The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

7,063 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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Ratings: 7,063 |  Reviews: 1,959
Photo of dar482
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a black color with reddish copper coming through on the edges with a brown head.

The aroma has a fudgey chocolate, almost a hint of smoked meat, a character that I would otherwise describe as earthy hops, but it could be that molasses and licorice in the beer. A dark fruit and woodiness throughout.

The beer hints in the front of smooth vanilla with dark plums and black cherry then onto a milk chocolate, then transitions aggressively to that black espresso bean. The beer explodes on the finish of complexities of that alcohol creeping up then tamed down by cedar wood, molasses, licorice, and then a drying quality of that oak.

A wonderfully complex beer with huge back palate flavor. I recommend this beer slightly cool instead of cellar temp.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 2011 bottle was drank alongside the 2012 and 2013 (shared with others) this past weekend; review is from notes taken during the tasting. The 2011 was my favorite of the three (and my review is thus of it), though the 2012 was the popular choice.

Pours black with a centimeter of caramel-colored head fueled by a constant stream of bubbles from the base of the snifter. The aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, caramelized brown sugar, caramel, oak, and roasted malts. May pick up some anise if consciously looking for it, but it’s subtle if there at all. It tastes of bourbon, chocolate, rich/roasty malt, sugar, oat, oak, vanilla, raw molasses, licorice, and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is wet and viscous up front with a velvety finish that is warmed by the ethanol. Overall, this is a complex and delicious stout that does a great job of balancing and showcasing a wide variety of flavors and ingredients.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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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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3/5  rDev -33%

Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle pours opaque black.

Both the aroma and flavor are amazingly complex yet balanced.. The complexity leads to different aspects of the brew coming forward in successive sniffs, with some featuring the wine barrel effects, another the BBL and yet another the dark roasted grains. Excellent sweet/bitter balance.

O: Admired even more than I like it: It is created with a very complex brewing process, but all the pieces come together artfully.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottled into chilled tulip glass (served just a little cooler than room temp). Deep, dark color in the glass. Virtually no immediate head, but nice tan collar and lots of tiny bubbles. Excellent, sticky lacing throughout. On the nose, lots of chocolate licorice and molasses, with hints of vanilla/coffee. On the palate, heavy roast and carbonation cut the intensity of the flavors, which replicate the nose, except that there is more smokiness to the taste than the nose would reveal. Ample, chewy mouthfeel.

All in all, very pleasant. But I must say that, based upon the hype, my expectations were disappointed. Honestly, to my taste, Parabola is twice as good as Abyss.

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of razorsdescent
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle of Abyss from 2013 bought in Philadelphia, not aged.

A- Pitch Black, dark tan bordering on light brown head. Can't wait to taste this.

S- Molasses, coffee, oak and bakers chocolate, mmm tasty.

T- The tastes on the smell are present and magnified with the addition of BIG molasses taste which dominates, with chocolate, dark cherries, coffee, faint black licorice and everything is oaked.

M- Creamy and smooth, like a mixed drink with a cream base, absolutely outstanding.

The finish on this beer has the slightest and sweetest of burns. I have hunted down the best beers that I can get my hands on (spent more of my income than I care to admit), and as far as stouts go this is second only to Dark Lord in terms of complexity and deliciousness. I can safely say that you can believe the hype and go for this beer, a complete joy to drink. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to trying this for a long time; despite the tumult of praise I've heard, I'm managed to avoid the bottle that's been sitting in my fridge for 4 months. Today is the day, and I'm encouraged by the simple quote on the inside of the waxed cap: "Bravely done". You too, Mr. Beer, you too. Onward! Pours the most delightful thick and syrupy black I, one of the heaviest I have seen. Smell is not super in your face, but some lighter notes than typify stouts. I got lots of cherry, raisin, vanilla, bread and molasses. Taste is wonderful, loaded with toasted oats, sweet tobacco, coffee and some cherries and grapes at the end. Huge flavor from start to finish, leaving some roasted goodness to linger. There is a very slight hint of some tartness, and it works well especially with the slightly higher than average carbonation, for the style. Feel is heavy, and smooth. Coats your entire mouth.

Overall, an absolutely incredible beer; it lived up to its hype 100% for me. Delicious, unique, full of flavor. Not much more I could ask for.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,063 ratings.
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