The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by AdmiralDiaz:
4.95/5 rDev +9.5%
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
More User Reviews:
4.69/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Black as midnight, the head is leather in color and near 2-fingers thick. Good retention, settling to a thin, persistent layer of suds. One swirl of the glass causes a nice lace to stick to the side, and it clings impressively.
Smell - The same classic Deschutes bitter chocolate and coffee aroma you'll find in their Black Butte and Obsidian, but also a bit of dark fruit, raspberry, vanilla, molasses and a hint of alcohol that one should expect with an Imperial. Moderate anise notes.
Taste - Again, the classic Deschutes bitter chocolate/coffee roasted malt makes it's presence known, then notes of vanilla and oak come into play. Complex and deep as hell. Dark and jammy fruit undertones. Molasses, hints of vanilla and anise creep in at various stages. Burnt malt and a bit of alcohol comes through toward the finish and into the aftertaste; not uncommon for the beer style.
Mouthfeel - Perfection. Thick and creamy, but goes down with impeccable smoothness. The smoothest imperial stout I've ever had. It disappeared from my glass far too quickly.
Overall - Wow! This is the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. It's near perfect. For a beer as big as it is, to have such smoothness going down is remarkable. My only gripe is that this beer isn't more widely available, because it is a champion amongst it's peers. Now my 5th go-around with this beer, and it sits easily in my top 5 beers of all-time.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 03:55:56 | More by TheSixthRing
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,686 ratings.