The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by HardTarget:
4.6/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Best after 8/4/12 (opened 7/22/12), 11% abv.
Appearance: Black glass shows an angry blood red edge that intimidates. Holds it's dark tan head with a large bubbled halo. Watching the legs slowly drag spots of lace off the glass about the speed of a sunset.
Smell: Boozy oak tannin overwhelms most of what's going on. Hints of sweet burnt sugar poke through.
Taste: Bourbon oak aged flavors are on top of everything, but with some sophistication, like a well worn leather chair. The boozy wood barrel serves as the bitter to balance out the sweet malty base that slowly fades out to an alcoholic vapor. Pipe tobacco, leather, black strap, with a surprise piney citric hop flash at the top.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation combines with the molten lead texture to give a very silky smooth feel with a serious chew.
Overall: A wonderful combinations total out to a great experience. A slow evening worth of happy sips. Solid show, will seek more.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2012 23:33:13 | More by HardTarget
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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