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The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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The AbyssThe Abyss

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Photo of BrewerB
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! travisd13 - Thank you sir for not 1 but 3 bottles of 2007 Abyss! Cheers, sir.

A - Poured into my New Belgium glass. Thick, frothy lacing left behind as this extremely dark brown, nearly black beer is swirled in my glass. Wonderful head retention for such a high ABV beer. Thin, light tan foam. Dangerous viscosity.

S - Very complex nose includes alcohol, plum, and sweet milk chocolate. Also present is a licorice aroma. Low hints of charcoal. Earthy. Slightly burnt.

T - More of the milk chocolate carrying through into the taste. Slight charcoal. Hop flavor is certainly present and in great balance. Hard to detect specific hops but the bitterness is rather high and in great proportion to the intense maltiness. There's this creamy taste, too. Burnt. Very dry finish. Toasty.

M - Silky smooth, very full bodied. Moderate level of carbonation borders on moderate low.

D - Taking time to enjoy this brew, the 11% certainly sneaks up on you. Deschutes has done a great job masking the force behind one hell of a malt backbone and a silky, creamy mouthfeel. For this style of beer, the drinkability is damn near perfect.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got about 8 bottles in my cellar. Good thing because this beer is awesome.

Appearance is pitch black but a little less viscous looking than say KBS or DL. Beautiful tan head that provides nice lacing down the glass.

Smell is not that strong. I wish it was a little stronger but you smell some bourbon and toasted malts.

Taste is wonderful. Not too intense but so well balanced. The toasty malts and the slght bourbon taste with the smoothness of the oak. Very good.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Enough roast and carbonation and smoothness to make it very enjoyable.

Good thing I bought 8 of these this year. Now I have enough to cellar and to enjoy for a while.

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Photo of user0317
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bobsmn for sharing this brew.

Poured extremely thick and viscous with 3 fingers of dark-tan head. Completely unpenetrated by light. Some tracing on the glass and a few bubbles from carbonation

This beer has a complex but pleasant nose consisting of dark malts, coffee, licorice, and chocolate.

Words fail to explain how enjoyable the flavor of this big stout is. Wood, dark malts, coffee and a little bitter chocolate up front, with a hint of hops to finish off. Alcohol flavors are subtle for an 11% abv beer, but increase as the beer warms up.

This beer goes down thick and creamy, leaving your mouth coated with tasty goodness.

Unbelievably balanced and exceptionaly drinkable. I would love to see how this one ages.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage

A: poured a thick, motor oil like consistancy with a tan thick head.

S: Licorice, chocolate, bourbon, and a hint of coffee. I loved it, I could've smelled it all night

T: Got alot of the black licorice right away, then to a sweetness that was great, then a warm bourbon flavor lingered but not a hotness. It was a sweet bourbon flavor. GREAT!

M: Smooth and coating easy to sip on for along time.

D: I had to give it a 5 since I was really sad when I was to the last sip! I can't wait to try it a year or two. I have a couple more to sit on for a while.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with no light coming through. A nice brown head forms up, has pretty good retention and then recedes to a thin layer of bubbles.

S- Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, wood and bourbon.

T- Very strongly flavored. All the flavors that were apparent in the nose come through. Along with just a hint of bourbon and wood.

M- Creamy and full bodied. Carbonation is low to medium.

D- Highly recommended and easy to drink.

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Photo of bum732
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy dark black, darkest beer i've ever seen. Nice tan head, bubbly with great lacing. Smells of syrupy molasses, a tad of oak, chocolate, roasty malt, coffee, very faint dark fruits. Tastes of roasty chocolate up front with faint dark fruits in the background. Then bold roasty malt shows its presense with some anise in the background. Finishes with a great roasty character, some coffee and oak. Alcohol is present, but not too blatant. Great mouthfeel, i was afraid of this beer being cloyingly sweet, but just unbelievable balance throughout.

An unbelievable beer. There are so many flavors and aromas going on with this beer, just layers upon layers. That said, i didn't feel like it was too much at once, like many RIS's. The drinkability is very high for the style. The only thing stopping me from drinking multiples of this in one session is the alcohol. Balance is great in this beer. Too often, oak or any other additive will overwhelm the base flavor profile. But this beer is so well balanced with so many different flavors contributing. One of the best stouts i've ever had, i only wish my favorite brewery would deliver to the east coast.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bomber poured into a North Coast snifter.

