The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Halcyondays:
4.55/5 rDev +0.4%
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
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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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