The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by beagle75:
4.15/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Vintage 2009. Poured into an 0.25 liter goblet at Whole Foods in Tustin.
A: Opaque black with almost no light transmission around the edges. Light brown foam head diminishes to a patchy layer. Heavy lacing remains near the top of the glass.
S: Faintly nutty, with no alcohol detectable. Overall very mild, not really noteworthy.
T: Very sweet malt initially with surprising coffee/chocolate bitterness quickly following. The two elements blend together to give the impression of sipping liquid bittersweet chocolate. Aromatic coffee flavors linger in the finish along with a trace of alcohol.
M: Thick, syrupy viscosity with light carbonation--exactly as a beer of this style should be.
D: While this beer is best enjoyed in smaller servings because of its rich flavors and high alcohol content, it is a pleasure to drink. Among other beers of this style, The Abyss really stands out as an example of restraint, balance, and sheer deliciousness. While this is a big beer, it is not trying to be extreme as many other imperial stouts seem. This beer begs to be sipped alongside the most decadent of chocolate desserts.
Serving type: on-tap
07-13-2010 16:09:56 | More by beagle75
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4.65/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Opened on 7/21/14 and poured into Westbrook Snifter. Not often am I moved to write a review but this was surprisingly delicious.
S: mostly molasses and caramel. smell was a let down compared to the taste...was totally expecting a dextrose bomb
T: a nice amount of coffee, chocolate and ending with a nice amount of roast. the bitterness of the finish really balances the brew out so it’s not overly sweet or cloying.
M: chewy and perfectly carbonated. this was one of the highlights of the brew as it’s perfectly carbed and chewy.
O: I really enjoyed this. Barrel Aged beers had recently been letting me down. Too much cloying sweetness and not enough roast and bitter finish. This was a wonderful reminder of how delicious BA stouts can be.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 00:28:31 | More by dsigmon
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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