The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by jdense:
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bottle, 2010 vintage, enjoyed with neighborhood beer buddy Christmas Eve 2010, paired with stout infused brownies and vanilla ice cream.
1 1/2 finger brown head, medium dissipation with decent lacing. Deep brown almost black body, no visible carbonation due to ultra dark hue. Let the beer warm before serving to enjoy the licorice, molasses, brown sugar, some caramel and roast, hop aroma on the floral side, tres complex. Taste mirrors nose, not a big hop blast. Mouthfeel, surprisingly was a bit thin for the style, good carbonation. We didn't have any trouble finishing the bottle. This was a really young bottle, will update review upon opening one of the (hopefully not infected) 2009 bottles I have in the cellar. Other than the thinnish mouthfeel, this was one fine beer.
EDIT- I've had several 2009 vintages and none were infected. A bit on the flat side, but similar profile as 2010, though not as complex as 2007 vintage.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2010 21:07:37 | More by jdense
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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
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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