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Best beer you've ever had.

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

  1. ja1022

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    The single best beer I ever had was a Founder's Double Trouble on guest tap at Three Floyds a few years back.
     
  2. wiscokid920

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    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!
     
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    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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    Augustiner helles lager, directly from the brewery - everything a beer should be.
     
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  5. patto1ro

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

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    Agreed, it's the only way to have it, though right now i would take a bauarbeiterhalbe....i shall have to wait until Oktoberfest.
     
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    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

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    Heady, Pliny, Double Citra and Zombie Dust are my favs depending on mood.
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  10. simonpeter

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    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
     
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    PtY so far
    A-
     
  12. KVNBGRY

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    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

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    Not sure, but a few that are up there:

    Heady Topper
    KBS
    BCBCS
    BCBVS
    Anchorage Love Buzz/Galaxy/Bitter Monk
    Westy XII/Rochefort 12
     
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    "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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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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    Molson Ice
     
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    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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    The next one
     
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    Rochefort 10. Beautiful brewing.
     
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    1993 was the last real release. Not had the Wells version, so I can't comment on that.
     
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    Dreadnaught & Zombie Dust on tap at FFF

    RR sours for bottle

    Heady for can
     
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    Toss up between AB Hunahpu and HotD Matt. Apple brandy barreling does MAGICAL things to already-stellar dark beers!
     
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    So the current Wells version is a remake by a different brewery that now owns the brand name?
     
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    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

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    Without question the best beer I've ever had was a 3-4 year old Bell's Expedition.
     
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    Love your avatar. Go Bucks!!
     
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    First sip of KBS was a similar feeling for me to what first time meth users report.
    BBPT5 is up there too.
     
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    +1 on The Abyss. It's like finding your religion.
     
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    Zomer, Arthur, or 2010 Fou Foune. All consumed within the last year, and all completely amazing. Best in Class within their styles, imho.
     
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    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

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    New Belgium/Alpine Super IPA--have you ever had a beer that made you say, "Holy Fuck Balls!"
     
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    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.
     
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    I had it and it is incredible but try Fifty Fifty Edmund Fitzgerald...near perfect beer
     
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    Hmmm. Free.
     
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    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. carolinahophead

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    It's not even close ...
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
     
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