“The best liquid — of any kind — that I have ever tasted.”

That’s how beer critic Steve Body (a.k.a. The Pour Fool) described Deschutes Brewery’s The Abyss.

And, he was tasting a fresh batch! Just imagine what he’d think tasting all the smooth, enhanced flavor in a 8, 9, or even 10-year-old vintage!

This is the brew Draft Mag described as tasting like “Heaven? Unicorn Tears? Rainbow-infused fairy dust?” They even advised Stout fans, “If you can, buy two: drink one, cellar one.”

Lucky for you Barrel Aged Stout fans (and Steve), you don’t have to wait years to taste The Abyss vintages side by side. We’ve got three right here — the 2010, 2011, AND the 2012!

Aging allows the 11% ABV to mellow into silky smoothness, wrapped in layer after layer of dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, and oaky vanilla. The roasty character eases from espresso to something more like pure, bitter cocoa, allowing notes of caramel to rise to the forefront along with nuances of dark cherry.

In short, this already exceptional brew only increases in complexity over time.