The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.8/5 rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2011 bottling enjoyed in December of 2013. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The beer pours out very black with about a finger of tan, well-sustained head. As for the nose, let's just say I could smell this the moment the cap came off. Tons of fudge along with some vanilla and oak. There are also hints of coffee and dark chocolate. There's a lot there and it would take a while to identify a lot of it. I can't wait that long...
Very full body with a monstrously rich flavor and a superb feel. (This beer has the creamy feel down pat!) Lots of dark, roasty, espresso, chocolate, and charred fruit notes abound. It's like a super-concentrated Russian Imperial Stout. There's just so much going on! The molasses, malt, and barrel-aging all contribute to make this thing taste like a burnt-coffee-and-chocolate-cake-milkshake. I also get just a hint of ruby port on the back of the palate. Not sure if I'm getting the licorice or vanilla, but it doesn't matter. The flavor of this beer just blows me away. It's delightfully complex and perfectly toes the line between bitter, sweet, and savory.
I can see why they call this beer ``The Abyss''. The roastiness combines with the molasses to make a beer with an RIS flavor so intense, your tastebuds get lost in it. If you are a fan of Russian Imperial Stouts, you need to get yourself a bottle of this. I can see why it's considered a classic and why its release is so anticipated every year.
When you look into the Abyss, the Abyss also looks into you...and says ``Drink me''.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2013 02:43:21 | More by deadonhisfeet
More User Reviews:
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
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