The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by BrownNut:
4.25/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2011 vintage drunk in December 2012, served starting at 60 degrees F in a tulip.
A - 4.5 - Black, with a thick, textured, lingering, tan head. Only with a Sam Smith's head could it score higher for me.
S - 4.0 - Dark chocolate, a little malty coffee. I thought I got something slightly vinous and then saw on the label that a small percentage of it is aged in wine barrels, so maybe that's it. Possibly some vanilla. Near the end of the glass, after a swirl, a nice, mild, milky coffee note really came out.
T - 4.25 - First impression is wood, more than desirable. Barely noticeable under that is unsweetened chocolate, kind of a powdery version of it, and some coffee. Later, as the head dissipates, the wood notes recede and the other flavors come forward, with the chocolate going a bit sweeter into dark chocolate territory, to make for a better balance. No booze is evident. The label mentions licorice and bourbon barrels but I don't get any of either (I get the wood from the barrels but no bourbon). I wonder if they'd have been more prominent when fresh. No idea what cherry bark, also mentioned on the label, tastes like - presumably wood. I don't taste the vanilla or wine either. Leaves me with a bitter char aftertaste, and later with that plus a sweet chocolate syrup note.
It's interesting how the experience changes from the top of the glass to the bottom, and not just due to changing temperature. Both of the glasses I poured from the bomber, over about 30 minutes, went through the same transition rather than a single transition spread across both glasses as it warmed.
M - 4.5 - North of medium bodied but not as heavy as some of its puddinglike peers. Smooth and creamy. A pleasure.
O - 4.25 - This is a well made and subtle stout with mature flavors. Very well done overall. I'd drink it again for sure but wouldn't chase it via trade again. I'm glad I tried it.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2012 02:05:17 | More by BrownNut
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4.33/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to BubalooBrewMaster for this one.
2013 Reserve.Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2 inch of dark brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a great mix of oaky vanilla, cherry, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate and earth. The taste is more dark chocolate and coffee along with molasses and roasted malts. Nice notes of dark cherry, oak and vanilla throughout. Some boozey oak at the finish with more hints of cherry and earth as well a chocolate syrup. Velvety, slick mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a lot going on with this beer. I would love to try one with some age on it but it's hard to imagine it any better than this. Overall, outstanding beer I'm glad I finally got to try.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 02:44:58 | More by PicoPapa
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,125 ratings.