Your Best of 2016

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by denver10, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,348) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I did a search but couldn't find a thread for this. Looks like the thread on PASTE'S Best Of List was starting to develop into it, but seems like this deserves its own thread.

    Your Best beers of 2016?

    Your Best NEW beers of 2016?

    Your Best Brewery of 2016?

    Your Best NEW Brewery of 2016?
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  2. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Disciple (367) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    I'll go with what's new to me.....

    Best new beers:

    Fort Hill Fresh Pick
    Banded Horn Jolly Woodsman
    Suarez Little Crispy

    Best new Brewery to me:

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  3. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    I'll play the game.

    Your Best beers of 2016?
    Tree House Green
    Prairie Apple Brandy Noir
    Oskar Blues Barrel Aged Ten Fidy
    Trillium Dialed In
    Modern Times Monster's Park Bourbon Barrel Aged
    Bissell Brothers Swish
    Prairie BOMB!
    Foundation Epiphany

    Your Best NEW beers of 2016?
    Exhibit A Cat's Meow IPA
    Exhibit A Hair Raiser DIPA
    Castle Island Overzealous DIPA
    Castle Island Causeway DIPA
    Castle Island One Imperial Stout

    Your Best Brewery of 2016?
    Trillium Brewing

    Your Best NEW Brewery of 2016?
    Exhibit A Brewing Framingham MA
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  4. Quantumman

    Quantumman Initiate (127) Aug 8, 2016 New York
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    Best Beer:

    Parabola 2016
    Rochefort 10
    Duchesse de Bourgogne
    etc (what's good is always good)

    Best NEW Beer:

    Prison City Mass Riot IPA
    Prison City Cherry Poppins Sour
    Where's the Yeast, Bro? sour IPA

    Best Brewery:

    Too many good ones. Hats off to the breweries that aren't selling out or that at least aren't selling their souls. Could just be me, but Ommegang quality seems to be dropping

    Best NEW Brewery:

    Prison City Brewing. It's not just because I want to support the local guys - they're cranking out some killer stuff there, and for being around for like two years, they've made quite a name for themselves and generate a lot of hype

    Really promising and interesting looking sours from Weaver Hollow too, though I have yet to get out there. Check them out
  5. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,479) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    I do not have a best brewery or new bewery but for the past year

    Genesee North German Style Pilsner
    Whammy bar IPA
    Corsendonk Pater Dubbel
    Witterkeke Wild
    Evil twin Wet Dream
    Beast Bitter
    Void of Light
    Drangonstooth Oatmeal stout
    Psuedo Sue
    Ellicottville Blood Orange Hefe
    Sunner Kolsch
  6. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,389) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    The best beer that I had in 2016 was BA TenFidy.

    This beer was new to me this year and I could only get my hands on one can.
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  7. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (210) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Doubleganger by Tree House-from cracking the can, to the last slip-it was an unbelievably awesome hops experience. I pray they make more of it it in 2017
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  8. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,903) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Best would be stuff like Bells moving into our local market. High points were reconnecting with old favorites likes Duvel.
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  9. SmashAdams

    SmashAdams Devotee (492) Feb 3, 2015 New Jersey
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    My favorite beer of 2016 is Bolero Snort Bullazed. The runner up is Stillwater Extra Dry.
  10. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,497) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Top Beers 2016:
    Firestone Walker Parabola (2016 Vintage) (4.93)
    Deschutes Brewery The Abyss 2015 (Cognac Barrel-Aged) (4.93)
    Deschutes Brewery The Abyss 2015 (Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged) (4.91)
    Deschutes Brewery The Abyss 2015 (4.88)
    Melvin Brewing 2x4 (4.88)
    Port Brewing Older Viscosity (4.87)
    Russian River Pliny The Elder (4.87)
    Firestone Walker Firestone 19 Anniversary Ale (4.86)
    Avery Brewing Company Mephistopheles' Stout (4.85)
    Avery Brewing Company Tweak (4.85)
    Arrogant Bastard Brewing Southern Charred (2015) (4.85)
    Melvin Brewing Melvin IPA (4.84)
    Melvin Brewing Hubert (4.82)
    Arrogant Bastard Brewing Double Bastard Ale (4.77)
    Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier (4.77)
    Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan Original Premium (4.75)
    La Cumbre Brewing Company Elevated IPA (4.75)
    The Lost Abbey Serpent's Stout (4.75)
    Arrogant Bastard Brewing Double Bastard In The Rye (4.74)
    Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXVIII (4.74)
    Odell Brewing Company Jolly Russian (4.74)
    Southern Tier Brewing Company Choklat (4.72)
    River North Brewery 2016 Whiskey Barrel Quandary (4.72)
    Avery Brewing Company Old Perseverance 2016 (4.71)
    River North Brewery Nightmare Fuel (4.71)

