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The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,653 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,653
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2,415
Gots: 2,147 | FT: 143
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

65 IBU

Vintages (production numbers from Deschutes):
2006 - Released December 2006 (approx 90 BBL)
2007 - Released January 2008 (approx 350 BBL)
2008 - Released November 2008 (approx 350 BBL)
2009 - Released November 2009 (approx 600 BBL)
2010 - Released December 2010 (approx 600 BBL)
2011 - Released November 2011 (approx 600 BBL)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2006)
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

'07 vintage, review Dec '08, review from tasting notes:

People who complain that ratings are based on hype are going to hate this one. I don't care. This was a damn fine beer and well deserving of the hype.

Thick, spent motor oil pour. Black with dark brown highlights on the edges. Dark tan head - falls quick

Smell: Light booziness at first but then blended well with dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and coffee

Flavor: Dark chocolate, dark fruit, burnt caramel, vanilla, oaky, buttery, light hop oil finish.

MF: Thick, viscous, oily, creamy and slick, light carbonation tingle

Alcohol is very present in the nose but surprising light on the tongue - well masked boozines. So goddamn tasty, who cares. Best of the night.

EDIT:

7/23/09

Recently revisited this one with some friends, this time an '08. Absolutely fantastic. Not aged as long as my first sampling (the '07 was about a year old) but this tasted every bit as good. Oakiness was much stronger on the fresher bottle, a little more bourbon could be noted. What a great beer. Scores the same.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 22:49:25 | More by KeefD
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jpiper

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release bottle poured into a 12oz snifter - shared with my wife. This is one classy bottle - with the simple but strong label and the elegant hand-waxed cap. This would make an excellent gift.

Pouts jet black with a nice gray-tan head which dissipates over about 45 seconds, leaving behind a dirty layer on top with some pockets of soapy bubbles. When tilted, there's a thin caramel brown layer, which quickly turns into the jet black pool.

The aroma has strong roasted notes. You can appreciate the barrel in the aroma as well - a nice rich smooth aroma. There is quite a bit of coffee in there too. Invites me to take the first sip. A gentle shake, brings the coffee out even more as well as some new aromas. Something I can't name here - smells almost like overripe bananas... but that's not it.

The flavor is immensely complex. Bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. There is a trace of bourbon, and definite tannin and oak. There's a little chalkiness - not only to the mouthfeel, but to the taste as well. That faint "overripe banana" is there as well. And the tiniest amount of sourness. The finish is bitter, but the malt carries through to the end as well. It's a bit hot, but not boozy. Over the course of the bottle, the chocolate builds quite a bit.

The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and a bit chalky. It coats the mouth completely. The bubbles are tiny and plentiful.

Drinkability is pretty high on this since it's so tasty and the alcohol is well hidden.

This is an incredible imperial stout and it's obvious this one will hold up to cellering. Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 for taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 03:23:19 | More by jpiper
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JBogan

Nevada

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ain't no kid's beer. Anyone who likes this style of beer, will love this one.

After removing the black wax from the bottle (nice touch by the way, it makes it seem more mysterious and causes your anticipation level to build) I poured this dark brown to the point of almost being black brew into a chalice. A thin light brown head forms and remains, leaving a slippery looking brown film along the sides of the glass. Good looking but not outstanding.

Now the aroma comes into play. Yes there's that roasted coffee smell, along with licorice, molasses and only a hint of dark chocolate and alcohol. Very intriguing and nice.

Time to put it in my mouth for a taste. Again, the coffee is there. Now, I'm of the opinion that if I wanted to taste coffee, I'd drink ... a coffee. Never liked it in my beer, but this really wasn't too over the top. Next up was the dark chocolate. It featured more in the taste than in the smell, and it balanced out the coffee nicely. The molasses was there as it warmed, but I lost sight of the licorice that appeared in the smell. The alcohol was still there, but only lurking in the background.

The mouthfeel was excellent. Certainly on the thicker end of the scale. Smooth and silky in the mouth and going down the throat.

