The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by mrasskicktastic:
4.78/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A - A black brew with a mocha colored head - mottled, thick and long lived. The lacing is dense and copious. The glass changes color to a slight brown tint due to this beer's presence.
S - Sweet dark chocolate, dates, raisins, espresso. The smell is powerful and delicious. The alcohol has a presence, but it is completely dominated, seemingly serving mostly as an aroma conduit.
T - Dark chocolate, licorice, espresso, burnt malt, grassy hops, a twinge of ethanol on the finish, but overshadowed by thick lingering charred sweetness. At warmer temperatures, the alcohol is side by side with the other flavors. The sweetness is subtle, but overall amazing. The aftertaste is mostly a charred bitter flavor. It is the least pleasant part of the beer.
M - Thick - a beer that must be chewed, smooth, pretty refreshing all things considered.
D - Wow. Words can barely express how much this beer has blown me away. Honestly, age might render this perfection. I have never reviewed a beer this highly before (out of ~600). This is fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2008 05:49:23 | More by mrasskicktastic
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4.79/5 rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2007 Vintage poured into snifter.
Jesus where to start... The appearance was pitch black, light caramel lacing didn't last long. Didn't need to. Smell was dark smoky malty molassesy bourbony goodness. There was a strange 'briney' smell that burned a little. Don't know how to explain it. Capers? Also some tartness, cranberries, cherries maybe. Taste was huge and complex. Cherries, dark chocolate, molasses, oak in the back. Insanely pleasant aftertaste that lingered forever. Mouthfeel is something I'm still not adept at critiquing, it was lightly carbonated and pleasant. This is the single best beer I've ever had. That may change in the future, but I'm happy to have gotten to experience such an expertly aged beer that was meant for such.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 03:33:55 | More by CrossSideTop
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,612 ratings.