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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by mychalg9, Oct 29, 2012.
Revolution's Anti-Hero IPA. Not really blown away, but majorly surprised by how good it was.
Deliverance by Lost Abbey. Can't believe how good that beer was.
I had Flanders Fred this weekend and damn that was a good sour ale. Had it at a friend's party and had handful of non beer drinkers sample it and they all loved it as well. Potential new gateway beer for converting others to sours
I really enjoy Founders Breakfast Stout. Not KBS, just the regular, seasonal breakfast stout. One of my favs!!
Port Brewing Older Viscosity.
Looked at it for a long time, just recently had one.
CCB Marshal Zhukov a little over a year old. My friend and I where both opening stuff in our cellars over the holiday. Over the course of a couple days we had 2012 parabola and Sucaba, Some Central Waters La petite Mort, and DFH Bitches Brew. Even after all that CCB Marshal Zhukov was my hands down favorite of them all. To cap it off on black Friday I had CBS on tap at a bar and even after that if you put CBS and MZ in front of me and told me to choose my head would explode.
I was shocked at how much I loved this beer, especially compared to hyped BA beers like BCBS.
Absolutely blew my mind! Probably the best American Wild ale I have ever had. Really reminded me of some of the well aged straight Gueuze's from Loon and 3F.
Terrapin/Shmaltz 2012 Reunion. I've read several revievs and none of them matched what I got out of it. I think it must have been a bad keg (BUT IN A GOOD WAY), infected or something.
Dogfish Head Sahtea was surprisingly delicious. "Chai tea spices" and "beer" together freaked me out, but now I'm a firm believer. Not too sweet or overpowering at all. Makes me very curious about the Etrusca.
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout! It lives up to the hype for sure
Boulevard Dark Truth for me too. For someone who's had a lot of stouts, I didn't think there was a lot more to jump to, but this one blew me away.
Hill Farmstead's Society & Solitude #5 was the last one to do it for me. Incredible beer. I can't wait to try Susan in a couple of days to see if they continue to knock hoppy beers out of the park.
Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter. Had a great Reece's nose and tasted like a nutty porter. Great balance so that the peanut did not overpower the rest of the beer. Easily the best beer I have ever tried from Karl.
Most recently, The Great Pumpkin. Simply the best pumpkin beer I have ever had.
Before that, in reverse order:
Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road
Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne
Not that I haven't had other great beers recently. But I was unprepared to like the above beers as much as I did.
In contrast, this year's Darkness didn't end up blowing me away, because it really wasn't a departure from previous years (I have had '07-'12 multiple times each), but after reviewing it -- it finally occurred to me that I should review a Surly beer -- I discovered that I had given it my highest score ever in a review.
I mentioned it another thread awhile back, but I will say it again, Logsdon Seizoen Bretta is my beer of the year. It blew me away. I have had several over the past few months. Every time I have had one, new flavors seem to come through.
3 beers blew me away over the holiday weekend:
Churchill's Finest Hour '12
Bourbon Barrel Dark Lord '12
Brandy Vanilla Bean Dark Lord '11
We had a pretty sizable stout tasting and these three absolutely dominated everything else on the table.
Founders harvest and it looks like this one is the winner
+1. Pardon the pun, but Deliverance was heavenly.
Lately, I also really enjoyed King Henry, Westvletern 12 and Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil.
I've been walking past this beer everytime I hit the bomber room at my local bottleshop.
now I can't get enough.
Zombie Dust. During a visit to the Chicago area, I visited the brewery. Damn I wish I had driven there - even if it was a 2 case maximum.
Not sure if this one has been mentioned already, but I really enjoyed Kuhnhenn's DRIPA (double rice IPA) on tap. Ranked right up there with Pliny, HT, and ZD for me.
A few other recent beers that were pretty memorable:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Leipziger Holzbock
Lips of Faith Super IPA
Cascade / Raccoon Lodge The Vine
Barrel Aged Old Ruffian
Eclipse Elijah Craig
Schmaltz Sweet 16
Folklore Tale of Van Winkle
king henry, Bourbon barrel plead the fifth, weyerbacher insanity, cbs. It's been awhile since I've had my mind blown unfortunately, but I have faith it'll happen again.
Deschutes Jubelale ... maybe it was because this was the first Winter Warmer I've tried but wow, I thought this beer was amazing. Got so many different flavors out of it.
Honorable mentions to Victory Storm King Stout and Stone Smoked Porter.
I think the last time i was actually blown away was last year with 2011 Sierra Nevada Estate Ale.
Closest thing to blowing my mind since then was last week, trying Dust Bowl Brewings Chocolate Coffee Porter on tap. So freakin delicious!! I swear they could sell it at starbucks and you wouldn't know it was a beer until you walked into work with a buzz!
Wish any stores around here would have a cellar sale... with some 08 BCBS... blargh!
New Belgium's La Folie, and recently, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. Very surprising.
Rodenbach Grand Cru
Palo Santo is an amazing brew. I had one 20 months aged recently and it definitely blew me away. I have an Adam waiting to be opened (soon, maybe tonight) so I'll see where that goes.
had an 08 bcbs tonight, have had it several times, but tonight it was amazing, possibly even more delicious.
For me, it was Founders Harvest ale (yum).
The Frostbite from Cottonwood. Foothills just started brewing this brand and the frostbite is a black ipa, juicy citrus hop and a nice roasted malt to finish... good beer.
About 4 hours ago
It did for me, what Enjoy by could not.
CCB Leon and Sebago BA BW were my surprises of '12
Liking the Cisco love! The Woods series is phenomenal and deserves more attention.
Really? That good huh? I pass on this all the time, i'll have to try it.