The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by JayQue:
4.47/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
What an outstanding experience. Sipped the whole 22 oz bottle outside by my fire pit as the sun went down. A couple of hours very well spent.
Pours a dark, dense used motor oil black with a dark tan head. Head retention is great for an 11% ABV Beer. This beer could be used for a stout commercial, beautiful appearance in my pint glass. Thick tan lacing down the glass as well.
Smell was the only part of this beer that was not outstanding. Smell was mild and malty, more of a hint of alcohol than in the taste and a little vanilla. Taste was great. Complex, dark fruits, malt sweetness, vanilla, coffe and a little bitter at the end, probably the licorice more than strong hops. Mouthfeel was the best part of the experience, thick, rich, smooth (probably the molasses).
All of the flavors blended seamlessly and the alcohol was very well hidden. Drinkability was very good as well. A slow sipper, not because of the alcohol or richness, it was just that each sip was such a satisfying experience that it would have been counter-productive to rush the experience. One of the best beers I ever had.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2009 03:03:37 | More by JayQue
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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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