What's your #1 rated beer?

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  1. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (456) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Rochefort 10. It really is noticeably better than every other beer I've ever had, though a younger and more properly stored Westy 12 might give it a run for its money. We shall see.
  2. Huhzubendah

    Huhzubendah Poo-Bah (4,659) Oct 29, 2007 District of Columbia
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  3. mp19

    mp19 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2013 Virginia

    Haven't technically rated yet. But having only consumed one pint of Heady Topper six months ago, it's the only beer I can imagine the taste of so vividly. And Ommegang BPA really blew me away recently.
  4. lsiberian

    lsiberian Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 Texas

    My top rated is the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. I love that beer, but the Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale I tried this week might be my favorite so far. I got a lot more to try though.
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  5. TheTinDoor

    TheTinDoor Initiate (163) Aug 12, 2012 Maryland

    FBS. Protip: It tastes best on a Sunday afternoon when the family is all napping and Ohio State (Football or BBall) is on TV.
    In all seriousness, this beer was a 4.5 when I had it in the evening, and a perfect 5 in the afternoon. Reconfirmed multiple times, for my palate this is the PERFECT afternoon beer. For my "Had", averaged it out to a 4.75.
    And yes, I suppose I should probably try this in the morning, considering the name. My wife would probably start looking up numbers for AA if I broke out a beer at breakfast though...
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  6. RichD

    RichD Champion (805) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I don't have any on hand. Is there a specific year you're looking for?
  7. JTBruin8

    JTBruin8 Initiate (1) Feb 5, 2011 Georgia

    Rochefort 10
  8. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (600) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    My hads show 4.75 for only Celebrator, Ruination 10th, Bourbon County Coffee & Old Backus ( barleywine found on cask at Free State in Lawrence KS)
    As part of a winter weekend I had two sniffers of Old Backus Friday and opened a King Henry ( previous 4.5) and Sucaba 2012 ( just gave 4.5) before and after the game.
    Upon reflection I need to bump King Hank up a notch, so much going on there even compared to two great English style Barleywines.
  9. RedneckBeerz

    RedneckBeerz Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Right now as the world spins around, I have to say that after a bottle share this past weekend with 5 different FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse's, a White Chocolate, Consecration, and NUMEROUS great brews; the one that really stood out for me was a Mother Earth (N.C.) Windowpane Series Fig and Raisin. That shyt is off the hook !!
  10. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    To date it would have to be The King named Henry.
  11. Mandy0494

    Mandy0494 Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2012

    #1 Beer is: Cutters Empire bourbon Barrel Stout
  12. FreshmanPour77

    FreshmanPour77 Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2009 Minnesota

    #1 for me is 2006 BA Darkness. A friend of mine received one and we had a big tasting around it. I would also throw in Rare, King Henry, Black Tuesday and 2008 IST.
  13. tlacott1

    tlacott1 Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2012 Maryland

    I think I would have to go with Zombie Dust. Hard to choose though.
  14. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    The Abyss
    Cherry Rye
    Birth of Tragedy
    Founders Imperial Stout
    Short's Publican Porter
    Kern Citra DIPA
    ...Ok I guess that is 6.
  15. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Devotee (456) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    You don't get a name like "the king of beers" for nothing!
  16. fitrock2112

    fitrock2112 Disciple (356) Aug 28, 2012 Ohio

    KBS in the spring, Kellerweis in the summer, Backwoods Bastard in the fall, Too many good Imperial Stouts in the winter to mention.
  17. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Devotee (456) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    Mine would be Heady Topper, Backwoods Bastard and anything Bourbon County
  18. fitrock2112

    fitrock2112 Disciple (356) Aug 28, 2012 Ohio

  19. Jonbw

    Jonbw Aspirant (292) Dec 19, 2012 Mississippi

    Three Floyds' Dreadnaught IPA, Three Philosophers
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  20. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2011 New York

