The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by iadler:
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Have tried this beer numerous times on draft, but have never had the opportunity to crack open a bottle and take notes. This was one of the first bottles I cellared. '10 bottle.
A- Pours a pitch black with a one finger mocha head that reduces to a thin cap leaving a few lines of lacing behind.
S- Very complex with dark chocolate, cocoa, raisins, plum, black cherry, coffee beans, toffee, roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, wood, bourbon and a touch of heat at the finish.
T- Plenty of dark chocolate upfront followed by coffee beans, plum, fig, black cherry, licorice, roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, wood, bourbon and a hint of heat.
M- Low to medium carbonation with creamy mouthfeel.
O- An incredibly balanced and complex imperial stout. Layers of flavors without one being overpowering. The '10 is tasting superb right now.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2012 22:49:50 | More by iadler
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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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