The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

7,062 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BubalooBrewMaster for this one.

2013 Reserve.Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2 inch of dark brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a great mix of oaky vanilla, cherry, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate and earth. The taste is more dark chocolate and coffee along with molasses and roasted malts. Nice notes of dark cherry, oak and vanilla throughout. Some boozey oak at the finish with more hints of cherry and earth as well a chocolate syrup. Velvety, slick mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a lot going on with this beer. I would love to try one with some age on it but it's hard to imagine it any better than this. Overall, outstanding beer I'm glad I finally got to try.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like a wanker for reviewing this beer. I have drunk it several times on draft and in bottle and I have grown to like it more and more every time. Reviewing the 2013 batch, black wax.

A: Tiny bubbles in black ink. Tan head dissipates. "Tis a fine looking Russian lass.

S: Great toffee and maple syrup aromas. As it warms, the bourbon and oak come out a little more. LIght fennel/anise aroma underneath there.

T: There is a pleasant hop kick to this beer. Good bitterness, though not as bitter as Speedway or Founders Imperial. Definitely a bonus to have some good hop in a RIS. Hits that nice toffee/maple note from the smell and some chocolate too, but this is drier than you would expect. Very mild sweetness that is played off of the bitter hop aspect.

M: That fine carb really helps to coat the mouth. My mouth feels like I ate a bag of Werther's caramels without those pesky little clumps that get stuck between your teeth and gums.

Overall: Find this beer and drink it. Duh.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,062 ratings.
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