The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Mistofminn:
4.78/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Review #500! My first milestone worth noting, and what better beer to review.
Got this bottle in a trade way back when with DeaconBluez. Thanks Chip a ton for this long time mega want!
2008 Vintage, one of my most looked forward to beers in a long long time.
Pours pitch black, absorbing all light cast into it much like a black whole. Thick like motor oil, leaving a nice brown film around the glass. Lighter head than I expected, sort of a dark khaki color. It has excellent retention and leaves very nice lacing.
This is roasty, chocolatey, sweet and bitter, fruity and rich. Incredibly complex and all the individual components work together to form one incredible smelling brew.
Rich and flavorful, with vanilla and bourbon, an earthyness, sweet and roasted malts, chocolate and toffee, dark fruits and so much more. Maybe the single most complex RIS I've ever had the pleasure of trying.
Thick and heavy bodied, rich and creamy. Everything a RIS should be and more. Drinkability is amazing considering the amount of flavor and alcohol. This is one to sip and savor, enjoy for the entirety of the drink, as it's a priveledge to drink it, not a right, and it's gone before you know it.
An absolute fantastic RIS, one of the best I've ever had. I don't think I could have chosen a better beer to have at 5pm on a Friday for my 500th review. This is truly a treat, and I look forward to seeing how my other bottle, a 2009, changes over time.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2010 23:43:37 | More by Mistofminn
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4.35/5 rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Vintage 2013 (I know the best after date but I like to try everything fresh first)
Appearance: a pitch black color. completely opaque. two finger tan head that fades slowly and leaves a good strong lacing. extremely viscous and leaves a slickness on the sides. a pretty spot on look for a big stout.
Smell: chocolate, roast, dark fruits. wood, slight smokiness. slight molasses. all these and more are there but its not the strongest and most profuse scent.
Taste: opens up with rich chocolate that mixes with a slight roastiness. lots of woody characteristics, mostly oak and some strong cherry wood are strong. ends with some licorice and slight molasses. also at the end a strong cherry wood and a very slight bourbon comes through. very strong alcohol comes and goes through.
Mouthfeel: extremely viscous and thick. strong alcohol kick and warmth. some bitterness from the roast and alcohol.
Overall: This is a great and complex beer. lots of good flavors but fresh it is very rough. but if you enjoy beers that have harsher tastes, like me, than go for it young. shows great expectations for aging as suggested by the bottle. certainly lives up to its name and reputation. Only thing that is really lacking is the weakness of the smell
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 23:29:05 | More by SportsandJorts
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,152 ratings.