The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

7,102 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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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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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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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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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best after: 8/24/2014, Consumed: 1/28/2014. Wanted to have a yard stick by which to measure the effect of aging this beer.

A – Impenetrable darkness, the like of which was last seen when camping on a moonless night in the middle of a Pacific Northwestern forest. That’s very dark. Burnt toffee head which maintains perfectly ordered bubbles. The foam clings like foam-scum on a river but in an attractive way. Excellent retention.

S – A little muted. Mainly getting roasty toasty scents. Not very much coffee or chocolate.

T – Not as much hotness from the alcohol as I had anticipated which is a pleasant surprise. I expect age to add complexity to this beer; developing some sweet toffee or caramel notes to balance the bitter chocolate finish and burned, toasted malt-bread flavours. The vanilla, molasses, cherry bark and liquorice which are mentioned on the label don’t really make an appearance at this juncture. I do get some woodiness from the various oak-agings it undergoes, however. The booze arrives with scotch flavours mid-sip and fades to ash on the finish.

M – Already spot on. Thick, rich, hearty and satisfying. The thickness of the mouthfeel is visible even on the pour. This is a beer of significant substance.

O – I’m still pretty new to imperial stouts in general but this is certainly a very well-rounded beer. From memory it seems to be on an even keel with Narwhal, albeit with a richer body and less caramel or maple on the palate. I look forward to seeing how this beer ages.

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