The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

7,103 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: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2008 vintage (cellared by me), bomber, poured into Garre golbet glass.

Aroma - The most up front aroma is the roast/coffee notes, followed closely by raisins and dried fruit.

Appearance - Inky black, opaque. Brownish head, frothy.

Flavor - First tastes of raisins, prunes, and molasses. Notes of toffee and toasted almonds. Oak is mellow, almost vanilla-like at this point.

Mouthfeel - Perfectly cloying, leaving just the right amount coating the palate after swallowing.

Overall Impression - My favorite age for this beer, sad it was the last bottle.

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

Great beer.

A: black, black, black. No sediment, seems clear and clean black..if that makes sense. Frothy choco lately head. Nice. Perfect head pour.
S: chocolate, coffee, cherry
T: chocolate, coffee, caramel, cherry
M: smooth, clean
Overall. Excellent.

Sorry for the brief review, but I'm really focusing on flavors and notes.


My friend likes this , but likes BCBS better is what he said

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bottling enjoyed in December of 2013. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The beer pours out very black with about a finger of tan, well-sustained head. As for the nose, let's just say I could smell this the moment the cap came off. Tons of fudge along with some vanilla and oak. There are also hints of coffee and dark chocolate. There's a lot there and it would take a while to identify a lot of it. I can't wait that long...

Very full body with a monstrously rich flavor and a superb feel. (This beer has the creamy feel down pat!) Lots of dark, roasty, espresso, chocolate, and charred fruit notes abound. It's like a super-concentrated Russian Imperial Stout. There's just so much going on! The molasses, malt, and barrel-aging all contribute to make this thing taste like a burnt-coffee-and-chocolate-cake-milkshake. I also get just a hint of ruby port on the back of the palate. Not sure if I'm getting the licorice or vanilla, but it doesn't matter. The flavor of this beer just blows me away. It's delightfully complex and perfectly toes the line between bitter, sweet, and savory.

I can see why they call this beer ``The Abyss''. The roastiness combines with the molasses to make a beer with an RIS flavor so intense, your tastebuds get lost in it. If you are a fan of Russian Imperial Stouts, you need to get yourself a bottle of this. I can see why it's considered a classic and why its release is so anticipated every year.

When you look into the Abyss, the Abyss also looks into you...and says ``Drink me''.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful Russian stout
Smell brings out the wine barrels
Look: has a great head with good lacing
Taste: like the best Russian Imperial Stout I've ever come across
Overall: this has always been one of my favs, wouldn't miss this years abyss for anything. Drove 40 miles for the bomber and got 3: one for me, one for a friend and one to save for next year.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,103 ratings.
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