740: The Abyss

740 - The AbyssName: The Abyss
Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Bend, Oregon
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 11.00%
First Brewed: 2006
Price: $13.99

Tasting Notes
Should be served in a tulip glass and allowed to warm up as you consume it, taking you on a fantastic journey as it releases layers of chocolate, coffee, licorice, fruits, nuts and molasses.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I feel like I have had this beer before, but not this year. My palate has changed so much over the last year, I am excited to try it. It does smell incredible, but we will get to that. Also, this beer is from 2012. We kept this in the cellar (a closet in the kitchen) for over a year, but I think it is ready to drink.

Oh, and we are going to Hawaii tomorrow. We actually plan to spend tomorrow night getting settled in and drinking beers at Maui Brewing Company. Their brewpub is RIGHT across the street from where we are staying. So close we don’t even have to drive! We also are going to meet with the brewmaster while we are there, and plan to see their new brewing facility that isn’t even open yet. It should be fun.

OK, time to drink The Abyss. Cheers!

In the Glass: Dark. I’m talking pitch black. It also has a really nice tan head. I am glad they talked about letting this warm up because that is exactly what I was going to do. I will try it cold… But it will get better as it gets closer to room temperature. Let’s see what it smells like.

Nose: Booze. It has an aggressive aroma with a combination of vanilla, molasses and alcohol. The beer is 11%, but I figured it would mellow out a little bit after having been in the bottle for over a year. The more I smell it, the more I can almost taste it. I bet this will be really good regardless of my past experience with it. Or I could just check Untappd. Here we go. Bottoms up!

Flavor: Can you tell I am in a really good mood today? I mean… We leave tomorrow. MAUI!!! OK, focus. We have beer to drink. It’s good, don’t get me wrong. But it doesn’t blow me away. You get a lot of similar flavors that I was smelling, and the For a beer that is aged in multiple barrels and has been sitting in the bottle for over a year, I REALLY wanted this to be better. But again, I bet it will get better as it heats up. Most beers do.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really nice. It is somewhat thick, and while not chewy, does remind me of a chewy beer. I was actually having a conversation with someone on Untappd the other day about chewy beers. To anyone that hasn’t had a chewy beer, do yourself a favor and get a bottle. You won’t be sorry!

Oh, and the burp on this is really nice.

Aftertaste: It does linger. At first it has a nice burnt chocolate flavor. Actually, it is almost like charcoal. I bet this would be a good food beer. I actually just had lunch, but I didn’t drink the beer until I was finished. I had Italian, so it might not have paired well with that. Maybe something like BBQ or salmon.

You know, aging beers is fun, but I hate the idea of waiting for a year or more and the beer not improving the beer. I am sure this isn’t the case for all the bottles we have in the cellar (I love calling it that), so I won’t do anything rash right now. I really like this brewery, and while this is a limited release, it isn’t something I would buy again.

The Abyss – The bottle says: “THE ABYSS: MALT BEVERAGE BREWED WITH BLACK STRAP MOLASSES, LICORICE, WITH CHERRY BARK AND VANILLA ADDED WITH 6% AGED IN OAK BOURBON BARRELS, 11% AGED IN OAK BARRELS, AND 11% AGED IN OAK WINE BARRELS.”

“It’s dark. Its deep. It’s mysterious. This imperial stout has immeasurable depth inviting you to explore and discover its rich, complex profile. The flavor of this special brew draws you in further and further with each sip. The Abyss beckons. Enjoy the journey.”

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

I’m glad Ricky picked a good beer to review today. I’ve heard a lot about this one, and I can’t remember if I’ve tried it or not. It’s a dark one, and those are my favorites. It looks pretty much black and thick in the glass, and it had a lot of tan head. It almost looks like a dark chocolate milkshake. It smells sweet and malty, like dark chocolate there too. And maybe a touch of smoke? If it’s there, it’s only a tiny bit. This beer looks like a lot of other good ones, so I hope it doesn’t disappoint. Let’s find out.

The mouthfeel is very thick. It really is almost like drinking a milkshake. It’s slightly bitter, but not like a hoppy bitter, more like that dark chocolate flavor. It’s definitely not as malty or sweet as I thought it might be, but I like the bitterness of dark chocolate (it’s my favorite kind of chocolate) and this pretty much tastes exactly like that. It doesn’t taste as boozy as I expected at first, but it does heat up and leave a bit of a boozy aftertaste. This is definitely a beer to sit and enjoy. I think I’d like it be just a hint more sweet or malty, but I like it a lot and definitely would consider picking up another one.

Rating: 4/5

739 bottles of beer on the wall…

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