Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 23: The Abyss

The AbyssToday is my birthday, so like I did last year, I’m selecting a beer that isn’t (ordinarily) a Christmas/winter-themed seasonal, but is more of a "birthday choice": Deschutes Brewery‘s The Abyss. Released as part of Deschutes’ Reserve Series, this phenomenal Imperial Stout is 11% alcohol by volume and aged in barrels, and is an extremely limited release—the release party for this year’s batch is January 15th, and I guarantee it will go fast.

The Abyss has been winning awards all over the place—including the gold at this year’s GABF—and comes in a wax-dipped bottle. And just to make you all jealous (it is my birthday, after all!), let me just say that yes, I’ve drank this beer and yes, I have three bottles of last year’s vintage in my pantry.

(I plan on stocking up even more with this year’s vintage.)

BeerAdvocate score (whoa… they’ve apparently completely changed their scoring system around…): "A" (letter grade) "outstanding". RateBeer score: 4.16/5, 100% percentile.

One Response to Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 23: The Abyss

  1. Josh says:

    Happy belated birthday!

    This sounds like a great beer. On the BA note, I just noticed the new scoring system myself while looking something up yesterday. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.