma that shifts as it gets warmer - it’s hard not to like it, there’s something in this that every Stout drinker will like, and the name is fitting - it really is like peering into the abyss. 9/10.

T: Yep, Deschutes nailed it. Flavour incorporates all of the above: red wine (Shiraz I think), licorice, molasses, dark fruits, oaky vanilla/woody tones, espresso coffee, and a touch of bourbon. Then it throws in a bit more: burnt sugar, light bitter herbal notes, red coffee cherries, touch of smoke and a hint of cinnamon. Possibly one of the busiest Imp Stouts I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Balances a tad on the sweeter side, though more herbal bitterness comes through in the aftertaste with a delayed reaction. Brutal and inspiring this brew is. 10/10.

M: Heavy bodied and viscous, it’s about a Barry White on the Founders Scale IMO. Carbonation is dying star dense and lush almost to a fault. 9/10.

D: As I imagined all these years? Yes, this beer terrifies in name and in taste - it’s every bit the behemoth I dreamt it would be, and Deschutes does not disappoint. As far as the bottle goes - I am going to struggle on my own, this is too big a brew for one man, but I’ll go down fighting the good fight ;). 9/10.

Food match: Replace the after dinner port with this beer, and cigars: yes.

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

Outstanding!

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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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4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pdcleff
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of David_Porter
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brew-Knows
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fridge72
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful aroma, dark color, rich flavors. Consistently one of my favorites from Deschutes. I grab a few bottles every year when they release it. Highly reccomend.

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Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,316 ratings