This November, Deschutes Brewery will once again be releasing its popular seasonal imperial stout, but this time it will be available in smaller bottles.
According to a label filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and Deschutes’ 2020 release calendar, the newest incarnation of The Abyss 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 American oak barrels.
The annual release debuted in 2005 and has historically been packaged in 22-ounce bottles.
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.
The Abyss 2020 will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles and is scheduled to be shipped to retailers in November according to Deschutes’ 2020 release calendar.