The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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4.58/5 rDev +1.3%
serving glass - snifter
a- extremely dark beer, but not as pitch black as I had hoped. a thin dark-golden head that quickly dissipated.
s- very dark chocolate with a hint a sweetness. a mild oak smell. everything blends together for very nicely. An olfactory delight. the smell really got my toes tingling.
t- roasted malts, chocolate and a balanced amount of surprising bitterness. I really enjoyed the aftertaste on this one, where the vanilla and caramel really came out. Alcohol comes through a bit but with time I believe it will mellow out.
m- this beer is very full bodied. mild carb and an enjoyable film in my mouth that made me look forward to the next sip.
o- I have enjoyed every Deschutes beer that I have had, and this one is no exception. It is well balanced and makes me lament the last drop. I have another one sitting in the closet and in a year or two I can only hope that it gets better.
02-29-2012 03:06:25 | More by jorgeg528
4.38/5 rDev -3.1%
first i have to say that Deschutes Brewery is a fantastic company all together. i have never had a bad or sub-par beer from this company.
i had it in seattle at full throttle bottles. it was not served in the correct glass so i felt the color was a little light. it had a great balance of hops and was very intricate! it was refreshing in every way. the smell was floral and sweet and it hit the spot head on! i would reccomend this stout to anyone who isn't affraid to try something juuuust a little different!....
02-25-2012 16:37:09 | More by cccupps3
5/5 rDev +10.6%
pours out a completely opaque midnight black colour. motor oil viscosity. dark tan frothy head, almost pure brown in hue. sticks and stays with gusto. a lot of clinging lace. lovely aroma of dark roasted, chocolate, and other assorted malts. a good deal of chocolate candy aromas..some fruit enhanced and others toffee and nougat inspired. vanilla bean and bright espresso notes as well. blissful taste profile...the chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes really dominate...barrel notes add some depth of oak and bourbon, with subtle hints of ripe red fruit and port wine. the molasses and anise notes only contribute to the amazing depth of layers and the overall huge structure of this stout. hop flavour and bitterness are impressive in its overall herbal and flowery glory, but gets buried by the overall level of hot booziness. but it seems well integrated in the overall flavour profile. impressive. i love the body on this...soft, supple and secure in its massiveness. mouthfeel is incredibly velvety; as smooth as can be for such an amazingly big stout. it certainly has some rough and tumble edges but they are welcome in this beer. drinkability is off the charts...i had a hard time not gulping this huge beer down!
overall this one lives up to the hype. i've fallen into the abyss and there is no coming back. i love the layered complexity, i love the overall character, and i love the feel of this monster stout. it's a bit hot, but time will tame it. about perfect as far as i'm concerned.
02-25-2012 00:09:56 | More by budgood1
4.38/5 rDev -3.1%
1400th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2011 vintage, best after 8/4/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass; looks awesome. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cherry, oak, light char, coffee, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla, licorice, toast, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity of dark malt, oak, and barrel character; and extremely balanced. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, light char, cherry, oak, toast, toffee, vanilla, cocoa, licorice, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, light char, cocoa, oak, licorice, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic depth and complexity of dark malt flavors with the barrel character and flavor additions; with a fantastic overall balance of all flavors; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic blended imperial stout! Huge depth and complexity of flavors with incredible balance; and very smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering to sip on slowly.
02-20-2012 03:55:33 | More by superspak
4.55/5 rDev +0.7%
A bomber of the 2010 vintage poured into a CBS Snifter.
A: Pitch-black with a quarter inch mocha head that dissipates quickly.
S: An aggressive sweet and oak-y scent rushes to the nose. Licorice helps drive the sweetness upfront, with more subtle roasty notes in the back alongside the oak. A little of the chocolate you'd expect from a big stout also.
T: A sweet stout, but not overwhelmingly so. The licorice is very noticeable, but I enjoy it here. Some roasted malts in the back, with a little sweet chocolate as well. The finish is of sweet malts and licorice. There is a small amount of oak underlying the stout that you can taste throughout. However, if I didn't know The Abyss was partly oak-aged, I don't think I would be able to pick it out. I think it would fade in to the sweetness.
M: Medium-light bodied with low carbonation. This is perfect--supremely drinkable.
O: This is a nice beer. It's a sweet one and the licorice plays a more central role than I expected, but it works. A great beer and one I look forward to having again in the future!
02-19-2012 22:02:34 | More by Hophead717
4.48/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle shared by Huhzubendah- Thanks Matt!
The Abyss pours a dark brown color w/ a two finger chocolate head. Excellent lacing on my New Belgium glass. The nose is oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Very mellow and balanced. None of the 11% abv evident at all. The taste is really smooth and balanced- with coffee and oak out in front. Again, none of the alcohol is present in the taste. Feel is medium full, w/ a nice hops bite on the aftertaste. Overall, really happy I finally got to try this beer. Cheers!
02-18-2012 21:51:04 | More by jayhawk73
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,810 ratings.