Well what can be said that already hasn't been mentioned? Once again, if you like this style of beer, and especially the taste of coffee in your beer, this is probably as good as it gets. For the price ($9.99 for a 22 oz bottle) it's quite a bargain. All in all this is a very well done beer from the folks at Deschutes. One of the best beers in the world? That's up to you to decide.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 23:47:22 | More by JBogan
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Motor oil consistency of black. Low lacing.

S- Big oaky/bourbon, buttery chocolate, molasses/caramel.

T- Starts out with a nice oakiness, some nice dark chocolates and bits of coffee. The finish is equally enjoyable.

M- Buttery, smooth, low carbonation.

D- This was a very nice and drinkable stout but it, in my opinion, didn't live up to what I though it would be. I'll definitely have it again though, given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 21:51:48 | More by Greggy
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I can finally check this one off of my to-do list. I was able to find this one on the shelves in San Francisco and I brought this big ol bottle in my suitcase back and broke into it very quickly.

Not sure it quite lived up to its hype but I surely see the quality poking through. Just not the perfection that I had heard about.
Bottle Graphics: 7/10.

A: Poured into a dogfish snifter. Pitch black body with a minor head and lacing that started out strong but unravelled like pulling down curtains. Wow, that was interesting and enticing.

S: Coffee, minor bitterness, and raw alcohol. Smoky wood, licorice- overall extremely complex nose. I like the aroma better because it had a lower delivery of licorice that become reduntant in the taste.

T: Licorice, borderline overkill on the licorice. To balance the licorice and nib flavors, the bitter spin was not enough to cover its end of the bargain. With the hazelnut coffee flavor, the sweetness seems very organic and pure. The alcohol is absent on one swallow, overbearding on the next. I like that. The smoked flavors that leave me daydreaming of fire roasted marshmallows are the shining star in the taste of this bottle.

M: Chewy as all hell, delivers in spades here. I thought I was going to have to break out a knife and fork from the complex texture. The look shows carbonation, but the coating mouthfeel doesn't let it through.

D: This is a strong beer that packs something of a wallop but compared to the other that are the top and well regarded, this one doesn't stand up as tightly. Again, it is well above average but just not world class in my opinion. The 22oz was just the right amount as it really let its character out on different sips, primarily from the warming.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 20:48:12 | More by marcpal
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antilogic

California

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap tonight @ beachwood BBQ and tried it in bottle ('08") last week. Liked it more on tap for sure. More of the oak and barrel potion comes out.

Dark like the night with a minimal coffee tan head. Smooth, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Incredibly tasty with a fantastic aroma that draws you in. Only downside is trying to finish more than one pint. Abyss is a big beer but I'll gladly drink it again any day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 07:34:52 | More by antilogic
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Irie

California

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 bottle. A little early but I couldn't wait anymore.

Pours an evil black that seems to actually suck light in. The dark head looks like chocolate peanut butter with serious lacing. Smells like sweet licorice and dark chocolate.

And the taste... oh the taste... Incredibly smooth with the slightest carbonation. The flavor really opens up after it's on it's way down. The balance is f'ing perfect. I can't even begin to describe the flavors. It's too many and too unique for me to have any idea.

Drinkability... hmm... What do you rate something that would be the one thing you take to a desert island?

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 03:56:38 | More by Irie
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BevMoPatrick1

California

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to enjoy the '07 right next to an '08. Pours an amazingly dark jet black. smells full bodied, with large hints of cocoa and coffee. The '07 has mellowed out quite nicely, the '08 needs some time, but was still deliocious. This beer coats your pallet and stays with you all the way. A sipper but not a sipper like Goose Island. Get some of this and put it away for a few years and you won't be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:16:53 | More by BevMoPatrick1
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Meandmymonkey

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle. Pours a pitch black with an excellent dark tan retaining head. Smells like syrupy espresso and dark chocolate with some woody undertones. Tastes of bitter chocolate, molasses, and subtly hoppy. Velvety smooth and thick. Coats your mouth with delicious flavor. Roast finish. This beer is hard to put into words as you just want to forget everything while drinking it because you may be in stout heaven. Deschutes never ceases to amaze.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 04:02:34 | More by Meandmymonkey
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opwog

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Dead Can Dance - Mother Tongue

Thanks to Beechwood for brining this in!

