The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by dboon:
5/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
08 bomber courtesy of JohnnyJ. This is one bad mutha fu. SHUT your mouth. But i’m talkin bout shaft. Seriously, I have never poured a beer that had so much freakin’ aroma. HUGE chocolate and molasses nose. The color was Joan Jett black with a big brown head. The taste was outstanding with massive molasses, bitter chocolate, dark roasted malt, and subtle oak. It’s chewy and perfectly balanced. This is one of my top 5 imperial stouts....
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2011 21:31:05 | More by dboon
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4.94/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I once that this beer to be rare (at the time it was not sold in Nebraska), this was a few years ago. I made no effort the attain it and I was able to get a half dozen bottles or so, which I guess meant it was never rare. Now it is available in the state I work and live. Guess I should post a review for it now.
Dead black. A darker color is not possible. Floating onto of the abyss was a narrow tan head. The appearance was the model of the style. Textbook and perfection.
The nose is assertive but not aggressive; more tantalizing then blunt. Rich notes of molasses and melt with coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla and sweet, creamy chocolate. The aromas feel complete and not as choppy as say Yeti or Expedition. The barrel aging adds tremendous complexity and a gentle smoothness. A nearly perfect bouquet.
Oh so… smooth. Insanely complex. A bite of licorice is matched with espresso, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of smoke and oak. Molasses-like sweetness is balanced with an underlying hoppiness. Malty from start to finish. It’s a full-on assault of creamy-roasty-black maltiness rounded from time in a barrel. A brilliant piece of brewing magic. As good as an RIS can get.
Full, rich, vinous mouthfeel; low (and perfect) carbonation. Ideal mouthfeel.
Big and bold and stupid drinkable. One of the best beers I’ve had. Worthy of the attention, worthy of the hype. Seek it out. Drink it. Share it. Enjoy it.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 14:30:16 | More by bditty187
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,132 ratings.