Latest WOW! Beer (2020)

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jvgoor3786, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,883) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    I had to restart this threat after receiving Naked River Brewing Moon Pie from @The-Adjunct-Hippie. The beer is unreal and tastes EXACTLY like the oatmeal creme pies my mom used to put in my lunch as a kid.


    What's your latest WOW! beer?
  2. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Meyvn (1,174) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
    Society Trader it horrible that after hundreds of beers, until tonight I had never had a Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale? I saw it sitting there on the shelf every time I walked into the bottle shop and said "next time" every time. I will gladly accept any derision and shame. But what a brew.
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  3. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,483) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    Strictly going on “wow” factor, so far in 2020 I was blown away by “Musti” by Dutch Bargain (Brewing), Groede, Zeeland (Holland).


    An imperial stout with vanilla...looked great, smelled like a vanilla ice cream/Coke float (with a hint of black licorice), and tasted like a vanilla BB Bat candy from the ‘60s. I gave it a 4.75 | 4.75 | 4.75 | 4.5 | 4.75
  4. tone77

    tone77 Poo-Bah (6,402) May 20, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Through January, the best beer I have tried this year is Special Cookie from Free Will Brewing. Yum!
  5. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,529) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I've had a few "Wow!" Beers already in 2020 (and strangely enough there is not a single IPA/DIPA to be found among them :astonished:). Let's see:

    Willettized Coffee Stout - Lagunitas
    Blushing Monk - Founders
    Rio Reserva (St Emilion Wine + Kentucky Bourbon B.A.) - De Struise
    Caramel Fudge Stout - Brouwerij Kees
    Firestone 21 Anniversary Ale - FW
    Blackout Stout - Great Lakes

    Most of these were in my 12 Days of Christmas lineup. Instead of the usual run-of-the-mill holiday themed beers, I decided to fill out this year's lineup with a few of the "bigger" styles (strong ale, RIS, Belgian quad). Maybe I'm easily impressed, but I'd highly recommend any of these. I just wish every day could be Christmas! :slight_smile:
  6. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (596) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    Yes! Now go back and buy all their other beers, they are classics.
  7. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Devotee (429) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina

    Two come to mind:

    DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (that one just came to NC)
    Boulevard Brandy Land
  8. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,214) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    Werk Force Barrel Aged Gravity Research...

    New Oberfalz Helles...

    Both rocked my world recently...
  9. Eefinn

    Eefinn Initiate (38) Oct 19, 2019 Vermont

    Sixpoint Master Blend is the most recent one for me. It's so smooth, but boozy enough to keep from being too heavy/thick. I've been underwhelmed by a few highly rated imperial stouts, so my expectations weren't too high for this one, but man it blew me away. I think it's the best beer I've had so far this year.
  10. Junior

    Junior Crusader (715) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    Founders French Toast Bastard - smells just like a plate of French Toast. It was sweet without being overdone. Very well balanced and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV.

    The Four Horseman from Ellison was outstanding.
  11. Fordcoyote15

    Fordcoyote15 Savant (941) Nov 19, 2011 Kentucky

    3 standouts so far this year

    Fatheads/3 Floyd's - special hoperations
    Columbus - insane wanderer volume 6
    Voodoo - early times black magick
  12. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (12,085) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    Pipeworks Your Brain on Brunch - so much maple taste!
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  13. sharpski

    sharpski Meyvn (1,173) Oct 11, 2010 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
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    Bergamot La Tache from The Ale Apothecary. I only knew bergamot from Earl Grey tea, but this is an herb by the same name rather than the citrus and provided a big hit of oregano on the nose. I would not have expected something savory to complement a mixed-culture beer but it was delicious.
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  14. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,222) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    So far, Sierra Nevada 40th rules the roost.
  15. Insomniac

    Insomniac Initiate (125) Nov 5, 2019 Canada

    Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip Of Sunshine and Triple Sunshine. Amazing beers.
  16. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,747) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Bell's 5th release in the Leaves of Grass Series: Song of the Open Road is a rich, malty Winter Warmer that I pegged as the best beer in that style that I've ever had.
  17. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (4,164) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    I really thought that Firestone 23 was great, very easy to drink and thought the different beers come together nicely.
  18. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,609) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

  19. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (2,709) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I don't think I have one, tbh, but cheers to so many people who seem to be enjoying world-class beer. :beers:
  20. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,192) Feb 15, 2010 New York


    My favorite beer from what I drank last night was a real stunner (and it was my favorite from a lot of really excellent beer). It was Brasserie de la Senne's Wadesda Lager made in collaboration with Private Landbrauerei Schönram. When I saw it listed on Gear Patrol's 45 Best Beers of 2019, I knew I would love to try it. Brasserie de la Senne is one of my favorite breweries period. This is the first time they brewed a "bottom-fermented" beer and they modeled it after a Northern German Pilsner. This was served via a side-pull tap. Not only did it not disappoint, it was also wonderful. Just a so-called simple beer executed beautifully.
  21. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Meyvn (1,011) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Siamese Pachyderm an Imperial Pilsner brewed as a Collab from 2 NJ breweries. Details tomorrow in NBS .
  22. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Meyvn (1,174) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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    For sure!
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  23. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (244) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Drifter by Freak Folk. It is a mix fermentation beer aged on honey in oak by Freak Folk brewing, a side project of Queen City brewing in VT.
  24. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Meyvn (1,091) Apr 21, 2014 Canada

    Old First Ward Crikcat Kölsch is the first North American made Kölsch style beer I’ve ever thought was really good. I had it for the first time earlier this month.

