For fans of Deschutes Brewery, November means more than just turkey and cranberry sauce, it also signals the return of The Abyss.
As it has for the past 13 years, Bend, Ore.-based brewery will be releasing the newest version of The Abyss, an 11.2 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 oak barrels sourced from Oregon.
While Deschutes has confirmed to Tenemu that there will be no additional variants this year, the brewery released two different variants of the stout on Dec. 1. In addition to the regular version of the imperial stout there was The Abyss Rum was aged in Jamaican rum barrels for 10 months, while The Abyss Tequila was aged in tequila barrels for 10 months.
In an email, Erin Rankin, spokesperson for Deschutes, told Tenemu that The Abyss 2018 will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and is scheduled to be released at the Deschutes Portland Public House and the brewery’s Bend facility on Nov. 10 with a one case per person purchase limit and no purchase limit respectively.
In addition, bottles of The Abyss 2018 will begin shipping to retailers across Deschutes’ distribution network starting the week of Nov. 12.
(Nov. 8, 2018) – This post has been edited to include distribution, brewing and purchase details. It was originally published on Oct. 6, 2018.