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Your Top Beers of 2012

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

  1. Zombie Dust
    NG Serendipity
    NG Black Top
    Columbus IPA
    Olde Rabbit's Foot '11
  2. msween21

    msween21 Savant (395) Massachusetts Jan 2, 2013 Beer Trader

    Stone Ruination
    Stone Cali-Belique
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Victory Hop Devil
    Portsmouth Tripel
  3. teorn88

    teorn88 Aficionado (230) United Kingdom (England) Jun 5, 2010 Beer Trader

    "Slightly" skewed towards lambics, but here's my top 5 for bottles released in 2012:

    1- Zwanze 2012
    2- Framboos
    3- Baladin Lune
    4- Golden Blend
    5- Armand & Tomme
  4. jnoff78

    jnoff78 Disciple (60) Wisconsin Sep 22, 2012

    Mayan Mocha from Odd Side Ales and White Chocolate from The Bruery.
  5. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    New Belgium - Tart Lychee
    Odell - The Meddler
    Schlafly - Tasmanian IPA
  6. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    I loved Brux!
  7. I'm going to go with Evil Twin 'Lil B. That shit was awesome. A massive porter with a super nice dark fruit character making it stand out to my taste buds. I liked a lot of beers this year, but that one really stood out.
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  8. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ale was amazing this year. I would love to do a vertical tasting of this beer just out of curiousity
  9. Glazen Toren D'erpe Mere
    Evil Twin Ron and the Beast Ryan
    Harviestoun Engineers Reserve Cask
    75 Minute Cask
  10. fortsambo

    fortsambo Savant (325) Colorado Feb 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    Golden Canary, as you tell from my ISO posts lol. Such a great beer!
  11. trginter

    trginter Savant (425) Michigan Dec 1, 2008 Beer Trader

    Bourbon County Cherry Rye
  12. mynie

    mynie Champion (800) Massachusetts Jun 22, 2004 Beer Trader

    Entirely midwest... I guess I didn't do enough trading/traveling this year:

    1. Serendipity (New Glarus)
    2. Mr. Hyde (Greenbush)
    3. Barrel Aged Liquid Spiritual Delight (2nd Shift)
    4. Live a Rich Life (3 Floyds)
    5. Montezuma's Revenge (Sun King)
  13. Trystero

    Trystero Savant (315) Ohio Jul 28, 2009 Beer Trader

    This has been quite the year, beer wise, and in life also for me. I moved across the country from Ohio to Portland. In doing so, I had the chance to sample many delicious beers, particularly many stand out offerings from Funkwerks and Odell.

    Top new beers of 2012:
    Super IPA
    Alpine Double Nelson
    Stone Ruination 10th
    Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown
    Cherry Bourbon County (DLD 2012)

    Top Beers I had for the first time this year:
    Alpine Duet
    Boneyard Hop Venom
    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
    King Henry
    2012 Cherry Adam from the Wood
    2009 Cable Car

    All in all 2012 was an incredible year.
  14. SkiBum22

    SkiBum22 Advocate (700) New York Oct 18, 2009 Beer Trader

    1. Cigar City Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac BA: Never had a cognac barrel aged beer and after having this, it needs to be done more. Another amazing original stout from CC.

    2. Cigar City Apple Brandy Hunahpu: My first apple brandy aged beer. I didn't think it was possible to make Hunahpu any better but this is the one varient that blows the others away.

    3. Kern River Citra: I've been lucky to have tried almost all the top DIPA's and this is a close #2 for me behind Heady Topper.

    4. The Bruery Chocolate Rain: To make a beer at 19.5% this good is an amazing accomplishment.

    5. Stone Enjoy By: I'm not a huge fan of Stone's IPA's but this one blew me away. Amazing stuff and a nice transition from their normal bitter dry IPA's.

    6. The Bruery Fruet: I'm a huge fan of high ABV beers and I'm always amazed how The Bruery continues to put out quality brews 15% ABV and higher. Excited to see how this one ages.

    7. Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break: This first beer from Evil Twin that has blown me away. One of the biggest surprises of the year for me.

    8. Goose Island BCS '12: Just like most people I was a little nervous about the InBev takeover and the future of this beer. They nailed it again and one of my favorite vintages.

