The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by sfoley333:
4.75/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter. Poured inky used motor oil black with a thick 2 finger tan head. Smell is an abundance of sweet chocolate, smoke, coffee, and an alcohol with a nice hop aroma cutting through. Taste is very heavy espresso flavor with rich dark fudge and molten chocolate cake sprinkled with coco powder, a hint of anise and alcohol finished with a slight vanilla oakiness. Mouthfeel is full body thick with a chalky grit texture. The carbonation is smooth and more carbonated than a lot of of IRS but not over carbonated. While full flavored and high in alcohol you would think that it would be low on drinkablity. However it really is tasty and best for a dessert sipper, and could be drunk with a slowness best for enjoying but one will suprised when its gone that they still want more.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2008 08:04:29 | More by sfoley333
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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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