The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Ghenna:
4.15/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2010, poured from a bomber into a snifter type glass.
Pours the deepest black I've ever seen- not a tinge of amber to be seen around the edges of this glass at all. Head lingers, minimal lacing. Despite that though, the aroma of charred malt is (surprisingly) not present. What I do get it the nose is a good deal of alcohol- not offputting, it just lets you know what you are getting in to. Fair amount of roast in the nose, as well as some nuttiness and dark chocolate. Did I mention it smells boozy?
Taste pretty much follows the smell. Lots of roasty character, coupled with nuttiness and chocolate. There is a lot to this beer, definitely not the beginner. The booze is strong with this one- which makes it a sipper for sure. Despite that, not overly syrupy.
This is, ultimately, a quality beer. A ton of flavor, this is what an Imperial Stout should be. My only regret is that I did not purchase more than three bottles, so I can age them.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2011 05:33:00 | More by Ghenna
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4.86/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a waxed 22 oz. bottle (2012 vintage) into a Deschutes Brewery Public House branded snifter/short stemmed tulip
Pours a viscous dirty motor oil dark brown to black capped by a fluffy two finger dark tan head. Excellent retention with significant splotchy lacing. Complex nose; rich, dark chocolate, underlying roasted malt, toffee, charred oak, hints of red wine, dark fruit notes, just a faint touch of bourbon, and some pleasant booziness. The flavor is even more dense. Dark chocolate leads joined by plenty of dark fruit, most notably black cherries dominant, supported by raisins and prunes. Rich molasses with toffee join in along with caramel and dark chocolate notes. Oak and vanilla take the lead joined by some roastiness and anise. Finishes with some very light hints of red wine and warm booziness with a slight accent of bourbon. Big full body that means to be reckoned with. Moderate to low carbonation creamy, smooth, fairly velvety on the palate. The Abyss is truly a work of art and is among the top tier of both barrel-aged imperial stouts and blended barrel-aged brews.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 03:18:01 | More by chanokokoro
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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