Imperial Stout fans are singing, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year …” and it has nothing to do with the holidays.
So what’s the reason for their joy this season? Nothing short of the release of The Abyss, the dark, foreboding Deschutes brew that taste like midnight.
Last year, the release of The Abyss at the Portland, Ore., Deschutes pub was no less than that if word had leaked that ALL the American Idol winners were eating inside, with a line that wrapped around the block as fans waited patiently for a chance to procure their bottles and maybe even have time before going back to work to sneak in a vertical taster tray. (Check out last year’s extravaganza.)
So, I was expecting a similar situation this year. And arrived early to once again capture the furor. (And, yes, sneak in a taste or two myself!) But what I found was a completely different, yet still very passionate scene.
I can’t say I was disappointed that the rock-star treatment didn’t materialize, but it was a bit of a let-down. (Folks apparently realized that there is a lot of The Abyss to go around this year, so no need to irritate the boss by skipping out.) Still, the place was full and most custimers were sipping at very dark taster trays. They also were enjoying fare from a special Abyss menu that featured such delicacies as a hamburger made from meat seared in The Abyss, Abyss-caramelized onions and mushrooms in a tasty turnover, and Abyss brownies — which they were passing out samples of along with tastes of this year’s black brew. Another change: you could sample The Abyss 2010 on nitro, alongside the regular offering.
So, without any further ado, here’s a little video with some comments from fans (and the obligatory yummy shot of those Abyss brownies):
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