  11. BigMike

    BigMike Meyvn (1,186) May 8, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    My favorite beers I had for the first time this year were,

    Lagunitas Born Yesterday
    FW Luponic Distortion 1
    Fat Heads Hop Stalker
    Singlecut Beersmiths Is this the real life?
    FW Stickee Monkee
    Singlecut Beersmiths Billy 18 Watt
    Singlecut Beersmiths Single Spoken Magic Spells
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  12. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,017) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Your Best beers of 2016?
    • Summit Dark Infusion
    • Founders KBS
    • Prairie Pirate BOMB
    • Prairie BA BOMB
    • Oskar Blues BA Ten-Fidy
    • Central Waters BA Cassian Sunset Stout
    • Central Waters BA Scotch Ale
    • Central Waters BA Quad
    • Central Waters BA Stout
    • Brau Brothers Red Velvet Raspberry Stout
    • Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier
    • Ommegang Rosetta
    • Lindemans Framboise
    Your Best NEW beers of 2016?
    Summit Dark Infusion Coffee Milk Stout, a one-off that is still on the shelves. I like this more than FBS.
    Your Best Brewery of 2016?
    Central Waters. Now that I've had all of their distributed BA series, and non-BA stouts, I can say they are my favorite brewery. Simply cannot beat the quality for the $. I have yet to visit the brewery, but may work it into a Door County or Lambeau trip.
    Your Best NEW Brewery of 2016?
    Don't have one.​
  13. surfcaster

    surfcaster Champion (825) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    Best Beers 2016

    Blackberry Farm Double Dry Hopped Saison
    NoDa Sticky When Wet
    Black Note 2016
    Born Yesterday-winner for most widely distributed beer
    Mexican Cake
  14. skleice

    skleice Aspirant (231) Aug 6, 2015 Connecticut
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    Your Best beers of 2016?
    - All things Tree House. Hops, Stouts, and I love there other occasional offerings as well. Always consistently delicious. Can't wait for the new brewery!

    Your Best NEW beers of 2016?
    - New found love for wild ales/sours, Berliners, Goses and Belgians. Big fan of the Allagash, OEC, Duvel, Westmalle, Rochefort, St. Bernardus, etc

    Your Best Brewery of 2016?
    Tree House

    Your Best NEW-to-me Brewery of 2016?
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  15. bgold86

    bgold86 Meyvn (1,041) Apr 1, 2015 New York
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    WeldWerks Coconut Medianoche
    Prairie Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb
    Prairie Pirate Bomb
    FW XX
    Ballast Point Bourbon VAS
    Modern Times Bourbon MP w/Coconut+Cocoa Nibs
    Jackie O's Bourbon Coffee Oil

    Too many IPA's to list..
  16. rozzom

    rozzom Crusader (700) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    What was your overall opinion on the BBA Monsters Park? There's a bottle at my local place but it's so expensive and with the fairly average reviews I didn't pull the trigger. But you've listed other beers I like...
  17. ECCS

    ECCS Aspirant (253) Oct 28, 2015 Illinois
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    Best new beers for me:
    BA java ten fidy
    Morning wood
    Peach double milkshake
    RAM Juicy

    Best new brewery for me:
    Odd13 in Colorado ... my cousin has been sending me most of their hoppy line up. No weak links.

