The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by SirChugsAlot:
4.88/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
2007 bottle that's been staring me down since i bought it and after enjoying this one i'm really glad that i still have a few bottles left.
Lets start on the bottle, first off i love the waxed dipped look it just tells you that there's no way it's been tampered with. Second i like the fact that the brew year is right there on the bottle and third i think that it's awesome that they dont change the label. there seems to be a lot of limited releases that change every year and while i love the art that some of the breweries put on the label, i also enjoy the simplicity of keeping it the same.
I don't have any sniffer glasses so i poured this into a Chimay goblet:
The Abyss pours out with a pitch black almost motor oil look to it. it's a dark dark beer that doesn't allow any light to penetrate it. There's a 1 finger mocha colored head. didn't really notice much lacing, but it's not expected
The smell is of chocolate, black licorice, molasses and some oak
The taste is about the same as the smell with bitter chocolate and oak aftertaste. The ABV is well masked here
mouthfeel is thick, this one takes a while to enjoy but the time is well worth it.
Drinkability is also amazing. although i dont think i could have more then a few before i'm feeling buzzed / drunk, after finishing it i really do want more..
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2009 22:40:29 | More by SirChugsAlot
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4.4/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22oz black wax sealed bottle. The Abyss is a brew which has narrowly escaped me on a few past occasions, but thanks to the kindness of the good doktorzee, I now have the 2013 Reserve version, a frontal lobotomy. It's about a month until the ironically specified 'best after' date, but I think that they'll understand - my mother passed on early this morning, and so many things about this offering resonate in our shared world. This one's for her, full stop.
Into my Tamarack Brewing (such nice gentlemen!) shaker pint glass this falls, appearing nothing less than a veritable titular incarnation in its 'colour' (absolutely no light filters through this nightshade in June, awwww), with a slim handful of puffy, roiling, and creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a solid paint job of Dofino Havarti cheese lace around the glass as it slowly backs down.
It smells of dark chocolate ensconced, dehydrated cherries , bready caramel malt, salted toffee, dried black licorice, raw dark demerara sugar, woody vanilla, and herbal, leafy, and slightly grassy hops. The taste is big, richly sweet chocolate, edgy, vegetal, and almost smoked-seeming molasses, plain toasted oak, a hint of red wine lees, warmed Rice Krispie squares vanilla, a bit of wet ash, Nordic licorice, bing cherry bushes in bloom, an ethereal (the best kind) bourbon barrel essence, and somewhat bitter leafy, earthy, and dead grassy hops - the big alcohol is but a gentle touch, when you are bracing for a smack upside the head.
The carbonation is actually fairly active, in a neat little frothy manner, the body medium-full in weight, the cocoa character smoothness firmly pushing the issue in the face of the gritty, muddled blend of woody, boozy, and hoppy neighbourhood kids. It finishes more off-dry than I had been anticipating - the aforementioned bitter players urging the chocolate sweetness to unravel even further.
Well, the hype around the Abyss might be just that, hype, but that shouldn't detract from the fact that this is a heady, soul-steadying, and, um, 'complicated' Imperial Stout, one engendered by its outright drinkability (before the after, eh?), and further enabled by the expertly integrated, north of 10 points ABV. Like the special person of my heart and mind, this is strong, American, unapologetic, and duly faded to black. R.I.P., with much love.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 06:18:19 | More by biboergosum
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,608 ratings.