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Scotch Abyss

Everyone told me that this beer was not very good, but I have to disagree! Scotch is very subdued, but this might be my favorite Abyss variant so far. I won’t truly know until I try Rye Whiskey Abyss again.

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Old Stout?

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Deschutes The Abyss 2011: So this beer is old, and sadly, merely okay. 😦

When the beer you drink is older than the relationships you have with everyone present

Not weird, but I did discover that one of us has 3 times the number of ticks than the days I have been alive…..really impressive, and absolutely terrifying.

Anyways, my friend Kevin had finally completed his 10-year vertical of Abyss thanks to the recent release, so he wasted no time in trying to kill us all.

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Deschutes The Abyss 2006, 2007, and 2008: Remarkably different beers, with 2007 being the sweetest in my opinion. However, I was surprised to see that I actually preferred 2006 to be the best of the three, seeing as how stouts usually don’t aged well at the decade mark.

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Ah, the infected one. This particular bottle only had slight infection, even after 6 years of sitting around in someone’s cellar. I would say that it is about 1/5 of the infection that is currently found in Goose Island’s Bourbon County Coffee. Oh shit, I’m not supposed to say it’s infected, because Goose Island says it just has off flavors and isn’t actually infected, but it totally is.

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Deschutes The Abyss 2010, 2011, 2012: I’ve made it pretty clear in the past that 2010 is my favorite vintage of Abyss, and I’m going to say it again, 2010 is the best. I preferred it out of these three, then 2011, then 2012.

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Okay, here I preferred 2015 over the others, with 2014 and 2013 following.

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Oh we’re not done yet, since Deschutes released a cognac barrel aged version as well as a rye whiskey version. Rye is better in my opinion, it’s a little boozy up front, but that rye spice really pairs well with the base beer.

OKAY! Best beers of the lineup were 2010, 2006, and Rye!

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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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I forgot one.

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You always, ALWAYS have to drink an Abyss on draft once it gets released in December. No exceptions. I like this years’ much more than the last 2 or 3 years. I might actually buy some! What actually needs to happen is an identical clone of whatever went into 2010 Abyss, because that stuff is magic.

Christmas Eve Drinking

You guys will have to forgive my tardiness, it was a really serious week of drinking and just looking at the photos made my stomach feel weird.

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Best beer from De Molen, hands down.

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de Garde Lee Noir: Old de Garde beers are aging pretty well. The slight sherry flavors due to oxidation have really brought another dimension to this already tasty brew.

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You can never have too much BA Ten Fidy. It’s simply too good.

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Sadly, this 2012 bottle of Abyss was not nearly as tasty.

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de Garde Stone Bu: Oh my god is this beer sour. It’s delicious once it’s burnt away your taste buds, but those first three sips are really quite painful.

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Bruery Rum Barrel Black Tuesday: WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS?!!!!! It was actually very tasty, but my god please make it 12%.

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New Glarus R&D 2015 Golden Ale: Very tasty beer, makes me want to start dabbling in more R&D beers.

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de Garde Belle Ensemble: Extremely tasty, with a nice tartness that lasts through the taste, and a bit of funk to balance it back out.

That was the warm up.

God, so after all that drinking, I have to get up and do it all over again. This time though, stakes are considerably higher, as tonight is whale-slaying night.

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Deschutes Fresh Hop City: Okay, gotta get that blood flowing for some serious liver punishment that is soon to follow. Good beer though, light and very hoppy and floral with minimal bitterness.

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Oh, well look at that.

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Grote Dorst van ‘t Kasteel: So this beer was blended at Castle Neufcour in Eizeringen in 2010, and is a blend of 17 different lambics. Barely carbonated, this beer is still one of the best lambics that I have ever put into my mouth. This beer probably has the best lemon zest/citrus flavor I’m come across in a lambic, but lacks a little on the back end, where that horse blanket/wet sock funk was nowhere to be found. Oh well, still fucking amazing. Best beer of the night! A+

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WTF KIND OF BASKET IS THAT?! Well, it’s a ghetto ass basket that can house a magnum-sized whale.

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Basket was too flimsy to hold, so we had to dispense it in “water cooler almost empty” fashion.

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Grote Dorst Oude Geuze 2008: Apparently one of only 20 or so magnums, this beer recently sold at auction for lots of money. Unfortunately, this beer is not nearly as good as the 2010 bottle we had just opened. On the other hand, still a pretty good beer. Also, the experience of using that basket was kind of awesome. B+/A-

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Upright 1st Anniversary: God I love old Upright beer. This beer was aged in gin barrels and if anything that gin characteristic has only gotten stronger, aka better. A+

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Don’t mind him, he has serious business to attend to.

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New Belgium La Folie 2009 (cage and corked): God, the caged and corked La Folie’s are always stupendous, it’s a shame they stopped making them. This particular bottle had a ton of cherry presence, even more so than some krieks I’ve had. Had a nice mushroom character too, which can only be found in a few beers, including old lambic and the cage and corked la folies. A+

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Uhhhhh, don’t remember what this one was like.

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Uli/h.ertie Lambik Meets Orval: This particular blend used Drie Fonteinen as the lambic that was blended with Orval. Really tasty, but was a little on the thin side. I expected more Orval flavors in the beer than I actually got. Maybe I had too much palate fatigue? A-

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Yep, we got to use that basket one more time, this time for a 3L of de Garde Imperial Black Raz Bu. Life is hard.

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Deschutes Abyss 2007: Another fantastic beer, and it’s been years since I last had a 2007 Abyss. What a treat! I still think 2010 is better. A+

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Toppling Goliath Morning Delight: Well fuck me, my favorite non-barrel aged stout has decided to show itself. Absurdly tasty, with chocolate, maple syrup, and cinnamon as you slowly drink this beer and relish in its minute-long finish. A+

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Goose Island King Henry: This is much better than the last bottle that I tried, so there is still tons of bottle variation, and there are still some great examples of this beer out there. A+

My poor, poor liver.