The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by unclejedi:
4.85/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bottle from my first Liquid Solutions order, this was well worth the wait and uncertainty, I feel lucky to have scored it this way!
Poured into a snifter, thick and black as night with a beautiful beige brown head that remains just long enough, leaving a sturdy beige ring and lacing around the glass. Smell is mocha, molasses and a hit of licorice.
Taste is just about perfect. I love bourbon barrel aged beers, even when they beat you over the head with the bourbon. But when they are balanced and only hint at the bourbon like this, I can't imagine they can get any better. The only other barrel aged beer I've had that does this so well is the Goose Island Imperial Brown. This seems to have every flavor that an imperial stout should, and they all take turns with my taste buds.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet but not syrupy, and the alcohol is well hidden, very little burn.
I could drink this all night, or at least til it put me out.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2007 06:57:32 | More by unclejedi
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4.86/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a waxed 22 oz. bottle (2012 vintage) into a Deschutes Brewery Public House branded snifter/short stemmed tulip
Pours a viscous dirty motor oil dark brown to black capped by a fluffy two finger dark tan head. Excellent retention with significant splotchy lacing. Complex nose; rich, dark chocolate, underlying roasted malt, toffee, charred oak, hints of red wine, dark fruit notes, just a faint touch of bourbon, and some pleasant booziness. The flavor is even more dense. Dark chocolate leads joined by plenty of dark fruit, most notably black cherries dominant, supported by raisins and prunes. Rich molasses with toffee join in along with caramel and dark chocolate notes. Oak and vanilla take the lead joined by some roastiness and anise. Finishes with some very light hints of red wine and warm booziness with a slight accent of bourbon. Big full body that means to be reckoned with. Moderate to low carbonation creamy, smooth, fairly velvety on the palate. The Abyss is truly a work of art and is among the top tier of both barrel-aged imperial stouts and blended barrel-aged brews.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 03:18:01 | More by chanokokoro
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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