Your Top Beers of 2012

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  1. Onenote81

    Onenote81 Poo-Bah (1,879) May 27, 2008 North Carolina

    Zombie Dust
    NG Serendipity
    NG Black Top
    Columbus IPA
    Olde Rabbit's Foot '11
  2. msween21

    msween21 Aspirant (231) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Stone Ruination
    Stone Cali-Belique
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Victory Hop Devil
    Portsmouth Tripel
  3. teorn88

    teorn88 Initiate (146) Jun 5, 2010 United Kingdom (England)
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    "Slightly" skewed towards lambics, but here's my top 5 for bottles released in 2012:

    1- Zwanze 2012
    2- Framboos
    3- Baladin Lune
    4- Golden Blend
    5- Armand & Tomme
  4. jnoff78

    jnoff78 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Mayan Mocha from Odd Side Ales and White Chocolate from The Bruery.
  5. JEdmund

    JEdmund Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2006 Kansas

    New Belgium - Tart Lychee
    Odell - The Meddler
    Schlafly - Tasmanian IPA
  6. JEdmund

    JEdmund Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2006 Kansas

    I loved Brux!
  7. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    I'm going to go with Evil Twin 'Lil B. That shit was awesome. A massive porter with a super nice dark fruit character making it stand out to my taste buds. I liked a lot of beers this year, but that one really stood out.
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  8. BeerNut402

    BeerNut402 Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2012 Nebraska

    Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ale was amazing this year. I would love to do a vertical tasting of this beer just out of curiousity
  9. Corkpuller

    Corkpuller Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Glazen Toren D'erpe Mere
    Evil Twin Ron and the Beast Ryan
    Harviestoun Engineers Reserve Cask
    75 Minute Cask
  10. fortsambo

    fortsambo Initiate (132) Feb 14, 2011 Colorado
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    Golden Canary, as you tell from my ISO posts lol. Such a great beer!
  11. trginter

    trginter Aspirant (272) Dec 1, 2008 Michigan
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    Bourbon County Cherry Rye
  12. mynie

    mynie Poo-Bah (3,480) Jun 22, 2004 Maryland
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    Entirely midwest... I guess I didn't do enough trading/traveling this year:

    1. Serendipity (New Glarus)
    2. Mr. Hyde (Greenbush)
    3. Barrel Aged Liquid Spiritual Delight (2nd Shift)
    4. Live a Rich Life (3 Floyds)
    5. Montezuma's Revenge (Sun King)
  13. Trystero

    Trystero Aspirant (269) Jul 28, 2009 Ohio
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    This has been quite the year, beer wise, and in life also for me. I moved across the country from Ohio to Portland. In doing so, I had the chance to sample many delicious beers, particularly many stand out offerings from Funkwerks and Odell.

    Top new beers of 2012:
    Super IPA
    Alpine Double Nelson
    Stone Ruination 10th
    Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown
    Cherry Bourbon County (DLD 2012)

    Top Beers I had for the first time this year:
    Alpine Duet
    Boneyard Hop Venom
    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
    King Henry
    2012 Cherry Adam from the Wood
    2009 Cable Car

    All in all 2012 was an incredible year.
  14. SkiBum22

    SkiBum22 Zealot (595) Oct 18, 2009 New York
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    1. Cigar City Imperial Sweet Stout - Cognac BA: Never had a cognac barrel aged beer and after having this, it needs to be done more. Another amazing original stout from CC.

    2. Cigar City Apple Brandy Hunahpu: My first apple brandy aged beer. I didn't think it was possible to make Hunahpu any better but this is the one varient that blows the others away.

    3. Kern River Citra: I've been lucky to have tried almost all the top DIPA's and this is a close #2 for me behind Heady Topper.

    4. The Bruery Chocolate Rain: To make a beer at 19.5% this good is an amazing accomplishment.

    5. Stone Enjoy By: I'm not a huge fan of Stone's IPA's but this one blew me away. Amazing stuff and a nice transition from their normal bitter dry IPA's.

    6. The Bruery Fruet: I'm a huge fan of high ABV beers and I'm always amazed how The Bruery continues to put out quality brews 15% ABV and higher. Excited to see how this one ages.

    7. Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break: This first beer from Evil Twin that has blown me away. One of the biggest surprises of the year for me.

