The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by GarrisWH:
4.47/5 rDev -1.1%
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:
4.69/5 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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