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Your Top Beers of 2012

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by starrdogg, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Explain the Imperial Berlin Weise

    I love the DFH My Antonia
     
  2. champ103

    champ103 Champion (870) Texas Sep 3, 2007

    The best new beers I have had this year in no order

    Harviestoun Old Engineer's Reserve Blackfest Ale
    Boulevard Collaboration No 3-Stingo
    Unibroue 17 Grande Reserve
    Anchorage The Tide and its Takers
    Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire IO
    Ommegang Biere D'Hougoumont
    Deep Ellum Wealth & Taste
    Dieu Du Ciel L'Herbe a Detourne
    Blind Pig Ordinary Bitter
    Founders Bolt Cutter
     
  3. Abyss definitely belonged in there as well, along with a few others like Westy 12.
     
  4. ShaverZBT

    ShaverZBT Initiate (20) California Dec 23, 2012

    Stone Ruination IPA 10th Anniversary
    Stone Enjoy By 9.21.12
    Eagle Rock Jubilee 2012
    New Belgium / Alpine Lips Of Faith Super IPA
    Russian River Row 2, Hill 56
     
  5. Epic big bad baptist
    Lagunitas brown shugga and little sumpin wild
    Strand 24th street pale ale
    Taps remy
    Sierra nevada bigfoot and hoptimum
    Uinta anniversary barley wine
     
  6. This never gets old.

    TOP 5 (no particular order):
    PtY
    KH
    Wanderer
    '09 Lou Pepe Kriek
    Expo Hop

    Honorables:Better Half, HT, HF Birth of a Tragedy, Upland RL, KBS, Cascade SN
     
  7. Corbet

    Corbet Savant (330) Michigan Nov 7, 2010

    Bells Bourbon Batch 9000
    Perennial Abraxas
    AB Hunahpu
    Ruination 10th
    HF Everett
     
  8. stakem

    stakem Champion (870) Pennsylvania Feb 20, 2009

    It was one of the special releases at the last Southampton RIS release. The alcohol is 6% in the imperial as opposed to the 2% in the normal.
     
  9. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Savant (265) Illinois Nov 22, 2012

    2012 Only :
    Ruination 10th Ann
     
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  10. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) New York Feb 25, 2009

    New to me in 2012:

    Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
    Dogfish Head Noble Rot
    Goose Island Juliet
    Espresso Oak Aged Yeti
    Green Flash Rayon Vert
    Hill Farmstead Double Citra
    Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine
    Russian River Beatification
    Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad
    Three Floyd's Dreadnought
    Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale
    Logsdon Farmhouse Seizoen Bretta
    New Glarus Enigma
     
  11. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    In no particular order:

    Southern Star ProAm 2012
    Short's Awww Jeah
    Odd Side Citra
    Kuhnhenn American Imperial Stout
    Dark Horse BBPt5
    CCB Jai Alai
    Lift Bridge Hop Dish
    Short's Ale la Reverend
    Short's Kind Ale
    Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse
     
  12. Heady Topper
    NG Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart
    BCBS
    Kuhnhenn DRIPA and BB4D
    Half Pints Demeter's Harvest
    DDC Bourbon Barreled Peche Mortel
    Anything I've had from Anchorage Brewing
     
  13. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Savant (310) Ohio Jan 15, 2010

    Starting off this xmas morning with a Narwhal,my favorite of 2012.Cheers and Merry Christmas
     
  14. HenrikO

    HenrikO Aficionado (205) Sweden Jun 19, 2011

    Top 10 in no particular order:

