The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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4.15/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007
Barrel aging is still the rage right now, though most brewers stick with very limited releases. This is what Deschutes Brewery has done with The Abyss, an Imperial Stout aged in French oak and bourbon barrels.
No light will ever penetrate this beer--it redefines pitch black. An absolutely stunning brown head rises slowly and clings to the glass for a long time. Dark bak- er's chocolate, faint anise, prevalent oak with vague vanilla, and a faint yet sharp char aroma. Viscous, smooth, syrupy body. Heavy hand of roasted and burnt malt, but not overwhelming. Anise and vanilla are modest but noteworthy. Tart black-currant fruitiness meets a small but wild fruity ester. Creamy malt undertone, middle to end, with a warming alcohol in tow. Sugges- tions of burnt toffee and sweetened espresso come to mind. Small push towards a long, lingering, semi-acrid finish.
No pun intended, but the sheer depth of The Abyss is more than remarkable. This beer is a good example of American brewers coming into their own and bringing it to the table. Oh, and one bottle is not enough. Buy a case; drink one now and cellar the rest. Stack this one up against rosemary-grilled lamb chops and roasted, maple-glazed acorn squash.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2010 18:49:11 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.69/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Black as midnight, the head is leather in color and near 2-fingers thick. Good retention, settling to a thin, persistent layer of suds. One swirl of the glass causes a nice lace to stick to the side, and it clings impressively.
Smell - The same classic Deschutes bitter chocolate and coffee aroma you'll find in their Black Butte and Obsidian, but also a bit of dark fruit, raspberry, vanilla, molasses and a hint of alcohol that one should expect with an Imperial. Moderate anise notes.
Taste - Again, the classic Deschutes bitter chocolate/coffee roasted malt makes it's presence known, then notes of vanilla and oak come into play. Complex and deep as hell. Dark and jammy fruit undertones. Molasses, hints of vanilla and anise creep in at various stages. Burnt malt and a bit of alcohol comes through toward the finish and into the aftertaste; not uncommon for the beer style.
Mouthfeel - Perfection. Thick and creamy, but goes down with impeccable smoothness. The smoothest imperial stout I've ever had. It disappeared from my glass far too quickly.
Overall - Wow! This is the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. It's near perfect. For a beer as big as it is, to have such smoothness going down is remarkable. My only gripe is that this beer isn't more widely available, because it is a champion amongst it's peers. Now my 5th go-around with this beer, and it sits easily in my top 5 beers of all-time.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 03:55:56 | More by TheSixthRing
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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