A-Black or the darkest brown that the eye can not differentiate, with a drak tan (or light brown) firm, full head.
S- Chocolate all over the place! A little bit of hops if you spend enough time drawing out the aroma.
T-Powder cocoa, wood, coffee and the usual suspects.
M-slightly chalky (powedered cocoa), rich and deep, thick, thick, thick
D-It is wonderful, but one 10 ounce glass is about all that I can handle at a time (three times, so far). This is definitely a last beer of the evening. I had my second pint at a happy hour and I was done as soon as I finished. It was 7:00 and I couldn't even think about following it up with anything else or even a second.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2008 08:11:38 | More by opwog
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have read a lot of fuss over this beer and was very eager to try it out!

A: clouded black color, viscous-like consistency with deep red and bourbon hues when held up to the light. Lace was sporadic in the snifter and hung on for dear life amidst my few swishes. Head started of deep brown color and dissipated quickly. Looks banging in the glass

S: robust malts, dark and sweet overall with brown sugar/molasses rounding out the sweet. Subtle alcohol notes in the mix as well. I was rather surprised to find the smell somewhat subdued

T: huge robust malts with hints of roasted coffee and chocolate. Wow! this beer is large and in charge. After a few sips I could pick up a light roasted coconut sweetness, dash of vanilla bean, and burnt caramel candies...what heavy hitter! I must say a very complex brew! Illustrious!

M: smooth as silk, touch of dryness that is left from a slight grain-like, warming alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is top notch

D: I did not taste any liquorice (as it states), but in any event a great friggen beer. Man, I have been looking for this in the bottle everywhere and can not get a hold of it. I can see why! great, great stuff! This is how the beer gods reward us, with beer of this caliber! I also must admit that I was just getting over a 24-hour flu bug and my senses were not 100%. I debated about ordering this guy as I might lack the true palate of flavors, in any event I could not say no!

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2008 00:42:58 | More by Magpie14
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beckje01

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 07 aged 1 year:

A- Pitch black color with a brown head and nice lacing.

S- Some sweet chocolate nose a slight hint of some bitterness

T- A dry malt flavor with hints of chocolate and some burnt malt, while being a touch sweet at the start. A nice balance and complexity

M- Great thickness works very well.

D- Very drinkable and nice just not quite there with darkness or aged dark lord. I'm thinking a bit more time aging will help.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 00:41:57 | More by beckje01
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slayer3604

California

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- WOW, this mother has a three finger head that refuses to settle down. strait up cement style bubbles that dont pop, crowning a fat voluptuous light-devoid body that makes my face headbutt walls.

S- Weed!?!? dark cocoa, molassas, and a gnarly dry atmosphere.

T- MORE WEED! im not a pot head, but some smells never leave your nose. Exceptionally complex, with room to mature. i like how the alcohol content was not as aparent in this beer. might be due to the GOOSE ISLAND BCS i just had, but man, this is a great beer.

M- Creamy goodness, lots of ample body to chew away at.

D- so rare, but i love it. simply amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 07:38:02 | More by slayer3604
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beertunes

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a bottle of the '07 Abyss poured into a very sturdy Rogue chalice. Pours black with a beautiful brown head that dissappates quickly. The aroma is bold and very upfront. It had the bourbon aroma from the barrels. I'm not a coffee drinker and with age the coffee flavors and aromas have really come forward, which is why this beer loses a few points with me. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Well rounded and fulfilling. This is very drinkable, caution is advised. You should drink this beer when you get the chance and let some age when you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 06:34:22 | More by beertunes
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bigbelcher

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a small tan head. Aroma was mostly alcohol driven. Light roast malt aromas mostly of a rich coffee like espresso. Flavor is very smooth. Just the right amount of malt to make it very drinkable without having to wait years for it to mellow out except for the high alcohol that leaves a warm burn on in your throat. Thinner than a lot of Imperial Stouts. Carbonation is just right. This is so easy to drink its unbelievable. A good beer but not as good as Big Skys Ivan the Terrible that is a somewhat the same type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 20:43:10 | More by bigbelcher
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle was thankfully shared of this at a tasting. I've been waiting for this one, too bad this was probably the 6+ RIS that day.

