Your Top Beers of 2012

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  1. shamrock1343

    shamrock1343 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 New Jersey

    Explain the Imperial Berlin Weise

    I love the DFH My Antonia
  2. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (4,211) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    The best new beers I have had this year in no order

    Harviestoun Old Engineer's Reserve Blackfest Ale
    Boulevard Collaboration No 3-Stingo
    Unibroue 17 Grande Reserve
    Anchorage The Tide and its Takers
    Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire IO
    Ommegang Biere D'Hougoumont
    Deep Ellum Wealth & Taste
    Dieu Du Ciel L'Herbe a Detourne
    Blind Pig Ordinary Bitter
    Founders Bolt Cutter
  3. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Abyss definitely belonged in there as well, along with a few others like Westy 12.
  4. ShaverZBT

    ShaverZBT Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2012 California

    Stone Ruination IPA 10th Anniversary
    Stone Enjoy By 9.21.12
    Eagle Rock Jubilee 2012
    New Belgium / Alpine Lips Of Faith Super IPA
    Russian River Row 2, Hill 56
  5. brianthelion23

    brianthelion23 Initiate (0) May 21, 2012 California

    Epic big bad baptist
    Lagunitas brown shugga and little sumpin wild
    Strand 24th street pale ale
    Taps remy
    Sierra nevada bigfoot and hoptimum
    Uinta anniversary barley wine
  6. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    This never gets old.

    TOP 5 (no particular order):
    '09 Lou Pepe Kriek
    Expo Hop

    Honorables:Better Half, HT, HF Birth of a Tragedy, Upland RL, KBS, Cascade SN
  7. Corbet

    Corbet Initiate (164) Nov 7, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Bells Bourbon Batch 9000
    Perennial Abraxas
    AB Hunahpu
    Ruination 10th
    HF Everett
  8. stakem

    stakem Poo-Bah (5,159) Feb 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    It was one of the special releases at the last Southampton RIS release. The alcohol is 6% in the imperial as opposed to the 2% in the normal.
  9. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (629) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    2012 Only :
    Ruination 10th Ann
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  10. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

    New to me in 2012:

    Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
    Dogfish Head Noble Rot
    Goose Island Juliet
    Espresso Oak Aged Yeti
    Green Flash Rayon Vert
    Hill Farmstead Double Citra
    Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine
    Russian River Beatification
    Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad
    Three Floyd's Dreadnought
    Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale
    Logsdon Farmhouse Seizoen Bretta
    New Glarus Enigma
  11. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    In no particular order:

    Southern Star ProAm 2012
    Short's Awww Jeah
    Odd Side Citra
    Kuhnhenn American Imperial Stout
    Dark Horse BBPt5
    CCB Jai Alai
    Lift Bridge Hop Dish
    Short's Ale la Reverend
    Short's Kind Ale
    Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse
  12. liamt07

    liamt07 Poo-Bah (2,349) Jul 26, 2009 Ontario (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    Heady Topper
    NG Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart
    Kuhnhenn DRIPA and BB4D
    Half Pints Demeter's Harvest
    DDC Bourbon Barreled Peche Mortel
    Anything I've had from Anchorage Brewing
  13. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    Starting off this xmas morning with a Narwhal,my favorite of 2012.Cheers and Merry Christmas
  14. HenrikO

    HenrikO Initiate (0) Jun 19, 2011 Sweden

    Top 10 in no particular order:

    1. Thornbridge - Pedro Ximenez Barrel Aged Bracia (English Strong Ale/Old Ale; UK)
    2. Kernel - Double Citra IPA (DIPA; UK)
    3. Birra del Carrobiolo - O.G. 1111 (Barleywine; Italy)
    4. 3 Fonteinen - Framboos (2011) (Fruit lambic; Belgium)
    5. Westbrook - Mexican Coffee Cake (Imperial stout; US)
    6. Cabinet Artisinal Brewhouse - Marry Me in Goslar (Gose; US)
    7. Norrebro Bryghus Trippel De Lente Sauternes Barrel (Trippel; Denmark)
    8. Kernel - Barrel-Aged Double S.C.C.A.NS IPA (DIPA; UK)
    9. Moor - Hoppiness (American IPA; UK)
    10. Magic Rock - Clown Juice Tequila Barrel (Witbier; UK)

    I had a lot of beers that were new to me but not new in general that I rated very highly (Jai Alai IPA, Speedway Stout and others) but I have only included "new" (i.e. released in 2012) beers on my list.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!
  15. Dannywhitewash

    Dannywhitewash Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Ohio

    Head Topper
    Old Tom
    Zombie dust
    Abt. 12

    honorabel mention:
    Burton Baton
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  16. OTB

    OTB Devotee (419) Sep 2, 2011 California

    Enjoy by 12-21-12
    Ruination 10th
    Zombie Dust, My 1st time with this amazing brew, got a dozen in a trade, I love this stuff.
    Of course anything fresh from my home base of Alpine.
    Kern 5th.
    Kern Winter Ale
  17. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (497) Jan 2, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    in no particular order, my favorite beers of the year:

    Parabola 12
    Dissident 12
    Firestone XVI
    KBS 12
    Blabaer 12
    Fou Foune 12
    Consecration out of a 3L bottle
    Beat batch 5
    Consecration batch 3
    Pliny the Younger
  18. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Poo-Bah (3,259) Jun 9, 2006 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Hogshead Gilpin Black Gold
    Stone Enjoy By IPA
    Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
    NB/Alpine Super IPA
    Sierra Nevada Narwhal
  19. dfhhead25

    dfhhead25 Meyvn (1,028) Jul 18, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Epic Big Bad Baptist
    FiftyFifty Grand Cru Blend
    FW Parabola
    Curmudgeon's Better Half
    BB Plead the 5th
  20. Graviz

    Graviz Initiate (157) Feb 26, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    I thought this year's Bligh's Barleywine was outstanding and I'm sure it will get even better with some age.

