The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2009 bottle. Just enjoyed the 2010 on tap and wanted to check and see how this batch is doing. Fingers crossed.
A: Pitch black with no highlights and a big tan head.
S: Thick roasted dark malt, cocoa, coffee, lots of oak, and a slight dirt/mustyness.
T: Bourbon and cherry flavors jump out first, followed by charred malt, black licorice, molasses and dark chocolate. Oak has a strong mellowing effect and helps flavors meld. Cherry works okay with chocolate but is uncharacteristic of previous years.
M: Thick body, moderate mouth cling, with slightly high carbonation. Good, but not quite as velvety as some of the best (DL, Yeti, Hunahpu's).
Hmmm... there's a distinctive cherry flavor than I haven't picked up in this beer in the past, which makes you consider developing infection. Still a good beer, but doesn't inspire much confidence in the remaining bottles of 2009 I have. Score reflects both this bottle and previous ones. I did find myself bumping up the score as the bottle had more time to open up and will readjust after trying aged 2010.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2010 04:35:52 | More by GeezLynn
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
100 out of 100 based on 4,682 ratings.