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

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

2012 Reserve Batch A: Nice thick head with solid lacing and good retention, obsidian black that blocks all light, a swirl of the glass indicates noticeable viscosity – 5.00, S: The smell is quite boozy and with loads of licorice, there is also a good deal of char/ash and a thick sweetness that resonates on the nose, reminds me of dark fruitcake, oak is detectable but not aggressive, in the depths of the beer I detect a slight melon - 4.50, T: For a monster of a beer this has a wonderfully smooth flow, very slight astringency, licorice and pureed raisin, a little burn from the alcohol but nothing offensive, lots of roasted malts and sharp bitter bakers chocolate – 4.5, M: Mild grittiness and delicate syrupiness – 4.5, D: Extremely drinkable for an 11.1% beer, I ignored the ‘Best After’ date of Nov 1, 2013 by several months which may have compromised the experience a bit, but overall this is an exceptional beer – 5.0

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