The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by GarrisWH:
4.47/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours an opaque, pitch black with two fingers of creamy, dark tan head that slowly descends, leaving ample lacing behind. Nice retention.
S - A menage of roasted dark malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruit, and bourbon. Ample hop bitterness in the aroma as well. There is a touch of alcohol on the nose, but it seems to be masked rather well. Great aroma overall.
T - Similar to the nose, with an array of flavors coming through. Rich, dark roasted malts complemented with some nice coffee flavors up front. Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, dark fruit flavors, a hint of bourbon, and a touch of spiciness(perhaps the licorice?) come through in the middle. A fairly strong hop bitterness lends some dryness and balance to the finish. Slight alcohol burn, but it is really well hidden overall. Great, complex flavor.
M - Medium-full body with light carbonation. Perhaps a bit light bodied for the style, but it is velvety smooth, and rich enough without being overly filling.
D - This brew is just delicious and very well done in every aspect. Great complexities and balance, and the 11% ABV is hidden very well. A treat, indeed.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2009 04:19:46 | More by GarrisWH
More User Reviews:
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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