This year marks the 10th anniversary of Deschutes Brewery’s The Abyss in bottles, and the Bend, Oregon-based brewery will be celebrating in style by releasing not one version of the beer as in years past, but three different incarnations.
The first release on Dec. 17 was The Abyss 2015, an 11 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with blackstrap molasses and brewer’s licorice with vanilla beans and cherry bark added before being partially aged for six months in bourbon, Oregon oak and pinot noir wine barrels.
Coming next week will be two different variations: Cognac Barrel-Aged The Abyss, an 11.5 percent ABV aged for 12 months in “incredibly old Cognac barrels…from France” and Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged The Abyss, an 11.5 percent ABV imperial stout aged for 12 months in rye whiskey casks sourced from Bardstown, Ky.-based Willett Distillery. Like the regular release, it will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles.
According to a post on Deschutes’ website, both Abyss variants will be released at the brewery on Jan. 15, with bottles shipping to retailers “in locations that currently have The Abyss 2015 and other Reserve Series beers from us” as well.
Update (Jan. 8, 2015) — This post was updated to include details on the release date and brewing details. It was originally published on Dec. 8, 2015.