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Best beer you've ever had.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BottleCaps80, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. ja1022

    ja1022 Aficionado (230) Indiana Sep 27, 2009

    The single best beer I ever had was a Founder's Double Trouble on guest tap at Three Floyds a few years back.
  2. I'd have to go with KBS. It was one of the first craft beers I have had and I was absolutely blown away...A true eye opening experience into the craft beer culture!

    But talk about setting the standard high haha!
  3. rdharrison

    rdharrison Aspirant (25) Alabama Jan 31, 2013

    Thomas Creek Octoberfest Lager. Made both me and my wife--who have fairly disparate tastes in beer--say "Wow, that's amazing."
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  4. Augustiner helles lager, directly from the brewery - everything a beer should be.
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  5. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004 Subscriber

    One of the most satisfying beers I drank last year was an Augustiner Helles. Amazing stuff when served Bayerischer Anstich.
  6. endovelico

    endovelico Savant (345) Portugal Jul 25, 2008

    Gulden Draak is my choice, completely changed my views on beer (even if at the time i was pretty much into craft beer.)
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  7. Agreed, it's the only way to have it, though right now i would take a bauarbeiterhalbe....i shall have to wait until Oktoberfest.
  8. Crusader

    Crusader Savant (440) Sweden Feb 4, 2011

    Are the recent releases worth while or are they a shell of their former selves so to speak? Would be fun to try a British RIS for once, but the price tag is rather prohibitive.
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  9. NHbeerfishing

    NHbeerfishing Savant (490) New Hampshire Dec 31, 2012 Beer Trader

    Heady, Pliny, Double Citra and Zombie Dust are my favs depending on mood.
  10. Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
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  11. PtY so far

    KVNBGRY Advocate (635) Florida Aug 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    I would have to go with either Odell Red Ale or Odell IPA. They're both perfect in their styles, a little extra hoppy, but highly sessionable. The ease of drinking with the unbelievable tastes makes these my favorites.
  13. KYzac

    KYzac Aficionado (140) Kentucky Jun 27, 2009

    Not sure, but a few that are up there:

    Heady Topper
    Anchorage Love Buzz/Galaxy/Bitter Monk
    Westy XII/Rochefort 12
  14. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    "Most Enjoyed" may be the best way to approach this question. In that context, it's a tie for me. The first stout I ever had, way back when I first got into craft, was Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout. I had no idea that beer, or any beverage, could taste like that! Of course I've had "better" beers since, but as far as a singular experience goes, that really can't be topped, except for when I got a 2005 Growler fill of Stone IRS in 2010; That was, in terms of experience and flavor, the most fun I ever had drinking in my life.
  15. hopswap1

    hopswap1 Savant (490) Illinois Apr 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'd say its a toss up between my first bcbcs last year and king henry last month. both of them exceeded the hype to me
  16. WhiteJordan

    WhiteJordan Savant (255) Washington Sep 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    Hana not big enough. Kegs three deep and two high with about a 6 inch walk way to stock 22oz bottles. It gets pretty hairy when you need a keg out of the far back corner. All in all our walk in has 10 doors worth of 22s.
  17. DoctorB2B

    DoctorB2B Savant (490) Virginia Jun 29, 2009 Beer Trader

    Apple Brandy Hunahpu out of a growler last year split with my friend MiamiLice for my bday was far and away the finest beer I've ever had the pleasure of tasting.

    Vanilla Bean DL is definitely way up there as is the King.
  18. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    Get some if you can! As to being a shell of their former selves, we won't know that until the latest batches have, what, 30 to 40 years on them?
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  19. Molson Ice
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  20. luwak

    luwak Savant (405) Arizona Mar 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    Yeah Midnight Sun is/was like the best brewery in the world and this guy is destined for great things as Anchorage Brewing.
    Love Buzz is pretty awesome but actually i thought his Galaxy White IPA was better.

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  22. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    Rochefort 10. Beautiful brewing.
  23. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004 Subscriber

    1993 was the last real release. Not had the Wells version, so I can't comment on that.
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  24. Dreadnaught & Zombie Dust on tap at FFF

    RR sours for bottle

    Heady for can
  25. ewright

    ewright Savant (450) North Carolina Oct 25, 2007

    Toss up between AB Hunahpu and HotD Matt. Apple brandy barreling does MAGICAL things to already-stellar dark beers!
  26. Crusader

    Crusader Savant (440) Sweden Feb 4, 2011

    So the current Wells version is a remake by a different brewery that now owns the brand name?
  27. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004 Subscriber

    Russian Stout was first brewed in the 18th century at the Park Street Brewery in Southwark when it was owned by a man called Thrale. After his death, it was bought by his manager and a banker and was known as Barclay Perkins. The company was bought by Courage in the 1950's, but Russian Stout was still brewed at park Street until 1968. After the closure of Park Street it was brewed at Courage's Horsleydown Brewery until that closed in the early 1980's. It was then brewed at John Smith's in Tadcaster until 1993, when Scottish & Newcastle couldn't be arsed with it any more. They eventually sold the rights to Wells & Young who revived a year or two ago.
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  28. El_Zilcho

    El_Zilcho Savant (260) Virginia May 3, 2012

    Without question the best beer I've ever had was a 3-4 year old Bell's Expedition.
  29. Bnoise11

    Bnoise11 Savant (370) California Dec 25, 2012

    Love your avatar. Go Bucks!!
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  30. First sip of KBS was a similar feeling for me to what first time meth users report.
    BBPT5 is up there too.
  31. RandyV

    RandyV Savant (275) Arizona Aug 8, 2010

    +1 on The Abyss. It's like finding your religion.
  32. mikecharley

    mikecharley Advocate (555) Pennsylvania Nov 6, 2008 Beer Trader

    Zomer, Arthur, or 2010 Fou Foune. All consumed within the last year, and all completely amazing. Best in Class within their styles, imho.
  33. My alltime favorite beer is and for the foreseeable future will be Stone's Arrogant Bastard. One of the first craft brews I ever tried (with the possible exception of SN's Pale Ale), and it's all I drank for at least a year straight. Just yesterday I had a bit after a long time at our office beer club and it tasted as good as ever.

    It would be hard for me to name the best beer I've EVER had (I tend to White Jordan's comment that preferences can be seasonal and strongly influenced by set and setting); but AB get's my vote as my favorite.
  34. DerrickW

    DerrickW Advocate (635) Georgia Jan 17, 2013 Beer Trader

    New Belgium/Alpine Super IPA--have you ever had a beer that made you say, "Holy Fuck Balls!"
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  35. I have had some amazing beers that are so rare or expensive, it's unlikely I'll get them again. Some of the best that are easy to get is Rochefort 6,8, & 10. I love La fin du Monde also.
  36. CNR76

    CNR76 Aficionado (130) California Apr 18, 2012

  37. I had it and it is incredible but try Fifty Fifty Edmund Fitzgerald...near perfect beer
  38. Schwantz

    Schwantz Savant (390) Florida Dec 16, 2012

    Hmmm. Free.
  39. MagicJeff

    MagicJeff Savant (370) Georgia Mar 21, 2012

    I had a Double Sunshine from Lawson's with a couple of my best friends, and I'd say that was the best beer experience I've had in my day.
  40. It's not even close ...
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
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