The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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4.93/5 rDev +9.1%
2010 Vintage - (best after date 11/15/2011) - had it on 3/27/2012. Poured into a snifter and shared the bottle with wifey (who also very much enjoyed this with some brie)
A: Black with a bit of a reddish tint. Nice lacing. It's not completely opaque. Very little head.
S: Smells amazing (and big)... chocolate, roasted malts, vanila.
T: Starts really sweet and finishes bitter. Alcohol is well hidden. Vanila, oak, chocolate, very complex, but well balanced!
M: Not as thick as I was expecting. Very little carbonation. Smooth.
This one was really good! Will be seeking for more in the near future.
2012 Vintage - update
So,,, after having 2010 vintage about 8 months ago, I was able to obtain several more vintage bottles and most importantly, fresh 2012 bottles. I have to say that fresh bottle is quite good, but it's... kind of... all of the place. I taste more dark fruits but I get too much hops and booze. What I didn't get much of was the barrel characteristics - not much vanilla, oak, bourbon, etc. I recently had 2011 bottle and it tasted closer (but worse) to the 2010 bottles reviewed above. I will update this review again after I open 2007 and 2008 bottles as well as 2012 bottles years down the road. Fresh, I much (much) preferred 2012 Parabola over 2012 Abyss. Aged, 2010 Abyss was better than 2011 Parabola by a noticeable margin.
03-28-2012 18:00:11 | More by sukwonee
4.78/5 rDev +5.8%
Had a fresh 2011 22oz bottle AND on tap at Amsterdam Cafe during SF Beer Week 2012 (so probably had the 2011 abyss).
-Chocolate milk thick head (I've come to see this as a good sign)
-Aroma of subdued-but-still forefront candy molasses, dark chocolate, with some bitter coffee bringing up the rear. Almost like sniffing a dark chocolate candy bar.
-Tastes of dark molasses beginnings, followed by the dark bitter chocolate (not too sweet, but not too bitter) and brought back to earth by the drier coffee.
-Mouth feel was heavy, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation was there, but it takes a back seat to everything else.
I just wish I was smart enough to have bought another 2011 Abyss bottle to age, but damn was I there at the Deschutes event when I heard the Abyss was back during the SF beerweek.
03-23-2012 10:48:04 | More by BoatsSinkBro
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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