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Flashback - Top 100 from 2006

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BrewDoctor, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. A little blast from the past...

    I was shuffling through some old files and came across the 2006 BeerAdvocate Top 100 Beers list. I've only included the Top 20 for now, but thought it was interesting nonetheless.

    Man, times they have a changed. It looks like roughly half of them have dropped off the Top 20. Note, the numbers to the far right are the ratings and then the number of reviews.



    1 Trappist Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap) brewer: Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) 4.53 329
    2 Dark Lord Imperial Stout brewer: Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub 4.45 196
    3 Stone Imperial Russian Stout brewer: Stone Brewing Co. 4.44 635
    4 Dreadnaught IPA brewer: Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub 4.42 386
    5 St. Bernardus Abt 12 brewer: Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV 4.41 648
    6 Trappistes Rochefort 10 brewer: Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy) 4.41 550
    7 Trappist Westvleteren 8 (Blue Cap) brewer: Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) 4.41 220
    8 Founders Breakfast Stout brewer: Founders Brewing Company 4.39 266
    9 Storm King Stout brewer: Victory Brewing Company 4.38 871
    10 AleSmith Speedway Stout brewer: AleSmith Brewing Company 4.36 208
    11 Masala Mama India Pale Ale brewer: Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery 4.35 179
    12 Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout brewer: Founders Brewing Company 4.35 126
    13 Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock brewer: Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying 4.34 712
    14 YuleSmith brewer: AleSmith Brewing Company 4.32 232
    15 Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock brewer: Kuhnhenn Brewing Company 4.31 105
    16 Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock brewer: Thomas Hooker Ales & Lagers (Troutbrook Brewing Company) 4.31 182
    17 Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru brewer: Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. 4.31 249
    18 Double Bastard Ale brewer: Stone Brewing Co. 4.3 455
    19 Pliny The Elder brewer: Russian River Brewing Company 4.29 124
    20 Pliny The Younger brewer: Russian River Brewing Company 4.29 68
     
