The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Got this bottle in trade from Alaska. Thankee Edgelow.
I didn't expect a beer called "Abyss" to be anything other than deepest black, and that's pretty much what this is. In my glass it looks like ink topped with a rapidly fading cinnamon-brown head. Pretty.
Ahh, now we get to it! The Abyss has a heckuva nose. Rich chocolate cake, cocoa powder, oak-wood, espresso, and a sweet roastedness pervades everything. I'm also picking up a dirty, earthy smell and molasses, finished off by considerable alcohol heat. Yummy.
The flavor is primarily deep coffee and cocoa, tastes "organic" if that makes any sense. Pure, I suppose. Molasses and rich, lingering bittersweet cocoa in the finish. The alcohol is cunningly hid behind the coffee-cocoa assault, but you know it's there. The mouthfeel is slick, lowly carbonated, sticky and chewy. Finishes dry and with the same experience you get if you chew a handful of coffee beans. Nice. I'm not tasting much oak character, though.
Drinkable? It's a fine sipping beer, yes. Much like it's older, eviler cousin Dark Lord; I don't require more than 6 ounces of this at a time. Take a while to drink and study this one. Best savored inside a log cabin fireplace in Oregon while Old Man Winter howls outside, angry that he can't share in your coffee-booze delight that is Abyss.
Ultimately, the Abyss didn't grab me like it apparently does everyone else. It's merely Very Good. Still, gets my unqualified recommendation as one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts out there.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2007 02:33:32 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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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