The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by NefariousR:
4.68/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
2010 Vintage. Poured from a 22oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.
A - Incredibly dark black -- so dark I can almost see the space-time bending around it. All joking aside, this is up there with the darkest beers I've ever seen. One finger of creamy, foamy tan head.
S - Surprisingly sweet, a lot of the molasses and hints of bourbon coming through. Not all that much of the roasted profile.
T - Sweet malt attacks the palate, quickly followed by cocoa and dark fruits, rounded out by a strong roasted coffee flavor near the finish. A bit dry on the finish, but quite pleasant.
M - Full-bodied and sticky, not quite at syrupy levels, but close. The alcohol warms the throat and stomach, but is more comfortable than may be expecting considering the high ABV.
D - This beer really was everything I expected it to be, and more. Despite the heaviness and high alcohol, this beer is pleasant on the senses and quite drinkable. A completely different beast than other American Imperial Stouts (e.g., Stone RIS or Old Rasputin), entirely in a category of its own.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2011 06:54:41 | More by NefariousR
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
100 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.