The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by zdk9:
4.7/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A- Out of the black waxed bottle comes a black liquid black as night- not a highlight in sight. There's maybe half a finger of head that is cocoa colored, like chocolate whipped cream. Some patches of pocodotted lacing like paint balls have exploded on the glass.
S- Bourbon, vanilla, wood, coffee, cinnamon, spice rum, espresso, a bit of smoke. So much to describe in the nose of this one. If it didn't taste so damn good I might just smell it all night long.
T- Black cherries, sweet orange liquor, coffee on the front of the tongue, bittersweet chocolate on the back. As with the smell, there's so much going on in there.
M- Sweet and silky, not too powerful alcoholic. Great.
O- A super complex beer, that is as delicious as I expected, and I had really high expectations. I looked back at the bottle and noticed the addition of licorice and molasses, and my only complaint is that these weren't strong enough flavors to make me notice them before reading that (though the molasses gets kind of subdued into the rest of the sweet flavors). This is quite the beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2011 03:15:06 | More by zdk9
More User Reviews:
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
100 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.