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:
#133
Reviews:
1,991
Ratings:
7,234
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
2,960
Gots:
3,940
Trade:
333
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,234 |  Reviews: 1,991
Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, 2014 vintage, label says best after 11/11/15. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a bunch of lacing. Aroma is great, the brew smells like molasses, red wine, oak, coffee, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is pretty good too, there's burnt/charred malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, red wine, oak, bourbon, and vanilla flavors. Lots of bittersweet goodness! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. I've been waiting a while to try this, and I wasn't disappointed! I liked this brew a lot, it's going to be hard for me not to drink my other bottle before the "best after" date. I'll definitely buy this again the next time it's released. $14.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Bradaplast
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of danjm21
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 Reserve - Purchased at Total Wine. Wax seal, some moisture and rust under the wax. Probably a bit too cold when first poured into a small snifter.

A stout with an “old ale” edge. This beer is the perfect example of how a good beer can taste terrible when it is served too cold. Let this baby warm up to fully appreciate its depth and complexity. This beer brings back faint memories of dark chocolate covered cherries with too much bourbon. 4.5

A – Pours black with red highlights and a two-finger frothy reddish brown head. Head dissipates a bit too quick (-). Not viscous. Great lacing with prominent alcohol legs. 4.5

S – Roasted malts, faint fruitiness and sweetness that almost made me think the beer was infected before I had a taste. Hint of dark chocolate and vanilla. 4.0

T – Deeply roasted malts, an obvious lack of sweetness, a late bitterness that creeps up on you at the back of your mouth and in the throat that includes a very oaky finish. I can taste and even feel the alcohol. 4.5

MF – Medium-heavy body with a dry alcoholic finish. Smooth, even a bit creamy. 4.75

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cwxc818
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmdellafave
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of earias26
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brianmandell
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannyfayy
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AWA
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Not much to say other than this is the best beer I have ever tasted and is damn near perfection.

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Photo of pascilla
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jshusc
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bonercityUSA
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brewcycler
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leilei143
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smbslt
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I thought the taste was terrible. Everyone says it needs lots of age. Had this on tap so maybe to fresh?

Rerate: Had one after the best after date and it is night and day improved.

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Photo of Hopyard57
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smconnor
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,234 ratings
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