The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by ojiikun:
4.53/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Very excited about trying this one which, of all places, I found at the local grocery alongside the so-so selection of local brews. Better yet, Deschutes is my go-to favourite for great local NorthWest beers that don't break the bank.
Presentation is a great half-fourty bottle with a wax-dipped top hiding a standard cap. Pops with some vigour to present: the blackest beer I've ever seen. Has some thin head that is also quite dark, like extra dark chocolate milk. No telling if this is clear or cloudy, the light just stops when it hits the glass.
Smell is pleasingly oaky - no messing around with subtleties here. Past a nice clean and slightly smoky wood is lots of sweet dutch cocoa and even some hops! You'd think that under all that dark malt and wood esther that the hops would be muddy, but they're downright floral.
Body is far lighter than the hue and nose would suggest. Like chocolate whipped cream, almost. The hopping becomes salty and less spicy, the bourbon opens up without being boozey at all. Malt profile is dark, nearly burnt, but there's something in there balancing it out so it's not ashey. A bit of caramel hides in the corners. If there is any anise in this as the label claims, there's only the faintest hints of it right after the swallow before the hops open up.
The real marvel of this beer is the feel of it on the tongue. At this strength and this colour and this malt profile, you flat out expect it to be like motor oil - but it isn't. The carbonation matches the weight perfectly so that it's like merengue on the palate. Odder still is that it only coats the lips and throat with a fine layer that fades quickly. No cloy, no sticky, no lasting bitterness.
I don't know what to say; I'm totally bowled over by this beer. Whether you're a fan of Deschutes or not, if you like hop-forward NorthWest micros, this is one to get. And if you find it for the same trivial price that I did, for the love of god, grab a half dozen.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2008 04:15:30 | More by ojiikun
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A: pours black as night with a half inch of dark tan head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of bourbon with notes of vanilla and caramel. Also smells of roasted malt and coffee
T: taste is caramel, vanilla, molasses, chocolate, more bourbon, coffee and roast malt. swallow is roast malt, bourbon, molasses and coffee
M: thick and smooth in the mouth with soft carbonation
O: this beer is insanely good and flies off the shelves for a reason. It's phenomenal.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 06:44:17 | More by SHODriver
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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