The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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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
Ratings:
7,102
Reviews:
1,963
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
2,950
Gots:
3,895
For Trade:
332
User Ratings & Reviews
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4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I once that this beer to be rare (at the time it was not sold in Nebraska), this was a few years ago. I made no effort the attain it and I was able to get a half dozen bottles or so, which I guess meant it was never rare. Now it is available in the state I work and live. Guess I should post a review for it now.

Dead black. A darker color is not possible. Floating onto of the abyss was a narrow tan head. The appearance was the model of the style. Textbook and perfection.

The nose is assertive but not aggressive; more tantalizing then blunt. Rich notes of molasses and melt with coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla and sweet, creamy chocolate. The aromas feel complete and not as choppy as say Yeti or Expedition. The barrel aging adds tremendous complexity and a gentle smoothness. A nearly perfect bouquet.

Oh so… smooth. Insanely complex. A bite of licorice is matched with espresso, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of smoke and oak. Molasses-like sweetness is balanced with an underlying hoppiness. Malty from start to finish. It’s a full-on assault of creamy-roasty-black maltiness rounded from time in a barrel. A brilliant piece of brewing magic. As good as an RIS can get.

Full, rich, vinous mouthfeel; low (and perfect) carbonation. Ideal mouthfeel.

Big and bold and stupid drinkable. One of the best beers I’ve had. Worthy of the attention, worthy of the hype. Seek it out. Drink it. Share it. Enjoy it.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of PicoPapa
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%

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,102 ratings.
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