The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by tsatem:
3.63/5 rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
2010 vintage, bottle into my new Jester King snifter. Drank while video chatting with calbertb2, because we're really cool like that and have lots of friends.
A: Somewhat surprising how light colored the head is, as the beer is pitch black. Two finger mocha head that recedes very slowly with some huge bubbles and leaves some great lacing right off the bat.
S: Coffee, roasted malts, something spicy and cinnamon like, the licorice probably. As it comes out I get more sweetness, bourbon, and wood.
T: Metallic? Too boozy. Great hop presence, seeming like the opposite of an IPA where the hops are a nice backbone to everything else. Some woody smokiness as it warms, and bourbon following that as it continues. The licorice also adds a nice background flavor, but the stinging metallic taste is really detracting for me. Very dry earthy finish.
M: Sharp. I've never used that to describe a beer before, but this really does just kind of feel sharp. I think it comes from the alcohol sting combined with a really bitter, dry finish.
D: The finish leaves me coming back for more, not because I really want it but because I'm trying to figure out what this strange mix of flavors going on is.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2011 04:14:17 | More by tsatem
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5/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A: pours black as night with a half inch of dark tan head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of bourbon with notes of vanilla and caramel. Also smells of roasted malt and coffee
T: taste is caramel, vanilla, molasses, chocolate, more bourbon, coffee and roast malt. swallow is roast malt, bourbon, molasses and coffee
M: thick and smooth in the mouth with soft carbonation
O: this beer is insanely good and flies off the shelves for a reason. It's phenomenal.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 06:44:17 | More by SHODriver
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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