The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by websherpa:
4.6/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Apperance: Pitch black no transparency at all. Head poured modest and dissipated with no signs or return. I aggitate in hops of stirring up some more of the beautiful mocha head but with little luck. Good lacing when the head is there.
Smell: I honestly thought I screwed up opening this 2010 early. I have a bunch and I'm aging some and will report back when I open the aged ones, but this smelled too boozy and I was thinking I just wasted $10 before I tasted anything. Anyways, lots of booze. The bourbon is in the front, some bitter chocolate, licorice, a very subtle bit of coffee, and even less vanilla. This is a malt centric smell, again generally overpowered by alcohol. After tasting I went back and appreciated the smell more knowing I wasn't choking this down just because it was so expensive. The bourbon is the main culprit and I suspect after some time this will mellow and just get better.
Taste: Ok so I was so happy this tasted to good. It's rich. So rich. I'm getting the same stuff as I smelled with the bourbon and alcohol way more in the back where they belong. The malts are up front with just enough hops to keep things somewhat balance without really making too much of a statement. There is a rich sweetness here. Not overpowering or obnoxious. Just beautiful.
Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I would like. It's wonderfully viscous sticking to my tongue, teeth and anything I spill it onto. Carbonation is adequate, and the alcohol isn't terribly spicy even though it is not aged.
Drinkability: I took a couple of hours to finish this bomber, and I took my time on purpose because the 11% definitely lets you know. I'd say for stouts this is very drinkable just because it is so good. I thought it was expensive when I bought 6, but after tasting how good it is, I'm going to pick up some more for aging. This beer lives up to the hype. Try it if you can.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2011 04:06:19 | More by websherpa
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4.33/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to BubalooBrewMaster for this one.
2013 Reserve.Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2 inch of dark brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a great mix of oaky vanilla, cherry, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate and earth. The taste is more dark chocolate and coffee along with molasses and roasted malts. Nice notes of dark cherry, oak and vanilla throughout. Some boozey oak at the finish with more hints of cherry and earth as well a chocolate syrup. Velvety, slick mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a lot going on with this beer. I would love to try one with some age on it but it's hard to imagine it any better than this. Overall, outstanding beer I'm glad I finally got to try.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 02:44:58 | More by PicoPapa
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,121 ratings.