    1. Thornbridge - Pedro Ximenez Barrel Aged Bracia (English Strong Ale/Old Ale; UK)
    2. Kernel - Double Citra IPA (DIPA; UK)
    3. Birra del Carrobiolo - O.G. 1111 (Barleywine; Italy)
    4. 3 Fonteinen - Framboos (2011) (Fruit lambic; Belgium)
    5. Westbrook - Mexican Coffee Cake (Imperial stout; US)
    6. Cabinet Artisinal Brewhouse - Marry Me in Goslar (Gose; US)
    7. Norrebro Bryghus Trippel De Lente Sauternes Barrel (Trippel; Denmark)
    8. Kernel - Barrel-Aged Double S.C.C.A.NS IPA (DIPA; UK)
    9. Moor - Hoppiness (American IPA; UK)
    10. Magic Rock - Clown Juice Tequila Barrel (Witbier; UK)

    I had a lot of beers that were new to me but not new in general that I rated very highly (Jai Alai IPA, Speedway Stout and others) but I have only included "new" (i.e. released in 2012) beers on my list.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!
     
  15. Head Topper
    BCBS
    Old Tom
    Zombie dust
    Abt. 12

    honorabel mention:
    Burton Baton
     
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  16. OTB

    OTB Savant (355) California Sep 2, 2011

    Enjoy by 12-21-12
    Ruination 10th
    Zombie Dust, My 1st time with this amazing brew, got a dozen in a trade, I love this stuff.
    Of course anything fresh from my home base of Alpine.
    Kern 5th.
    Kern Winter Ale
     
  17. in no particular order, my favorite beers of the year:

    Parabola 12
    Dissident 12
    Firestone XVI
    Juicy
    KBS 12
    Blabaer 12
    Fou Foune 12
    Consecration out of a 3L bottle
    Beat batch 5
    Consecration batch 3
    Pliny the Younger
     
  18. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Advocate (700) Colorado Jun 9, 2006

    Hogshead Gilpin Black Gold
    Stone Enjoy By IPA
    Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
    NB/Alpine Super IPA
    Sierra Nevada Narwhal
     
  19. dfhhead25

    dfhhead25 Savant (410) Pennsylvania Jul 18, 2011

    Epic Big Bad Baptist
    FiftyFifty Grand Cru Blend
    FW Parabola
    Curmudgeon's Better Half
    BB Plead the 5th
     
  20. Graviz

    Graviz Savant (280) Colorado Feb 26, 2012

    I thought this year's Bligh's Barleywine was outstanding and I'm sure it will get even better with some age.

    [​IMG]
     
  21. Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord
    Black Tuesday
    Arctic Devil
    Bolt Cutter
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Eisbock
    Curmudgeon's Better Half
     
  22. New to me:
    3F Oude Gueuze Golden Blend
    DC Brau On The Wings Of Armaggedon
    Enjoy By 12-21-12
    Ruination 10th
    Olde Hickory Daniel Boone
    Frangelic/Furniture City Brown
    Eclipse EC 18
    Oil of Aphrodite
    Mother Funker
    Beatification (batch 5)
     
  23. denver10

    denver10 Champion (890) Kentucky Nov 17, 2010

    Some of my 2012 highlights

    Deschutes's Red Chair
    Epic's Big Bad Baptist
    Firestone Walker's Parabola, Anniversary XVI
    Ipswich's Oatmeal Stout
    Odell's Red, Chocolate Oar
    Funkwerks's Monarch and Belgian IPA
    Crabtree's Menage a Trois
    Avery's Uncle Jacob' Stout, Tweak, Oud Floris
    Crooked Stave's WWBI
    Grimm Brothers Barrel Aged Wee Heavy
     
  24. Shmeal

    Shmeal Advocate (520) Oregon Nov 9, 2009

    Birth of Tragedy
    Fantasia
    Blabaer
    Armand Winter
    Juicy
     
  25. PalatePilot

    PalatePilot Savant (450) Colorado Dec 24, 2010

    Odell The Meddler
    Avery Odio Equum
    Crooked Stave Persica
    Odell Deconstruction
    Got to try the test batch of Odell's new Chocolate Milk Stout ( Lugene ) it was awesome!

    I am a little partial to OBC> But there was so much great beer this year.
    Brux was great too, I bet that will be phenomenal in another year after cellaring.
     
