The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by JosephLondon:
4.55/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Impenetrable black rests beneath a mahogany brunette crown. The head refuses to back off, daring anything to try to enter.
I smell strong licorice, regardless of what other "Top Reviewers" say. There are dates, expired plum and a hit of bourbon.
The bourbon is more prominent in the taste, but is still in the finish just as a hint. Up front is chocolate bitterness, some coffee and vanilla.
The mouth feel is watery yet very smooth. I prefer thicker, chewyer stouts, but I am amazed at how well this one glides through the mouth.
The drinkability is where this beer really shows its maker's talent. It is eleven percent all the while drinking so smoothly. Well done!
Thanks John! I really appreciate this one!
Edit: my first review was of a fresh 2009 The Abyss. Now, I am enjoying a 2008 The Abyss. I raised smell and taste to a 4.5 from 4.0. The smell is more complex than what I remember. The taste is superior to what I remember, also. In both there is the reminiscent smell of smores. It is bursting with chocolate, marshmallow, graham cracker, followed by the bourbon and oak. The feel is thicker than what I remember. This is such a smoother-well rounded- stout after a year and a half. Well done!
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2010 03:29:06 | More by JosephLondon
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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