The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

The AbyssThe Abyss
BA SCORE
96.4%
Liked This Beer
4.48 w/ 7,127 ratings
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
Ranking:
#127
Reviews:
1,969
Ratings:
7,127
Liked:
6,870
Avg:
4.48/5
pDev:
9.38%
Alströms:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
2,960
Gots:
3,902
Trade:
331
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,127 |  Reviews: 1,969
Photo of rflips86
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of SamuelR
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Gretlawn
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of MrGone
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of spartanjd
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of kimjongill
3/5  rDev -33%

Photo of TboneRN
3.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikejones
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Stew
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jonathan2291
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of leveejr
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had 2012 vintage on Tap at Holy Grail Pub.

Poured pitch black with small tan head. Slight bourbon smell along with nice roasted notes. Tastes insanely good. Slight bourbon sweetness. Big roasted flavor and earthy almost tobacco finish. Outstanding beer overall.

 263 characters

Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of seanpsu33
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of tbone64
3/5  rDev -33%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Train54
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of carlmoberg
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rollncalguy78
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of marleyr
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jtosch
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of bmwats
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a foam blanket and a beer ring. Persistent thick spider web lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, licorice, and raisin.

T: Espresso and licorice. Dark, unsweetened chocolate.

M: Thick, syrupy, and hearty. Earthy, with a slight bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Dark and intimidating, with a fair head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is roasty, and chocolatey with sweet and bitter components. Coffee with bitter licorice and unsweetened chocolate. Overall, this is a great quaff.

 652 characters

Photo of ChrisMQ
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of JoshNLFTW
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of mwilbur
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Best after 11/1/13. Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours thick and black like motor oil...or the abyss. Very viscous. Super dark black...no light coming through with backlighting. 1/2 inch dark mocha head that fairly quickly recedes but still leaves a skim. Thin lacing also coats the glass.
S: Intoxicating aroma can be appreciated a few feet away. Black strap molasses, dark caramel malt, hint of sweet cherries, anise, and a bit of charred wood.
T: Smooth dark chocolate and cherries up front, followed by charred wood, black strap molasses, and a strong backbone of dark, roasted, and sweet malt. Wonderful transition across the palate. Anise and vanilla come through with warming.
M: Super silky smooth and creamy up front. This transitions to dry and bitter and finishes with the same. Excellent lingering and maturing on the palate...leaves a lasting footprint. Heavy feel.
D: Wow!!! This one lives up to the hype. An excellent sipper. A phenomenal brew...seek it out!

 1,000 characters

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 96.4% out of 100 with 7,127 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.