The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by charlzm:
4.43/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Review # 800!
2010 vintage, consumed February 1st, 2011 at 50 degrees F in my trusty Triple Petrus snifter.
Beer pours black with a dark brown two-finger head that quickly becomes nothing but a very sticky crown. Expected the head to last longer...
Aroma is a delicious melange of chocolate/cocoa, vanilla, and a slight, boozy whiskey note.
Flavors... where to start? Obviously, massive dark malts and chocolate. Bitterness like coffee. A bit of a lactic note and a slight smoke/ash nuance sneak in. Some dark fruit (raisins, mainly, though for some reason I keep thinking of apricot brandy). Molasses provides a sort of bitter brown sugar floor for all the other flavors. Not too sweet and not too bitter; smoother and more balanced than some of the big stouts I've had. Absolutely no inkling that this is 11% ABV from the flavor.
Mouthfeel is thick and slightly creamy with an ever-so-slightly dry and vaguely tingly finish. Alcohol heat present but tolerable.
This is a real contender, but it's drinking so well fresh that I have a hard time imagining how this will improve with age. I'll let you know...
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2011 00:59:53 | More by charlzm
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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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