  2. Heck, why not include them all.... Here are the other 80 for you data geeks out there.


    21 Shakespeare Stout brewer: Rogue Ales Brewery / Brewer's on the Bay 4.28 691
    22 Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout brewer: Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) 4.28 605
    23 Chocolate Stout brewer: Rogue Ales Brewery / Brewer's on the Bay 4.27 617
    24 Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier brewer: Brauerei Weihenstephan 4.27 475
    25 AleSmith IPA brewer: AleSmith Brewing Company 4.27 183
    26 Trappistes Rochefort 8 brewer: Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy) 4.26 413
    27 Stone Ruination IPA brewer: Stone Brewing Co. 4.26 649
    28 Aventinus brewer: Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH 4.26 659
    29 Imperial Stout brewer: Rogue Ales Brewery / Brewer's on the Bay 4.26 415
    30 Wisconsin Belgian Red brewer: New Glarus Brewing Company 4.26 178
    31 La Fin Du Monde brewer: Unibroue 4.26 751
    32 Duvel brewer: Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV 4.26 748
    33 Old Ruffian Barley Wine brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company 4.26 251
    34 Hop Rod Rye brewer: Bear Republic Brewing Co. 4.26 449
    35 J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale brewer: J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd 4.26 266
    36 Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel brewer: Klosterbrauerei Andechs 4.26 86
    37 Péché Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe) brewer: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel 4.26 103
    38 Bell's Expedition Stout brewer: Bell's Brewery, Inc / Eccentric Café & Beergarden 4.25 398
    39 Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter brewer: Great Lakes Brewing Company 4.25 400
    40 Two Hearted Ale brewer: Bell's Brewery, Inc / Eccentric Café & Beergarden 4.25 611
    41 Tröegs Nugget Nectar brewer: Tröegs Brewing Company 4.25 217
    42 Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) brewer: Stone Brewing Co. 4.25 729
    43 Supplication brewer: Russian River Brewing Company 4.25 107
    44 90 Minute IPA brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 4.24 865
    45 Alpha King Pale Ale brewer: Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub 4.24 491
    46 Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout brewer: North Coast Brewing Co. 4.24 707
    47 Cadillac Mtn. Stout brewer: Bar Harbor Brewing Company 4.23 141
    48 Yeti Imperial Stout brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company 4.23 313
    49 Hercules Double IPA brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company 4.23 364
    50 Arrogant Bastard Ale brewer: Stone Brewing Co. 4.22 901
    51 Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter brewer: Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub 4.22 234
    52 Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale brewer: Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. 4.22 133
    53 Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company 4.22 289
    54 La Folie Wood Aged Beer brewer: New Belgium Brewing Inc. 4.22 110
    55 Alaskan Smoked Porter brewer: Alaskan Brewing Co. 4.22 245
    56 Fuller's London Porter brewer: Fuller Smith & Turner PLC 4.22 428
    57 Temptation brewer: Russian River Brewing Company 4.22 107
    58 Bell's Batch 7000 brewer: Bell's Brewery, Inc / Eccentric Café & Beergarden 4.21 186
    59 Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) brewer: Brewery Ommegang 4.21 624
    60 Okocim Porter brewer: Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg) 4.21 170
    61 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout brewer: Brooklyn Brewery 4.21 625
    62 Trois Pistoles brewer: Unibroue 4.21 607
    63 Westmalle Trappist Tripel brewer: Brouwerij Westmalle (Adbij der Trappisten van Westmalle) 4.2 448
    64 Big Bear Black Stout brewer: Bear Republic Brewing Co. 4.2 312
    65 Sinebrychoff Porter brewer: Oy Sinebrychoff Ab 4.2 272
    66 Fantôme Saison brewer: Brasserie Fantôme 4.2 195
    67 Gumballhead brewer: Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub 4.2 353
    68 Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout brewer: Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) 4.2 687
    69 St. Bernardus Tripel brewer: Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV 4.2 348
    70 Southampton Grand Cru brewer: Southampton Publick House 4.2 83
    71 Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale (Oaked Bastard) brewer: Stone Brewing Co. 4.2 103
    72 Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] brewer: Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. 4.19 158
    73 Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer brewer: Brouwerij Het Anker 4.19 173
    74 Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Imperial Stout brewer: Thirsty Dog Brewing 4.19 155
    75 Great Lakes Blackout Stout brewer: Great Lakes Brewing Company 4.19 231
    76 Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue / Blauw) brewer: Bières de Chimay (Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont) 4.19 607
    77 Weihenstephaner Korbinian brewer: Brauerei Weihenstephan 4.18 267
    78 I2PA - Imperial India Pale Ale brewer: Rogue Ales Brewery / Brewer's on the Bay 4.18 433
    79 Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 4.18 793
    80 Avec Les Bons Voeux brewer: Brasserie Dupont sprl 4.18 110
    81 Racer 5 India Pale Ale brewer: Bear Republic Brewing Co. 4.18 377
    82 Tripel Karmeliet brewer: Brouwerij Bosteels 4.18 314
    83 Celebration Ale brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 4.18 867
    84 Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter brewer: Thomas Hooker Ales & Lagers (Troutbrook Brewing Company) 4.17 119
    85 World Wide Stout brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 4.17 458
    86 Cantillon Saint Lamvinus brewer: Brasserie Cantillon 4.17 61
    87 Imperial IPA brewer: Goose Island 4.17 108
    88 Allagash Tripel Reserve brewer: Allagash Brewing Company 4.17 276
    89 Maudite brewer: Unibroue 4.17 614
    90 Fuller's Vintage Ale brewer: Fuller Smith & Turner PLC 4.17 238
    91 HopDevil Ale brewer: Victory Brewing Company 4.17 856
    92 Obsidian Stout brewer: Deschutes Brewery, Inc. 4.17 168
    93 Old Horizontal brewer: Victory Brewing Company 4.16 431
    94 Bourbon County Stout brewer: Goose Island 4.16 132
    95 Ramstein Winter Wheat brewer: High Point Wheat Beer Company 4.16 129
    96 Founders Red's Rye brewer: Founders Brewing Company 4.16 216
    97 Titan IPA brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company 4.16 317
    98 Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze brewer: Drie Fonteinen 4.16 73
    99 Girardin Gueuze 1882 Black Label (unfiltered) brewer: Brouwerij Girardin 4.15 75
    100 St. Bernardus Prior 8 brewer: Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV 4.15 298
     
