The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by websherpa:
4.6/5 rDev +1.8%
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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4.65/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Opened on 7/21/14 and poured into Westbrook Snifter. Not often am I moved to write a review but this was surprisingly delicious.
S: mostly molasses and caramel. smell was a let down compared to the taste...was totally expecting a dextrose bomb
T: a nice amount of coffee, chocolate and ending with a nice amount of roast. the bitterness of the finish really balances the brew out so it’s not overly sweet or cloying.
M: chewy and perfectly carbonated. this was one of the highlights of the brew as it’s perfectly carbed and chewy.
O: I really enjoyed this. Barrel Aged beers had recently been letting me down. Too much cloying sweetness and not enough roast and bitter finish. This was a wonderful reminder of how delicious BA stouts can be.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 00:28:31 | More by dsigmon
4.84/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Color-this is the pinnacle of what Imperial Stouts should look like. The only downsize to this beer in my opinion is the lack of head that stays with the beer over time. I enjoy the continuos tickle of head thru the drink.
The smell that first comes thru your nose is amazing. The strong hits of Vanilla and Chocolate is what takes you first. When you dig deeper into the smell you can get the cherry bark and then the slightest of Licorice. All this adds to the begging experience.
With the first taste of the full tongue the head (if drank with it) fills the month and the flavor pop everywhere. The chocolate/vanilla hit every part to the initial swallow. The oak wood comes later thru the after taste and the overall flavor stays with you for a few minutes keeping the overall experience going.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 02:55:37 | More by stallion_air21
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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