The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by timonan:
4.58/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I found this beer at a local Bev-Mo. The employee reluctantly admitted they had two left. He was hiding both for himself to buy later. Luckily for him, I only bought one.
Hoping for no infection. No gushing or tart smell from the bottle, so I think we're safe.
A - A deep dark brown, like molasses, looks black in the glass. One-fingered mocha-colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. No light penetrates at all - not even any color on the edges in direct light. Definitely an abyss.
S - Dark chocolate, nutty, coffee, with some caramel and vanilla notes, almost like burnt smores. Very rich and warming.
T - Deep, dark flavors, taste much like it smells. Bitter coffee is dominant. Dark chocolate. Strong coffee finish. Creamy and caramelly overtones. I'm used to Guinness, so this sort of complexity of flavor in a stout is wonderful.
M - Very smooth. Great carbonation that lightens out the bitterness.
D - A solid, drinkable stout. Lends to a slower tasting because of its complexity, need time to sort out all the flavors. But just a wonderful stout. I need a steak dinner to go with it.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2010 23:41:05 | More by timonan
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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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