Latest WOW! Beer (2020)

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  1. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,281) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I have not heard of this hop either but I suspected it was a Michigan-grown variety. It's a proprietary hop from Great Lakes Hops, a grower in Zeeland, MI, a small town close to the city of Holland, which is on the Lake Michigan shore.
  2. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    vanilla black note, I love the base beer and this was a fantastic variant.
  3. traction

    traction Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia

    Cloaks and Mirrors from Monday Night Brewing
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  4. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,525) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Tmavé 13 is light and clean with scents of black strap licorice, rich brown bread, smoked wood, roasted chocolate, and sweet maple crisp. The advancement is earthy and a touch peppery by cindered herbs, trimmed grass, forest gummies, sugared raisins, and dried figs with sticky burnt toffee

    A creamy and soft approach that rationalizes bitterness suitably with a casual dry finish = Bierstadt Czech Dark Lager with Bagby is a noble take, and fits well into the 2020 edition of “WOW! Beer”

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  5. DonnieT79

    DonnieT79 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2020 Ohio

    So glad I got a chance to try this (thanks again, @SierraNevallagash). Best beer so far of 2020.
  6. SierraNevallagash

    SierraNevallagash Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2018 Maine

    This makes me extraordinarily happy! So glad you enjoyed it!
  7. lastmango

    lastmango Maven (1,371) Dec 11, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Maple Mistress . . . Saucony Creek Brewing.
  8. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    Went to a new Nano brewery and everything was phenomenal

    Marto in Sioux City IA
    Their Metal Beard imperial stout with vanilla was absolutely mind blowing. Everything else was very good. Keep your eyes out for them I think they’ll be one of the super hyped breweries when they start to bottle in the next few months.
  9. eppCOS

    eppCOS Grand Pooh-Bah (3,844) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Cumbre/PortPizza/ModernTimes collab BIG WEST DIPA. 9.2%

    Straw-colored hops to the teeth; this one packs a punch and you'll feel it (as I am right now) the next day. May post this to NBS today as I like to try new ones twice before reviewing. If you see it out there, snag one. (or4).
  10. KentT

    KentT Pundit (773) Oct 15, 2008 Tennessee

    Scored 3 pints of Moon Pie stout. It blew my mind. It's for me among the best of the genre, up there with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout as the best. I plan on buying a full 6 next trip. Thanks for this hot tip, you've got my loyalty.
  11. Amendm

    Amendm Pooh-Bah (2,105) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island
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    I’m a Brown Ale fan and don’t often find them brewery fresh in my area, there are exceptions of course.
    One such case is Big Bad Leroy Brown from Ravenous Brewing Co. in scenic Cumberland R.I.
    On the border of American and English Brown Ale (it is an American) and not a N.E. style (murky). Very well done overall. The new location for Ravenous seems to be paying off.

    I will be revisiting and reviewing their Rhode Haze IPA (listed as an AIPA, should be a NEIPA) later this week, or maybe tonight.
  12. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

  13. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    50/50 Eclipse Rye Cuvée

    just had it Sunday, I know I should not drink then but I was getting lunch and this was on tap. I wanted the De Molen BA stout as the base is great but it was kicked right before I ordered.

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  14. Zorro

    Zorro Grand Pooh-Bah (3,258) Dec 25, 2003 California

  15. Dansac

    Dansac Pundit (866) Dec 6, 2014 California

    Cellador - Confuzzled, Eve, and Gosesque Nectarine.

    Everything these guys put out lately is incredible.
  16. JEBmass

    JEBmass Initiate (146) May 1, 2015 Massachusetts

    Maine Beer Company Black Barn Program #10
    I've had so many sweet/pastry imperial stouts over the last few years - this beer was a Wow! for me as it reminded me how great an unsweet imperial stout can be. Fantastic beer.
  17. t420o

    t420o Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2009 Colorado

    Not a new beer, but Ballantine Burton Ale 2016 has been a beer I’ve been picking up a single of few times a month. Just an amazing beer and my favorite beer I’ve tried this year.
  18. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Pooh-Bah (2,130) May 14, 2013 New Jersey
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    Galactic Nexus by Wooden Robot Brewing absolutely blew me away.[​IMG]
  19. kwakwhore

    kwakwhore Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2004 North Carolina

    Crank IPA, Cycle Brewing. I knew about their stouts, but this IPA kicks serious tail.
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  20. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,750) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    In Colorado?
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  21. matts2896

    matts2896 Devotee (378) Aug 24, 2018 Connecticut

    Absolutely second this! One of the best in it's style and a top beer of the year (so far) for me
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  22. t420o

    t420o Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2009 Colorado

    Yes, I picked it up here in Colorado at a store that has about a case left they’re selling in singles.
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  23. RacerX5k

    RacerX5k Pundit (980) Feb 11, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I'm still waiting for the first.
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  24. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,523) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Top five so far this year.
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  25. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    Bottle Logic Reaction State, in my top 5 for sure. Phenomenal Maple breakfast stout
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  26. Yellowlt4

    Yellowlt4 Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2016 Texas

    Bottle Logic Details and Dialicts, boozy delicious peach Vanilla and Cinnamon strong Ale. Exactly as described.

