The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by AdmiralDiaz:
4.95/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
2009- 2 months old - A:5 S:5 T:5 M:4.5 D:5
Notes: Needs some time, hops are too strong, however still a five on taste. Body is a little thin.
2008- 5 moths old - A:4.5 S:5 T:5 M:5 D:5
Notes: Head didn't leave a huge amount of lacing, but looked amazing.
A: Dark body that's basically black. Huge perfect whipped looking brown head with great retention and lots of lacing.
S: Strong roasted malts with a molasses sweetness. Strong notes of bourbon and roasted coffee. This is a very strong scented beer with complexity.
T: So much happens on the first sip, it's hard to keep it all strait. Lots of roasted malts with molasses sweetness which is made stronger through the licorice. chocolate kicks in a bit, but is dominated by burnt coffee beans. There's a bit of a hop note, but not too much. I dare say perfection.
M: Note extremely thick, at least compared to Dark Lord or any other big stout, however it's still very full bodied.
D: Wow, for how big of a beer this is it's very drinkable. Usually with big stouts, I find it very hard to take down a bomber. This beer is easily drinkable by the bomber for one person, much more than I can say for anything else I've had of the style.
I honestly believe this beer my be perfect after a year or two aging.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2010 18:33:03 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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4.35/5 rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Vintage 2013 (I know the best after date but I like to try everything fresh first)
Appearance: a pitch black color. completely opaque. two finger tan head that fades slowly and leaves a good strong lacing. extremely viscous and leaves a slickness on the sides. a pretty spot on look for a big stout.
Smell: chocolate, roast, dark fruits. wood, slight smokiness. slight molasses. all these and more are there but its not the strongest and most profuse scent.
Taste: opens up with rich chocolate that mixes with a slight roastiness. lots of woody characteristics, mostly oak and some strong cherry wood are strong. ends with some licorice and slight molasses. also at the end a strong cherry wood and a very slight bourbon comes through. very strong alcohol comes and goes through.
Mouthfeel: extremely viscous and thick. strong alcohol kick and warmth. some bitterness from the roast and alcohol.
Overall: This is a great and complex beer. lots of good flavors but fresh it is very rough. but if you enjoy beers that have harsher tastes, like me, than go for it young. shows great expectations for aging as suggested by the bottle. certainly lives up to its name and reputation. Only thing that is really lacking is the weakness of the smell
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 23:29:05 | More by SportsandJorts
4.94/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I once that this beer to be rare (at the time it was not sold in Nebraska), this was a few years ago. I made no effort the attain it and I was able to get a half dozen bottles or so, which I guess meant it was never rare. Now it is available in the state I work and live. Guess I should post a review for it now.
Dead black. A darker color is not possible. Floating onto of the abyss was a narrow tan head. The appearance was the model of the style. Textbook and perfection.
The nose is assertive but not aggressive; more tantalizing then blunt. Rich notes of molasses and melt with coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla and sweet, creamy chocolate. The aromas feel complete and not as choppy as say Yeti or Expedition. The barrel aging adds tremendous complexity and a gentle smoothness. A nearly perfect bouquet.
Oh so… smooth. Insanely complex. A bite of licorice is matched with espresso, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of smoke and oak. Molasses-like sweetness is balanced with an underlying hoppiness. Malty from start to finish. It’s a full-on assault of creamy-roasty-black maltiness rounded from time in a barrel. A brilliant piece of brewing magic. As good as an RIS can get.
Full, rich, vinous mouthfeel; low (and perfect) carbonation. Ideal mouthfeel.
Big and bold and stupid drinkable. One of the best beers I’ve had. Worthy of the attention, worthy of the hype. Seek it out. Drink it. Share it. Enjoy it.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 14:30:16 | More by bditty187
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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