  3. Sneers

    Sneers Savant (385) Pennsylvania Dec 27, 2009

    Wow. I'm really surprised Storm King was ever that high. I have to say, though, that I find something "refreshing" about it. I'd love to see the whole 100 if the forum can support posts that long.

    Mind-read edit: The whole list makes me feel even better.
     
  4. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (450) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    It's too bad the bros have disallowed the archive.org robots from crawling the site. It's fun to take a trip back through time to not only see how the list has changed over the years, but to also check out the site and see how it's evolved.
     
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  5. Etan

    Etan Champion (755) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    Haha Pliny was under Double Bastard. Times have changed.
     
  6. Wow some real surprises on here. The number of reviews has seen a huge boom in the last 5-6 years it looks like. Storm King was a top 10 beer? I like that! I wonder how much the drastic changes on the list have been a result of larger sample size, difference in beer, or just hype taking them in one direction or the other. Really cool to compare to today. Thanks for posting!
     
  7. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (835) California Nov 16, 2009

    Thats a whole 3 years before I joined! They made beer before 2009. Holy crap!!!

    Cheers!
     
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  8. Yup , definitely a few surprises. Hooker Liberator at #16 was a surprise as well...

    Storm King used to be talked up quite a bit back then as a great Impy Stout (esp. for the $)
     
  9. I still think Liberator is still one of the best dopplebocks I've ever had.
     
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  10. Storm King also had the highest number of reviews at 871. Hop Devil has the second highest number at 856.
     
  11. That's a really solid list of beers. Lots of good off the shelf stuff. It's cool to compare that to the current top beers.
     
  12. lotsaswigs

    lotsaswigs Aficionado (230) Indiana Jan 24, 2006

    What I find most interesting is that so many of those beers are actually one's that you can find at stores. Makes the list more relevant to non-whale hunting mega trader BA's and I also think shows how mega hyped limited release stuff has taken over around here.

    I understand many current top 100 beers weren't around and maybe they actually are better than everything on the old list (many are not, IMO), but there's a ton of damn solid and accessible beers on the old list which makes me think of the good old days...
     
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  13. lotsaswigs

    lotsaswigs Aficionado (230) Indiana Jan 24, 2006

    I understand Storm King is very unique compared to other Imperial Stouts and how certain qualities of the beer can turn people off, but I personally find it absolutely delicious, easily one of my favorite non barrel aged stouts out there. I don't get it very often any more (since my regular store doesn't have it) but every time I have one I thoroughly enjoy it.
     
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  14. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) New York Dec 30, 2011

    Only the ratings of the top 14 beers on that list would be good enough to make the top 100 today. Wow. What will it be in another 5 years?
     
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  15. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (450) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    Nothing but 100 unobtainable beers with perfect scores.
     
  16. I think maybe part of this is the number of barrel aged beers on this list compared to today. Quick glance all I saw was KBS. Barrel aging I think tends to up the hype a fair bit.
     
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  17. davey101

    davey101 Initiate (0) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009

    Its neat to see two thomas hooker beers on the list!
     
  18. azorie

    azorie Advocate (725) Florida Mar 18, 2006

    Going to be funny if a glut of westy hits the USA and it drops down to #10 lol ;) or lower. I predict it would hover around rochefort 10 land if they ever decided to export full time.:D

    Got any older lists?
     
  19. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (450) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    You can go back through ratebeer's history (pre-2006 the lists were quite similar), but as I mentioned in a previous post, BA is blocked from being indexed by the wayback machine. You can click the yearly timeline across the top of the page to bring up a calendar showing all the snapshots that were captured in a given year.

