After the much-anticipated (by this guy at least) release date came and went, we finally have the nectar called The Abyss! I ended up down at the pub along with everyone else who had been waiting for the first offerings for a toast to the second bottling of this excellent example of American craft beer.
The Abyss is an Imperial Stout aged in several different wooden vessels and blended together to make up a complex character that unfolds into huge flavors as the beer warms. At a whopping 11% ABV, this is something to be savored sip by sip. Roasty, smooth, sweet, warming and delicious … this beer will go quickly just as last year’s batch. This stuff should age very well, so grab as much as you can and try to keep your bottle opener away from it until later.
A couple of important notes: I went down to the main brewery to pick up a case, and they said they have 4 left. Local grocery stores have it, but word is out, and the small amounts bottled are going quickly. Also, I wouldn’t be as informative as I could be if I failed to mention that The Blacksmith – the Best Happy Hour in Bend – is one of two places in Central Oregon where you can get this stuff on tap … get it while it lasts!