    Brewery I purchased the most from:
    Half Acre in Chicago. Cans/bombers/growlers have all been staples in my beer fridge. Frequent taproom visits as well.

    Cheers. Looking forward to 2017
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  18. jdhops

    jdhops Initiate (172) Dec 30, 2011 Tennessee

    Best beers I drank in 2016:
    Trillium Headroom
    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4
    Trillium DDH Melcher Street
    Monkish Spock It
    Tree House Very Green

    Best shelf beer of 2016: Lagunitas Born Yesterday

    Best new breweries:
    Southern Grist, Nashville TN
    Foam, Burlington VT
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  19. MWolverines66

    MWolverines66 Devotee (420) Mar 13, 2013 New York
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    Your Best beers of 2016?
    -Art b4

    Your Best NEW beers of 2016?
    -Rare Scooop

    Your Best Brewery of 2016?
    -Vooodoo and HF

    Your Best NEW Brewery of 2016?
    -Angry Chair (not new but close enough)
  20. MFMB

    MFMB Savant (999) Jan 23, 2015 Idaho
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    My best beer of 2016: Sixpoint Resin

    My best brewery of 2016: Melvin Brewing Alpine/Jackson Wyoming.

    I'll have to get back on the new stuff.

  21. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,290) Sep 17, 2005 Maine
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    My five favorite beers of 2016:
    Double Bastard Bigger Longer Uncut
    Foundation Dark Side Corruption
    Victory Java Cask
    Lively Brewing Filthy Rich
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  22. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,454) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Best beer of 2016- Fremont BB Dark Star Stout
    Best new beer 2016- Suarez Family Believe You Me
    Best Brewery - Rushing Duck
    Best new brewery- Suarez Family
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  23. OldLady

    OldLady Devotee (462) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Best brewery = von Trapp
    Best beer(s) = von Trapp Dunkel and Vienna.
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  24. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Yeah no idea why it is rated that low on here. Batch variations maybe? I loved it despite the 25 dollar bottle price. Reminded me a lot of BCBS, but the mouthfeel felt a little thicker.
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  25. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Totally forgot about Headroom, but yeah that should have gone on my list. This year's was incredible.
  26. Yellowlt4

    Yellowlt4 Initiate (129) Sep 21, 2016 Texas

    Lickinghole Creek Coconut Delight is easily the best beer I've ever had.
  27. rozzom

    rozzom Crusader (700) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    Thicker?? Ok I'm buying. And I wish it was 25 here.... But still I'm convinced
  28. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Disciple (318) Jan 3, 2016 Maine
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    Just about a year ago I joined BA because I lived beer. Sam Adams, Long Trail, Stone, and Sierra Nevada were the definition of craft to me. After joining BA I found a whole world of delicious beer I didn't know existed. After some heavy duty whale hunting and ticking I learned a lot about beer and my tastes in beer.

    Best beers:
    Trillium Mettle
    Trillium Dialed In
    Trillium Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point
    Trillium Congress St
    Trillium Artaic/Cutting Tiles

    Tree House Very Hazy
    Tree House Bright w/ Nelson

    Bissel Brothers Substance
    Bissel Brothers Swish
    Bissel Brothers Lux

    MBC Dinner
    MBC Another One
    MBC Mo

    Nightshift Santilli
    Nightshift The 87
    Nightshift Whirlpool

    Lawsons Sip of Sunshine

    Fiddlehead Mastermind
    Fiddlehead Second Fiddle

    Rising Tide MITA
    Rising Tide Zephyr

    Westbrook Gose

    Allagash James and Julie
    Allagash Evora
    Allagash Emile

    Goose Island BCBS

    Evil Twin Michigan Maple Jesus
    Evil Twin Aun Mas Café Jesus
    Evil Twin Falco

    Wormtown Hopulence DIPA

    Grey Sail Captains Daughter

    Banded Horn Daikaiju
    Banded Horn Session Ender
    Banded Horn Mountain

    Moat Mountain Call It A Day

    Peak Organic The Juice
    Peak Organic Super Fresh
    Peak Organic IPA

    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

    Long Trail Space Juice
    Long Trail Limbo IPA
    Long Trail BA Unearthed

    Baxter Bootleg Fireworks 2 and 3

    Other Half All Citra Everything

    Jack's Abby Excess
    Jack's Abby Kiwi Rising
    Jack's Abby Framinghammer and variants

    Russian River Pliny the Elder

    Prarie Standard
    Prarie Phantasmagoria
    Prarie BOMB!

