Step into “The Abyss”, by Deschutes Brewery. If you read my earlier blog post about Obsidian Stout, then you know the history of Deschutes Brewery and about the awards Obsidian Stout won. I have always liked both stout and Deschutes Brewery, but when I brought home the Abyss, I was blown away! This is the drunk uncle of the Obsidian. Six percent of the brew is aged in oak bourbon barrels, 11% in oak barrels, and 11% in Pinot Noir barrels. Molasses, licorice and Cherry bark all work together to make this incredibly smooth, rich brew that smells, tastes, and looks like it was made for royalty. Not surprisingly, this brew has won copious awards for Imperial Stout, and has the coveted rating of 100 (world-class) on BeerAdvocate. I haven’t seen many beers with that perfect score. The label on this 2013 batch says the beer will be best after 8-16-2014, so I’m looking forward to trying this year’s batch with my wife on our 11th wedding anniversary at the end of August. I am sure it will be as good as advertised, and worth the wait. Part of the fun is having a bottle in the cellar saved for a special occasion, or a rainy day.
To cellared big beers, ones worth saving, and worth the expense! To that feeling of opening a bottle after knowing there are only a few bottles left as special as the one you are about to consume!