The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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4.95/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Believe it or not, poured from a tap at Capones on Black Friday. According to Matt this keg was left over from Philly Beer Week and is the 2010 version. Poured into a small snifter glass, probably 6 ounces.
A: A thick jet black color that leaves no light through it. A small light brown head sits atop. Lacing is minimal.
S: Dark roasted smells with huge chocolate notes. Some espresso mixes in with a decent amount of woodiness. I get some sweet fruits with the sweet chocolate.
T: Massive dark chocolate flavors mix with some roasted malts and some espresso/coffee notes. The chocolate just keeps coming with some caramel sweetness that gets overtaken by the wood and smoke flavors. If I try, I gets some bourbon and vanilla from the barrels too. Just dark and dank, but oh so delicious. Alcohol creeps in on the finish but is totally welcomed.
M: Full, coating, thick, some alcohol and nice carbonation for this thick of a stout.
O: What else can I say. On tap this beer is just as great as in a bottle. This is a stellar barrel aged beer that does not punch you in the face with barrel aging. Great beer, award winning.
This was hear for Philly Beer Week and I wish we got it on a regular basis, hopefully soon. If I could get this and Black Butte, I would be totally happy.
Serving type: on-tap
12-16-2011 03:16:22 | More by bravejoejoe
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2008 vintage poured into my Bruery tulip at room temperature. Thanks to my old manager who was kind enough to just give me this without expecting anything in return.
A: Pours pitch black with a thin mocha colored head. Little to no lacing. When there is little lacing it holds up pretty well.
S: Smells heavenly. I can smell the bourbon. I could smell the bourbon when I opened the bottle and I can smell the bourbon from a foot or two away after I poured it into the tulip.
T: Bourbon, dark chocolate, licorice. For some reason I also get chocolate orange flavor which is I like.
MF: I get a lot of after flavors so it stays close to the stout name. This isn't a thin stout and I'm glad for it's complexity.
O: This is still one of the best stouts out there 3 years later. I'm glad to see it hasn't gone down hill while sitting in my cellar and more thankful that this was a present. Now if only I can get some of the 2011 vintage.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2011 02:41:01 | More by BigB415
4.78/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I've had fresh and cellared of '09 and '10, and I almost missed this years too. Anyway, here's my thoughts on the 2011 version.
Pours out as black as the name. The head is deep tan and slow to surface. It disappears pretty quickly leaving no lace.
So far I like the smell of this years the best. Chocolate and molasses sweetness start it off. Oak and the wine barrel come through next. The hint of wine barrel really jazzes up the smell. Some earth and bourbon are noticeable near the end.
The taste has a nice heat to it. Semi sweet chocolate, charred coffee beans, molasses, oak dryness and slight grain lead off the taste. The licorice taste is more of a background note this year. The barrel notes (bourbon/wine) are right at the end, with a hint of hot cocoa. Sweet, but not cloying. Goes down so smooth it's crazy.
Another top notch year for The Abyss. Probably my favorite after the aged '09.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2011 20:29:58 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
British Columbia (Canada)
4.85/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver.
A: 1" light brown thick head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.
S: Chocolate, coffee and yeast.
T: An assault of bitter coffee and dark chocolate galore with a semi-sweet finish. Oak, vanilla and yeast flavours are also present; but to a lesser degree.
M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.
O: A beautiful beer on tap, but I can see why this would get better with age.
Serving type: on-tap
12-14-2011 12:03:13 | More by DaftCaskBC
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
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