The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by StarlightSeraph:
4.05/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Acquired this in a trade with stubone awhile back. 2008 vintage. Decided to finally crack it to celebrate the end of law school. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours jet black, with a finger and a half of brown head. The head lingers for a surprisingly long time, considering the ABV. Lots of lacing. Beautiful, beautiful looking beer.
Smell: A mix of alcohol, bourbon, and oak, with some dark chocolate in the background. There's a slight astringency on the initial pour, but it fades fairly quickly. As the beer warms, the chocolate flavors get even stronger.
Taste: A surprisingly strong hop and roasted malt bitterness, backed by heavy chocolate flavors. A slight astringent tang, and a hint of bourbon. The oak is surprisingly strong, almost to the point of overpowering, especially on the back end. It makes the finish somewhat dry, and there's a definite contrast in flavor from beginning to end of the sip. Alcohol isn't really evident.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and creamy, and perfectly carbonated. It's thick enough to stand up to all of the heavy flavors in this beer.
Drinkability: A very good beer. Maybe it was all the hype surrounding it, but I was a little bit let down by this one. The oak flavors are almost overpowering. However, the overall blend of flavors are smooth enough to make me want to drink this faster than I should. I'm glad I got a chance to try this.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2010 01:33:45 | More by StarlightSeraph
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4.69/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Black as midnight, the head is leather in color and near 2-fingers thick. Good retention, settling to a thin, persistent layer of suds. One swirl of the glass causes a nice lace to stick to the side, and it clings impressively.
Smell - The same classic Deschutes bitter chocolate and coffee aroma you'll find in their Black Butte and Obsidian, but also a bit of dark fruit, raspberry, vanilla, molasses and a hint of alcohol that one should expect with an Imperial. Moderate anise notes.
Taste - Again, the classic Deschutes bitter chocolate/coffee roasted malt makes it's presence known, then notes of vanilla and oak come into play. Complex and deep as hell. Dark and jammy fruit undertones. Molasses, hints of vanilla and anise creep in at various stages. Burnt malt and a bit of alcohol comes through toward the finish and into the aftertaste; not uncommon for the beer style.
Mouthfeel - Perfection. Thick and creamy, but goes down with impeccable smoothness. The smoothest imperial stout I've ever had. It disappeared from my glass far too quickly.
Overall - Wow! This is the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. It's near perfect. For a beer as big as it is, to have such smoothness going down is remarkable. My only gripe is that this beer isn't more widely available, because it is a champion amongst it's peers. Now my 5th go-around with this beer, and it sits easily in my top 5 beers of all-time.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 03:55:56 | More by TheSixthRing
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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