The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
4.88/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours a 2010 vintage into my snifter. Pours a jet black with a thin tan head that fades into a wisp.
Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. My cold is preventing me from picking up more subtle smells, but from what I can tell it's great.
Some great roasted tones hit the palate immediately and I can tell the journey to the bottom of this glass is going to be sublime. Just a touch of booze near the end along with a very smooth incredible chocolate flavor. Finishes with a little roasted bitterness. This may be one of the best stouts I've ever had.
Viscous without approaching cloying at all. Low carbonation levels, but enough not to be flat. Like drinking chocolate milk.
Amazing beer. I've been waiting a while to open it and I'm glad I still have several more left.
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2011 22:32:48 | More by jmarsh123
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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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