The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by elgiacomo:
4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Review #300, and it's a good one!
22oz bottle, 2009 vintage, best after Nov 1, 2010. Wanted to crack this right around the 1-year mark although I was getting tempted to open it earlier due to threats of possible infection but it appears this bottle is safe! Whew!
Pours thick black with a large foamy brown head, holds a light cap and leaves a few random clumps of lacing.
Aroma is heavy on the oak, bourbon, and vanilla, a lot of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and anise round things out. Good strength. Give it some time to warm and the aroma gets even better...had to bump it up another point as the strength improves as well as the complexity and an added smoke character and more chocolate, although the main stars are still the wood, bourbon, and vanilla.
Flavor is rich and malty, a ton of dark roasted malt, heavy doses of chocolate and coffee, vanilla and oak are also very prominent with a hint of bourbon, some anise, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, incredibly complex and delicious. Alcohol is pretty much non-existent although the second half which was left to warm on the counter has a bit of an alcohol bite on the finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy, good for the style, however the carbonation can be a bit prickly at times but subsides a bit as it warms.
There are a bunch of adjectives I could throw down here but I'll just use one: Magnificent. A work of art.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2010 03:34:13 | More by elgiacomo
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4.79/5 rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2007 Vintage poured into snifter.
Jesus where to start... The appearance was pitch black, light caramel lacing didn't last long. Didn't need to. Smell was dark smoky malty molassesy bourbony goodness. There was a strange 'briney' smell that burned a little. Don't know how to explain it. Capers? Also some tartness, cranberries, cherries maybe. Taste was huge and complex. Cherries, dark chocolate, molasses, oak in the back. Insanely pleasant aftertaste that lingered forever. Mouthfeel is something I'm still not adept at critiquing, it was lightly carbonated and pleasant. This is the single best beer I've ever had. That may change in the future, but I'm happy to have gotten to experience such an expertly aged beer that was meant for such.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 03:33:55 | More by CrossSideTop
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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