The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by SkunkWorks:
4.85/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
2010 vintage, got in a trade from dpchuger and cellared since the release. Served in a Southampton IRS release day snifter.
Look: solid, black body with dark red highlights around the edge of the glass when held to the light. Thin, reddish brown head forms with good retention but not a whole lot in terms of lacing. Good looking stout.
Smell: rich aroma with a big brownie batter aroma, chocolatey, a bit of licorice, and a light bourbon barrel smell. Of all the barrel aged stouts I've had, this might be the best smelling. Exceptional.
Taste: follows the nose with roasted chocolate, a small bit of bourbon and oak, a slight tannic taste, some licorice and molasses with a bit of vanilla as well. A good level of complexity, nothing is overdone, and everything is done well. Very, very great.
Feel: a little on the thin side, but still medium-full, light alcohol presence, dry, and slightly astringently bitter. Moderate carbonation. I can't give it higher than a 4 though, because an 11% stout needs to have more body, but otherwise, quite good. Its a sipper because you want to savor this beer, the same way you would take your time eating a decadent slice of cake.
Overall: a really amazing stout, certainly worth all the hype. I'm glad that I received this in a trade and wish that Deschutes distributed to New York so I could buy this by the case. If you haven't had this yet, what are you waiting for? Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2011 13:45:07 | More by SkunkWorks
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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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