    Barrel Aged Marfa Lights from Big Bend, one of best no Adjunct BA stouts I've had. Rich thick and delicious.
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  27. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Grand Pooh-Bah (4,421) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Kane's Comet DIPA. Got some that was just 2 days old and it was just unreal. Haven't experienced such a combo of intense aromatics and prolonged bitterness in some time.

  28. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (0) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    Oskar Blues One-y, WOW that is one of the worst beers I've ever had, 2 sips and down the drain. Bought a 15 can mixed pack, will be my last OB purchase, the can-o-bliss beer was not good either and the weed references are pretty juvenile.
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  29. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,176) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Glad you found it. @The-Adjunct-Hippie knows his stuff! Great beer.
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  30. hoptheology

    hoptheology Grand Pooh-Bah (5,293) May 12, 2014 California
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    You gotta at least try Old Chub and Ten Fidy. Then you can write em off if ya want!
  31. Dansac

    Dansac Pundit (866) Dec 6, 2014 California

    Can O'Bliss is pretty decent on tap. On cans... blegh. For the price you can't complain.
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  32. Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas

    Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas Maven (1,324) Aug 24, 2015 Texas

    Considering how lackluster Founder's releases have been the last few years, it surprises me they aren't cranking this out in four-pack bottles as soon as yesterday.

    Had this on draft and it was exceptional! Smell and taste were perfectly on-point.
    #72 Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas, Apr 17, 2020
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2020
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  33. lastmango

    lastmango Maven (1,371) Dec 11, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Just curious . . . did you detect the egg and bread flavor that French toast has or just a cinnamon flavor?
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  34. Skeeter17

    Skeeter17 Aspirant (272) Dec 13, 2016 Florida

    French Toast Bastard is actually the Cinnamon variant of Egg and Bread Bastard.

    Kidding aside, I had the beer when I was in town for a wedding a few months back and it is very good. I’d rank it above both KBS and CBS.
  35. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,525) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Bumping this for something easily obtainable, while being noteworthy - It’s abundant in condiments, but soft in presentation, and wary of thickness…there is some solidarity in Hardywood’s spiced variants given aeration and time


    A cola like appearance that’s rightly black, and timbered, with shaded brown peaks. There is a semi off-white top that’s shy in retention and lace, but impressive in legging by playful agitation

    Barrel is light on spices, and fairly subdued to more central grounds. Accordingly, the aroma is cataloged by coconut ginger crack bars, cinnamon crusted toast, and graham bark. The backing has earthy sentiments, while encapsulated thru rich dark malt, roasted barley, and charred oak. Although soft, the bourbon connotations linger in scent to figs and prunes

    Copious amounts of milk chocolate on palate to an assessment of bourbonized spices in cloves, anise, and nutmeg. Some curated pauses for distance in sweet molasses brown bread, vanilla glazed scones, and nutty, biscuit-y gingersnaps. There is an even more herbal, earthier element in the concourse, which roots dark fruit to toffee in a subtle liquored smokiness

    A gentle approach here with gentle carbonation, for harmonized circumstance - Strong ginger/GSB frequency, where the sweetness is regulated to be sticky, but cautious of cloying

  36. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,176) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Second best beer I've had from Arkansas behind BDCS. If you were in the NBS BIF, you may get to try it too!

    Pours a deep black with a quick tan head and no lacing.

    The smell is dark fruits, chocolate, and vanilla. There's a small barrel presence underneath.

    The taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, and minimal barrel - particularly on the finish.

    The mouthfeel is thick, minimum/medium carbonation with a lingering, slightly bitter finish

    Overall, this beer is outstanding. Possibly the second best beer I've had from Arkansas.
  37. DudeBeerYaBro

    DudeBeerYaBro Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2014 California

    Maine hops are just.....chef's kiss...chef kisses all around!
  38. traction

    traction Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia

    I had a few "wow!" beers this year but this one is the standout for me: Et Stay Home #1 from Evil Twin NYC. It is my favorite Sour IPA ever. This beer was a masterpiece and I am extremely grateful I was able to try a can.


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  39. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Savant (1,047) Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey

    Oxbow Albarrique. I had it Friday night and then had a Cantillon Kriek and the Oxbow was the more interesting beer.

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  40. traction

    traction Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia

    I know you posted this back in March but I'm curious if you ever found a WOW! beer in the six months since then
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