The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by dirtylou:
4.28/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2011 vintage. one of five or six bottles I secured last winter and the 1st i've actually opened.
fun fact : the first beer consumed in 2012 (~12:15am Noble Fir, 1/1/12)
appearance: served in an oversized snifter - ebony body, big chocolatey head but low retention
smell: bakers chocolate, roasted malt, molasses
taste: I'm a little mystified as to how the Abyss has held up at #13 on the best of BA list, despite the huge competition within the style. I like this beer a lot, but I don't think I view it with as much relative greatness as the aggregate appears to. A very robust stout - rich chocolate, molasses, dark roast coffee, a receding hop profile - green and earthy
mouthfeel: full-bodied and decadent
overall: a great stout, but i went a little overboard on the 2011 batch
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2012 23:11:10 | More by dirtylou
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4.86/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a waxed 22 oz. bottle (2012 vintage) into a Deschutes Brewery Public House branded snifter/short stemmed tulip
Pours a viscous dirty motor oil dark brown to black capped by a fluffy two finger dark tan head. Excellent retention with significant splotchy lacing. Complex nose; rich, dark chocolate, underlying roasted malt, toffee, charred oak, hints of red wine, dark fruit notes, just a faint touch of bourbon, and some pleasant booziness. The flavor is even more dense. Dark chocolate leads joined by plenty of dark fruit, most notably black cherries dominant, supported by raisins and prunes. Rich molasses with toffee join in along with caramel and dark chocolate notes. Oak and vanilla take the lead joined by some roastiness and anise. Finishes with some very light hints of red wine and warm booziness with a slight accent of bourbon. Big full body that means to be reckoned with. Moderate to low carbonation creamy, smooth, fairly velvety on the palate. The Abyss is truly a work of art and is among the top tier of both barrel-aged imperial stouts and blended barrel-aged brews.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 03:18:01 | More by chanokokoro
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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