    Sebago Frye's Leap IPA
    Sebago Cask Whistlepunk

    Mayflower Alden

    Sixpoint Hi-Res
    Sixpoint Jammer

    Founders KBS
    Founders Dark Pennance
    Founders RIS

    Stone Xocoveza

    Sierra Nevada Otra Vez
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
    Sierra Nevada Narwhal

    Everything Foundation, Oxbow, and Alchemist.

    I call 2016 the year of the whale for me. Many beers were letdowns compared to their hype, like Tree House Julius (don't get me wrong it was awesome, just not as mind blowing) and MBC Lunch. Trillium and Foundation were standouts for brewery 's for their range of styles and execution.

    It was a year of beer enlightenment and I am happy to have found Beer Advocate. A few whales left to chase before I can settle, but I am pretty happy with 2016.

  29. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,348) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Best beers of 2016?

    Epic's Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist
    Bierstadt Lagerhouse's Slow Pour Pilsner
    Marble's Pilsner
    Marble's BBA Imperial Stout
    Fremont's BBA Dark Star Oatmeal Stout
    La Cumbre's Ein Bier Bitte Helles
    Bosque's The Usual Imperial Pale Ale
    Bosque's Simcoe Pilsener
    Bosque's Acequia Wet Hop IPA
    Bosque's BBA Imperial Coffee Brown Ale
    TRVE's Possession Saison
    Melvin's everything I tried by them
    Oskar Blues's BBA Ten Fidy
    Deschutes's Chasin Freshies
    Firestone Walker's Parabjava
    Holy Mountain's everything I tried by them
    Prairie's Prairie Vous Francais
    Founders KBS
    Wicked Weed's Pernicious IPA

    Best new beers of 2016?

    Bierstadt Lagerhouse's Slow Pour Pilsner
    La Cumbre's Ein Bier Bitte Helles
    Bosque's The Usual Imperial Pale Ale
    Bosque's Simcoe Pilsner
    Bosque's Red Lightning
    Bosque's BBA Coffee Imperial Brown Ale
    Dialogue's Saison
    Beryl's Logans Barrel Reserve Shwarzbier
    Marble's Dunkel
    Odd13 Superfan

    Best Brewery of 2016?

    On the whole, Marble was my favorite of the 2016. Definitely homerism going on here. But regular access to their beers and brewery makes a difference.

    Best new Brewery of 2016?

    Holy Mountain might not be new in 2016, but they were definitely the best new discovery for me this past year.
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  30. Oktoberfist

    Oktoberfist Aspirant (229) Nov 26, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Your Best beers of 2016? Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout, Crystal Ball Coconut Porter, Molly Pitcher Peanut Butter Porter, TH Green, Ever Grain Winter's Warmer, and Lagunitas High West-ified Coffee Imperial Stout.

    Your Best NEW beers of 2016? See above. They were all new for me.

    Your Best Brewery of 2016? Lagunitas.

    Your Best NEW Brewery of 2016? Ever Grain.
  31. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,545) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  32. Reemer686

    Reemer686 Initiate (182) Oct 13, 2014 Maryland

    The best beers I had this year were:
    BCBS (1st time having it)
    RAR Pulp
    Troegs Nimble Giant
    Founders Breakfast Stout (Just started distributing to Maryland this year)
    St. Bernardus Abt 12
    Sixpoint Puff

    That's one hell of a six pack!
  33. Blinkyoureyes

    Blinkyoureyes Aspirant (284) Aug 28, 2015 Tennessee
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    Best beers i had this year were (in no particular order):
    Rodenbach Alexander
    Cantillon Fou Foune (at the brewery)
    WW/JK Red Atrial (NEW)
    FB Morning Wood
    Pirate Paradise (NEW)
    Veil We Ded Mon (NEW)
    Alchemist Focal Banger
    Jackie O's Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro
    DB Huna
    Foundation Epiphany