    8. Goose Island BCS '12: Just like most people I was a little nervous about the InBev takeover and the future of this beer. They nailed it again and one of my favorite vintages.

    9. Goose Island BCBCS '12: I prefer last year's but this is still an amazing vintage. The most unique BA Coffee stout I've ever had.

    10. Three Floyd's Zombie Dust: I'm not a fan of APA's and I've had some of the best. This one is might have changed my mind. Amazing stuff
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  15. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Bourbon County Cherry Rye
    Highlands Cold Mountain (tastes like marshmallows with a hop bite)
  16. jrnyc

    jrnyc Savant (902) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Ruination 10
    Enjoy By
    Zombie Dust
    Double Nelson
    Flower Power
    DFH Indian Brown Ale

    And going to throw in Captain Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale, not an awesome beer, but a local restaurant who makes great food serves this now. I can get a great meal in an excellent atmosphere with craft beer.
  17. oldedog

    oldedog Aspirant (213) Oct 23, 2012 Connecticut

    Heady Topper,Racer x ,flower power , serpent stout, and i just had founders for the first time earlier this year 2012 was a good year
  18. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (2,489) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    Founders Bolt Cutter and Smuttynose Durty.
  19. claaark13

    claaark13 Zealot (504) Nov 29, 2007 Indiana
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    Of all of the beers I tried, Schlafly T IPA was the most surprising. I actually asked the bartender (semibaked) if he was "fucking kidding me?" when offering a free pour. I've since probably spent $50 on fills and bottles.
  20. Leepa_Time

    Leepa_Time Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 Maryland

    tasmanian IPA
    Barrell House Weizen
    Dogfish Positive contact
    my roommates Homebrew
  21. stouts4me

    stouts4me Disciple (377) Oct 9, 2011 Illinois

    1. Bell's BB Batch 9000
    2. Dark Horse BB Plead the 5th
    3.Dark horse BB Monster 29
    4. GI Coffee BCS
    5. FFF Vanilla Bourbon Dark Lord
    ( no particular order ).
  22. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    I forgot to mention:


    Best beer of year! Top 5 for me! Sucks it was a one and done!
  23. KaiserSose

    KaiserSose Initiate (45) Apr 17, 2012 Minnesota
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    In no particular order...

    Murda'd out stout
    Live a rich life
  24. SBMRL

    SBMRL Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2011 Michigan

    Hoppin Frog BBL B.O.R.I.S.
    Bells BBL Cherry Stout
    Central Waters BBL Barleywine
    Darkhorse BBL PT5th
    Odd side Citra Pale/ Zombie Dust
  25. bismarksays

    bismarksays Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2008 Iowa

    Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
    Stone Enjoy By
    Sierra Nevada Narwhal
    Brau Brother's Rye Wyne
    Bell's Black Note
    Honorable mentions: GI Manhattan BCBS, Short's Bourbon Cherry Porter, Grumpy Troll Amnesia, Kuhnhenn Creme Brulee Java Stout
  26. bismarksays

    bismarksays Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2008 Iowa

    And somehow I left off Zombie has been a good year for beer. Wow.
  27. jonmacklin

    jonmacklin Initiate (155) Sep 21, 2010 North Carolina
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    DC Brau On The Wings of Armageddon
    Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
    Surly Wet (new to me)
    CCB Oak Aged Jai Alai (new to me)
    Foothills Jade IPA
    Lonerider Pistols at Dawn
  28. hilgart1

    hilgart1 Defender (626) Feb 20, 2011 Illinois
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    Drake's Aroma Coma
    Lawson's Double Sunshine
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
    Eclipse EC 20
    NG Serendipity
  29. MarkJBurch

    MarkJBurch Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Top five? Let's see what I can remember... No particular order...

    Goose Island - Bottle of Sofie from 2009, man that was good.
    Three Heads Brewing - Ontario Coast Belgian IPA
    Brooklyn Brewery - Local 2
    Flying Bison Brewing Company - The "Herc" Barleywine Style Ale, 2011
    Sierra Nevada - Estate 2012

    Runner up would probably be a bottle of Goose Island - Night Stalker from 2010, very tasty. 2012 was such a good year for beer, I feel like a dick leaving things I love out. I love beer.
  30. shamrock1343

    shamrock1343 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 New Jersey

    The Fred and Le Freak are truly great beers
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