The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Siriusfisherman:
4.75/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
L: Pitch black with a creamy mocha colored head, excellent retention for a beer of this strength. Great lacing as well.
A: Deep chocolate/coffee roasted notes, sweet cookie malt, vanilla, licorice, cherry, touch of bourbon, noticeable alcohol.
T/M: Firm coffee bitterness upfront, moves into chocolate malt, bittersweet vanilla, licorice, woody cherry, slight coconut. Hop spice is present in the middle, but not at the forefront. The back reveals some more dark fruit and cherry, and has a long, lingering roasted coffee/chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very smooth, but surprisingly light, leading to a very drinkable beer considering the strength.
Overall, one of the most complex and well balance Imperial Stouts I have ever had. Huge, rich flavor and an intoxicating aroma, not to mention it's gorgeous appearance. A world class beer fresh, can't wait to put some age on a couple bottles.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2013 21:51:25 | More by Siriusfisherman
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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
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