The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Kuaff:
4.74/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Abyss. Cellar temperature. Snifter.
Now that presentation is just killer. Three fingers of THICK, gorgeously creamy, rich brown froth sits atop a beer that looks... well, like an abyss, appropriately. The head makes a smooth mound that just won't go away, and lovely lacing is left behind when it finally recedes a bit. A true stunner.
Yikes. The aroma is also killer. It packs so VERY much delicious complexity, it just overwhelms me. Let's see... RICH milk and dark chocolates, vanilla, molasses, this refined (as opposed to out of control) smoky, woody oakiness, freshly ground coffee, and some earthy raisins... maybe some plums and subtle licorice. There are probably other things going on too, but they're too mysterious for me to know how to describe...
This stuff UNLOADS flavors of chocolate and earth on the palate without reserve. It has a maltiness that's milky-sweet at first, moves to tart, chocolate-covered rasins, and then turns to more bitter things like coffee and unsweetened, pure chocolate. The finish is quite special. Once again, I'll say it has a REFINED, complex, and distinctive woody character that goes along very well with the abundantly earthy aftertaste. I think I can TASTE the complexity that things like the cherry bark and various partial barrel aging imparted onto this beer. And it's totally delicious.
The feel is thick and chewy, with lax carbonation that makes for a silky-smoth body.
I must say, the Abyss delivers a devastating dose of chocolate, oak, and earth, wrapped up in a bunch of other things that just enhance the overall stout experience. An imperial stout that boasts expertly controlled, balanced power and intensity.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2013 03:17:22 | More by Kuaff
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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