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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 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
Ranking:
#128
Reviews:
1,974
Ratings:
7,159
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
2,965
Gots:
3,903
Trade:
333
HISTOGRAM
 
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4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NyBeerBro
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of byronic
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, opaque, very thin layer of mocha froth which fades into minimal lacing. Sticks to the glass and forms a ring on the edge. Looks fantastic.

Lots of subtle notes on the nose but a really nice smooth barrel presence as well.

Licorice up front, cherry in the middle and bitterness from the chocolate in the finish.

This 2015 is drinking amazing at this point. Wish I could get more!

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of gardner254
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked that this was a barrel aged beer but the barrel aging complimented, rather than overwhelmed the taste of the base beer.

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Photo of Lampro
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 reserve: Is this beer? Almost no head, light carbonation. Very dark and rich aromas, coffee and molasses are right up there. Thick on the palate, sweet, roasted, caramelized, almost smoky. This is like stout extract; I would only open a bottle if I had a few friends to help me out because this stuff is potent! Wouldn't drink it by the pint, this is more of a sipping beer.

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4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay quick one here: Considering all of the Imperial Stouts I have had in my time as a BA, this one may be the best. The look is black with the thinnest of heads. The smell is amazing, I get bitter chocolate, barrel, leather and some dark fruits. I could spend hours just enjoying the aroma. The taste...all the flavors of the aroma, with the barrel and cocoa really battling it out. But the other flavors don't give up the fight, they come in...as the beer warms the leather moves forward. The feel is thick and chewy, you can almost feel the legs of the booze, but it is incredibly subtle.

Simply put, an experience. This is an amazing beer, which if I can get my hands on again, I will.

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4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of festizio
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaneb818
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of coryhk
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage, consumed in 2017

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Photo of sbuck
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dooleymon
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of thatche2
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Thedusanmandic
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jmonah3
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jasons483
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a finger and a half of caramel colored head. Great head retention and lacing with a foamy ring lingering for a long time. Aroma is molasses, toast, nuts, caramel, and roasted malts. Flavor profile is molasses, oak, toast, nuts, caramel, roasted malts, and toasted marshmallow. Mouth feel is thick, velvety, and creamy - it packs a presence. Overall, a fantastic dark imperial stout that provides a whirlwind of notes, without being over powering or arrogant.

Served in a 12 snifter. Draft. Around 1 year of age on the keg. Reviewed from notes.

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4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 7,159 ratings
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