The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.15/5 rDev -8.4%
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
More User Reviews:
4.66/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release thanks to stillmatic2232.
Pours dark black, with a one inch tan mocha head, and some lacing.
Smells include roasted malt, dark fruits, sherry, and espresso.
The taste is pretty similar. Can definitely taste this is a combo of wine and bourbon aging- some nice dark cherry flavors, plus lots of chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and oak. No real hop flavor, just luxurious malty and barrel-derived flavors.
Thick, syrupy, viscous mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very drinkable considering the ABV, and very warming.
Another awesome BA stout, this is one of the all-time classics and tastes like it.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 00:33:25 | More by GreesyFizeek
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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