The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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4.3/5 rDev -4.9%
2007 Bottle enjoyed at a unofficial BA Tasting.
Poured a motor oil black into a DFH snifter.
Lacing and some graininess on the side of the glass.
Aroma was hoppy and some chocolate and roasty notes.
Taste : Wow! what a complex profile. I can't describe them all. Chocolate, coffee, nutty. As I continued to drink it and it continued to warm more flavors arose. This is an incredible brew!
The alcohol was very well hidden by the mouthfeel and the strong flavors.
I can't wait to drink this after a year or so.
04-12-2008 15:17:25 | More by JonathanL7890
4.7/5 rDev +4%
Have had every batch of this beer. This review comes from my 2008 notes on the 2007 batch. This beer lives up to the hype. Pours like motor oil with a large, tight, dark brown head that leaves tons of lacing covering a pitch black body. Aroma has lots of rich chocolate, vanilla, some oak, and licorice. Taste is amazing. Like drinking slightly bitter chocolate syrup. Very mouth-coating. Slightly burnt, but very rich and full with vanilla and licorice notes. I love it!
09-09-2010 21:51:07 | More by BMan1113VR
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured into a tulip, huge brown head , black body, lots of lacing.
Smell is a little weaker than i expected, but its still good, i get the creaminess from the oak, some charcoal as well, with chocolate and a bit of heat as well.
The taste is much better than the smell, and the smell is damn good. I get that charred oak right off the bat, along with chocolate, and some boozey heat. the mid-palate is more creamy, with some bourbon vanilla notes hidden way back there. The only negative to this beer, is the finish, its a bit raw, not really boozey heat, just bitter from the roasted grains and licorice. I like bitter beers but this seems a bit disjointed compared to the rest of the flavor profile.
All in all this is one hell of a beer though.
08-13-2009 17:06:57 | More by redneckchugger
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
2007 Vintage, reviewed 03-20-08
pours a totally opaque black with a thick, frothy brown head. Heavy coffee nose, with chocolate and a bit of caramel. Taste is similar, with the chocolate flavors a bit more present, and a very mild bitterness at the end. Incredibly smooth.
2008 Vintage, reviewed 01-04-09
Similar to original tasting, but more oak and bourbon is noted than before. Solid oak presence on the palate, adding a touch of tannic astringency. Still rich, smooth and creamy. Top notch.
01-05-2009 00:20:43 | More by 0110x011
4.6/5 rDev +1.8%
651mL 2010 ed.
A- The pour is a near black with a healthy, menacing, Martian red head towering up with slow trepidation. Mean, sticky lacing abounds with layers and explosions of harden lava and obsidian.
N- Nose is already impending something quite special: big vanilla bean ice cream, beautiful vanilla and subtle notes that scream bourbon though bourbon barrel is not a dominant character here. Fresh hazelnut coffee, meaty flank steak, fatty/savory/umami characters take hold in an intoxicating whirlwind. Warm pecan pie, candied street food pecans, and slight spicy alcohol form the crescendo. Almost the superlative nose for imperial stout.
T- Body upfront makes it very obvious this is not an underattenuated milkshake. There is fatty steak and umami character quickly usurped by dry wood, tannins, big licorice, and big oily then dry spicy dark chocolate. Dry, almost soapy palate with obvious bitterness. The ends adds some fresh lemon and sharp tartness. I thought this was so similar to Expedition that I cracked a 3 year old Expy, but the vintage Expy just demolished this bad boy.
P- Heavy, woody, sharp, spicy, mildly tannic.
2010 batch I thought was superior to 2009. Didn't have an infected '09 bottle either.
05-04-2011 14:36:55 | More by tarheels86
4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours a jet black with a nice chocolate brown head that quickly dissipates. The smell is of bourbon, oak and smoke (burnt leather).. For the taste I am getting chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice and some bourbon. Interesting thing is am getting a nice bitterness at the end that may be because this beer being aged in Oak Wine barrels. There is a lot going on with this beer. Mouthfeel is nice with just some slight carbonation.
Can see the hype, glad to have tried. Will try to get this every year!
03-12-2013 00:55:46 | More by jimmy82063
4.83/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours completely black. I changed the oil in my truck and you couldn't tell the difference between the 2. Thick, brown head that lasts quite a while. Leaves a lot of lace.
S - lots to sift through in both the scent and the taste. Roast malt, oak, smoke, sweet, hop, earthy, coffee, chocolate.
T - the most appropriately named beer out there. 20 different flavors come through. Smoke, oak, bourbon, wood; chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruit, sweet molasses. There's so much to this beer that every sip is different.
M & D - fantastic balance of all of the above. Alcohol is not a prominent taste but you can feel that it's there. Awesome beer in every way.
03-07-2011 22:29:40 | More by tbern007
4.88/5 rDev +8%
This was The Abyss 2010, bought in February 2011 and aged until November as recommended on the bottle. Definitely living up to its name, the beer was black and quite opaque and a very dark brown head. It smelled like dark chocolate with a bit of coffee and nuts. Incredibly thick and the most velvety smooth beer I've ever had out of a bottle. I could taste alcohol, but just barely. Nicely carbonated. I think the aging mellowed it, as I had it again on tap this year and the carbonation and roasted flavors were much more intense and biting. It deserves to be aged.
02-26-2013 05:56:46 | More by falc0n2600
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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