The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by BadRockBeer:
3.73/5 rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Scraped off the wax and popped the top. Poured into my favorite Dog Fish Head snifter and let it breathe for 10 min. Very tight dense mocha colored head forms, about 3 fingers high. As I drink this beer is see the very slightest legs trying to form. Severing temp. about 50F.
Smells very mild for such a rich brew. Got hints of roast barley, vanilla, and charred oak.
Tastes pretty good. Doesn't have the complexity that I expected. I get a very bold, roasty flavor, burnt chocolate, stale coffee and some charcoal. I get the very slightest vanillin taste but no oak.
Mouthfeel is great, very creamy. I found it to be slightly slick, a substance that is hard to remove from your tongue. Carbonation is low and quite appropriate for the style.
All and all, I can tell you I won't be buying another $9.49 bottle of this beer. I think that the marketing team had some wonders for this beer. They have gotten into a lot of head but they haven't fooled my mouth. I don't think this is a bad beer by any means but I think there are far better examples of this style. I might go out and a whim and buy one more bottle for the cellar and I'll break it out in five years and she how she has matured. I must add, I did not sample last years batch, I have to assume that it was far better than the 2007. That's the only way I can justify it's following.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2008 14:55:49 | More by BadRockBeer
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4.79/5 rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2007 Vintage poured into snifter.
Jesus where to start... The appearance was pitch black, light caramel lacing didn't last long. Didn't need to. Smell was dark smoky malty molassesy bourbony goodness. There was a strange 'briney' smell that burned a little. Don't know how to explain it. Capers? Also some tartness, cranberries, cherries maybe. Taste was huge and complex. Cherries, dark chocolate, molasses, oak in the back. Insanely pleasant aftertaste that lingered forever. Mouthfeel is something I'm still not adept at critiquing, it was lightly carbonated and pleasant. This is the single best beer I've ever had. That may change in the future, but I'm happy to have gotten to experience such an expertly aged beer that was meant for such.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 03:33:55 | More by CrossSideTop
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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