The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery
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4.25/5 rDev -6%
My first review on BA\
Beer is from tap at brewpub on release party night
A: extremely dark with brown head and minimal lacing
R: hot, vanilla, chocolate, slightly fruity
M: big and thick, takes effort to swallow, modestly carbonated
T:dark fruit (prune, raisin), hops (indeterminate - back of tongue), somewhat (alcohol) warm
O: this is an outstanding beer, but sharp around the edges; given a few months or years it might mellow and round allowing the vanilla to manifest as flavor in addition/stead of scent, allowing the fruit flavors to develop and the hop sharpnesses to oxidize into a bit of butteriness.
This is a beer well worth tasting and tastes well worth cellaring.
11-16-2011 09:21:09 | More by rluser
4.68/5 rDev +3.5%
2010 bottle poured into a snifter
Looking at this beer is exactly what I would think of when peering into an abyss....black...with a finger of dark bubbly brown head that leaves brown lacing all over the glass.
Lots of roasty coffee and chocolate here with some licorice and of course barrellzzz. Lots of vanilla and even the small amount of bourbon barrel makes an appearance.
Drinking this thing was a treat. Very chocolatey on my first sip which was very exciting. A bitterness takes a hold all over the mouth before receding into lovely dark chocolate, espresso, and vanilla. There was not much carbonation which I wasn't expecting based on the bubbles that sprang up in the head. The Abyss has a full body and leaves you wanting more as you continue to sip it.
Had a glass as part of Dallas Beer Week and now I want a bottle so bad. This is a great beer and a must try if you come across it.
11-16-2011 02:00:32 | More by MattSweatshirt
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,805 ratings.