Entering The Abyss: An In-Depth Look at Deschutes Limited Release Imperial Stout
The Abyss, a limited release Imperial Stout, brewed by Deschutes, in Bend, Oregon, is a complex beer which offers a unique drinking experience when released or after several years of cellaring. The beer is brewed with pale barley malt and specialty roasted grains. Flavoring additions include blackstrap molasses, brewer’s licorice, cherry bark, and vanilla beans. Fermentation is done with English Ale yeast. Aging (about 30% of the beer) is done in a combination of new Oregon oak, bourbon, and pinot noir barrels. The final beer is released as a blend of the barrel-aged and non barrel-aged beers.
The Abyss pours a brilliant dark black with a thick, creamy tan head. Complex aromas of roasted coffee, vanilla, wood, and black licorice, continue to evolve as the beer warms up in the glass. Upon first sip, you are greeted with a rich and full-bodied beer which dazzles the taste buds with dark chocolate, wood, and roasted coffee flavors. The finish is long and lasting with enough bitterness to offset the sweetness from the massive amounts of malt used to brew the beer.
A world-class Imperial Stout which is truly amazing, and best enjoyed slowly sipped from a snifter-style glass. Highly worthy of saving, to crack-open for a special occasion.
The Abyss Ingredients:
Hops: Millenium, Northern Brewer, Nugget, Styrian
Malts: Pale 2-row, Roasted Barley, Black Barley, Chocolate, De-bittered Black, Wheat
Yeast: English Ale Yeast
Other: Blackstrap Molasses, Italian Brewer’s Licorice, Cherry Bark, Vanilla Beans
Aging: 30% of beer is wood-aged in a combo of new oak, bourbon barrels, and pinot noir barrels