Today 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.)