The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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The AbyssThe Abyss
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

65 IBU

Vintages (production numbers from Deschutes):
2006 - Released December 2006 (approx 90 BBL)
2007 - Released January 2008 (approx 350 BBL)
2008 - Released November 2008 (approx 350 BBL)
2009 - Released November 2009 (approx 600 BBL)
2010 - Released December 2010 (approx 600 BBL)
2011 - Released November 2011 (approx 600 BBL)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,115
Reviews:
1,968
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
2,957
Gots:
3,900
For Trade:
332
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DSMKillzone
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ivan52
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeMarinello
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FCal79
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rristow
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Aroma is peppery, licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is moderately bitter with moderate sweetness. Dark chocolate with spices in flavor. Some licorice and peppery taste with some coffee and caramel. A little dark fruit as well. Very solid imperial stout. Definitely top tier.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to try this eventuality I am not a fan of Imperial styles.

Poors a black and molasses-y as anything I have seen.

Deep tan head with malty alcohol aroma.

Sweet at first with a dark chocolate/caramel finish.

Much smoother than expected, but a bomber is just to much for one sitting.

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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with a black wax seal. 2014 vintage. Best after 11/11/15 printed on the label.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black color. The fruity grape and oak notes from the wine barrels are immediately evident in the nose and the vanilla and sweet molasses also come through. Licorice comes through in the nose as the beer warms up. The taste is some sweetness up front that lingers into a roasty and bitter finish. Definitely a more bitter finish than I prefer for this style of beer, but not bad. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Overall, a solid imperial stout that I enjoyed. This is definitely a sipper, not something I find easy to drink with the high ABV and extreme roastiness.

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4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 version. Had a first draft in Denver CO. Pours thick and black. Head is tan and holds in a thin layer and leaves speckled lacing. In the nose I get bourbon, caramel, and hints of vanilla and almonds. Taste I'm getting caramel, coffee, dark fruit, and hints of bourbon. Texture is fairly full bodied and the carb is on point.

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4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I first tried this beer in 2014. This beer changed my prospective on what thick dark beer can achieve.
I still loved the 2014 the best. The last couple years have been solid but not quite as great as my original encounter.

Dark roasty wine barrel chocolate and infusion of multiple other flavors. A roller coaster of a flavor profile and mouthfeel

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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.47/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,115 ratings.
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