The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by ptykozoon:
4.18/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3
On tap at Whole Foods, usually I never have beers on tap but, come on, the Abyss?
Pours black. Not dark brown, not really darky dark dark..
Black, as in I can see my reflection in this thing. Obsidian. Never seen a beer this dark before. Lovely light caramel head. Lacing will not die. One of the best I've ever seen.
Smells pungent, chocolate, bitter coffee, malt, smokiness and vanilla.
Tastes like the smell with the bitterness taking a prominent role. Chocolate and alcohol heat in there as well. The creamy chocolate is what makes this beer shine though. The barrel aging doesn't really come through, no burnt flavors but definitely roastiness.
Mouthfeel is absolutely top notch, so smooth and creamy. When it's swished in the mouth it tastes like a smoothie.
Due to the aforementioned bitter flavors I am hesitant to rate this high in the drinkability dept. Also the alcohol isn't really too subtle in this one. I was surprised at the seemingly low 11%.
Serving type: on-tap
08-25-2010 23:05:53 | More by ptykozoon
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4.65/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Opened on 7/21/14 and poured into Westbrook Snifter. Not often am I moved to write a review but this was surprisingly delicious.
S: mostly molasses and caramel. smell was a let down compared to the taste...was totally expecting a dextrose bomb
T: a nice amount of coffee, chocolate and ending with a nice amount of roast. the bitterness of the finish really balances the brew out so it’s not overly sweet or cloying.
M: chewy and perfectly carbonated. this was one of the highlights of the brew as it’s perfectly carbed and chewy.
O: I really enjoyed this. Barrel Aged beers had recently been letting me down. Too much cloying sweetness and not enough roast and bitter finish. This was a wonderful reminder of how delicious BA stouts can be.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 00:28:31 | More by dsigmon
4.84/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Color-this is the pinnacle of what Imperial Stouts should look like. The only downsize to this beer in my opinion is the lack of head that stays with the beer over time. I enjoy the continuos tickle of head thru the drink.
The smell that first comes thru your nose is amazing. The strong hits of Vanilla and Chocolate is what takes you first. When you dig deeper into the smell you can get the cherry bark and then the slightest of Licorice. All this adds to the begging experience.
With the first taste of the full tongue the head (if drank with it) fills the month and the flavor pop everywhere. The chocolate/vanilla hit every part to the initial swallow. The oak wood comes later thru the after taste and the overall flavor stays with you for a few minutes keeping the overall experience going.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 02:55:37 | More by stallion_air21
4.31/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2012 vintage bomber poured into Samuel Adams Utopias glass. Aged for 18 months.
A) Very dark, almost black. Glass is small, so 1 1/2 fingers of tan head forms and retains impressively, leaving thick lace and half-ring, half-cap.
S) I get malt, coffee, bourbon, sweet spices. It's really quite nice.
T) Very malty, lots of coffee, some spice, some alcohol.
M) Balance not as good as I expected, though certainly not bad (could very well be my storage). A little bit of alcohol burn, mildly carbonated.
O) It's definitely a solid achievement in brewing, but I'm a little less enthusiastic about it than some of the reviews I've seen. Maybe I should have let it go for longer. Unfortunately, I don't have another one.
Without question, a great D/I Stout to share with friends or drink on a long weekend day.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 17:15:17 | More by IvoryFoxhole
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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