The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

7,082 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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4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened less than 12 months old. 2013 bottle, opened Jan 2014.

A - Thick, motor oil black body. Towering cap of milk chocolate brown head. Awesome retention and lace.

S - Fresh toasted wheat, sesame seeds, vanilla, bread dough, and dusty grain silos.

T - Toasted grains and warm bread crust permeate the flavor profile. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and caramel sweeten the center, and are balanced by ash, soft tannins, oatmeal, and molasses. Touch of anise and burnt chocolate through the finish.

M - Outstandingly creamy. Smooth, full body.

O - Surprisingly little barrel character, but the quality of the blend comes through in the smoothness and balance of the beer.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- typical, beautiful motor-oil black. Surprisingly big cinnamon head for an 11-percenter that disappeared slowly.

Smell- Wonderful. Chocolate, Cherries, Molasses, Bourban, Oak, Wine.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Follows the nose perfectly. A pure joy to drink. I have never been a big wine fan, but this beer makes me feel completely different. The wine-aging has done wonders to this already complex brew. The mouthful is a little thinner than expected, but a minor problem.

Overall- This is a beautiful, well-made beer that is only surpassed by BCBS itself. Worth every penny of the price/shipping to get this. Am aging a bottle right now, and would like to see how it tastes in about a year.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date best AFTER 10/2014. Whoops.
Pours a glorious jet black with sludgy light brown head

Nose- great nose, not immensely potent- bourbon, semi-sweet milk chocolate, caramel, raisins/figs

Taste- begins with smooth and sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and subtle chocolate, turns a bit sweet and fruity with dark fruits and soft citrus. Finishes light with vanilla/oak with a little bit of char

Feel- surprisingly light for this big of a stout, sweet, lush, roasty

Fantastic. I think I should've let this sit til October, not as complex or robust as I had hoped

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,082 ratings.
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