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:
7,087
Reviews:
1,962
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
2,949
Gots:
3,895
For Trade:
330
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,087 |  Reviews: 1,962
Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a shelf beer, I'm impressed! Interesting mix of toast, wood bark, anise, red wine, and oak. Suppose I could use a bit more sweetness, but who couldn't, these days?!

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Photo of SuiGeneris1
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adamette
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Found (on tap!) at Red, Wine and Brew in Mentor, Ohio earlier this evening. Cost of $8 for a tulip glass.
A: Head is moderate brown with an absolute motor oil body underneath. Curtain like lacing left on the inside of the tulip glass with repeated sips. Look cannot be improved upon.
S: Somewhat distant which is true to the style but I cannot rate it with the highest rating since it was not very distinctive.
T: Simply great. Dark roast malt, chocolate notes. This may be THE example of a RIS. Wow!
F: This is an absolute asset of this beer. Smooth, silky smooth. Oh yeah. Late in the taste is a grainy aspect but this is top feel.
O: World class Russian Imperial Stout. Such a treat to find it here on tap (who knew?)

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Photo of Phurley2
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 Reserve
Pours a deep dark black with brown head -2fb. Smells of cocoa, coffee, leather, smoke/leather. Taste is cocoa, hint of vanilla, smoke/char with a lot of burnt notes, acidity, sweet malts and a somewhat flat finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, minimal effervescence, well hidden abv. A somewhat powdery quality.
Overall, interesting – my palate isn’t refined enough to note all the differing elements. Not bad – but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find this. There are better (and cheaper) barrel aged stouts

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mchegash
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 Reserve (bottling date 12/8/16)
Drinking date: 4/19/17

L: Pure black, with darker than chocolate-milk brown head. And lots of it.

S: Boozy chocolate

T: Sweet, roasty malts, chocolate, hints of banana, a lot of smokiness in the later half of the sip.

F: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation average.

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Photo of shigg85
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fern22
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Main flavors are molasses, coffee, and dark chocolates. Wish there was more bourbon flavoring.

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Photo of Grackos
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goblue30
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of guild337
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fusion7777
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Casey_L
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of kkarimi
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 7,087 ratings.
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