Deschutes Brewery will be releasing The Abyss for the twelfth year in a row.
According to a label filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the newest incarnation of the imperial stout comes in at 11 percent ABV and is brewed with black strap molasses, licorice and dry-spiced with both cherry bark and vanilla beans. In addition, 50 percent of the beer was aged in oak bourbon, oak wine and new oak barrels sourced from Oregon.
Last year, the Bend, Ore.-based brewery released two different variants of the stout in December: one aged brandy barrels from France while the other was aged in Scotch barrels that were “from a collection of distilleries in Scotland.”
The Abyss 2017 will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and is scheduled to be shipped to retailers in November according to Deschutes’ 2017 release calendar.