The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by rustymoore:
5/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bought a 2009 bottle on a business trip to Oregon...didn't really know what I had until myself and my beer cohort opened it one Friday night. Getting into it is a bit of challenge (wax sealed without the help of a tab a la Maker's Mark) but once we were in this beer is easily top 3 of any beer I have ever had. Complex smells of vanilla, caramel, and coffee along with a thick and darker than basically anything else I have ever poured
Taste is strong but just not too strong as the 11% ABV is well hidden. I could taste the licorice right away. That and the vanilla notes are really what set this Imp Stout apart for me. I plan to get another few bottles of this beer if I can and age at least one to retry as I am told this will mellow out any of the ethanol taste that exists in a newer bottle.
Overall, aside from Rochefort 10 and possibly the Duck Rabbit Imperial Stout (which both hold a special place in my heart) I feel this beer is easily the most complex and interesting that I have ever consumed.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2010 17:01:16 | More by rustymoore
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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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