  21. ObiWanKushnobi

    ObiWanKushnobi Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2011 Minnesota

    Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord
    Black Tuesday
    Arctic Devil
    Bolt Cutter
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Eisbock
    Curmudgeon's Better Half
  22. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    New to me:
    3F Oude Gueuze Golden Blend
    DC Brau On The Wings Of Armaggedon
    Enjoy By 12-21-12
    Ruination 10th
    Olde Hickory Daniel Boone
    Frangelic/Furniture City Brown
    Eclipse EC 18
    Oil of Aphrodite
    Mother Funker
    Beatification (batch 5)
  23. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,293) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Some of my 2012 highlights

    Deschutes's Red Chair
    Epic's Big Bad Baptist
    Firestone Walker's Parabola, Anniversary XVI
    Ipswich's Oatmeal Stout
    Odell's Red, Chocolate Oar
    Funkwerks's Monarch and Belgian IPA
    Crabtree's Menage a Trois
    Avery's Uncle Jacob' Stout, Tweak, Oud Floris
    Crooked Stave's WWBI
    Grimm Brothers Barrel Aged Wee Heavy
  24. Shmeal

    Shmeal Devotee (414) Nov 9, 2009 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    Birth of Tragedy
    Armand Winter
  25. PalatePilot

    PalatePilot Disciple (344) Dec 24, 2010 Colorado

    Odell The Meddler
    Avery Odio Equum
    Crooked Stave Persica
    Odell Deconstruction
    Got to try the test batch of Odell's new Chocolate Milk Stout ( Lugene ) it was awesome!

    I am a little partial to OBC> But there was so much great beer this year.
    Brux was great too, I bet that will be phenomenal in another year after cellaring.
  26. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Black Note

    The best of the first timers for me this year!
  27. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 Texas
    Beer Trader

    I don't have 5..
    1. Stone 10th Ruination
    Idk if Jester King Funk Metal is a new release, but it was amazing.
  28. dwm1034

    dwm1034 Initiate (121) Jun 1, 2011 Illinois

    Not as adventuresome or far ranging as some....but I truly loved each of these.

    Founders CBS
    Three Floyds Dreadnaught
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Smuttynose Baltic Porter
    Smuttynose Imperial Stout
    Deschutes The Abyss

    Had Hill Farmstead Susan at tasting near year end....right there with Zombie Dust among 'clear beers'

    Hope everyone has a:
    - peaceful holiday season
    - enjoyable and diverse NY Eve tasting
    - a 2013 full of delightful, tasty beers!

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  29. dwm1034

    dwm1034 Initiate (121) Jun 1, 2011 Illinois

    do enjoy Ruthless Rye also!
  30. brother_kenneth

    brother_kenneth Zealot (559) Oct 22, 2012 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    New to 2012:

    Alpine/NB Super IPA
    Sierra Nevada Narwhal
    Deschutes Black Butte XXIV
  31. koopa

    koopa Poo-Bah (1,825) Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Some of my higher scoring reviews and memorable first time experiences this year included:

    Hill Farmstead Juicy
    Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter
    Kane Head High IPA dry hopped w/ Galaxy
    Backacre Beer Maker Sour Golden Ale
    3F Golden Blend
    King Henry
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  32. Sammy

    Sammy Poo-Bah (12,325) Dec 1, 2003 Ontario (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    Kuhnhenn Bourbon Braggot
    Cisco Woods
    Firestone Walker 15

    then a couple of Great Lakes (Ontario) one-offs
    Good not greatest year
  33. Absolut

    Absolut Zealot (564) Sep 19, 2011 California

    the 2 enjoy by
    Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA
  34. ucsbmullet

    ucsbmullet Crusader (749) Oct 5, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Phantom Canyon - Winston Smith (Templeton Rye barrel) Hidden gem in Colorado Springs
    Societe - The Pupil (Took the damn bus from Downtown SD and its was well worth the ghetto transport to get there. Highlight of the bus ride was the guy sitting in front of me reading 50 Shades of Grey while blasting techno in his headphones.)
    Dry Dock - Bligh's (Becoming a Colorado staple)
    Avery - Uncle Jacob's (18% abv of goodness)
    Bruery - Chocolate Rain (Cocoa Puff beer)
    *Also got to try a Bruery Black Tuesday and White Chocolate black and tan that was ridiculous.
  35. Sourkehd

    Sourkehd Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    In no particular order:

    2008 Cantillon Vignerrone
    2006 Drie Fontienen Doesjel
    2011 Pannepot
    2010 Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek
    Fresh Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
    200? Hanssens Krieks (multiple old labels last one was perfection)
    200? Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille

    Honorable mention:

    Goose Island Bourbon County
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Firestone Walker 16
    Mikkeller Spontankriek - Belgian funk outside Belgium minus the cherries
    Tilquin Gueze straight from the 750 rapper style
    Heady Topper - dream about it
    Hanssens Experimental Cassis - weird and awesome
  36. GodlessWatermelon

    GodlessWatermelon Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2012 Maryland

    Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination was probs the best beer I had all year.
  37. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Indiana

    Goose Island King Henry
    Boulevard Saison-Brett
    Goose Island Bourbon Country Brand Coffee Stout
    Three Floyd's Behemoth
    Brugge Tripel de Ripple
  38. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    where did you have 09 Cable car? A tasting?

  39. beerguynow

    beerguynow Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2012 Virginia

    hop stoopid
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