The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by idResponse:
4.68/5 rDev +3.5%
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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4.69/5 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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