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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3.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

Black body with a finger's width of milk chocolate colored foam. Foam dies pretty quickly once you start sipping.

Aromas in The Abyss include coffee, some char, dark chocolate, and molasses. Very strong scents, much more roasty than sweet, bourbon is barely perceptible.

Flavors are much like the nose, loads of coffee grounds to start things off. Then dark chocolate becomes apparent mid-palate. It does not last long before char takes over. There is a little bit of the bourbon heat and oakiness in the finish as well. Really though, that char is STRONG.

The Abyss has no issue in the feel department, very smooth and great heft. Dry from the char on the palate.

The Abyss does have some nice variety to it, however, I would have had no idea that this was aged in wine barrels. Also, it is very roasty and charred on the palate. It certainly needs to mellow out before I want to give this one a go again.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage, poured into my Duvel tulip. Received in a trade a few years back.

A - Pours a nice dark brown, deep and rich, that if not so dark would actually be clear. There was a nice one finger mocha head that faded to leave nice wisps clouds and some creamy lacing.

S - Aromas of nice charred wood, some faint grapey vinus notes, some very light bourbon vanilla sweetness, light licorice, chocolate is rather faint. Was expecting more. Plus, it is a bit boozy on the nose as well.

T - Taste is fair amount of old smokey char. As solid as the nose was the taste is that much better. Lots of smooth, rich bourbon and nice barrel based vanilla. The licorice is super subtle and balances wonderfully with the nice smokey charred oak this has going on. The pinot noir barrel fades in and out with each passing sip. Very nice caramel notes too. Much more complex than the nose. On the exhale I get wonderful black licorice washing across the pallet. As this beer warms up I get a BUNCH more black licorice.

M - Mouthfeel is great considering this is an 11% beer. I do get a little bit of alcohol but for the most part this is nice and thick and chewy.

O - Overall this was a great beer. I was hugely disappointed by the nose and was preparing for this to be underwhelming. Glad my initial thoughts were wrong.

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

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

Poured this, slightly chilled, into a large wine glass.

A. As black as I've seen in a beer with a thick caramel colored head and lacing that really sticks around.

S. Caramel, charred wood, red wine, a hint of bourbon and brown sugar.

T. Very complex blend of espresso, charred wood, licorice, caramel red wine, boubon and brown sugar.

M. Thick and chewy. Not that much alcohol bite for a 11% beer.

O. I have been looking forward to trying this and all I can say is wow! This is a really complex, well balanced Imperial stout, it stands up to any stout that I've tried.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

'12 poured into a CS snifter side-by-side with Midnight Sun '13 Berserker for comparison.

A- Jet black with coffee colored head with medium lacing and great retention.

S- Chocolate, black liquorice, molasses, booze, figs and dark fruit.

T- Muted taste compared with the nose.... but in a good way. I hate black liquorice, so if that dominated in any way; I would be upset. I am just getting a thick molasses RIS with some booze at the end. Black liquorice is the last taste

M- Pretty thick, about as thick as Berserker. Less thick than Zhukov. I enjoy the mouthfeel on this beer.

O- I have heard that Berserker and The Abyss are two good beers to compare. I would generally agree but say that Abyss has the black liquorice and Berserker has more Molasses. Both great beers that would cellar very well. I prefer Berserker; even though it is rated lower. To each his own.

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