A - Pours blacker than Dick Cheney's heart with a dark tan head that dissipates slowly into a thin layer of foam, leaving PLENTY of lacing.

S - Positively phenomenal and very well-balanced. Dark chocolate, anise, vanilla, roasted wood, and coffee all combine to create an extremely complex and enticing aroma that leaves your palate begging you to take that first sip.

T - Somewhat bitter up front, with dark chocolate and spicy wood notes dominating. A faint hint of piney hop bitterness comes through in the finish. As it warms, some sweetness starts to pop out, namely the anise and vanilla that were present in the aroma. The balance this creates is virtually indescribable. As it warms some more, some alcohol notes come out, but stay inconspicuous enough to stay out of the way and add even more complexity to this enormous brew. I was almost in tears when I finished this beer, in complete agony over the fact that it was all gone.

M - Full-bodied, creamy, rich, and deliciously smooth. Some alcohol warmth comes through after a while and it leaves an aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate and anise.

D - Immensely enjoyable and very smooth, though the alcohol definitely catches up to you by the time you finish it. It's also fairly heavy, making it hard to drink too much of it, as much as you'd love to.

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Photo of lynx1245
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

'08 Abyss tasted here.

Appearance: DARK brown head that creeps up from the Abyss... heeey. Dark as motor oil with an amazing looking lacing.

Smell: I can definitely smell the oak barrel that this one grew old in. Big presence of chocolate and dark cherries. Almost smells a bit nutty as well.

Taste: Burnt malts and molasses. Dark chocolate and nuts. SO GOOD!

Mouthfeel: So smooth! It's like drinking liquid silk. Slightly alcoholic aftertaste but the accompanying dryness really complements this.

Drinkability: It's like drinking a dessert wine only better! I could definitely drink a whole bottle of this to myself, despite how alcoholic it is. Love this beer.

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Photo of NuBrewm
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought I would never be able to try this beer, but thanks to Goodspeed94 and Mully I was able to get 3 bottles of this tasty brew. I Cracked one open after a wonderful cooked meal of lobster and Kobe sirloin and drank with coffee infused creme brulee.

The appearance is jet black with a ml of thin tan head, remindes me of Darkness and Darklord, but just in looks.

Smell, really didnt do anything for me, this kind of threw me off, it smelled kind of like wet leather with a slight scent of bourbon.

Taste- wow the taste is amazing! it totally made up for the lack of aroma. sweet bourbon and smooth dark fruits dance on your tongue.

The mouth feel was like a silk blanket on your tongue. Thick but soft.

I dont know if I could drink another glass right away. it was a pretty heavy beer, but I cant wait to try it again!

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

Wow. Another one of those that I just can't believe I popped the cap on. I'm long overdue for trying this.

2007 vintage

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip completely jet black with a tight, creamy mocha-colored head. It takes its good old time shrinking, eventually making it down to an almost full cap of foam covering the surface. Spider webs of lace cover all sides of my glass as I drink.

SMELL: Heavenly. Chocolate, caramel, and a licoricey fruitiness are all tied up with a tight little bow known as a bourbon barrel. Nothing is overwhelming. Nothing stands out too much. It's all perfectly balanced and blended together. Really nice.

TASTE: The moment of truth is... phenomenal. Quite a bit of roast along with chocolates at first. Then the bourbon really kicks in with hints of vanilla, but it stays nicely in the background. The finish adds a balancing bitterness - not that it really needed it - and seems to highlight some of the hops as well as bitter, roasty, black malts.

MOUTHFEEL: A medium-full, velvety smooth body is highlighted by a low and appropriate carbonation. Very nice, but couldn't it be thicker?

DRINKABILITY: Exceptional. No sign of alcohol anywhere, which is really dangerous. Plus it's nowhere close to sickly sweet. Instead it has a nice cutting bitterness that leaves you yearning for the next sip.

A world-class beer, absolutely. Everything seems so restrained and thought out, rather than packing it full of flavors with reckless abandon. It's hard to crack the top of the list of Russian Imperial Stouts, but I can't argue that this one doesn't deserve its place. A truly brilliant beer!

