The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by mdvatab:
4.7/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2010 Vintage. Says best after 11/15, but couldn't wait, and drank on my birthday (11/6)
Poured from 22oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.
Aroma: Nice--hot cocoa, blueberry, fudge brownie, vanilla, and smooth, light bourbon.
Appearance: 1/2 finger dark tan foamy head. Charcoal-black body. A fine sheet of foam remains as the legs of the brew drip down the inside of the glass.
Flavor: Hoowah! Dark chocolate, molasses, some smoke, and bourbon. Light vanilla, some butterscotch, and black licorice contribute to a very well-integrated sweetness. At the end is a light mineral quality, and a nice bitter finish that lingers.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low creamy carbonation, medium-full body, and some nice warmth from the alcohol.
Overall: An EXTREMELY well-balanced imperial stout. It measured up to all of the buzz I'd heard about it. I wish I had another 2010 to hold onto for a couple of years, and might try to get my hands on one. You should too!
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2011 02:03:12 | More by mdvatab
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4.4/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22oz black wax sealed bottle. The Abyss is a brew which has narrowly escaped me on a few past occasions, but thanks to the kindness of the good doktorzee, I now have the 2013 Reserve version, a frontal lobotomy. It's about a month until the ironically specified 'best after' date, but I think that they'll understand - my mother passed on early this morning, and so many things about this offering resonate in our shared world. This one's for her, full stop.
Into my Tamarack Brewing (such nice gentlemen!) shaker pint glass this falls, appearing nothing less than a veritable titular incarnation in its 'colour' (absolutely no light filters through this nightshade in June, awwww), with a slim handful of puffy, roiling, and creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a solid paint job of Dofino Havarti cheese lace around the glass as it slowly backs down.
It smells of dark chocolate ensconced, dehydrated cherries , bready caramel malt, salted toffee, dried black licorice, raw dark demerara sugar, woody vanilla, and herbal, leafy, and slightly grassy hops. The taste is big, richly sweet chocolate, edgy, vegetal, and almost smoked-seeming molasses, plain toasted oak, a hint of red wine lees, warmed Rice Krispie squares vanilla, a bit of wet ash, Nordic licorice, bing cherry bushes in bloom, an ethereal (the best kind) bourbon barrel essence, and somewhat bitter leafy, earthy, and dead grassy hops - the big alcohol is but a gentle touch, when you are bracing for a smack upside the head.
The carbonation is actually fairly active, in a neat little frothy manner, the body medium-full in weight, the cocoa character smoothness firmly pushing the issue in the face of the gritty, muddled blend of woody, boozy, and hoppy neighbourhood kids. It finishes more off-dry than I had been anticipating - the aforementioned bitter players urging the chocolate sweetness to unravel even further.
Well, the hype around the Abyss might be just that, hype, but that shouldn't detract from the fact that this is a heady, soul-steadying, and, um, 'complicated' Imperial Stout, one engendered by its outright drinkability (before the after, eh?), and further enabled by the expertly integrated, north of 10 points ABV. Like the special person of my heart and mind, this is strong, American, unapologetic, and duly faded to black. R.I.P., with much love.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 06:18:19 | More by biboergosum
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,605 ratings.