The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by eclipse54:
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This 2011 bottle was drank alongside the 2012 and 2013 (shared with others) this past weekend; review is from notes taken during the tasting. The 2011 was my favorite of the three (and my review is thus of it), though the 2012 was the popular choice.
Pours black with a centimeter of caramel-colored head fueled by a constant stream of bubbles from the base of the snifter. The aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, caramelized brown sugar, caramel, oak, and roasted malts. May pick up some anise if consciously looking for it, but it’s subtle if there at all. It tastes of bourbon, chocolate, rich/roasty malt, sugar, oat, oak, vanilla, raw molasses, licorice, and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is wet and viscous up front with a velvety finish that is warmed by the ethanol. Overall, this is a complex and delicious stout that does a great job of balancing and showcasing a wide variety of flavors and ingredients.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 01:45:53 | More by eclipse54
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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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