Pours black as night with a thin layer of chocolate head, good lacing throughout. The smell is pretty great; chocolate , slight oak, not much roastedness which I enjoy, and hints of vanilla. The taste is pretty damn well balanced, very similar to what I smelled. This is one of the first barrel aged RISs that I've had and I like what it's done for the overall flavor. The alcohol is nearly gone considering this was an 08'. Drinkability is high for this amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 15:37:20 | More by xpimptastikx
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PhiloPsych

California

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might just be a perfect beer!!! The kind of gustatory experience that makes life worth living!

The smell is lovely (though maybe just a tiny bit hot of alcohol). It's beautifully dark brown from the bottle, almost black and completely opaque in the glass with a thin, dark chocolate head. The smell is roasty, smokey, with a definite molasses sweetness. There is no burnt taste--that's the one aspect of this style that I like least; so I'm happy that it is absent here. There is coffee and chocolate in both the nose and the palate. The flavor is sweet, but the mouthfeel is dry. Many brewers add candy sugar to try to achieve what this beer accomplishes, but it doesn't generally seem to work to me. There is no candy sweetness here; instead the sweetness seems to come from the molasses and natural grain sugar. Though the smell is a just bit hot, the alcohol is very well hidden in the taste--something I really like in a high alcohol beer. This beer is brewed with licorice and I notice it in the middle. The oak adds just a bit of spice to the finish. The malt profile is really full and constitutes the biggest part of the taste--the roasted malt is on point and really great. As for drinkability, I'm sharing this bomber with a life-long friend--we both wish we had (at least) another bottle. The friend I'm sharing the bottle with, says he thinks the bourbon barrel aging adds to the depth of the smokiness. I'm going to get another bottle (at least) tomorrow at Hi-Times. I LOVE THIS BEER!!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 03:12:48 | More by PhiloPsych
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SaucyA

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007.

A - Sniftered. A brown head on top of an appropriately black body sits in front of beckoning "Drink me". Head retention is decent, lacing is present. Spot on.

S - Smokey, chocolately, boozy. Miniscule hints of bourbon, a wine-like oakiness. The molasses is also very small, but there. I'm having a hard time finding the licorice in the nose. Complex, well-rounded. Not the absolute best RIS I've ever smelled, but definitely up there with the big boys.

T - Starts with a dry smokey note, that transforms in a huge chocolate flavor without being sweet. Random nuances come and go... coffee, molasses. Licorice and bourbon really aren't present. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - A nice, smooth carbonation with a big body. If it were a tad thicker it'd be a 5.

D - For a big ass, 11%, partially barrel-aged RIS, this thing is supreme in drinkability.

Notes: Oh man. I was expecting the usual RIS and this one is blowing me away. Part of me is bummed I waited this long to crack it, but the other part of me is happy I still have another bottle left.

Thanks to both Largadeer and Lothore for sending me bottles of this in my first 2 trades.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 23:26:57 | More by SaucyA
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humanawho

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice deep black color with and average head of dark cream/brown

S - strong vanilla aroma with a little roasty/chocolate coming through

T - strong sweet chocolate and roasty flavors, nice vanilla finish with a little oak coming through, very slight bitterness

M - nice and strong and thick

D - great balance and complexity

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 04:52:21 | More by humanawho
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westernseraph

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour--Black at first but has mocha color head, very small amount that dissapates quickly

Smell--Smells more bitter to me than actual taste.

