The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by wordemupg:
4.43/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
650ml bottle poured into tulip 14/10/12 cheers Rutager for this one
A shes black right out of the bottle before it even hits the glass, a deeper reddish cola edge then I expected after seeing how dark this one looks sitting in the glass, large three fingers of dark foam hangs around for a couple minuets and leaves a few spots of lace
S the nose has a fair bit going for it to say the least, bakers chocolate, molasses, chocolate covered raisins, cinnamon, dried dark fruit, and a blend of wood almost like incense before you burn it, I get a little smoke and the booze is there but not out of control and a little coffee and hard nutty toffee
T thankfully the taste is similar, darker roast with char and more like espresso in the mouth compared to the coffee I could smell, more barrel but its still mellow, very dark licorice and the cinnamon is gone, booze is still there but manageable, complex tasty ultra dark roast
M its thick and rich with just enough carbonation to give it a little life, a little heat but its more likely to hit your chest then your throat, very long finish of espresso and charred wood
O a big complex monster of a stout, I was expecting more barrel but this one has everything going for it and some age would make it amazing, the booze needs some time to mellow but everything else is there
I forgot this one was stashed away and I'm not sure why I picked a random Sunday night to drink it but here we are. If this one was forgotten for another year or two it might get a world class score because the booze is a little strong but everything else is there, very complex ale
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2012 05:54:26 | More by wordemupg
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4.35/5 rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Vintage 2013 (I know the best after date but I like to try everything fresh first)
Appearance: a pitch black color. completely opaque. two finger tan head that fades slowly and leaves a good strong lacing. extremely viscous and leaves a slickness on the sides. a pretty spot on look for a big stout.
Smell: chocolate, roast, dark fruits. wood, slight smokiness. slight molasses. all these and more are there but its not the strongest and most profuse scent.
Taste: opens up with rich chocolate that mixes with a slight roastiness. lots of woody characteristics, mostly oak and some strong cherry wood are strong. ends with some licorice and slight molasses. also at the end a strong cherry wood and a very slight bourbon comes through. very strong alcohol comes and goes through.
Mouthfeel: extremely viscous and thick. strong alcohol kick and warmth. some bitterness from the roast and alcohol.
Overall: This is a great and complex beer. lots of good flavors but fresh it is very rough. but if you enjoy beers that have harsher tastes, like me, than go for it young. shows great expectations for aging as suggested by the bottle. certainly lives up to its name and reputation. Only thing that is really lacking is the weakness of the smell
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 23:29:05 | More by SportsandJorts
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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