The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by JoeySchlitz:
4.58/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
2009 batch poured into a Hopmonk Tulip snifter.
A: A 1" thick, dark cocoa brown head rises from an aggressive pour, then slowly recedes to some swirls of lacing. Pretty much jet black with some garnet highlights at the edges.
S: I'm drinking this a bit too cold, but there is a faint hop aroma mixed with bourbon and chocolate milk. As is warms up more chocolate, some faint licorice and dates. Also some roasted nuts, a bit of charred malt, oak barrel, smoke and cocoa. This is an incredibly complex beer.
T: Pretty delicious. A chocolate milkshake with some faint hops mixed with licorice in the background. This doesn't seem as nuanced as the '07 but way more drinkable fresh.
M/D: Very thick and creamy with perfect carbonation. This is quite drinkable for an 11% abv imperial stout.
O: It seems that this years version, the hops were more muted than last years, and more specifically the bitterness, which is a big improvement. Although I wished that there was a bit more barrel aroma and taste - that would have added even more depth. This will be great to age and see how it tastes in 1-2 years.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2010 07:02:18 | More by JoeySchlitz
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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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