The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by GabrielM:
4.03/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter.
A - as dark as you'd expect a beer named The Abyss to be, but with a surprising inch of toffee-colored head on top.
S - coffee and oak right away, then perhaps some chocolate truffle and caramel. Licorice is faint, but there.
T - somewhat bitter espresso, oak, vanilla, and truffle on the front. Smoother on the back, but with some hop dryness that's followed by a bit of bourbon/alcohol burn.
M - very thick presence, good carbonation, but still a little hot.
D - this is a great brew, but it still needs more time. The alcohol is definitely there as well as some hop bitterness, but another year should give it exactly what it needs.
On a side note, there were a lot of infections reported for the '09 batch. This is the fourth I've had from my case and I'm very happy to say that none have been infected, so the rest will be put down for enjoyment over the next few years.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2010 22:31:02 | More by GabrielM
More User Reviews:
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
100 out of 100 based on 4,612 ratings.