The Abyss | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.

As for the great “drink it now or let it age” debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after a year or more in the cellar.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#192
Reviews:
2,023
Ratings:
7,334
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
Wants:
2,971
Gots:
3,964
Trade:
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Photo of Sonray61
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LA_Hue24
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pirateclem
3.33/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

2017 Vintage. It was ok. Not necessarily complex, just dark, dark fruits, molasses, espresso by barely. Honestly it need to age. Good I picked up a couple of these. Going to let one set for a year or better.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisG523
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of First
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Johng19751
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nedster10
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black with thick mocha colored head that lasts forever. Lots of lacing.

Aroma - Roasted malts, vanilla, rich chocolate, oak, slight vinegar aroma, alcohol comes out pretty well.

Taste - Smooth smoky taste, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, molasses comes out well, cocoa, not getting the vinegar I was expecting.

Feel - Full bodied creamy smooth feel, light heat from the alcohol that warms you up.

Overall - Well done stout pretty complex flavors that all work well together.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delgotit99
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcb7472
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just drank the 2017 version ABV 11.40% (while grilling), brewed with blackstrap molasses and licorice, dry spiced with cherry bark, and aged in bourbon and wine Oregon Oak barrels (according to label). It is a really great stout. I've told it has kept up its great flavor and it also ages well.

Look: Jet black with a very thick and fluffy mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, hint of coffee, maybe cherries and red wine, mild bourbon, maybe licorice but not much, mild booziness.

Feel: medium to full body

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Photo of packerj
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rgk3
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful black with cocoa-colored head poured into a stout glass. Roasted grain, a little coffee, some sweetness (dark fruits), definite bitter dark chocolate--a little too bitter--and nice, moderate booziness. I really like the mouthfeel--not cloying but coats the tongue and then dissipates. I like it, but would rather age it for a year or two.

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Photo of JPS10
3.87/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maz
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of roarkty
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikesubocz
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ScaryEd
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at The Answer brewpub.

Pours pitch black with a finger of creamy tan head. Leaves some random spots of lace as the head disappears.

The aroma is very nutty, bringing notes of pecans and almonds. There's some vanilla and oak before a strong roasted malt character. There's also some subtle fig and raisin with the faintest hint of chocolate chip cookie dough.

The taste is very roasted and malty up front, followed by a ton of dark fruits and vanilla. There's a suggestion of coffee beans and dark chocolate on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. Smooth, yet exceptionally dry. Boozy, but not overly so.

Overall, a great stout that is more about the malt and roasted character than chocolate and coffee, making this a unique imperial stout. The body is disappointing but this is an otherwise great beer. Over hyped to be sure, but still good.

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Photo of drunkenotaku
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 7,334 ratings