The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by jojox:
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
a - not much head. The blackest black!
s - oak. Whiskey, raisins? Rich and malty, black molassis. Some beers you can smell even before your pour - this is one. Very very rich aroma and it's pretty damn cold too. Vanilla and Oak. Boozy, whiskey, heaven.
t - how to explain. Aroma is so impressive, the taste is there too. Super rich, COFFEE, some sweetness, roasted ROASTED. Nicely balanced regarding the oak and whiskey. Bitter at the end, but not too much. There is licorice if you look for it, in the aftertaste and mouthfeel.
m - thick. Bitter, but not so much from hops but from the Charcoal-ish-ness.
d - f-ing great. MORE MORE MORE!!
Really, really top rate, A+. I have another and I would like to wait 2 years to see.. but we'll see what happens.
Serving type: bottle
09-23-2008 14:13:00 | More by jojox
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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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