“Anticipation the stimulation” and “A demanding physical need”
But, of course, here on a beer website, we are referring to the thick, luscious, chocolaty, barrel-aged beast that is Deschutes The Abyss. The Imperial Stout debuted in 2006 and has been a favorite amongst beer connoisseurs ever since. Reviewed by nearly 500 Ratebeer users, the Abyss is rated at a perfect 100.
This year, Deschutes will feature a release celebration of the beer at their Bend and Portland locations.
On Friday November 14th in Portland at Deschutes Brewery and Public House from 10PM until midnight, Abyss will be unveiled to mobs of beer zealots. (Good luck getting a seat.) Special food pairings and samples of the 2007 vintage will also be available.
On Sunday November 16th at Deschutes’ Bend brewpub, a special menu with accompany a release party. The menu, according to a recent press release, will feature Abyss Braised Chocolate Borlen Beef Short Ribs with NW mole sauce, smoked duck pate with Abyss wort reduction, smokey blue cheese dip with abyss bread chocolate chambord mousse with raspberry tuile goblets of The Abyss.
According to Larry Sidor, Deschutes’ brewmaster the beer “is different each year due to variation in blending process and barrel availability.” The 2008 release makes use of Maker’s Mark barrels. Next fall’s release has already been brewed and will be barrel-aged and blended differently to give it its own distinct flavor profile.
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