The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by bitterbeerguy:
5/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This brew was my first perfect score.
Vintage 2010- served at about 48 degrees.
Abyss pours a dark-as-night color. There is not one sliver of light that gets through this beer. The head was impressive- about 1 inch of brown toasty marshmallow fluff head. Honestly one of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen.
Smell is so complex that you have to sniff time and time again to get them all- and I probably missed many. Some of the highlights are: anise, cherry, oak, chocolate, and coffee. Superb.
As for the taste. I will keep my comments limited, since I don't have three days to type this. Initial taste was a bourbon/vanilla flavor. I was impressed how each the flavors permeated so clearly with each sip. Then comes the cherry and licorice flavors. WOW. I enjoyed this with a stogie and man were they meant to be together. The smoothness of this beer is unmatched to date for me.
Keep some in your cellar for another year, drink some now, and buy 2011 for consumption next year!!!!
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2012 15:58:55 | More by bitterbeerguy
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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
100 out of 100 based on 4,151 ratings.