The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by idResponse:
4.68/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
OH Deschutes, if only you would bottle this beer year round and make enough to serve the masses en masse!
This is my second serving of this lovely brew in my lifetime. The first one was on tap, and so far the bottle almost lives up to the tap... but you know how it is between bottle and tap...
This is dark... like old motor oil... thick as oil as well... and well, kind of oily looking. The head is sort of short lived but a rich caramel brown. The lacing sticks well to the sides and stays around the edge.
It smells like a sweet rich fresh package of licorice... real licorice, the stuff you get from europe, not red vines. it's like inhaling sugar through the nose! oh this is divine!
This is hands down my favorite russian imperial stout, ever. it's sweet and mellow and rich and wonderful all at the same time. The alcohol is barely noticed. It's really like liquid licorice. It's almost like drinking jaegermeister without that bitter bite.
The mouthfeel is a little on the flat side and a little dusty but not much. This isn't something you can guzzle, you have to slowly sip it like a fine wine... hell, the ABV is right there!
it's VERY drinkable. I could have these fill my fridge and never tire of it. I think I could pair this with just about any meal.
Seriously, if you see this beer, buy all of them off the shelf and take them home. This beer is amazing!
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2008 05:29:47 | More by idResponse
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4.35/5 rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Vintage 2013 (I know the best after date but I like to try everything fresh first)
Appearance: a pitch black color. completely opaque. two finger tan head that fades slowly and leaves a good strong lacing. extremely viscous and leaves a slickness on the sides. a pretty spot on look for a big stout.
Smell: chocolate, roast, dark fruits. wood, slight smokiness. slight molasses. all these and more are there but its not the strongest and most profuse scent.
Taste: opens up with rich chocolate that mixes with a slight roastiness. lots of woody characteristics, mostly oak and some strong cherry wood are strong. ends with some licorice and slight molasses. also at the end a strong cherry wood and a very slight bourbon comes through. very strong alcohol comes and goes through.
Mouthfeel: extremely viscous and thick. strong alcohol kick and warmth. some bitterness from the roast and alcohol.
Overall: This is a great and complex beer. lots of good flavors but fresh it is very rough. but if you enjoy beers that have harsher tastes, like me, than go for it young. shows great expectations for aging as suggested by the bottle. certainly lives up to its name and reputation. Only thing that is really lacking is the weakness of the smell
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 23:29:05 | More by SportsandJorts
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
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