The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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4.65/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Not a whole lot of head, but what there is looks pretty awesome, and stick around for a couple minutes! I am probably not using the right kind of glass, and didn't do such a great pour. Still, one of the darkest, thick milk chocolate brown heads I've ever seen. The beer is as dark as a moonless Northwest winter evening. The molasses, licorice and vanilla advertised on the label are instantly recognizable in the smell, oak is right there as well. I find it really interesting that it's made with 3 different types of barrel aging, oak, oak bourbon and oak wine barrels. I'm going to let it warm a bit before scoring it.
The taste is soooo yuuuummm. Hard to believe it's 11%! Intensely flavorful, but not overpowering. The label says "Best after 8/4/12" ... I can't wait that long! A lot hoppier than I would have thought from the smell. With the licorice and molasses, a sweet smell, but big, bitter hoppy goodness slowly leads to a nice maltiness. Big chewy mouthfeel but a crisp clean finish.
This is my first review in a long time, just stopped doing it for a while. Really surprised to see drinkability replaced by overall!!! Totally makes sense though. That's always what was meant by drinkability, in my opinion, but many people had different takes on it. Overall, I would say Deschutes can do no wrong, and The Abyss is a perfect stout.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2012 06:52:58 | More by davidchollar
4.93/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Served on-tap @ Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland and presented in a snifter. Pairs exquisitely with sweet potato fries and thai wings.
Pours a deep and dark mahogany color with ruby flarings. Impressive head with respectable lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and sweet molasses.
Opens big with roasted notes of coffee and sweet hints of caramel and molasses. Silky mouthfeel, yet chewy at times. Dark chocolate emerges with suggestions of black licorice. ABV is incredibly well concealed. Vanilla and mellowed oak surface. Finishes smooth and rich. Amazingly deep and complex, The Abyss is as good as it gets. Believe the hype, my friends. And seek it out.
Serving type: on-tap
01-14-2012 04:01:50 | More by CaptainIPA
4.95/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
What a stout. Hands down my favorite. Roast, chocolate, vanilla dominate the aroma. The presentation is beautiful. Thick 3-finger khaki head with tight carbonation bubbles. The taste is out of this world. Molasses, chocolate, more molasses, coffee, more chocolate, roastiness, mild sweetness...so many good things, repeated over and over.
If you can get it, get it.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2012 12:03:54 | More by stealth
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,679 ratings.