    Here's a snap shot of RB circa July 2006 so people can compare the lists:

    [​IMG]
     
  20. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (450) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    Oh yeah, and for those who think that having a "top X" dominated by stouts is a new phenomenon, here's the top 10 from the very first RB archive point in 2000:

    Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
    Rogue Mocha Porter
    Rogue Shakespeare Stout
    Guinness Draft
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Sam Smiths Imperial Stout
    Anchor Porter
    Guinness Draught (cans)
    Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout
    Fuller's ESB

    FWIW, the "most reviewed" beer at that point was Budweiser, with a whopping 34 reviews.
     
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  21. JoolyGoodFellow

    JoolyGoodFellow Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012

    Storm King fell off a bit

    Edit:Okay, it seems others have noted this
     
  22. drabmuh

    drabmuh Champion (815) Maryland Feb 7, 2004

    99/100 - d'oh!
     
  23. Holland

    Holland Savant (490) Illinois Apr 7, 2011

    Three Floyds has made Dreadnaught for that long without bottle dating?
     
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  24. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (450) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    Let me guess, are you missing #36?
     
  25. drabmuh

    drabmuh Champion (815) Maryland Feb 7, 2004

    Nope, I'm missing the retired Goose Island Double IPA, I've reviewed the other 99....time to write Goose Island so I can close that gap.
     
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  26. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) California Dec 29, 2008

    I was surprised to see how many Rogue beers were on there. Forgot that they used to more of a force in the beer world (though the most certainly still are to a certain extent).
     
  27. Wow, great post!! Amazing how so much has changed in such a short amount of time.
     

  28. Thanks for introducing me to archive.org! Wow.
     
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  29. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (450) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    It's definitely an awesome resource. The best part is that they don't just archive websites, they also have over 1 million public domain books and magazines (including over 600 beer-related books/articles), millions of audio samples, speeches, and podcasts (including over 2,000 beer-related clips), and a live music archive with almost 100,000 concerts from 5,000+ bands that allow audience recordings of their shows. I can't really figure out a way to tie that one into beer, but maybe your favorite drinking songs are on the list. :)
     
  30. What the hell happened to Dark Lord? I joined in 2009 and remember that even then DL was in the top 10 and super hyped. Was it the recipe change?
    Was 2009 or 2010 the first year at 15%?
     
  31. It's funny to see how many of these beers I have tried versus the new list.
     
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  32. bubseymour

    bubseymour Advocate (660) Maryland Oct 30, 2010

    Ditto! I really only started sampling beers in 2010 to present and I've actually sampled many on this 2006 list. I barely can find any in my area on the current top 100 (at least not in 12oz bottle options). I get frustrated looking at the current list but feel pretty good about what I love and have sampled comparing it to the past listings.
     
  33. Nice to see Celebrator where it belongs!
     
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  34. I think the part I like the most is that 3F Oude Gueuze is on there, where it should be. The fact that it gets left out of things blows my mind.
     
  35. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Storm King sucks.

    I think even Calagione would agree...
     
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  36. Graviz

    Graviz Savant (290) Colorado Feb 26, 2012

    I think Pliny will head back down the charts again in a couple years. I enjoy both PtE and PtY but there are some IPAs out there that I think are just as good. Don't get me wrong, great beers but I think 90% of it is hype.
     
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  37. zeff80

    zeff80 Champion (865) Missouri Feb 6, 2006

    Thanks for posting. This list was my obsession when I joined. I tried tracking down all these beers. Then I had my OCD obsession crushed when the bros changed the rules on the Top 100. I spent the next week curled up on my bedroom floor crying.
     
  38. zeff80

    zeff80 Champion (865) Missouri Feb 6, 2006

    It's also funny realizing that I've had most of these but still haven't had Gumballhead.
     
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  39. fortsambo

    fortsambo Savant (250) Colorado Feb 14, 2011

    This is freaking awesome, great post OP!
     
  40. bubseymour

    bubseymour Advocate (660) Maryland Oct 30, 2010

    How did the rules change on the top 100 rankings? I'm curious to know.
     

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