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): 11.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.

As for the great “drink it now or let it age” debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after a year or more in the cellar.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#146
Reviews:
2,018
Ratings:
7,316
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
2,965
Gots:
3,963
Trade:
335
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Ratings: 7,316 |  Reviews: 2,018
Photo of grapeshops
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thick, dark, black color from a tall beer. The aroma is incredible....chocolate, licorice, and more. Smokey. The taste is intense...slightly sour though, with a plastic note and lots of spicy, smokey, deep fruit. Light bitterness. The taste does have an overdone licorice flavor. Full in body, Thick and satisfying.

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Photo of Oak26364
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016

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Photo of Wade-S
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage, drinking on 3/28/18.
Pours jet black with thick tan head that dissipated pretty quick. Dark cherries and currants on the nose, with booze and a little molasses and a little roasted malt. It's really more carbonated than I anticipated. Upon taste I immediately get dark fruit, burnt molasses, dark roasted malt and a surprising amount of bitter hops. The alcohol is there, but not overpowering. It's honestly not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be, definitely more bitter. It's sips sweet at first then shifts to bitter. I had this beer beer fresh but honestly don't remember a lot about it, it was pre beer advocate for me. Overall a solid ba stout. I wish I would have noted my first so I could comment on what age did for this stout.

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Photo of ejmontoy1
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First smell comes off with the sweet molasses and vanilla. Taste at first is smooth and what you would expect from a good barrel aged beer. Unfortunately the aftertaste comes off almost too sweet. Tough to finish the bottle as the sweetness of this beer is overpowering. Overall a good beer!

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Photo of Sonray61
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LA_Hue24
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pirateclem
3.33/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

2017 Vintage. It was ok. Not necessarily complex, just dark, dark fruits, molasses, espresso by barely. Honestly it need to age. Good I picked up a couple of these. Going to let one set for a year or better.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisG523
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of First
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Johng19751
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nedster10
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black with thick mocha colored head that lasts forever. Lots of lacing.

Aroma - Roasted malts, vanilla, rich chocolate, oak, slight vinegar aroma, alcohol comes out pretty well.

Taste - Smooth smoky taste, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, molasses comes out well, cocoa, not getting the vinegar I was expecting.

Feel - Full bodied creamy smooth feel, light heat from the alcohol that warms you up.

Overall - Well done stout pretty complex flavors that all work well together.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delgotit99
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcb7472
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just drank the 2017 version ABV 11.40% (while grilling), brewed with blackstrap molasses and licorice, dry spiced with cherry bark, and aged in bourbon and wine Oregon Oak barrels (according to label). It is a really great stout. I've told it has kept up its great flavor and it also ages well.

Look: Jet black with a very thick and fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, hint of coffee, maybe cherries and red wine, mild bourbon, maybe licorice but not much, mild booziness.

Feel: medium to full body

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Photo of packerj
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rgk3
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful black with cocoa-colored head poured into a stout glass. Roasted grain, a little coffee, some sweetness (dark fruits), definite bitter dark chocolate--a little too bitter--and nice, moderate booziness. I really like the mouthfeel--not cloying but coats the tongue and then dissipates. I like it, but would rather age it for a year or two.

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Photo of JPS10
3.87/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maz
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,316 ratings