The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Beernf:
3.9/5 rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Bottle from Whole Foods in Santa Monica, CA.
Man this beer was insane. We popped a 2010 vintage open at a party to share among a group of beer lovers. People marveled at how it poured so indescribably black. People commented that they thought we were drinking soy sauce. It coats the glass and looks like you are chugging engine oil. Smell was out of this world, an amalgam of various sweet and savory flavors that was almost overwhelming. I couldn't drink more than about 4oz of it and not sure i could ever finish a whole bottle. One note was that for such a strong beer the alcohol was hidden surprisingly well. My compatriots and i were surprised when we saw the 11% on there, which was a welcome change from the heavy beers we tend to try.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2011 03:29:12 | More by Beernf
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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
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