The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had the 2010 Abyss. I had 1 when in came out, and another recently that I had been aging (4 years). Deschutes claims they are better with at least a year of age on them, but having gone this long, I don't remember well enough to describe a difference.

Color - Black and opaque with a brown head, a very stout stout

Smell - all of them. They really crammed everything into this beer. Raisins, fruit, molasses, malt, a little coffee and chocolate, although the fruit came through more

Taste - again, everything but the kitchen sink. All the above smells, and maybe a little oak and carmel

Mouth feel - thick and syrup

Stout is not my preferred beer, but this one is pretty special

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well, I've had The Abyss a few times, a few vintages, some on tap, some from bottles. My experiences have ranged from, "Hmm, pretty good", to, "I don't get the hype."

2013 Vintage

The usual, dark as night pour. Less than a finger of lazy cocoa powder colored foam that retreats and laces like a chocolate malt. It's a beauty to behold. Smells of baking chocolate, light whiskey barrel, prune, leather, brown sugar, dates, & diminutive wisps of vanilla. This is the best smelling Abyss I can remember. Warming....Ok now tasting. Well. no chocolate. Earthy roast, some leather, tobacco, oak. Kinda deep oak. Hmm, it's bringing some slight alcohol warmth in now. And a hint of red wine barrel...guessing in the range between cabarnet sauvignon and pinot noir, but just guessing. Finishes an earthy, peaty roasted leather meets licorice and burnt brown sugar, but eventually ends with tobacco.

Complex for sure. Letting them age definitely seems to smooth the edges. I'll be curious how the '09 and '12 I have will fare. If the flavor followed more of the into with the nose, I'd like this one a lot more. I find the complex palette of flavors to make for a fairly abstract painting that i don't appreciate as much as many folks. Not bad, but I'm toward meh.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,296 ratings