The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

The AbyssThe Abyss
7,142 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: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from TheSevenDuffs, thanks again!! 2012 bottle.

Very dark brown-nearly black in colour, ring of tan head with some lace. Nose is well roasted, smoke, vanilla and oak, light coffee, a bit of sweetness and a bit of a tangy/cherry/wine notes as well. Taste is rich chocolate and roast, bourbon, oak, mild black forest cake, liquorice, a bit of coffee as well, vanilla and smoke in the aftertaste. Medium-light carbonation, full bodied. Awesome stuff, probably my favourite beer in a night full of incredible beers, would certainly like to have this again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 year Deschutes The Abyss, opened at a bit below cellar temps. Pours pitch black and smells quite nice coming out of the bottle. Half a finger of tan head that dissipates rather quickly. The taste on this beer is quite fascinating. It seems like I am catching a new flavor every sip. Up front are some bittersweet dark chocolate notes and perhaps some dried fruit, cherries it seems like. Mid-palate has a surge of espresso and charred oak coming on heavily. The after taste is a bit dry and bitter, almost like I had a few coffee beans that were lightly toasted. The bourbon is very well hidden but you definitely get the charred barrel characteristics and a touch of vanilla. Quite simply one of the best stouts I have ever had, and significantly better than the 2012 Bourbon County I just tried recently. We'll see how it stacks up the Bourbon County Rare when I pop that open for my birthday. Highly recommended, I'll be getting another bottle!

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

2006 release acquired via trade from Slats so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, milk chocolate, molasses, licorice and dark fruits. Then a hearty roasted malt character quickly follows. The hops presence is very mild but given the type of beer and the fact that it’s nearly 7 years-old the shock is that there’s any hops presence at all. There’s a good balance and very little hint of the 11.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good big stout to drink for a long time.

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

Reviewing the 2012 release here, though I'll include some notes on 2011 at the end.

First thing, I've had this both on tap at release, and from the bottle one year later. It's better from the bottle, and that's the one I'm reviewing.

Appearance is thick and dark, it barely lets light through. Not terribly carbonated, but the viscosity keeps a good head on it.

Smell is great, a blend of cocoa, licorice and port, with just a little oak. At release the licorice came off a little strong, aging fixed it.

Tastes of cocoa and licorice at first, with the port, wood and dry chocolate coming out in the finish. Licorice is pronounced, but not unbalanced. Cleans out surprisingly well.

Mouthfeel is thick with low carbonation. Not cloying or syrupy though.

Abyss is one of my favorites, though I preferred the 2011 release. If you somehow find yourself a bottle of the '11, most of the above notes apply, but the licorice flavor comes off less, and there's more coffee taste on the finish. Both are exceptional, but personal preference will change how people feel one year to the next.

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The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 7,142 ratings
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