The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by unclederby:
4.43/5 rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22 oz. serving, $4.99 retail... from the wax-covered bottle: "the abyss: stout brewed with licorice and molasses with 33% aged in oak and oak bourbon barrels."
this thing poured out thickly like motor oil: opaque black and with a big, frothy, chocolately head. carbonation ascends from the murky depths...
the bouquet is on the sweet side with notes of vanilla, oak, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, and of course bourbon.
early prognosis is this is something special.
this is one rich, tasty ale. espresso, toffee, bitter chocolate, burnt toast and of course bourbon fight for supremecy here i an amalgam of flavors with none really winning outright. the hop profile is green and noticeable throughout and could probably use some time to mellow out.
as far as drinkability, well it is 11% abv so that says it all.
i think this is a really good beer with the probability that it'll get even better with some age. i'm going in for a few more and i'll set them down for awhile.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2006 02:55:43 | More by unclederby
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
100 out of 100 based on 4,614 ratings.