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Photo of azagthoth
3.72/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately the once grandeur beer known as The Abyss from the acclaimed Deschutes Brewery has officially departed from us. I continue to sit in complete bewilderment as to what happened with this year's release. I recall splitting the 2007 bomber with t0rin0 last year and being absolutely infatuated with it! To my recollection, I gave it something along the lines of a 4.75/5.0 in my personal journal - but that is assuredly not the case this time around for the 2008 version. Number 3 on the top 100 here on BA? Please... several Russian Imperial Stouts and even American Double Stouts instantly come to mind that can dropkick this one into pettiness.

Appearance - Basically your humdrum pour and nothing terribly conceiving. The appearance didn't "wow" me, but to keep it civil I wasn't turned off by it either. To keep it simple, it was neutral.

Smell - The smell could hold its own, I'll hand it that. My initial thoughts consisted of black licorice and coffee. The coffee was quite assertive, but to a coffee junkie such as myself it wasn't a bad thing! However, it seems as if they heightened the presence of the coffee in comparison to the 2007 version. The only downside to that was it indeed took away just a peedge of this brew's complexity that it once seemed to have.

Taste- I was dissatisfied, it pains me to say! Where in the hell did the magnificence of The Abyss go? As a previous BA'er stated, this was not the becoming roasted malt taste that one would except in a Russian Imperial Stout - but rather a burnt charcoal demeanor that is unavoidable. Did it make me gag? No. Did it render any affection? Nope! Worth the $12/22 oz bottle - absolutely not Oprah!

Mouthfeel - Finally an aspect of The Abyss that was reminiscent of last year's, in addition to being an honorable kick to this brew! Deschutes has the mouth of this beer fulfilled. The Abyss has to be one of the most fluent beers to the palate out there! So creamy, rich, and smooth like silk. This was definitely the upside to my second sampling of the beer.

Drinkability - The mouth unfortunately doesn't up the drinkability of this beer. The overall presence of burnt charcoal is what merely destroys the drinkability of The Abyss. It really is a shame, considering how last year's was so drinkable and left me wanting a whole bottle to savor on my own.

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Photo of bowersdm
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdlap for the trade that provided this beer to me.

Bomber poured into a mug. '08 vintage served at around 55 degrees.

A - black. This is probably the darkest beer I have ever seen. A 2cm(-ish) tan colored head formed. It rather quickly dissipated into a slight film.

S - I'm first hit with a very rich chocolate aroma. alcohol, hops, oak, smoke, vanilla, licorice are to follow. The chocolate is the most present flavor and the more pleasant.

T - chocolate, espresso, roasted barley, with notes of oak, tobacco, smoke, and vanilla, which gives way to a spicy hop finish and a lingering bitter chocolate/cocoa taste. molasses are also present in the aftertaste. I don't taste the licorice that I smelled and know to be in here.

M - oily, greasy, syrupy, whatever you want to say. This beer is very viscous. It has a thick, undercarbonated mouthfeel (probably the age), but I think that the undercarbonation was perfect for how syrupy the beer seemed. This is definitely an exceptional mouthfeel for an RIS.

D - the alcohol is well hidden. The flavors aren't over the top. This beer is surprisingly drinkable. I definitely wish I had another in my cellar.

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Photo of Deuane
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 2007 vintage bottle shared January 2009. Thanks to BA-sholland saving me the trouble of opening one of mine!

A-Greasy, deep black with the most subtle hint of burnt sienna edgings. A thick deep tan head rises up, holds on strong until it reduces somewhat to a small cap. Head leaves nice streaky lacing.

S-Bold, intense and rich. A plethora of aromas swirl up from this one. Chocolate, espresso, bourbon, licorice, vanilla and a touch of spicy hops. This one is a joy to inhale.

T-If the aroma lacks at all it is made up in the flavour profile. The complexity on the palate is truly impressive. A coffee liquor mixed with dark roasted malt feeling kicks things off. Notes bourbon, vanilla, licorice, blackstrap molasses, turbinado and even a bit of prune and fig thrown in for good measure, WOW! This brew was a bit hot when I had it about a month after the release but now with a full year of maturity, well it is an outstanding brew for sure.

M-Medium-heavy body with a rich, luscious and viscous feel. Some oily slickness but this simply adds to the enjoyment level. The myriad of flavours last throughout.

D-Smooth, rich and oh so enjoyable. I would be hard pressed to find a widely released, read no special one-day event thing, RIS that was as complex, drinkable and enjoyable as this. Do yourself a favor and fall into the Abyss, you will be glad you did!

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a thick mocha head. Opaque-- no light penetrates. A black effin' hole.