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  25. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (646) Mar 28, 2009 California

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  26. Buckeye55

    Buckeye55 Poo-Bah (1,508) Jan 11, 2019 North Carolina

    Craft Happiness Project, Dream IPA from Foothills Brewing. A world class IPA, imo
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  27. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Defender (691) May 2, 2014 Kentucky

    HOMES/Speciation Fruit Draft 2019 was an amazing wild ale, and Drafting Table's Palatable B4 set a high bar for the rest of the year for me.
  28. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (8,654) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Just since Christmas;
    • Bourbon County Reserve Rye Stout (thanks to @Justonemore91 )
    • Bourbon County Reserve Stout (2018) (thanks to @Justonemore91 )
    • Bourbon County 2 Year Reserve Stout (2019) (thanks to @Justonemore91 )
    • Bell's Blackbeard’s Rum Barrel Bear Hug - Vanilla, Cinnamon, Coconut (thanks to @Justonemore91 )
    • Perrin No Rules (thanks to @drunkenmess )
    • Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout (thanks to @drunkenmess )
    • Revolution Café Deth (thanks to @drunkenmess )
    • Drekker Braaaaaaaains - Raspberry and Guava Double Fruit Smoothie Sour
    • Bell's Vanilla Black Note
    • Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown
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  29. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,194) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    dang, now you're making me wish I'd made the effort to grab some :wink:
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  30. archiebunkerjr

    archiebunkerjr Aspirant (216) Oct 25, 2010 Michigan

    I will second the Four Horsemen from Elllison. Damn, they make a fine barrel aged stout. Speaking of which, I also had an Ellison Gravity Shift recently as well. Great great beer.

    I also shared a howler of Founders BA MF Donkey Stout with some buddies two nights ago. That was pretty damn good as well. I've never been a fan of MF Donkey Stout on the few occasions I had it in the past but the BA version was stunning.
  31. BruChef

    BruChef Aspirant (218) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Von Trapp Trosten
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  32. DiUr

    DiUr Initiate (197) Aug 14, 2014 Spain

    While being an old favorite I hadn´t had Köstritzer on tap until last night, in the most unexpected of places. It was ridiculously good in its simplicity and felt super fresh, so I had to drink a couple of pints. Not a beer-oriented kind of place but they also had taps serving Grevensteiner and Licher Weizen, so I will probably come back.

    It is a pity that Bitburger seems to be promoting their brand pils over König-Pilsner (which they also own) to go along Köstritzer lately, as both Kö´s together is such a killer, non-Bavarian, combo.
  33. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Crusader (740) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I've had a few lately. But the two that really stood out were Founder's CBS. My 1st time with it. And New Holland Dragon's Milk Oatmeal Cookie Reserve. Both were truly extraordinary.
  34. KentT

    KentT Aspirant (230) Oct 15, 2008 Tennessee

    Going to Chattanooga tomorrow, one of my favorite beer stores has this in stock. I'll try to buy a few singles. Thanks for the tip. This is pure Southern Culture right here. You make me want to try this.
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  35. KentT

    KentT Aspirant (230) Oct 15, 2008 Tennessee

    My mom found a 6 pack of Licher Weizen (bottled) at Aldi. I drank this 6 several years ago, and wish I could find more, it was an enjoyable weissbier. I love Kostrizer (which I can get). and I can find Konig-Pilsner and Bitburger somewhat regularly.
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  36. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,883) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    @The-Adjunct-Hippie told me it was epic. He wasn't wrong. I'll be interested in what you think.
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  37. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,204) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    Prairie Bourbon Paradise.
  38. hoptheology

    hoptheology Poo-Bah (5,031) May 12, 2014 South Dakota
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    Hey man, head to Imbibe - they have BOGO Fifty-Fifty Eclipse bombers. It's an insane deal. I'm not sure if they have the Moon Pie stout in stock (but Naked River is just down the street)...but if you like barrel aged stouts, that's about the best deal going. Good luck :slight_smile:
  39. drinkdrankdrunk56

    drinkdrankdrunk56 Initiate (27) Dec 17, 2019

    bourbon county mainly bc it was great and it was the first time I had it but hopslam is hitting the spot better than I remember it did last year
  40. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,222) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    SMaSH'D IT! Mackinac IPA from Skull Tree is kicking it. I've never heard of that hop variety before.
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