Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
The AbyssThe Abyss
7,159 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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,159 |  Reviews: 1,974
Photo of DogfishJoe
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Piddmeista
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Abbbp
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Benish
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch, poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: jet black in color with a thin brown/orange head. The head was quite colorful which eventually dissipated away.

Smell: picked up vanilla, black licorice, oak, molasses, chocolate, and bourbon. Very fragrant, a lot to pick up. The black licorice is definitely a big component of this aroma.

Taste: this is quite complex; its both bitter and sweet. Upon sipping it, it starts sweet and quickly the bitterness folds into the sweetness. Very balanced. Picked up dark sweet cherries, chocolate, some vanilla, and bourbon as it warms up. The heat becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up. Drinking this is almost like eating bittersweet chocolate coated on dried cherries. Maybe just a little tart but not too tart.

Mouthfeel: full bodied mouth feel, very smooth; maybe just wish it was a little bit thicker.

Overall: outstanding beer! As it warms up, the complexity builds up. Love the black licorice and vanilla aromas and love how neither sweet nor bitterness dominate the flavors.

 1,043 characters

Photo of beergil
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of budsandsuds8
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of cogitodp
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of FrankHammer
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of South2NW
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage on tap at the Deschutes Brewpub in Portland.

Served in Deschutes Tulip glass.

A: dark as night. Very thin, dark tan head. Minimal lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a hint of oak/vanilla.

T: Superb. Complex. Immediate chocolate and roasty black coffee. Some slight heat from bourbon/oak, smooth finish.

M: Medium-light carbonation level, full body, yet very smooth. Good beer to warm you up.

O: Very well done beer. Complex flavors, yet not overwhelming or sloppy. Easy to drink. 11% alcohol to warm you up on a winter night...or day.

 574 characters

Photo of AirborneBeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of RWACKO
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of DrewLikesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of rxeight
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeersAndBears
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From 22oz to Snifter

A. Poured very slow. a slight lacing around the rim, dark brown. Very dark.

S.Dark fruit, chocolate,coffee, roasted, licorice . Definite smell from the wine barrels, Not picking up any bourbon really.

T. Chocolate, slight coffee ,vanilla at first, on the end it warms up with licorice and dark fruits.

M. Very smooth , coats your whole mouth perfectly. Perfect carbonation.

O. Amazing, warms you up on a cold night and relaxes you, the alcohol is masterfully hidden on this. The wine barrels come through mixed well.

 542 characters

Photo of RKing44
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my first Abyss. been hearing much about it, had to get one.... black pour, of course, and the interesting part to me is the sweet, almost Hostess Twinkie aroma i'm getting along with the dark malty and chocolately smell off the top. no head on this one, very little soapy lacing....
smooth, roasted malt taste. deja vu from old days from some English porter or stout I had at Der Baron's in Las Vegas many moons ago... I get the licorice and molasses, although it's not overwhelming... some bitterness... espresso or coffee?
looking at the label: says best AFTER 8/6/2014. so I should be storing this somewhere, apparently? i'm drinking a premature brew? is it veal? I guess i'll not refrigerate my other ones, then... but I cant say this is a "100" in anyway. too many other great stouts out there....

 802 characters

Photo of mecmd
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Hotrod88
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Jimmys
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 reserve bomber poured into Hardywood Park tulip. best after 11/01/13.

A: pours a very very dark brown. pretty close to black, but just a shade under. head is a deep dark brown. frothy. good retention and TONS of lacing. I think this thing has legs. looks big.

S: chocolate milk. vanilla beans. licorice root (minor). chocolate powder. minor oak. silken oaky vanilla. inviting.

T: starts very sweet. a minor pepper/hot spice to it. milk chocolate tons of coffee in the finish. bitter and roasty. slightly metallic? I think it is more of a weird twang better the bittersweet flavors. a minor tobacco as well. im not getting any heat. at all. quite the task for a brew of this size.

M: money. silky and smooth. full-bodied, but not obnoxiously.

D: I must say I love the "best after" date on these big beers from Deschutes. similar to breweries that hold their big beers for conditioning before releasing, I like how these guys are doing it with a date on the bottle. I cannot believe the utter lack of booze heat on this thing. makes it dangerously drinkable. wish I was getting a tad more bourbon, but that is my only complaint. and it is more of a wish. seek.

 1,172 characters

Photo of dhbiker0889
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 7,159 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.