The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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4.53/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours black in color, with a rich creamy mocha color head of foam.
Earthy in the nose upfront with a touch of sweetness that reminds me of beet sugar and candied yams. The licorice and molasses seem melted together on the nose giving the beer a nice dark brown sugar, almost rich pancake syrup like smell, with a chocolate fudge quality. As the beer warms it begins to develop aromas of roasted malt, bourbon and vanilla, with a slight booziness.
Low to almost no carbonation. Very soft and velvety on the the palate. Light to medium in body, almost to the point of being thin in the mouthfeel, making it dangerously easy to drink. Pretty amazing really. The 11% Abv is so well integrated it's undetectable. The barrel aging and addition of molasses, licorice are all perfectly in balance for me. Which is the standout of this beer, with all that's going on in Abyss it drinks so smoothly.
Has that earthy aspect in the taste, with the faint beet sugar and candied yams feel from the nose. Lots of fudge and milk chocolate flavors going on. Not too much licorice though. The molasses seems more evident with some good caramel notes mixed in. Bourbon and vanilla flavors appear more on the palate as the beer warms. It finishes with a roasted malt, somewhat bitter and dark fudge feel.
The mouthfeel on this beer was amazing for me almost to the point of being refreshing for a Double Imperial Stout.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2011 18:16:12 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
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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
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