I'd like to revive this thread since I got the same problem repoted in the first post with the same lens.
I bougth a canon 85mm at B&H and received it 3 weeks ago. I like portraits a lot and that was the reason I've choosen it. The problem is that I couldn't get tack sharp pictures as the ones I used to see in many places including POTN. Firstly I thought it had something to do with my skills in handhelding the camera when using really wide apertures, but after a hundred blurred pictures I've decided to figure out what was the problem and thought of using the most precise way to test it I could figure.
The blue circle was the point where I carefully focused using center AF
I took this picture using f 1.8 at 1.58m distance (used a ruler), camera mounted on a tripod, mirror lock on, trigger cabled. The page was at ~45o inclination.