The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by crnipeter:
3.53/5 rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
The infamous 2009 vintage. Cascades murky reddish-brown to give birth to opaque very dark brown-to-black body topped by huge frothy deep-tan head with incredible retention.
Somewhat bland aroma exhibits unrefined sugar qualities,liquorice, bourbon yielding menthol nasal spray sensation, and a hint of bready malt. Tart notes reminiscent of dark fruit (plums and cherries) and red wine fuel my fears the bottle might be infected. I couldn't tell merely by sniffing that tartness comes from brettanomyces action as the dark fruit esters are commonly found in imperial stouts while vinous qualities are typical of well aged examples.
With the first sip comes release - I've got a non-infected bottle. Wild yeast infection is not a state, it's a continuous process so it should be badly reflected in the taste by now. Flavor that lacks the lactic sourness I feared of is dominated by liquorice, dark fruits, bourbon and chocolaty roasted malts adding some coffee-ish notes. Malt role and complexity is lesser than I hoped for, thought. Clean dry finish is followed by unobtrusive alcohol warmth. Flavors have mellowed in the course of aging so nothing really stands out.
Medium to full body is well attenuated, perhaps a bit thinned by aging. The carbonation is not exaggerated as might be deduced from the thick head. The effortlessly drinkable beer has silky texture and is airy and mouthfilling yet not overly so.
Overall, the Abyss is shallower than its advertised depth and considering the hype fails to impress. Not infected, just average.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2012 15:05:04 | More by crnipeter
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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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