The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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The AbyssThe Abyss
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,063
Reviews:
1,959
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
2,943
Gots:
3,889
For Trade:
331
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,063 |  Reviews: 1,959
Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of sasquatch53
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dankacheese
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 tap pour. Interesting layered beer, with a strong core of chocolate, brownie batter, and boozy warmth. Highlights of tobacco and leather, coffee acidity and dark molasses. An earthy element, and cocoa nibs come through for the bitter counter to the sweet open. It looks great, it tastes great. I'm looking forward to cracking open my 2014 soon.

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

2012 vintage.
Pours pitch black with small tan head.
Aroma has oak, wine barrel, bourbon, chocolate, raisins.
Taste is licorice, cocoa, lots of coffee, bourbon,

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Photo of Bugsmcl
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kuges
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outlaw1323
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMe8
3.3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of andrewh995
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage. By far, the darkest beer I have ever seen. Pitch black with a beautiful dark brown head. The flavor is incredible, dark dark chocolate, red wine, a slightly burnt flavor. Sweetness along with a hoppy bitterness. The beer feels thick and silky but not overly thick. Get this if you can find it. It is worth the high price and more.

I regret buying just one bottle.

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Photo of ccg
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage, opened 2017-03-25.

The stout looks amazing. Inky black base with tons of lacing on the glass. The head lasts forever. It has some large bubbles clinging to the side and a film of tiny bubbles covering the surface.

The smell is dominated by the dry, vinous quality of the red-wine barrels. It is oaky and a little bit tart-smelling. There is some dark fudge, vanilla, and oak in the background, mingling with chocolatey roasted malt. It also has a hint of that European dark-chocolate malt scent that you get from a stout from Mikkeller or To Ol.

The flavor follows through with similar flavors under a layer of dry bitterness. There is a ton of oak and some spice similar to rye. It reminds me a lot of dark chocolate and red wine.

The feel is quite good. It could be a bit more viscous, but it has a nice tongue-coating density without a tooth-rotting sugar feeling.

I find the Abyss to be a bit over-hopped. It's a bit too floral and bitter for a barrel-aged stout, at least to my taste. On draft, it comes out more chocolatey, but from the bombers, I always find it to be awfully bitter. I wish they would tone down the hops a bit and let it spend a little more time in bourbon barrels. It doesn't have the boozy bourbon sweetness of something like BCBS nor the dense, dark-chocolate and red-wine character of something like cabernet-barrel-aged Laika imperial stout from Straight to Ale.

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Photo of jmh21
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vandy21
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Terranosaurus
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Pours black and slow with a tan, almost brown head. Sits in the glass heavily, it's own inertia exaggerated by the sheer magnitude of the beer.

Smells like dried wood and sweet molasses, with some raisin and a bit of alcohol coming through.
The taste is sweet and dark, with oak and smoky sugar coming through prominently. Hints of vanilla and licorice, with just a hint of raisin and that warm boozy finish.
Body is sticky and smooth. Full without being even slightly cloying. I think the loads of alcohol keep the body acceptably quaffable for such a huge stout.

Overall: mmmmmmmmm....thanks Canada craft club. You guys rock.

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Photo of morrowd3
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerstravis
3.87/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014.

I don't like wine.

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Photo of WadeBridgman
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of the_encinitan
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MunsonRoyE
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TFB5
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

heavy in chocolate. Easy to drink, great all around stout. Not sure it fills the bill for all the great ratings, but a good stout.

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Photo of FyreStorm
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sooooooo rich. Great notes of chocolate.

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Photo of PerfecTool
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmcarter23
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,063 ratings.
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