    9. Goose Island BCBCS '12: I prefer last year's but this is still an amazing vintage. The most unique BA Coffee stout I've ever had.

    10. Three Floyd's Zombie Dust: I'm not a fan of APA's and I've had some of the best. This one is might have changed my mind. Amazing stuff
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  15. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Bourbon County Cherry Rye
    Highlands Cold Mountain (tastes like marshmallows with a hop bite)
  16. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (870) New York Mar 21, 2010 Beer Trader

    Ruination 10
    Enjoy By
    Zombie Dust
    Double Nelson
    Flower Power
    DFH Indian Brown Ale

    And going to throw in Captain Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale, not an awesome beer, but a local restaurant who makes great food serves this now. I can get a great meal in an excellent atmosphere with craft beer.
  17. oldedog

    oldedog Savant (310) Connecticut Oct 23, 2012

    Heady Topper,Racer x ,flower power , serpent stout, and i just had founders for the first time earlier this year 2012 was a good year
  18. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poobah (1,045) New Hampshire Apr 9, 2010 Beer Trader

    Founders Bolt Cutter and Smuttynose Durty.
  19. claaark13

    claaark13 Advocate (725) Indiana Nov 29, 2007 Beer Trader

    Of all of the beers I tried, Schlafly T IPA was the most surprising. I actually asked the bartender (semibaked) if he was "fucking kidding me?" when offering a free pour. I've since probably spent $50 on fills and bottles.
  20. tasmanian IPA
    Barrell House Weizen
    Dogfish Positive contact
    my roommates Homebrew
  21. stouts4me

    stouts4me Savant (420) Illinois Oct 9, 2011

    1. Bell's BB Batch 9000
    2. Dark Horse BB Plead the 5th
    3.Dark horse BB Monster 29
    4. GI Coffee BCS
    5. FFF Vanilla Bourbon Dark Lord
    ( no particular order ).
  22. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    I forgot to mention:


    Best beer of year! Top 5 for me! Sucks it was a one and done!
  23. KaiserSose

    KaiserSose Aficionado (140) Minnesota Apr 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    In no particular order...

    Murda'd out stout
    Live a rich life
  24. SBMRL

    SBMRL Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 5, 2011

    Hoppin Frog BBL B.O.R.I.S.
    Bells BBL Cherry Stout
    Central Waters BBL Barleywine
    Darkhorse BBL PT5th
    Odd side Citra Pale/ Zombie Dust
  25. bismarksays

    bismarksays Advocate (510) Iowa Dec 7, 2008

    Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
    Stone Enjoy By
    Sierra Nevada Narwhal
    Brau Brother's Rye Wyne
    Bell's Black Note
    Honorable mentions: GI Manhattan BCBS, Short's Bourbon Cherry Porter, Grumpy Troll Amnesia, Kuhnhenn Creme Brulee Java Stout
  26. bismarksays

    bismarksays Advocate (510) Iowa Dec 7, 2008

    And somehow I left off Zombie Dust...it has been a good year for beer. Wow.
  27. jonmacklin

    jonmacklin Aficionado (140) North Carolina Sep 21, 2010 Beer Trader

    DC Brau On The Wings of Armageddon
    Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
    Surly Wet (new to me)
    CCB Oak Aged Jai Alai (new to me)
    Foothills Jade IPA
    Lonerider Pistols at Dawn
  28. hilgart1

    hilgart1 Savant (455) Illinois Feb 20, 2011 Beer Trader

    Drake's Aroma Coma
    Lawson's Double Sunshine
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
    Eclipse EC 20
    NG Serendipity
  29. Top five? Let's see what I can remember... No particular order...

    Goose Island - Bottle of Sofie from 2009, man that was good.
    Three Heads Brewing - Ontario Coast Belgian IPA
    Brooklyn Brewery - Local 2
    Flying Bison Brewing Company - The "Herc" Barleywine Style Ale, 2011
    Sierra Nevada - Estate 2012

    Runner up would probably be a bottle of Goose Island - Night Stalker from 2010, very tasty. 2012 was such a good year for beer, I feel like a dick leaving things I love out. I love beer.
  30. The Fred and Le Freak are truly great beers