Mesjasz (1623) - Lodz, POLAND - NOV 9, 2017 dmschefke (583) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 500th rating. So I figured it would be very fitting to have a 5 year old version of a beer I have been looking forward to for a while. So here goes: 2007 bottle. Pours a deep black with an almost amber hue and dark tan head that disappears to a few bubbles on top, no lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted caramel malt, vanilla, anise, molasses, brown sugar, cream, and a nice mild bourbon. Aroma is wonderful, so I have been really teasing myself and making my mouth water horribly. So here goes...wow! This is great... all too often I am disappointed with hyped imperial stouts and this one just lives up to the great billing and more! The flavor matches the aroma well, which is great. It has the right mild balance of bourbon and oak along with the other beautiful characters. Mouthfeel is great with slight slickness. This is great stuff!
2016 bottle. Pretty roasty but also with nice sweetness. Some alcohol appear in flavor, lots of chocolate and roasty coffee. darb85 (302) - Canton, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2017 sweet cherry? on nose. booze. thick pour with fast dispaiting head. thick mouth feel really coats tounge Coco and thick malty finish. roasty and smooth. RoJo28 (87) - - NOV 3, 2017
Elegant yet brutal, like a Rolls Royce Phantom. Super refined. Sensational
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 2, 2017
From Jan 2008
I bought this locally at Poplar Wine & Spirits. At the case price, they're only US$10 apiece & tax so I got 2 cases.
It's the 2007 Reserve and comes in a wax dipped 22oz bomber. I wonder how difficult it's going to be to get it open?
Twas easy so....it pours a very near pitch black with a nice 1" head of tannish, creamy looking foam. The foam shrinks some but there's still a solid layer near the end of my session and...darn good lacing to be had here as well!
Taking a few whiffs, I notice notes of bourbon, dark chocolate(which is infusing a nice bitter aroma)and some coffee.
The first sip...the complexity literally explodes in my mouth and it's no where's near the temp that I like to drink my brews. Wow. I can definitely taste the bourbon and oak influence but the chocolate is just as powerful and there are tastes of toffee and molasses and when I swish the brew in my mouth, I notice the liqorice is there as well. My, what a tasty son of a gun! The abv is there, yeah, but for me, it's just some warming *after* the swallow. The mouthfeel is quite thick and chewy and the carbonation is fairly robust for the style but it works. The finish is pretty dry with that hot chocolate bitterness and the aftertaste lingers on for some time afterwards. Superb! And dangerously drinkable; I blame it on the smoothness if that can be looked upon as a negative comment. lol.
This is an *amazing* brew and I'm so happy that Mike at PW&S snatched up the 7 cases allotted for Casper. Why did he do that? Because that's the way he rolls. ;^)
Edit: 2009 Edition, best after Nov 1, 2010, cost of $12.85
Again, a near pitch black pour with over a finger head of tan foam. Lacing certainly is up to snuff.
The smell is loaded with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, both dark and milk..not much in the smell of any bourbon, unlike the 07 and 08 I had that were sampled equally fresh. Ok, it warmed up some and I now *can* smell the effects of what BBAging can do.
I say that until I actually taste it. Yep. The bourbon barrel aging is the first thing I notice. Second is a light flavour of licorice that I didn't get in the smell either. Both of those give some way to delicious roastiness, coffee, milk and dark chocolate the latter of which adds some good bitterness....as usual. Ha. This is a very consistent product put out by Deschutes and that pleases me to no end. I earnestly think what ever hype is generated by The Abyss is genuinely earned.
Full bodied as it's older kin, with medium carbonation, it has yet again a great mouthfeel. Smooth as silk with the 11%abv kept in check.
Drinkability? What can I say? This has the sort of drinkability that most brewers would love to see their consumer friends boast about. Especially for a brew that is quite the heavyweight when it comes to the abv. Deschutes and me? We are like that...picture me and some Deschutes rep giving each other the high 5. :^)
Ok, back to the serious "stuff". I can't change my previous rating at all. The smell was the minorest weakest link in the 07 and that holds true for the 09 as well.
A tip of my virtual hat goes off to Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits again for thinking of me and the other 2? peeps(that I know of) who appreciate the finer things in life when it comes to beer
Edit: Subsequent samples of the 2009 revealed a distinct sourness that has no place in The Abyss; commendably acknowledged by Deschutes. Sipping on my first 2010 and my faith is restored! Not that I ever lost it. Deschutes is first class all the way. Anywho, the 2010 is divine and backs up fully why I rated this beer as high as I did, and I do. A magnificent brew that deserves to be in the top 10 of anyone's list of top Stouts and top brews in general.
thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2017
2012 and 2013 bottles, split with a friend. A great example of the big, brash imperial stouts that dominate the rating boards -- it's viscous and moderately sweet, with a lot of complexity from the licorice and especially the oak barrels. Undeniably really very good.
Itzjerm (3118) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2017
2015 version on tap in Oregon. Nice complexity with your typical imperial stout levels of sweetness chocolate burnt grains and then some bourbon notes from barrels. The age improves this over a typical Abyss. Nice head enjoyable. coolunclesony (52) - DENMARK - OCT 2, 2017
This beer is one of the most overrrated in Ratebeer.
It is an average stout that belongs in the supermarkets. It has absolutely no complexity and depth. Derbeth (1054) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 16, 2017
Bottle, vintage 2016. Aroma is chocolate, cherry, some pine. I don't taste liquorice. Good. jmgreenuk (9985) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle shared with the KL tasting crew. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken light tan head. The aroma is roasty malt, liqourice, coffee, chocolate, caramel fudge, some light oaky notes, raisins and alcohol. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich, oily, sticky, roasty, burnt treacle, liqouice, warm alcohol bitter palate and a lingering bitter finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. creppyiceman (1042) - POLAND - SEP 11, 2017
(2016 vintage, bottle)
Aroma: huge iron....rly ?, bit roasty, some hoppy fruitness.
Appearance: black,big head.
Taste: lighlty sweet,flavour of iron, dark chocolate, hoppy fruitiness some vanilla, roasted malt, very bitter hoppy finish.
Palate:medium to full body, low to medium carbonation.
Overall: Iron and shitloads of hops, rly I'm very dissapointment.