The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
4.9/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Aside from being able to try Alaskan Smoked Porter for the first time, this was my other heavenly experience at Savor 2010, but I decided to not review it because I hadn't been able to take copious notes, and the notes that I did take, I haven't been able to find. However, a dear friend surprised me with a bottle recently. Oh baby...
Into a tulip, it poured black, with two fingers of dark mocha-colored head that retained and laced excellently. No visible carbonation. Bodaciously huge chocolate nose, yet intertwined with mocha, vanilla, and molasses. The great thing about the taste is that I think I detected something different at each sip; very varied and complex, despite the fact that the dark chocolate flavor will bash you over the head. Bittersweet chocolate, Nestle Quik powder, anise, molasses, vanilla, and mocha/coffee, with a semi-dry coffee finish. Excellent flavor progression and balance. The feel was on the thick side, yet velvet smooth, and it provided an appropriate backdrop for the flavor profile. Definitely not a session beer, but an outstanding sipper. I was blown away by this beer. Twice.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2010 01:05:58 | More by donniecuffs
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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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