    I thought that's the regular?
  21. alex021224

    alex021224 Disciple (332) Nov 3, 2012 Michigan
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    I have two beers that I rated a 5, Founders Backwoods Bastard & BCBS. But I would give the edge to Backwoods Bastard.
  22. celfan

    celfan Disciple (323) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    Hill Farmstead Abner
    Lawson's Double Sunsine
    Kern Citra

    it's a big drop after that
  23. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Aspirant (234) Nov 12, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Heady topper is perfect
  24. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    I would love to get my hands on XII.
  25. NikkoE82

    NikkoE82 Aspirant (228) Jan 1, 2012 Indiana
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    BA Behemoth wick Cherries.
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  26. mrelizabeth

    mrelizabeth Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 California

    Alpine Bad Boy followed by Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine.
  27. RichD

    RichD Champion (805) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Good luck finding XII. I've only seen XV and XVI in my neck of the woods. Hell, if I found XII, I might buy it for myself!
  28. CoachC

    CoachC Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2012 Florida

    Bell's Hopslam
  29. mfnmbvp

    mfnmbvp Poo-Bah (2,397) Nov 28, 2012 Illinois
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    Out of 118 beers so far, Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout.
  30. gregmoscetti

    gregmoscetti Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2009 California

    Fresh Nelson. Perfect stuff.
  31. cyrushire

    cyrushire Crusader (715) May 25, 2012 Florida
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  32. IPASearcher

    IPASearcher Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2013 California

    1. Pliny the Younger 2. Heady Topper 3. Citra
  33. jeremiahoden

    jeremiahoden Disciple (332) Apr 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Westy 12, CBS, and Fall-Zombie Dust, winter-Zombie dust, spring-zombie dust, summer-Zombie dust!
  34. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    By rating, Blaecorn Unidragon. Gave it a perfect score. Haven't had it in a while, maybe I'll revisit that soon. Closely followed is Rochefort 8.

    Off the top of my head though, the 2009 Black Tuesday I had for my birthday a few months ago was better. As was 2010 KTG.
  35. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    Struise Black Damnation V: Double Black still counts as the best single beer I've ever had. Absolute perfection in technique and execution.

    Black Damnation II: Mocha Bomb is the one I'd be willing to drink morning, noon and night though. Amazing stuff and I'm praying for a re-release so I can stock up.
  36. DarthKostrizer

    DarthKostrizer Meyvn (1,218) May 13, 2011 California
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    Toss up between apple brandy hunaphu and westvleteren 8 and HotD Matt. If I could drink these three beers everyday I would be the happiest man in the world
  37. 2005wendyrika

    2005wendyrika Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2012 Belgium
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    Black Damnation serie by The Struise Brouwers.
  38. DenMar

    DenMar Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2012

    Cuvee Delphine by Struise closely followed by an aged Beer Geek Breakfast by Mikkeller.
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  39. BattleRoadBrewer

    BattleRoadBrewer Crusader (705) Oct 8, 2005 Massachusetts

    True, freshness could be playing a big part. For what it's worth, I've never had a Pliny in bottle that I even thought was in the top tier of all IPAs. I've had PtE from a growler from RR flown by checked baggage side by side against a bottle shipped FedEx from CA same time frame, and the bottled beer was in a lower class like it's a different beer, IMO, not just less good than the draft. Of course the bottled beer couldn't have been as fresh.

    However, maybe it's the transit mode that makes the difference. I shipped Heady Topper to myself to share with family on vacation and it wasn't nearly as good as I expected. When I got home two weeks later, the cans left from the same case as that shipment were still like new. Cans and bottles perhaps don't kindly suffer being thrown around in a truck for several days.

    Wish we could just get PtE and PtY on draft here in Massachusetts. We're so spoiled with good beer--spoil us some more. :wink:
  40. VaTechHopHead

    VaTechHopHead Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2008

    According to my ratings:

    Splinter Gold (when it was fresh)
    Alpine Bad Boy
    Surly Moes Bender
    Cascade Sang Noir
    Apple Brandy Hunahpu's
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