The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by titosupertramp:
4.55/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Shared 2011 Vintage with father-in-law on Christmas Day.
A: Dark as they come..completely opaque. Finger or so of frothy mocha head...lots of spotty lacing and thick film.
S: This has a pretty sweet smell. Chocolate, licorice, roasted malts. Hard to put my finger on it, but this has a very savory smell.
T: Not as sweet as the smell...more balanced. Nice roasted flavors with chocolate, licorice, light vanilla, oak...just a little bit of bite from the alcohol.
M: Incredibly thick, chewy and rich. Perfect.
O: This beer certainly deserves the hype and is nearly perfect. Having had the 09 and 10 vintages last week at a tasting, I'd say this falls between the two...2010 being the best. Excellent beer that I look forward to having again.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2011 01:16:38 | More by titosupertramp
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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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