The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

7,101 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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2015 Vintage

Look: Dark, oily black. Thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Chocolate, licorice, cherry, charred oak, and vanilla. A lot going on here. Small amount of booze is present too.

Taste: Tons of chocolate and vanilla up front. The booze, charred oak, and cherry flavor come through on the back end. Again, a ton of flavors going on - hard to detect everything.

Feel: Sticky, full-bodied. No super hot for being freshly bottled - just enough bourbon bite.

Overall: One of my favorite stouts. Drink this one warm, and the complexity will come out. Wish I had another bottle to taste again. Couldn't recommend anymore.

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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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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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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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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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