The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by williamjbauer:
4.72/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Served on tap in a pint glass.
Vintage Nov 2011 batch
Served Jan 21st 2012
A - Mean looking jet black in color with no light passing through the glass. Awesome 2 finger tan head with excellent head retention and good lacing. One of the best looking stouts out there.
S - Heavy molasses, raisin, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of licorice. Just a touch of alcohol could be smelled.
T - A backbone of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel. Extremely rich and full palate with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness, and just a bit more alcohol than I wanted as wasn't balanced by a minimal amount of hoppy flavor compared to the others. Just a minor critic given the awesomeness of this brew.
M - Very creamy and full body, moderate carbonation. Almost perfect.
O - Quite simple the best Imperial Stout and one of the best beers I have ever had. Enough said.
Serving type: on-tap
01-30-2012 16:46:24 | More by williamjbauer
More User Reviews:
4.69/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Black as midnight, the head is leather in color and near 2-fingers thick. Good retention, settling to a thin, persistent layer of suds. One swirl of the glass causes a nice lace to stick to the side, and it clings impressively.
Smell - The same classic Deschutes bitter chocolate and coffee aroma you'll find in their Black Butte and Obsidian, but also a bit of dark fruit, raspberry, vanilla, molasses and a hint of alcohol that one should expect with an Imperial. Moderate anise notes.
Taste - Again, the classic Deschutes bitter chocolate/coffee roasted malt makes it's presence known, then notes of vanilla and oak come into play. Complex and deep as hell. Dark and jammy fruit undertones. Molasses, hints of vanilla and anise creep in at various stages. Burnt malt and a bit of alcohol comes through toward the finish and into the aftertaste; not uncommon for the beer style.
Mouthfeel - Perfection. Thick and creamy, but goes down with impeccable smoothness. The smoothest imperial stout I've ever had. It disappeared from my glass far too quickly.
Overall - Wow! This is the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. It's near perfect. For a beer as big as it is, to have such smoothness going down is remarkable. My only gripe is that this beer isn't more widely available, because it is a champion amongst it's peers. Now my 5th go-around with this beer, and it sits easily in my top 5 beers of all-time.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 03:55:56 | More by TheSixthRing
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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