The Abyss

So, I think everyone that is a beer geek knows that Deschutes’ The Abyss has been on a bit of a downward spiral for the last 4-5 years. More and more beer was being produced with less of it going into barrels while simultaneously raising the price. That’s not a good recipe for anyone except for the bean counters. However, Deschutes threw us a bone this year, two Abyss variants that are 100% aged in barrels! One variant was aged in cognac barrels and the other went into rye whiskey barrels.

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At $25 a pop, that’s a lot of money….

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From left to right: Regular Abyss, Rye Abyss, and Cognac Abyss.

Regular Abyss was certainly better this year than in years past, but it really fell flat on its face when compared to the barrel treatments. Rye is boozy up front, but has great rye character with enough chocolate and roasty flavors to counteract the spice imparted by the rye. Cognac, on the other hand, is the most cognac-forward beer I’ve ever tried, it was fascinating. I really enjoyed both beers, but I’m more curious to see where the cognac variant goes over the next 12 months or so. Guess I have to drink some other beer while I wait.

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