A beer for the ages. Deschutes Brewery‘s “The Abyss” is not your average imperial stout, it is a deep, mindful and mealy beast in a bottle. Each year since 2006, this hearty robust sipper returns as a must have for any next level beer lover. Wax dipped in handsome 22-ounce bottles, The Abyss is an entity unto itself worthy of the esteem of a select few national barrel-aged double stouts such as Surley Darkness and Three Floyds Dark Lord.
2011’s The Abyss releases to the public at 11AM PST on Tuesday November 15, 2011 at Deschutes’ Bend and Portland brewpubs. Each year the vintage encompasses some interesting variances and nuances from the years past. We got our inaugural nips of this year’s blend over a month ago in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival. A beer deserving of some time in your cellar, The Abyss ’11 features notes of licorice and blackstrap molasses and is further brewed employing vanilla bean and cherry bark; aged in a blend of, Pinot Noir and Oregon Oak barrels.