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2010 Abyss

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jan 5, 2013.

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  1. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    I thought this was fantastic fresh, and un-freaking-real with a bit over a year on it, like a roasty liquid malted milk ball.

    I had opened one of my last two last night and the molasses dominated. It was about all I could taste. Not bad by any means, but not near as good I remember.

    Have others ran into this? My first thought was that maybe it peaked between year one and two but I don't have enough experience with previous vintages so I thought I'd open this up for discussion.

    Cheers!
     
  2. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

    6 mos ago... 4 mos ago. 2 weeks ago...sadly. My favorite abyss bar none.
     
  3. muglife

    muglife Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2008 Oregon

    I noticed that with the 2009. It was awesome at a year-ish out, and slightly less so at two years. I'm interested to see what it's like now! I still have one left that I need to crack open.
     
  4. smitherz22

    smitherz22 Initiate (0) May 8, 2012 California

    I had a 2012 and a 2010 within a couple weeks of eachother and to me they were like 2 completely different beers, and yes, the 2010 was much sweeter - and in my opinion WAY better. I got more chocolate flavor than molasses from it though... It was unbelievaly good! ...as was the 2012, but the 2010 just blew me away
     
  5. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas
    Beer Trader

    They kind of/sort of are.
     
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  6. Preluderl

    Preluderl Devotee (455) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Have a 2012 Abyss, never had any year before. Any suggestions on how long I should maybe sit on it?
     
  7. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    I had 2008,2009,2010,2011, and 2012 all at this years release. I appreciated them all, but the 2008 was my favorite. This is how I would rank them;

    2008
    2011
    2009
    2012
    2010

    Not quite sure if the batch is playing the significant role here or just the stage its at in the aging process.
     
  8. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Have you tried it before? If not, don't sit on it. If you have had it, decide your reasoning on why you would want to age it. Are some flavors too dominant that you want to mellow out, or is it a bit too hot?
     
  9. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    In my opinion, this vintage is going downhill. I agree that it tastes totally different than it did fresh. It's still drinkable but nowhere as good as it used to be.
     
  10. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
    Beer Trader

    I haven't had older vintages, but 2010 was really amazing. I had 2011 and 2012 within 5-6 months after 2010 and those vintages were no where near 2010. As you mention, 2012 fresh was a complete different beer than 2010. In my opinion 2010 was better than 2012, but I could also see how some people may prefer the fresh bottle.
     
  11. nlmartin

    nlmartin Meyvn (1,468) Jul 26, 2005 Ohio

    My wife and I drank a 2010 Abyss yesterday morning. The beers aroma was super charged with anise. Thankfully the anise wasnt a dominating flavor. The beers flavors reminded me of a semi sweet bourbon chocolate ball spiked with anise. Sadly that beer was consumed way to fast.
     
  12. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    the '11 and '12 vintages are partially red wine barrels, not just bourbon like the prior vintages.
     
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