The Abyss (2015)
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‘Tis the season for dark beer! And today’s brews are truly remarkable treats!
Up from the depths of Deschutes’ carefully-controlled cellar, we’re excited to share the ultra-rare 2014 and 2015 vintages of The Abyss. They’re ranked in the Top 50 American Imperial Stouts in the World on BeerAdvocate with world-class 99/100 scores!
Plus, these are some of the last bottles of Deschutes’ stash. Once they’re gone, these cellar gems will be next to impossible to find.
Stuff a close friend’s stocking with liquid gold, open another when all your loved ones are gathered round –– or keep a bottle to yourself. If you’re even considering giving away one of Deschutes’ opulent masterpieces, you’ve clearly been nice this year. You deserve to treat yourself, too!
Take a look:
The Abyss (2014) - 11.1% ABV - Rated 4.20 on Untappd
Brewed with blackstrap molasses, brewer’s licorice, vanilla bean, and cherry bark, each sip of The Abyss offers a new, alluring flavor to get lost in. Aged in bourbon barrels, Oregon oak barrels, and Pinot Noir casks, each pitch-black pour carries immense depth and complexity.
Seven years in the cellar only adds to the intricacy, mellowing the big ABV into liquid velvet and richening the brew’s dark-chocolate and vanilla depths.
The Abyss (2015) - 12.2% ABV - Rated 4.26 on Untappd
Taste this vintage alongside the ’14 vintage, and you’ll notice that the boozy quaffs are just as ludicrously smooth. But, while the ingredients and barrels are the same, there are subtle differences between these beers. The 2015 has a touch more vanilla and licorice with a slightly subdued sweetness, completed by a delicate red wine note on the finish.
At least, that’s what we taste. With a pair of beers this nuanced and aged this long, it’s entirely possible you might taste some of the Abyss’ other delectable facets, like undercurrents of Cherry Garcia!
If you’re a serious Stout sipper — or you know a Deschutes lover in need of a truly epic gift — today’s incredible 2-pack is sure to make for one happy craft fan.
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