June 27, 2012
Review: Deschutes The Abyss (2010 Vintage)
A lot of guys do what I do and that’s they buy/trade or seek out big beers like The Abyss because they hear it’s good. My ’08-’11 Abyss Vertical was completed 2 months ago yet I’ve just been sitting on them. I guess it’s just cool to look at a vertical and feel special about it. Fuck that. You have to open up some beers if you want to actually enjoy them. How was I to know I even liked Abyss? I didn’t so I opened one up. Here’s the review.
AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
adamjackson (390) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – JUN 26, 2012
2010 Vintage. Stored at Cellar temp since release. Poured into a Tulip glass at cellar temp (59 Degrees). Allowed to breathe for 5 minutes before reviewing.
A – Nice hiss while removing the cap. Poured a 2-Finger coffee & leather colored head. Head subsided to a quarter finger over 5 minutes and left behind a small film of bubbles. The beer was midnight black, semi-thick pour but not as oily as I expected. Decent head lacing, slight alcohol legs but nothing too intense. Expected for 11%
S – I can smell the beer from 2 feet away. Up close, I’m getting a big coffee with chocolate syrup scent. The licorice bombs out on the back of my nostrils leaving behind an intense milk chocolate sweetness. Hints of bourbon but nothing overpowering.
T – Wow. Okay, I don’t quite know where to start. First taste is the bourbon followed by sweet vanilla and peppery licorice. I get this dry roasted almost biting chocolate espresso bean taste that fades away leaving behind an oaky chocolate sweetness that fades to a bitter oakiness over the course of about 30 seconds.
M – The mouthfeel is slick and surprisingly thin for an Imperial Stout. On a very vigorous mouth swish, I only get about 30% carbonation mouth feel. Medium to heavy body and A super oaky sweet finish that reminds me a lot of cane syrup fresh from our farm.
O – This is a fantastic beer. The Imperial Stout category has seen a lot of changes in the last few years. Abyss holds its own against a lot of huge beers. Stoked to finally try this.
I really enjoyed this. I also have a vertical of Dark Lord ’07-’12. I’ve never had it before. Guess I’ll be opening one of those tomorrow. Does hoarding beers make me an asshole? Yes. I’ll admit that. At least I’m finally drinking some of these beers and sharing many of them with friends. That’s what is important…learning from our mistakes.