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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4.79/5 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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