The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by rodkin:
4.06/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours almost pitch black, with motor oil consistently. Pretty small head, which reduces quickly.
Smell is fine. The normal stout smells - chocolate, coffee, some boozy malty sweetness - plus a bit of dark fruit in there. It's a bit muted, though.
Taste is the smell, but more pronounced. Bitter chocolate and coffee, some dark fruits, vanilla and molasses kind of sweetness, and a hint of booziness. It's all really well balanced.
Mouthfeel is good, nice and thick and mouth-coating, but there's very little carbonation, which is kind of a bummer. Not looking for a ton, but this is almost flat.
This is a really great beer, but it hurts a bit for drinkability. I split this bottle with a group of friends, and had about a 5oz pour. That was enough for me. Still, a solid offering and one I will definitely be looking to try again in the future.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2012 21:26:47 | More by rodkin
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4.69/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Black as midnight, the head is leather in color and near 2-fingers thick. Good retention, settling to a thin, persistent layer of suds. One swirl of the glass causes a nice lace to stick to the side, and it clings impressively.
Smell - The same classic Deschutes bitter chocolate and coffee aroma you'll find in their Black Butte and Obsidian, but also a bit of dark fruit, raspberry, vanilla, molasses and a hint of alcohol that one should expect with an Imperial. Moderate anise notes.
Taste - Again, the classic Deschutes bitter chocolate/coffee roasted malt makes it's presence known, then notes of vanilla and oak come into play. Complex and deep as hell. Dark and jammy fruit undertones. Molasses, hints of vanilla and anise creep in at various stages. Burnt malt and a bit of alcohol comes through toward the finish and into the aftertaste; not uncommon for the beer style.
Mouthfeel - Perfection. Thick and creamy, but goes down with impeccable smoothness. The smoothest imperial stout I've ever had. It disappeared from my glass far too quickly.
Overall - Wow! This is the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. It's near perfect. For a beer as big as it is, to have such smoothness going down is remarkable. My only gripe is that this beer isn't more widely available, because it is a champion amongst it's peers. Now my 5th go-around with this beer, and it sits easily in my top 5 beers of all-time.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 03:55:56 | More by TheSixthRing
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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