The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by alleykatking:
4.85/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured from 2007 bottle I got in a trade with mjl21...thanks once again for everything Mike!
A- Pours black in color with no other colors peeking through it as I hold it up to the light. Good 1 figner dark tan head that stays there for a litte bit before going down and leaving massive amounts of sticky thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Great looking beer!
S- Not much for any certain strong aromas in the nose. I smell a good amount of burnt malts along with a good coffee and chocolate balance with this. I can pick up on the licorice with this beer as well in the balance. Slight hint of alcohol in this one as well. Make my mouth water then I smell this.
T- I finally see what all the hype is about this beer. Nice big upfront of a chocolate and coffee malt to it. Some oakiness present I think as well. The earthy hops are faint in this but still come through just for a second before becoming nothing as the licorice comes through and dominates for a second. This beer is amazing and I'm not the biggest fan of this style but....well...wow this is fantasic.
M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect with this beer as it melts across the palate in so many flavors. Leaves traces of chocolate and coffee with a little licorice on the tounge. A pleasure to have in the mouth and the aftertaste makes you want more.
D- This is a very drinkable beer of which I had more of this year. I can't get over how good this beer is. I only wish this wasn't my only bottle of this year. Thanks to Mike once again for the hook up and glad to take the advice and drink it now.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2009 04:46:27 | More by alleykatking
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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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