The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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4.45/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Black as midnight, black as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch. Espresso and used motor oil.
S: Dark chocolate and burnt coffee encased in licorice. But it's not the candied licorice scent; it's more like absinthe.
T: Burnt toast, tar, with the bitter absinthe licorice bite.
M: A thin, sharp syrup. There is no creaminess.
O: The Abyss is an apt name for this brew. This is neither for the faint of heart nor for the inexperienced tongue. Like its cousin absinthe it is a strong, bitter medicine for those who live off thick, black coffee, cacao solids, and despair.
One of the very few Imperial Stouts I can respect.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2012 04:43:48 | More by 01001111
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4.86/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a waxed 22 oz. bottle (2012 vintage) into a Deschutes Brewery Public House branded snifter/short stemmed tulip
Pours a viscous dirty motor oil dark brown to black capped by a fluffy two finger dark tan head. Excellent retention with significant splotchy lacing. Complex nose; rich, dark chocolate, underlying roasted malt, toffee, charred oak, hints of red wine, dark fruit notes, just a faint touch of bourbon, and some pleasant booziness. The flavor is even more dense. Dark chocolate leads joined by plenty of dark fruit, most notably black cherries dominant, supported by raisins and prunes. Rich molasses with toffee join in along with caramel and dark chocolate notes. Oak and vanilla take the lead joined by some roastiness and anise. Finishes with some very light hints of red wine and warm booziness with a slight accent of bourbon. Big full body that means to be reckoned with. Moderate to low carbonation creamy, smooth, fairly velvety on the palate. The Abyss is truly a work of art and is among the top tier of both barrel-aged imperial stouts and blended barrel-aged brews.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 03:18:01 | More by chanokokoro
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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