    Best Breweries:
    Funky Buddha
    Creature Comforts

    Best New Breweries:
    Southern Grist
  34. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Aspirant (210) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont
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    My favorite rookie beer for the 2016 season was Hill Farmstead Sumner. I much prefer it to Edward which in itself is a helluva Pale Ale. At 5.2% it almost qualifies as a session in my book and they packed in a whole lot of flavor into that relatively low abv. I've gone back to the well on this one often.
  35. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,154) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Going strictly by score (for the beers)

    Your Best beers of 2016?
    Trillium Congress St., Thirsty Dog Wulver, Hardywood Christmas Morning, Off Color Dinosmores, Magnify Woah Nelly and Vine Shine, Great Lakes Chillwave, Singlecut Billy Full Stack, Odd Sides Hazel's Nuts, NEBCO Ghandi Bot and Carton 077-07871,

    Your Best NEW beers of 2016?
    The Veil Crucial Taunt, Daddy's Home and Broz Night Out, Wolf's Ridge BB Canis Mexicanus, Seventh Son Proliferous, Other Half All Citra Everything, Get Wheated and All Orange Everything Hoof Hearted Wet When Slippery, The Answer Plausible Liability and Extra Credit, Odd Side Ales Rye Hipster Brunch Stout

    I also had some terrific "Andallized" beers at The Answer which really do not fit in any category, other than awesome.

    These answers are a bit easier, but there were some honorable mentions for the brewery (not new)

    Your Best Brewery of 2016? Probably The Answer

    HM: Wolf's Ridge, Hoof Hearted, Land Grant, Stone (building in the RVA led to a revival of sorts), Other Half

    Your Best NEW Brewery of 2016? The Veil.

    Overall, it was a very successful beer year for me. Ticked off a lot of wants, had a lot of surprises and overall, saw a lot of "4's" out of the 166 unique new beers I've had this year. 2017 has a lot of work to do if it plans on living up to the beer splendor I enjoyed in 2016.
  36. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,333) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    My top 15 beers of the year
    Mornin delight
    King sue
    Ddh Citra pseudosue
    Cigar city Caffe Americano
    Bourbon barrel speedway
    Java cask
    BA ten fidy
    High Westified
    Surly darkness
    515 passe, local Citra pale ale
    BA Ivan the terrible
    BA Boris
    Storm king
    BA Siberian night
    Best new beers, released for the first time this year.
    Ddh sue
    TG x hops gold
    Funkwerks pear saison
    Odell jolly Russian
    Exile peach berry bohemian, local peach strawberry sour.
    Exile Jesus on a forklift and the coconut variant, their anniversary BA stout.
    Best brewery is obviously TG, but I do have to give props to exile. They don't get a lot of love even locally, most of their beers are average to above average lagers and a hefe, but their sours and their BA stout were very good.
    I didn't go to any new breweries this year, but I had my first central waters BA beers this year and it's definitely the best new to me brewery.
  37. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,333) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Central waters is awesome, I've only had the barley wine, scotch ale, cassian sunset and quad. I've enjoyed them all, still waiting on this years stout.
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  38. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,676) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    My favorite 2016 release was either Weihenstaphaner 1516, Founders PC Pils, or Lagunitas 12th of never
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  39. KBlodorn

    KBlodorn Disciple (328) Oct 3, 2014 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Your Best beers of 2016?

    -Bell's Black Note
    -KBS 2016
    -Parabola 2016
    -King Julius/Doppelganger/Haze
    -BA Monsters' Park w/Coconut and Cocoa Nibs
    -Apple Brandy Barrel Noir
    -Born Yesterday

    Your Best NEW beers of 2016?

    -Heaven's Court
    -BA Drago

    Your Best Brewery of 2016?

    -Tree House

    Your Best NEW Brewery of 2016?

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  40. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,017) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I had the BA Cherry Stout on tap also, but I found it too tart and too little barrel. Other than that, love their beers. BA Stout just came back in season.