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:
7,087
Reviews:
1,962
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
2,949
Gots:
3,895
For Trade:
330
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Photo of frozyn
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Jet black, tons of microbubbles around the edges and big bubbles in the middle of a mocha head that lasts. Great lacing.

S -- Coffee, cherry, chocolate, roast, oak, vanilla, vine, bourbon, molasses (verging on generic sweetness).

T -- Follows strongly on the aroma. Coffee, roast, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and oak take the forefront, but I still not the others, save for cherry. Caramel, earthiness, red wine. Roundness. Balance. I went outside and inspected some foundling tomatoes with my girlfriend, and I couldn't help but notice the scent of plants was familiar to the earthiness I noted earlier in my tasting.

F -- Goddamn motor oil, but nicely carbonated. This is what huge stouts should be like, I think -- thick, hard to drink quickly, something that makes me take pause with each sip because I have no other way to drink it.

O -- Clearly a fantastic beer. There might be slightly too much going on, here, as I tried to search for each aspect listed on the bottle. Some were clearer than others, and perhaps those should be focused on. On the other hand, that may produce something too focused, too 1-or-2-noted. I hate licorice, for the record -- every form of it -- but that should be nothing to dissuade you here as I couldn't pick it out. This deserves its very high rating.

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Photo of Stew5
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of raspy22
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of trmiller24
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vidblain
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JJuva13
3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mrnickatnite
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jwarsenal9
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

I poured this into a snifter, here we go. The appearance, well, it poured like motor oil and I even heard the "glub glub" sound as it strolls out of the bottle, (did I pour too fast, hmmm...most likely not?). The head is about a finger’s worth of off-white to a nice tan color that lasts for a good minute before dieing and leaving a super nice coating of tan lacing clinging very nicely to the glass. The smell is an almost perfect aroma to any imperial stout anyone could ever want. It goes a little something like this: super nice oaky/woody vanilla, cherry, chocolate, molassess and licorice. There is a slight aftertaste and its kinda woody with a nice dose of lingering molasses and vanilla. The finish is quick, dry and sweet. On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy. I sure did sip this. This is one not to gulp. Sessionability - ha, no way, man, one and done. ABV is felt. The carbonation is smooth and good for the style and for me. Overall, American Double/Imperial Stout, wow, this practically defines it. Don’t ever pass up on this if you ever see it.

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Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.52/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition

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

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

Photo of Seanem44
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jooler
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brymtb
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

....if you are stuck in the ice with Shackleton this is for you....all the nuance of Hillary Clinton...

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4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrederickTatum
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bisonfort
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best stout ever had. Had draft in Portland.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,087 ratings.
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