Taste--Carmel taste to me with a small amout of bitterness. It is very smooth and has not much aftertaste to me

I was a little disappointed with the beer overall. I had heard it was a good beer to have in a collection and the challange to find it was great--granted the drinkability is awesome and I would buy again if I had the chance it just wasn't as mind blowing as I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 03:36:41 | More by westernseraph
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JasonA

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received quite a while ago via BIFIV via proninja. thanks bro

2007 Reserve

Solid 2 fingers of extra dark mocha. Oil slick black hole for light trying to pass through. Lacing, staying power

Port, baking chocolate. I dont get to smell molases often, but gosh there is something dark and sweet in it, it has to be it. Espresso? Boy is this full of different smells. It just smells warm

Coffee, some biscuit. Some sort of hops, almost overpowering of the dark malt.

Warming no bite. Hop character in the finish, stays with it. Roasted malt, not overpowering.

I want to say the hop something in there is a bit too much over the the roasted malt. I hate to give it only a 4, but with a RIS, I dont want that in the balance. It could also have something to do with the age, who knows.

I will certainly trade for again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:47:16 | More by JasonA
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ejquin

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black with semi-fluffy brown head that eventually fades to a 1/2 finger with good lacing.

S: lots of vanilla and dark chocolate. I get whiff of the licorice. It's milky and sweet as well with some booziness.

T?M: First thing that struck me was the mouthfeel. This stout just didn't have the creaminess of a Dark Lord or Darkness, two beers it's ranked right up there with. Still, don't get me wrong, it's plenty smooth with good carbonation though possibly the smallest smidge high.

Taste is very complex. Smooth and milky sweet at first, fades to anise and bitter dark chocolate. At this point a hop bite pushes through with some spice and ends in a long finish with the alcohol providing some sting. All the while there's a smoky hickory flavor going on in the background that gets more pronounced as you go along.

Ovr: this was the 2008. I bet it's be really great with a year on it, just to smooth it out a touch. There's a bit of harshness on the finish and it could probably benefit from resting. Very very nice, but I'm comparing this to the best stouts I've had this year, Dark Lord and Darkness, and I've have to put this behind both of them. Still worth seeking out, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 02:07:23 | More by ejquin
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magictrokini

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad. I was so excited when I saw this, and I can happily say that it lived up to all of my expectations. Midnight black pour with a thick, 1 cm tall brown head. Heavy aroma of burnt coffee, tobacco, chocolate, molasses, leather, wood, and just a little bourbon. Amazing taste. Lots of roasty malt, bitter coffee, baker's chocolate up front and throughout. A deep, rich oak taste accompanies the sweeter molasses and licorice flavors. A bittersweet finish with just a little caramel malt and hop bite. I could drown in this beer its so good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 23:18:53 | More by magictrokini
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johnd513

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks goes to gford217 for this one!
The 2007 Reserve poured into my Duvel glass.
This beer pours jet black with a nice mocha color head that disappears quickly and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells roasty with chocolate, espresso, raisins and rum. The taste follows the aroma and does not disappoint. This beer has many complexities and it seems like I discover another with each sip. Starts with a sort of citrus taste then Chocolate, coffee, rum, raisins and figs. The aftertaste is of strong coffee and has that lovely chewyness. The mouthfeel has medium to full body and is incredibly smooth and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is excellent considering the high abv. One of the best stouts in the world? Who cares, this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 22:24:00 | More by johnd513
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Reserve Bomber

Appearance: Pours jet black; good head and lacing.

Smell: Not as strong as I expected. Molasses, fudge chocolate, brown sugar.

Taste: Heavy malt, bitter chocolate, coffee/espresso, molasses, brown sugar, toffee. A little sweet. I get no bourbon or oak. This has none of the typical complexity I see, and like to see, in a RIS

Mouthfeel: Full, but not huge.

Drinkability: Not sure what the hype is, it is ok, nothing special besides rarity. A little heavy on the coffee/bitter for me and lacking in complexity.

NB: Why on earth do they only age a % of it in oak? Put the whole thing in the barrel!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 22:43:31 | More by craytonic
The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 4,653 ratings.