The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Halcyondays:
4.55/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
22 oz. bottle, and about 5 2 oz. tasters, 2007 Reserve Edition, thanks Dave and Ken,
A: Pours a very dark motor oil thick brown, with a full tan head which leaves lots of lacing, quite opaque.
S: Not as big as I would have hoped for in this style of beer, but still complex and interesting, lots of burnt sugar and molasses, with charcoal.
T: Roasted malt goodness hits you at first, with a light hint of burnt sugar and charcoal. The beer continues to evolve, as the sweet bourbon comes in to add complexity, not as overt as a beer like Firestone 11 or Curieux, much more subtle. Wood notes, tree bark and sweet vanilla end the beer's flavour profile, with a biting licorice aspect and espresso coffee in the aftertaste.
M: Smooth, very big, but extremely delicate and soft allowing the flavours to expand and allow the drinker to truly appreciate them and makes the beer much more drinkable, still it is quite thick and warming, gives you the best of both worlds.
D: An outstanding beer from Deschutes, an excellent sipper. Not totally blown away at the first taste, the scent wasn't really there, though I think the beer was just too cold. But at room temperature or close to it, the beer really opens up and has a great flavour profile I think is worthy of the hype. Definitely one of the better RIS's in America, though I'd like to see what a few years does to this brew.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2008 04:49:38 | More by Halcyondays
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
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