The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

7,114 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: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

A- The pour produces a two-finger head that's cappuccino in color... The head is foamy, frothy and thick enough to support a bottle cap... The beer itself is pitch black and opaque... There's abundant lacing left about the glass.

S- Deep dark chocolate hits my nose first, then hints of coffee, some roasted malt, some oak and something sweet like molasses. The smells are somewhat subdued.

T- Bitter baker's chocolate dominates, but theres some sweet roasted malt to offer some balance, creamy toffee and vanilla emerge after some time, as do the oaky, barrel-like features... There's also some bitter hoppiness and wine-like grapiness at the finish.

M- The beer starts very bitter, but then becomes creamy and smooth, before finishing dry, bitter and vinous like a red wine.

O- A complex beer that didn't quite deliver as I'd expect on the nose, but it came alive on my tongue. Very tasty. I look forward to aging a few of these bottles to see what more the beer has to offer.

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

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Best After: 11/01/13 Thank you for this SatlyMalty, may you rest in peace.

A- Pours an intensely opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains briefly before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a few bubbles of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Sweet dark roasted malt brings forth notes of molasses, vanilla and toasted marshmallow. The oak gives it a good amount of depth and the booze is certainly there but not too intense.

T- Deep, dark roasted malt has big notes of char well on into the aftertaste. Not sensing a whole lot of barrel but I guess that's due to them decreasing the amount of beer that's aged in the barrels each year. It's mainly the heavy malt, booze and hints of vanilla that I get out of it. Good, but I was hoping for more complexity like the smell was leading on.

M- Thick but not creamy. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I wouldn't say this was a letdown but it's certainly not worth all the hype. I got a lot more "wow" factor from Dissident and Black Butte XXIV.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a God-tier dark beer. Just absolutely fantastic. Picked up 5 bottles of the 2013, opened 1 to enjoy now. Poured into a Bordeaux glass.

A - Dark as dark beers get. Almost doesn't let any light through when held up to a bright lamp. Head is a little under a finger, poured into a very wide glass - light milk-chocolate in color.

S - Roasted coffee beans, a sweet fruity-ness to the smell, typical stout smells as well, a little bit of irish cream from the bourbon barrel.

T - Good god this is tasty (fresh and with age). Chocolate, coffee, a little bit of tree bark/earthy notes, flavors of the different barrels: bourbon (very light - almost like Bailey's), oak, wine (also subtle), french vanilla covered in chocolate syrup. Opened another bottle with about 4-5 months age, and the flavors are roughly the same. More chocolate notes come out with age as the light coffee starts to disappear.

M - Like liquid silk running over your tongue. Almost no bite to this beer. Alcohol content weighs it down a bit, but not too heavy, just a perfect dark beer mouthfeel.

O - Easily one of my favorite beers of all time and one I will look for every year it comes out. I also look forward to putting a year or two of aging on a couple bottles. If I find any more, I will definitely be snatching it up.

Updated on 4/22 to add notes to appearance and taste and age.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 poured to snifter, my third year I was lucky enough to come across The Abyss, this year I found three and intend to age one 6 months to a year. This review is "unaged"

Deschutes "Obsidian Stout" is one of my all time favorite black beers, "The Abyss" strikes me as a gloriously fancy and muscled up version of Ob. Opaque black, nice dark tan head that lays down quickly, plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is bold and complex: dark roasty malts, boozy, oak and wine lingering. Taste is similar... plenty of hops and dark malt to offset any sweetness, a bit bitter when cold and the balance does transition to sweeter as it warms. Big and boozy and roasty, not overly whiskey, so the other elements aren't swamped out. Vanilla and dark chocolate notes come out as the party continues. Mouthfeel is perfect for a big burly dark: syrupy thickness slaked by the hot alcohol, and plenty of carbonation to sharpen the tongue.

Probably not everyman's brew, but for those of us who live for the dark, The Abyss is top notch, setting a standard that is rarely matched. I'd give it "5" across the board, but I'll bet it improves even more after additional aging, so I have to leave room for that!

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,114 ratings.
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