Deschutes Brewery is now shipping its popular seasonal imperial stout, but this time it is being sold in smaller bottles.
The beer in question is The Abyss 2020, an 11.7 percent ABV imperial stout 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 American oak barrels.
The annual release debuted in 2006and has historically been packaged in 22-ounce bottles.
“In this time, we are eating and drinking at home more often,” said Veronica Vega, new product development director at Deschutes, in a press release. “What I find most exciting about this new format is that we can make any night something special by pouring one of these out into a snifter and having that be ‘the occasion.’ ”
Last year, the Bend, Ore.-based brewery released the base beer as well as two different variants in November: The Abyss Port 2019 (12 percent ABV) that was 100 percent aged in port barrels, some of which were over 30 years old and constructed from chestnut, South American oak and Portuguese oak; and The Abyss Old World 2019 (12 percent ABV), which was 80 percent aged in 30-60 year old sherry barrels.
According to Deschutes, The Abyss 2020 is packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles that are currently shipping to retailers across the brewery’s entire distribution network.