After releasing this year’s version of The Abyss earlier this month, Deschutes Brewery is still not finished.
That is because on Dec. 1, the Bend, Ore.-based brewery will be releasing two different variants of the 11 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with black strap molasses, licorice and dry-spiced with both cherry bark and vanilla beans.
As the names indicate, The Abyss Rum has been aged in Jamiacan rum barrels for 10 months, while the second incarnation named The Abyss Tequila has been aged in tequila barrels for 10 months. In addition, unlike the normal The Abyss release that is only partially aged in oak bourbon, oak wine and new oak barrels sourced from Oregon, 100 percent of the new versions of the stout were aged in their respective barrels.
Last year, Deschutes released two different variants of the stout in addition to the regular version of the imperial stout: one was aged brandy barrels from France while the other was aged in Scotch barrels that were “from a collection of distilleries in Scotland.”
According to a post on Deschutes’ Twitter page, both The Abyss Rum and The Abyss Tequila will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and are scheduled to be released at all of the brewery’s locations on Dec. 1. In an email with Tenemu, Valerie Cunningham, marketing manager at Deschutes, said that each of the variants will be priced at $25 and there there will be no purchase limit when the bottles go on sale at the brewery.
Update (Nov. 26, 2017) — This post was updated to include brewing details, pricing information and purchase limits. It was originally published on Nov. 21, 2017.