Smells like bourbon... Acrid coffee, chocolate, hops...

Up front tastes like sweet malt which is quickly killed by bourbon. The bourbon taste melts seamlessly into an acrid coffee taste before finally being washed out with hops... Not at all like I expected. A very bitter cacao taste underlies the coffee and bourbon.

A thick creamy mouthfeel fills the mouth and rides over the tongue. A light light light carbonation only adds to the feel.

This is definitely a sipper. And at 11%, this is an end-of-the night beer.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Hot damn, I love twitter! Got a 'tweet' on 2/5 saying a surprise keg of Abyss just showed up at the Portland pub. Good excuse for:
a) reviewing the beer on tap (reviewed the bottled version before).
b) a liquid lunch.

Served in a snifter, the Abyss is a great looking beer. Dark as hell, sludgy 2-finger dark tan head that refuses to go away, legs and laces all the way til the end.

Although it's still quite young, this beer is incredible. Everything seems to be in perfect balance, and the nose and mouth meld together seamlessly. It's smooth, it's chocolatey, it's fruity, it's boozy. There's vanilla, wood, molasses with a touch of coffee and a touch of hops. A rich and dry roasted character. Perfect combination of assertive and subtle. A little hot, but then again, it's probably not going to hit its peak for a long time- this stuff is made to be aged. Glad I've got a few bottles to hang onto.

Drinkability is off the charts for such a strong beer. I killed 2 10-oz snifters with ease and would do it again anytime. A small complaint is that the carbonation was perhaps a notch too strong, and the mouthfeel wasn't quite as smooth and velvety as I enjoyed in the bottled version.

Overall impression: Outrageously good beer. Even fresh, it dominates most other big stouts. Can't wait to see how this bad boy ages.

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Photo of ironlung
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

I know I won't have anything new to add, but I can't miss the chance to finally write a review on this stout of stouts!
Looks black as the black-top pavement out in the driveway. Has a foamy tan dead that doesn't stay for long,but sure leaves a nice lace! Smell is just pure heaven, lots of everything sweet. I swear I can even make out some anise. Taste is so balanced. This year's seems less "hot" on the alcohol than I remember last year's being.

Overall: this stout is the nectar of the Russian czars. It just oozes all the goodness that you expect from the style. Its hard to go back once you stare into the abyss...other stouts just don't hold a candle!

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Photo of pdxwhisky
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really everything that you have heard.

On tap at the Portland Pub.

Dark, inky pour with a great one inch head in a snifter. Excellent lacing. Deep sensory aroma with lots going on. The taste is sublime. Excellent mouthfeel with multiple arenas of flavor. Even better once it warmed up a bit. A bit too rich to have more than 10oz (the snifter pour) at a time, but the bomber might be worthy of sharing as an alternative to port after a big steak dinner.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one is beautiful. It's pitch black and shiny, with a giant brown head, leaving great lacing and retention. The smell has a good bit of roasted sweetness, brown sugar, black patent, roasted barley. And there's even a note of spiciness with the alcohol. The taste is nice. There's a bit of sharpness initially from the alcohol and black malts. There's actually a funny sweetness mixed in with a bit of dryness. Buried down deep is a nice chocolatey flavor, with a deep brown sugar taste. I'd say this one could be overpowered by black patent if it weren't for the barrel-aging and licorice, and this is my main complaint with the flavor. I think there's too much to hide behind, which makes for an easier to accept beer, but I'm afraid of what lies behind. The mouthfeel is less than stellar for a BA beer. There's a bit of prickly carbonation, and it even tastes kind of thin, there's lots of flavor, but they aren't enrirely complete. There is a note of creaminess, once you work your way into it and the carbonation subsides. This one continued to pull me back in, though. I really enjoyed drinking it, and the recommendation goes without saying thanks to its spot in the top 100.

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Photo of natasharai
3.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter with 1cm dark tan head, dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. The beer is black, letting no light through. Very typical for a RIS, but the head retention was not what I expected.

Smell: Very strong malty smell, some chocolate notes, with hints of sweet caramel. Again, pretty typical.

Taste: Large roasty malt flavor, with some chocolate taste. Slight note of caramel sweetness, very small hint of oak. As it warmed it began to taste more smokey, and a sharp unfavorable bitterness was left in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Good body for a RIS, pretty smooth and creamy feeling, low carbonation.

