For the eleventh year in a row, Deschutes Brewery will be releasing The Abyss.
This year’s incarnation of the imperial stout 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, 21 percent of the beer was aged in oak bourbon barrels, while 21 percent was aged in oak wine barrels and eight percent was ganged in new oak barrels sourced from Oregon.
Last year, the Bend, Ore.-based brewery celebrated ten years of The Abyss by releasing three different versions of the imperial stout: 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; 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.
The Abyss 2016 will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and will be bottled on Sept. 12. In an email, Jason Randles, digital marketing manager for Deschutes told Tenemu that the imperial stout is scheduled to be shipped to retailers in November.
Update (Aug. 25, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date. It was originally published on Aug. 24, 2016.