The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

7,083 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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Just had 2008. This beer ages amazingly!!! I'm not one for tasting notes, just trust me that it's worth grabbing an aged bottle if you can, or sitting on one and coming back to it in a few years.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Libbey for this one... 2012 Vintage.

A: Pours pitch back with one full finger of fluffy mocha latte colored head. The foam takes awhile to settles, and there is a serious amount of lacing left on the class as it drinks. This beer also has some nice legs.

S: The nose is milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cream, licorice, and burnt toast. It smells excellent.

T: It starts out creamy and sweet with the chocolate notes coming on strong first. Some of the burnt toast aspects filter into the middle as the beer gets a bit more bitter. The sweetness returns a bit in the finish, where is mixes very well with the bitters.

M: Full bodied beer. Sweet and coating to start, coating and bitter in the middle, and it has a mix mix of each in the finish. It's smooth, creamy, and dangerously easy to drink.

O: This is a phenomenal beer. One of my favorites for the style. I look forward to having a few of these each year.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a St. Bernardus Goblet. 2012 Reserve, Feb '13.

A: 5/5 Pours black. Blacker than black. A terminus of all light, as not one single photon passes through with a glorious crown the hue of mud. Utterly beautiful and inviting.

S: 4.75/5 Nose is complex and decadent. Roasted malt, vanilla, licorice, cherry, chocolate , oak. Layered and balanced in perfect equilibrium. Inviting. Not quite as much vanilla or barrel character as I would have liked, but the nose is glorious nonetheless.

T: 4.75/5. Chocolate. Cherry. Molasses. Tart red wine. Flavor after flavor mixes and melds it's way into the palate. Complex and delicious. Oak, vanilla, licorice, a touch of alcohol and bitter dark roast coffee give way to a finish and aftertaste of chocolate, red wine, alcohol and dark coffee. Again, lacking in bourbon character, which is not surprising since only 6% is bourbon barrel aged, but necessary for a perfect score in my book.  Delicious. Nearly perfect.

M: 5/5 Full bodied and silky/creamy smooth. Some alcohol astringency marres what is otherwise the perfect imperial stout mouthfeel, until it's warmer. When it warmer it has no taste or feel of alcohol.

O: 5/5 Not perfect, not the nectar of the gods, but closer to perfection than 4.5. Vanilla and chocolate become more prominent as it warms and stretches for perfection. A true beast of an imperial stout, that could be perfect if it were aged for a year or two in 100% bourbon barrels or a mix of bourbon and rye, but the wine barrel lend an unwelcome tartness to the abyss. I will absolutely try this beer again. It's utterly delicious and among the best beers I've ever had to date (it was number 666 for me). 99/100

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, tried this fresh on several occasions

A - pitch, motor oil black. Small amount of dark brown foam, a rIng retains, some lacing.

S - hardcore dark chocolate, molasses, more chocolate, coffee, malt, roast, awesome

T - heavy sweet molasses, then dark/bitter chocolate, then bitter hops, then sweet chocolate finish. Pretty damn good.

M - thick, chewy, minimal carb. Top notch.

O - A fantastic stout that doesn't rely on barrel aging to brIng it through. Excellent beer, can't wait to try some vintages.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -38.6%

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4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Black and beautiful with a fluffy tan head

S- Woody and roasted as soon as you crack it open. Hints of dark fruit and semi sweet chocolate chips. So lovely!

T- Same as the smell. Some nice warm booze as well. It changes as you drink it. Very nice and complex.

M- THICK and velvety smooth

O- Heaven in a glass! If you're lucky enough to enjoy this brew, then savor the heck out of it! Best beer purchase I've ever made by far!

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,083 ratings.
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