The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by thecheapies:
4.34/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Deschutes The Abyss. 2009 Reserve. Best after 11/01/2010. Enjoyed side-by-side with Founders CBS.
Small hiss on the pop. Pours gluggy black into a snifter glass. Big two-and-half finger brown head. Huge bubbles on top. Looks rich. Sweet primary lacing clouds the glass.
Great first whiff! Oak, black licorice, port wine, obvious booze that lingers with a sweetness, big roasty black malt, other slightly sour vinous qualities, marzipan; hints of molasses, char, and smoke. Some tart cherry as it warms up. Top-notch complexity. One of the better smelling stouts I have had the opportunity to have.
Smoky focus. Huge roasty malt grains that have evolved and de-evolved into a peaking imperial stout. Some over-the-edge sourness. Transient char-roast coffee flavor that isn't predictable or palate-stealing. Soft alcoholic finish with a slowly receding bitterness. A powerful semi-dry imperial with a well-disguised booziness and delicate flavors of licorice and oak. Woodsy and well-established. A tribute to dark malts.
Feels medium-thick with a gluttonous mouth-glaze. Nice surprising carbonation that sneaks up on you, despite the overall low level of carbon dioxide. Chewy, but far from cloying. Superb.
The only thing that I'm curious about is whether this peaks in a year, and not two. Never had a fresher version. The slight acidity was a plus, but unexpected (at least, to say, that I don't remember reading about it in past reviews). No particular feature of this beer detracted from the overall experience of imbibing it. Love the style, and this one's incredibly balanced, distinct, and now easily recognizable. Will do what I can to land myself more bottles.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2012 03:12:44 | More by thecheapies
More User Reviews:
4.79/5 rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2007 Vintage poured into snifter.
Jesus where to start... The appearance was pitch black, light caramel lacing didn't last long. Didn't need to. Smell was dark smoky malty molassesy bourbony goodness. There was a strange 'briney' smell that burned a little. Don't know how to explain it. Capers? Also some tartness, cranberries, cherries maybe. Taste was huge and complex. Cherries, dark chocolate, molasses, oak in the back. Insanely pleasant aftertaste that lingered forever. Mouthfeel is something I'm still not adept at critiquing, it was lightly carbonated and pleasant. This is the single best beer I've ever had. That may change in the future, but I'm happy to have gotten to experience such an expertly aged beer that was meant for such.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 03:33:55 | More by CrossSideTop
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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