The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by wordemupg:
4.43/5 rDev -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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4.79/5 rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2007 Vintage poured into snifter.
Jesus where to start... The appearance was pitch black, light caramel lacing didn't last long. Didn't need to. Smell was dark smoky malty molassesy bourbony goodness. There was a strange 'briney' smell that burned a little. Don't know how to explain it. Capers? Also some tartness, cranberries, cherries maybe. Taste was huge and complex. Cherries, dark chocolate, molasses, oak in the back. Insanely pleasant aftertaste that lingered forever. Mouthfeel is something I'm still not adept at critiquing, it was lightly carbonated and pleasant. This is the single best beer I've ever had. That may change in the future, but I'm happy to have gotten to experience such an expertly aged beer that was meant for such.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 03:33:55 | More by CrossSideTop
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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