The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by ThickNStout:
4.55/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle from Brewforia. 12.99. Served in my $2 snifter from Goodwill. 2011 reserve. "Best after 8/4/12" but I just don't have that kind of patience to finally try this.
Pours jet black with about 1 finger dense mocha head that quickly fades but leaves beautiful brown flecks of lacing.
This smells outstanding! Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, oak, faint vanilla, some dark fruit and a hint of booze. This is one of those stouts that I can keep smelling and picking up different notes as it warms up.
Wow. The taste delivers what the smell promised and then some. Bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffe flavors hit first while there's still a bit of a chill on the glass. Roasted malts, slight boubony booze and wood start creeping in. Molasses, leather, brown sugar and hints of vanilla all pop up to varying degrees as it heats up. Long bitter (semi hoppy) aftertaste with the 11% abv only sometimes peeking through the myriad flavors.
A viscous thick mouthfeel without much carbonation at all. Leaves a slick coating on the tongue. This is almost exactly like an imperial stout should feel.
I'm glad to have finally tried this legend. The Abyss has rightfully earned a place as one of the finest, most complex stouts that I've tried. I wish I'd bought more than 3, seeing as shipping was a killer. I look forward to trying those other 2 once that "best after" date has long past.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2012 03:18:12 | More by ThickNStout
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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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