Overall: Easy to drink for a RIS despite the thick mouthfeel. To me this beer is really predictable. I was hoping for more of a woody/nutty flavor but just didn't find it.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black color with a thick 1-2 finger brown head that retains very nicely and leaves moderate amounts of lacing.

Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate hits immediately with hints of alcohol in the background. Very inviting.

Many complexities come through in the taste. Coffee, caramel, vanilla all show up in the beginning. Added notes of dark chocolate, fig, and molasses also show up. Finishes with oak and licorice. An amazing blend of flavors which helps to mask the alcohol just a little.

Exceptionally silky and smooth, this is easy to get lost in. The alcohol doesn't feel like 11% but keep enjoying this and eventually you'll learn the hard way. Beyond that, this here is a classic and definitely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am currently drinking one of my six bottles of abyss. This one has sat in a ref. for about two months at 45 degrees f. It has mellowed from the first few i've drank. It poured with exceptional head and carbonation. One of the few truely wonderful beers in the world. I am a huge fan of oak aged beers and this one leaves you wanting more!!! The taste is rich and strong without the high alcohol % taste most other strong beer give off. This is one of the most well rounded beers i've ever had. I cannot wait to drink my others! AMAZING JOB DESCHUTES, keep em' coming!! A+++

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice brown foamy head with good retention, and some lacing. Very dark brown beer, almost black.

S- Charcoal, dark chocolate and toasted whole grain up front. Some good sweetness caramel and molasses, also some pine and wood notes.

T- Dark chocolate and charcoal, some hints of wood, also some nice caramel sweetness. Towards the end it gets a nice piny bitter taste and leaves you with a hint of charcoal.

M- This is a nice subtle mouth feel, silky smooth that lightly coats your mouth. Good hop presence and nice carbonation.

Overall- This is a great beer. Nice subtle complexity.

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Photo of ampzilla
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recently realized I had a few more of these than I thought and decided to open one at first chance.
2007 Release from kind BA unknown.

Poured this one freely into a 12 oz sniffer. It looked quite nice in the glass with and inch of mocha colored head atop of ebony brew. Dense foam that had staying power. A fair amount of lacing as well.
The aroma was comforting. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Like walking into a cafe that makes fresh deserts. Just a hint of booze in the back.
Lots of flavors, yet not muddled. Coffee, chocolate, molasses (hints of KC BBQ) and vanilla bean. A bunch of other stuff that is eluding me. I'm intrigued at this yet impressed that it was pulled of with such success. Could have got a 5 for taste except for an ever so slight bitter/harsh finish.
Mouthfeel was full not chewy. Slightly slick. The only negative I can muster is just a little too boozy even after a year. Otherwise this is en exceptional beer.

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Photo of sloejams
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

tasted 1/26/09 on-tap Father's Office 2, Los Angeles

One thing I must praise FO: every beer you order will be served at the optimal conditions, everytime. For a beer of this caliber that is incredibly important.

A fluff of cappuccino head cascades over the thick, dark, viscous liquid as the bartender slides it my way. Glorious - so dark you could smuggle something inside it with nary a suspicion. The cappuccino aspect carries over into the aroma. The bourbon barrel scent comes through as does dark chocolate.

First sip is full of flavor and incredibly creamy. Oak and bourbon with the coffee bitterness shine in the flavor. Not a powerful bitterness, but the acidity your mouth gets from the first sip of joe in the morning. Lotsa coffee flavor too and a condensed milk sweetness too.

What you have his in a fantastic beer, worthy of all the accolades. Worth hunting for.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the stout event in my area and I can't thank everyone that was involved, enough.

Poured from a bottle into a flute. It pours like motor oil with a black appearance and opaque when held to the light. A 1.5 inch mocha colored head forms that slowly reduced to a healthy lacing.

The aroma was subtle with some very mild hoppy hints, as well as dark chocolate. A mild level of malty sweetness was noted. Some bourbon and coffee notes are present.

The taste was fairly complex including a bittersweet, dark chocolate combination with coffee. There was also a metallic component to me, which several people couldn't quite put there fingers on. Mild bourbon is present.

The Mouthfeel revealed a full body with moderate level of carbonation for a stout. It was quite thick and had a dry finish. Something about the feel didn't quite warrant a 5.

Overall, I think this is good for the style but was surprised that it ranked higher than Dark Lord. Overall, it is a very good beer and I will take any opportunity to have another.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 6,847 ratings.
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