The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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4.75/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I've been on a RIS kick lately. I was lucky enough to get Dark Lord and Kate the Great in trades and this is just another big one to add to the list.
2006 vintage thanks to lou91 courtesy of the "Roll Out the Barrel BIF".
22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours the darkest of dark with a big two finger fluffy mocha colored head. Loads of stickiness left on the sides of the glass after this one slowly descends. A thick and creamy head remains atop the Abyss throughout. This is how a beer should look. The smell on this one is damn powerful. Big chocolate and coffee up front with a sweet cherry, vanilla, and fig aroma as well. Lots of molasses and brown sugar with an unfortunate booze like smell that appears. The bourbon and oak are definitely there, but that's expected. Enough already, time to put this one down. Wow, first word that comes to mind after first sip is "complex" for sure. Wood smoked dark chocolate with a big french roast burst up front. The barrel aging of this beer truly shines. An almost Amaretto sweetness finds it's way out from underneath the big smokey flavor. Big oaky dry aftertaste with lingering dark fruites on the tongue. I really want this beer to be heavier, but it's still damn thick. Mild carbonation fits the style just right. I'll choose this over Dark Lord for sure, but it really is a toss up between The Abyss and Kate. Big thanks again goes out to lou91, unexpected treat for sure. I look forward to how a fresh "2007" version compares.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2008 02:03:35 | More by BeerTruth
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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
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,155 ratings.