The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by n0rc41:
4.72/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I got this beer from bevmo in sacramento. Poured from a 22oz bottle 2009 reserve into a goblet style glass.
A= Shows a dark dark color almost black, deep dark brown. Great head of deep mahogany(sp). great color and head.
S= Smells like black licorice and wood. heavily roasted coffee. reminds me of winter.
T= Taste shows you that it is aged in oak barrels as does the smell. Dark roasted malts of coffee and bourbon. Very enticing and you cant help but want more.
M= It feels like a burnt coffee bourbon wonderland on your palate. feels great
D= sipping and paring with some fine cheese or whatever you prefer is best I think. Drinking straight without food may have some stomach issues for some.
Overall it an outstanding beer, one of the best's I cant wait for another one. dark color, rich deep malts and mahogany flavors and taste. Coffee and oak barrel bourbon tastes..perfect. You can tell there has been a great deal of effort and time has gone into this beer. Its just what I love a great beer! outstanding. I want to find one a few years older or save one for a few years and try it then. I could only imagine how it gets better with age.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2010 05:01:41 | More by n0rc41
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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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