  26. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Savant (490) Indiana Jan 4, 2012

    BCBS
    CBS
    Black Note

    The best of the first timers for me this year!
    Cheers
     
  27. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Savant (400) Texas Dec 24, 2012

    I don't have 5..
    1. Stone 10th Ruination
    Idk if Jester King Funk Metal is a new release, but it was amazing.
     
  28. dwm1034

    dwm1034 Disciple (70) Illinois Jun 1, 2011

    Not as adventuresome or far ranging as some....but I truly loved each of these.

    Founders CBS
    Three Floyds Dreadnaught
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Smuttynose Baltic Porter
    Smuttynose Imperial Stout
    Deschutes The Abyss

    Had Hill Farmstead Susan at tasting near year end....right there with Zombie Dust among 'clear beers'

    Hope everyone has a:
    - peaceful holiday season
    - enjoyable and diverse NY Eve tasting
    - a 2013 full of delightful, tasty beers!

    David
     
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  29. dwm1034

    dwm1034 Disciple (70) Illinois Jun 1, 2011

    do enjoy Ruthless Rye also!
     
  30. New to 2012:

    Alpine/NB Super IPA
    Sierra Nevada Narwhal
    Deschutes Black Butte XXIV
     
  31. koopa

    koopa Champion (800) New Jersey Apr 20, 2008

    Some of my higher scoring reviews and memorable first time experiences this year included:

    Hill Farmstead Juicy
    Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter
    Kane Head High IPA dry hopped w/ Galaxy
    Backacre Beer Maker Sour Golden Ale
    3F Golden Blend
    King Henry
     
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  32. Mo
    Kuhnhenn Bourbon Braggot
    Abrasive
    Cisco Woods
    Firestone Walker 15

    then a couple of Great Lakes (Ontario) one-offs
    Good not greatest year
     
  33. Absolut

    Absolut Savant (430) California Sep 19, 2011

    dorado
    the 2 enjoy by
    Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA
     
  34. mctizzz

    mctizzz Advocate (520) California Dec 23, 2010

  35. ucsbmullet

    ucsbmullet Savant (465) Colorado Oct 5, 2011

    Phantom Canyon - Winston Smith (Templeton Rye barrel) Hidden gem in Colorado Springs
    Societe - The Pupil (Took the damn bus from Downtown SD and its was well worth the ghetto transport to get there. Highlight of the bus ride was the guy sitting in front of me reading 50 Shades of Grey while blasting techno in his headphones.)
    Dry Dock - Bligh's (Becoming a Colorado staple)
    Avery - Uncle Jacob's (18% abv of goodness)
    Bruery - Chocolate Rain (Cocoa Puff beer)
    *Also got to try a Bruery Black Tuesday and White Chocolate black and tan that was ridiculous.
     
  36. Sourkehd

    Sourkehd Zealot (90) Massachusetts Dec 10, 2012

    In no particular order:

    2008 Cantillon Vignerrone
    2006 Drie Fontienen Doesjel
    2011 Pannepot
    2010 Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek
    Fresh Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
    200? Hanssens Krieks (multiple old labels last one was perfection)
    200? Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille

    Honorable mention:

    Goose Island Bourbon County
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Firestone Walker 16
    Mikkeller Spontankriek - Belgian funk outside Belgium minus the cherries
    Tilquin Gueze straight from the 750 rapper style
    Heady Topper - dream about it
    Hanssens Experimental Cassis - weird and awesome
     
  37. Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination was probs the best beer I had all year.
     
  38. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Savant (425) Indiana Jun 5, 2012

    Goose Island King Henry
    Boulevard Saison-Brett
    Goose Island Bourbon Country Brand Coffee Stout
    Three Floyd's Behemoth
    Brugge Tripel de Ripple
     
  39. luwak

    luwak Savant (305) Arizona Mar 2, 2010

    where did you have 09 Cable car? A tasting?

     
  40. beerguynow

    beerguynow Aspirant (25) Virginia Dec 26, 2012

    hop stoopid
     
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