The Abyss 2019 Reserve Old World
Deschutes Brewery

The Abyss 2019 Reserve Old WorldThe Abyss 2019 Reserve Old World
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American Imperial Stout
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3.06 | pDev: 40.2%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
The Abyss 2019 Reserve Old WorldThe Abyss 2019 Reserve Old World
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1.7/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Oh dear God. Who rated this beer above a 2? It tastes like mold smells. Split a bottle with some brewers and beer geeks. All had the same opinion.
Do not waste your money.

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3.97/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The twists and turns of Deschutes annual Imperial Stout lands us at the feet of exotic and earthy spices and an aging in fortified wine barrels. Sharing this old world, traditional taste, long slumber inside sherry barrels once again yields a potion with vinous-type spice, but this time with peppercorn, licorice, cherry bark, molasses and vanilla.

Unquestionably "abyss" black polishes with an onyx black sheen, The Abyss Reserve Old World pours with a masculine portrayal, capped with a an arid and mocha whipped cap. Pushing its robust and savory collections of aromas, then nose is rife with espresso, booze-soaked oak, red wine, burnt earth, a spicy twinge and dry cocoa. Its roasty taste explodes on the palate with the charred sweetness of blackstrap molasses and burnt sugar that batter the front of the tongue with burnt flavors.

Its charred sweetness turns over to high espresso roast, dark chocolate, toffee, burnt toast and an overall sense of roasted marshmallow. Complex sherry flavors wash over the late palate with its tangy wine-like spice, gentle hints of grape, cherry and blueberry with a savory, burnt kick of umami. The barrel plays out with a strong peppery and woodsy spice that blend into the taste of roasted licorice, chicory and ash.

Incredibly lush and full on the palate, the beer's arid roast is dry and expansive, striking thoughts of Green or Turkish coffee. Warm, spicy and playfully tangy, the beer's tannins offer dryness and a woodsy spice with an afterglow of burnt berries, cocoa and brushfire.

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The Abyss 2019 Reserve Old World from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 4 ratings