The Abyss

Brewer Notes
Drink it now or let it age? We remain on the fence.
Malt Roasted Barley, Black Barley, Black, Chocolate, 2 Row Pale, Wheat
Hops Millennium, Northern Brewer, Nugget, Styrian Golding
Other Blackstrap Molasses, Licorice, Cherry Bark, Whole Vanilla Beans
Barrel Aging (50%) aged in Bourbon, Wine, and New American Oak Cert.
Alc. 11.2% IBU. 74 Cal. 639/22oz
  • Roasty
  • Decadent
  • Deep

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.

(Released every Nov/Dec: 2006-present)

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The Abyss

The Abyss Recipes

A tasty plate and a great pint is a match made in heaven. Our chefs find that together they can be even more beguiling than apart. Here are a few of their favorites.

The Abyss Pairings

Putting tasty Deschutes beer together with the right foods can be a match made in heaven.

The Abyss Awards

Some of the many awards we've won for our beers.

  • 2018
    World Beer Championship - Platinum Medal
  • 2017
    World Beer Awards - Gold
  • 2013
    U.S. Open Beer Championship - Judges Award
    Brussels Beer Challenge - Silver
    European Beer Star - Gold
  • 2012
    Australian International Beer Awards - Gold
    World Beer Awards - World's Best Imperial Stout
    European Beer Star - Silver
  • 2011
    U.S. Open Beer Championship - Silver
    Australian International Beer Awards - Bronze
    Leavenworth Alefest - Best of Show
    World Beer Awards - America's Best Stout
  • 2010
    World Beer Championships - Gold
    Australian International Beer Awards - Bronze
  • 2009
    Australian International Beer Awards - Silver
    World Beer Championships - Gold
    European Beer Star - Gold
  • 2008
    International Beer Awards - Top 50 World's Best Beers
    European Beer Star - Silver
  • 2007
    World Beer Championships - Gold
    International Beer Awards - Supreme Champion
    Great American Beer Festival - Gold

The Abyss Homebrew Recipe

Anyone passionate enough to homebrew has our respect. Also, in tribute, these handy blueprints of the nuts, bolts, hops, malts and nuances of our favorite brews.


Recipe Type
All Grain
Batch Size
5 Gallons
Original Gravity
Final Gravity
Boil Time
Fermentation Temp
65° F
Yeast Type
English Ale


Roasted Barley
Black Barley
2 Row Pale


Northern Brewer
Styrian Golding