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
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mick303
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 abyss from Sara
Looks amazing, dark black with a thick creamy coffee tan film, great lacing. 4.75
S- dark cherry, spicy oak, lots of black strap mollasus, walnut nuttiness, huge depth Of interesting flavours, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, with a subtle dark fruit edge. 4.75
T- mollasus, dark rich spicy notes, lots of wine tannins, cherry and black current, pepperiness stand out on the tongue. Quite a bit of oak. A moderate touch of initial sweetness then tends into a deep dark abyss of alluring flavours, flavour and balance truly defy description. More oak than I expected but what an amazing stout. 4.75
M- big body, with a moderate carbonation, creamy and spicy with lots of oak, hints of strapping alcohol but for the strength it really isn't overbearing, dry finish with oaky mollasus spiciness. 4.5
Certainly one world class stout, brings a huge complex flavour at this strength with a ton of richness and no heat. Deep dark molasses flavour, lots of spicy oak. Amazing balance and complexity, haven't had it fresh but aged is really inspiring, great complexity and spiciness. Definitely one of the best stouts I've ever had. If I could but a case I would. 4.75

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

bottled 2012, drank 1/1/14

a: deep, dark, rich black with just the slights hint of brown. large 3 finger mahogany tan head that sticks around nicely

s: the smell on this is unreal. dark chocolate, leather, plums, raisin, fig, sweet black licorice, oak, dates, rich toffee. has some berry esters as well. this is crazy complex and amazing. you can pick up the various barrels - coconuts, vanilla, and very slight vinous notes.

t: very similar to the nose. rich chocolate and toasted malts hit you right away. next you're hit with the oak, tobacco, and the dark fruits - raisins, prunes, figs, pomegranates, and brown sugar. i'm picking up cherries in here too - sweet cherries, its real nice. then it fades to a rich molasses and creamy toffee. the flavor then circles back around and ends with the toasted malts.

m: heavy mouthfeel, with a nice amount of carbonation - not too much

o: perfect. this deserves 100. do yourself a favor and make sure to inhale through the nose as you take each sip

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -44.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +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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4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 reserve served in a tulip.

A - Pours deep black with a large caramel colored head.

S- Licorace with a hint of the molasses.

T- Lots if flavors coming through. Caramel, toffee, coffee and licorace.

M- Full bodied with little carbonation.

O - A well balanced, full bodied beer with lots of flavor. Can't wait to open this years batch.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Abyss 2012 Reserve - aged 14 months. Bomber poured into tulip.

Pours heavy pitch black with huge foamy brown head. I wish every stout could look like this.

Smell is definitely complex. Sweet. Chocolate, caramel, and vanilla up front, followed by a little boozy red wine.

Taste is again sweet, but not overly so. So much going on here. Chocolate and vanilla with the soft boozyness, followed by molasses, cherry, and a very slight alcohol burn. So complex and delicious!

The feel of this one is wonderful. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Very heavy bodied, the carbonation barely comes through.

Overall this was a treat! Not sure how much the 14 months age did for it as I haven't enjoyed this fresh before (instructed to at least age a year per the bottle). I'll definitely be looking forward to the annual release of this in the future.

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4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Reserve
22oz waxed bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with no light penetration. 3+ fingers of foamy, dark brown head with great retention.

Fudge, cocoa nib, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, espresso, licorice, molasses, roasted barley, light oak and fruity esters.

A plethora of different chocolates; dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fudge and cocoa nib. Espresso, peanut, overripe black plum, raisins and fig. Some toffee, molasses and black licorice. Moderately light oak and tannins but beautifully blended. Flashes of bourbon heat, tobacco, leather and vanilla ice cream along with touches of fruity esters.

Full bodied, smooth, silky and creamy.

World-class, no doubt! Extremely complex and damn near perfection.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Abyss 2013 reserve
This beer has a best after date so I had to get two will be updating my review again once I try after that date as well which is 8/16/14

Being how hyped this beer is

A: dark brown pretty much inky black lives up to its name

S: roasted malts chocolate bourbon small hint of vanilla and coffee

T: how a stout should taste smooth chocolate coffee burnt notes and aged

M: perfect carbonation a heavy brew but super smooth

O: crafted to perfection will be looking forward to trying after the best after date... If I can wait that long...

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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