The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by bohemiandonut:
4.4/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Haven't reviewed in a while. This annual seems worth it.
If I hadn't had this beer before I would be worried about the immediate fumes of oak that hit the nose. Clearly this is a big part of the profile but even on the nose this bite is calmed a bit with milky chocolate and anise. Thus despite the grainy, boozey implications it's plain to see (and smell) that something deeper is about to happen here.
Visually this might be short of a feast, but it's definitely no joke to look at in the glass. Huge lacing from a layered, creamy head is there to stay. Not the thickest stout but bold and dark regardless.
Tastewise, as I've hinted, the flavors here (even in this fresh bottle) are nothing short of perfect balance. This is not a gimmick beer that whallops you with weasel dung espresso or the "vanillins" of an oak barrel. What I sense here is an expert craft with no aversion to the generalities of a much-attempted style. In the best of cases, this pragmatic approach reveals an archetype of flavor, a prototype of recipe. Abyss is one of these. Accessible, but perfectly executed.
It's hard to find a flaw with this beer on its own. Compared to other mega stouts it's admittedly not my favorite (see: Parabola, BCBS), which is perhaps due to its reserved sweetness in favor of earth and oak. Hope to try this aged some day. Good job, Deschutes.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2011 03:33:57 | More by bohemiandonut
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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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