The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by gshak:
4.95/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Served at cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip glass.
A - modest carbonation with minimal head retention. Pitch black, with some alcohol legs...ominous signs...let's dig in
S - possibly the most complex nose on a bottle this fresh. Aromas of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, wood, bourbon, roasted malts, earthy hops, a slight astringent finish.
T - follows the nose, perfectly. Starts with mocha capuccino flavor cascading into espresso. In mid-palate, bourbon takes over, with vanilla, and charred wood. The sweetness is cut by wood, and earthy hops towards the back of the mouth. The bitterness lingers on a bit, and it then transitions into a tannic, slight astringent and vinuous finish reminiscent of a cabernet sauvignon. Incredibly complex, and I can only wonder what time will do to this beer. By far, this is the best tasting fresh bottle of RIS that I've ever had.
M - lush and full. The carbonation moves things along bringing out all the different notes.
D - amazingly drinkable for a beer this big.
Well worth the hype and justifies the premium cost. The best fresh RIS, and top 3 of all RISes I've ever had.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2011 05:33:42 | More by gshak
More User Reviews:
4.94/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I once that this beer to be rare (at the time it was not sold in Nebraska), this was a few years ago. I made no effort the attain it and I was able to get a half dozen bottles or so, which I guess meant it was never rare. Now it is available in the state I work and live. Guess I should post a review for it now.
Dead black. A darker color is not possible. Floating onto of the abyss was a narrow tan head. The appearance was the model of the style. Textbook and perfection.
The nose is assertive but not aggressive; more tantalizing then blunt. Rich notes of molasses and melt with coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla and sweet, creamy chocolate. The aromas feel complete and not as choppy as say Yeti or Expedition. The barrel aging adds tremendous complexity and a gentle smoothness. A nearly perfect bouquet.
Oh so… smooth. Insanely complex. A bite of licorice is matched with espresso, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of smoke and oak. Molasses-like sweetness is balanced with an underlying hoppiness. Malty from start to finish. It’s a full-on assault of creamy-roasty-black maltiness rounded from time in a barrel. A brilliant piece of brewing magic. As good as an RIS can get.
Full, rich, vinous mouthfeel; low (and perfect) carbonation. Ideal mouthfeel.
Big and bold and stupid drinkable. One of the best beers I’ve had. Worthy of the attention, worthy of the hype. Seek it out. Drink it. Share it. Enjoy it.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 14:30:16 | More by bditty187
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,136 ratings.