The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by dougofthefuture:
3.75/5 rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
2009, best before 11/1/2010. Eh, close enough. Time to see how this is doing.
A. Nice thick motor oil pour with a delicious foamy tan head. (Maybe a little too foamy...) Abyss is obviously a fitting name - this could blot out the sun.
S. As it warms, there is a tart cherry, tannic sourness that dominates the nose. It isn't offensive, but it is enough to hide some of the other components that can still be detected - oak, molasses, chocolate... I can almost imagine this without the sourness and it would have been great.
T&M. At first, There is a lot of toasted oak, chocolate, burnt bitterness. Then, the vinous tart cherry kicks in. The change has affected the body as well, adding an effervescence that is at odds with the richness of the stout. It isn't that the tart fruity character is at all bad, it just doesn't combine well with the rest of what is happening here.
D. I am confused. However, that keeps me coming back and trying to understand this incredibly complex beer.
This bottle is infected. It is not a complete loss, but I am let down that it didn't age as it was supposed to.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2010 00:54:15 | More by dougofthefuture
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4.69/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Black as midnight, the head is leather in color and near 2-fingers thick. Good retention, settling to a thin, persistent layer of suds. One swirl of the glass causes a nice lace to stick to the side, and it clings impressively.
Smell - The same classic Deschutes bitter chocolate and coffee aroma you'll find in their Black Butte and Obsidian, but also a bit of dark fruit, raspberry, vanilla, molasses and a hint of alcohol that one should expect with an Imperial. Moderate anise notes.
Taste - Again, the classic Deschutes bitter chocolate/coffee roasted malt makes it's presence known, then notes of vanilla and oak come into play. Complex and deep as hell. Dark and jammy fruit undertones. Molasses, hints of vanilla and anise creep in at various stages. Burnt malt and a bit of alcohol comes through toward the finish and into the aftertaste; not uncommon for the beer style.
Mouthfeel - Perfection. Thick and creamy, but goes down with impeccable smoothness. The smoothest imperial stout I've ever had. It disappeared from my glass far too quickly.
Overall - Wow! This is the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. It's near perfect. For a beer as big as it is, to have such smoothness going down is remarkable. My only gripe is that this beer isn't more widely available, because it is a champion amongst it's peers. Now my 5th go-around with this beer, and it sits easily in my top 5 beers of all-time.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 03:55:56 | More by TheSixthRing
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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