The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by 2xHops:
2.85/5 rDev -37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
2010 vintage bottle opened and poured into a Maudite glass.
Man, this stout is dark, dark, dark, dark, dark, dark, dark. It really did look very appetizing.
The smell seems so strange. It doesn't appeal to my nose at all.
The taste is not quite what I expected. It was very good, but it was heavy on the coffee flavor profile than I expected. I certainly can taste a hint of molasses coming though, the oak coming through slightly.
The mouthfeel is very, very dry. I felt like my mouth was shriveling up worse than a prune. This is after letting the beer breathe for a long while, and I feel like something's wrong. It's not normal.
Overall, I don't see the hype. I am starting to think that I may had gotten a bad bottle that is skunked or something. I imagine I will need to try another bottle to truly see if the consistency is there. I prefer Goose Island's Bourbon Rare Stout far more to this one. It's incomparable, so I only consider this to be a decent beer, but not world class at all.
So far, so what.... I'll have to revisit this review when I somehow get another 2010 bottle, or at least try the 2011 vintage somehow.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2011 06:35:22 | More by 2xHops
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4.66/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release thanks to stillmatic2232.
Pours dark black, with a one inch tan mocha head, and some lacing.
Smells include roasted malt, dark fruits, sherry, and espresso.
The taste is pretty similar. Can definitely taste this is a combo of wine and bourbon aging- some nice dark cherry flavors, plus lots of chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and oak. No real hop flavor, just luxurious malty and barrel-derived flavors.
Thick, syrupy, viscous mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very drinkable considering the ABV, and very warming.
Another awesome BA stout, this is one of the all-time classics and tastes like it.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 00:33:25 | More by GreesyFizeek
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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