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Memorable Beers of 2012

GI BCBS ChristmasDark Lord DayChurchKey Parabola and AbyssChurchill's Finest 2012FiftyFifty Eclipse 4 Kern River 5th Anniversary KBS 2012 GI BCS Coffee 2 Hill Farmstead Duo Czar Jack Pt5 2 MoAS Imperial Stout Trooper King Henry Silva Stout Surly Darkness 2 The Event Horizon 2011Chocolate RainDeStruise Tasting

2012 has been an incredible year beer-wise. I was able to try so many excellent beers and the majority of those were “rare”, or hard to acquire, beers. All in all, I may had four times the beer than the list below indicates, but these beers were the ones that caught my attention and were / will be blog-worthy. I was fortuante to land some real amazing beers such as Bell’s Black Note (bomber), Churchills Finest Hour ’12, Fifty/Fifty Eclipse Stouts, Flossmor Station BA Hi-Fi, GI King Henry, BCBS ’07-’12, Rare BCS, Kern River 5th Anniversary DIPA, Kuhnhenn BB4D, Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine, Black Tuesday, Chocolate Rain, Surly Darkness, Pelican Mother of All Storms, Avery Uncle Jacobs, Green Flash Silva Stout, Hardywood GBS, and Old Hickory The Event Horizon. Oh yeah, not to forget the Three Floyds Dark Lord Vertical 2008 through 2012 at a beer tasting. I had some treats such as 3F Zombie Dust in bottles after trying a growler of ZD when it first came out in ’11 as well as the Fantabulous Resplendence. There were some disappointments on several overhyped beers such as the New England Imperial Stout Trooper, Sexual Chocolate, and Minneapolis Townhall Czar Jack. I was surprised how lackluster the HOTD Adam (and Fred) from the Wood was as well. However, I would gladly give those another chance in ’13 if I can get my hands on those beers again! I had some incredible beer tasting opportunities such as having Bells Black Note Stout, Oracle DIPA, and Founders KBS one night in one sitting or imbibing on Stone Vertical Epic Ales ’03 through ’12 on draft one night. Doing a side by side draft Deschutes Abyss and Firestone Walker Parabola on yet another night was quite a treat as well. Anyway, here’s the list of all my memorable 2012 beers (good and bad):

3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Lente (Spring)
Alaskan Barley Wine
Alchemist Hell or High Water Luscious
Alchemist Luscious
Alpine Beer Company + New Belgium Super India Pale Ale
Avery Uncle Jacobs
Bells Black Note Stout
Bells Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000
Bells Cask Hop Slam
Bells Eccentric Ale 2008
Bells This One Goes to 11 Ale
Brooklyn Black Ops 2010-12
Cantillon Classic Gueuze
Churchill’s Finest Hour 2012
Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Dark Horse 4 Elf
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the Fifth
De Molen Hel & Verdoemis
De Struise Black Damnation I-IV
Deschutes Red Chair NWPA
East End Gratitude 2010
Evil Twin Christmas Eve in a NYC Hotel Room
FiftyFifty Imperial Stout Elijah Craig 12 and 18
Firestone Walker XVI Anniversary
Flossmoor Station Bourbon Barrel Aged HI-FI Rye Bottle
Foothills Sexual Chocolate (which I found disappointing)
Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half
Goose Island BCBS Coffee
Goose Island BCS ’07-’12
Goose Island King Henry
Goose Island Rare BCS
Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale
Green Flash Palate Wrecker
Green Flash Silva Stout
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
Hill Farmstead Abner
Hill Farmstead Everett Porter
Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil
HOTD Adam from the Wood
HOTD Fred from the Wood
Jester King Black Metal
Kern River 5th Anniversary DIPA
Kern River Class V Stout
Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale
Lawson’s Finest Liquids Double Sunshine IPA
Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom
Maine Beer Company Zoe
Midnight Sun Arctic Devil 2008 and 2011
Minnesota Townhall Brewing Twisted Ale Barleywine
Minnesota Towwnhall Brewing Czar Jack
New England Imperial Stout Trooper (disappointing)
North Coast Old Rasputin XII and XIV
Old Hickory The Event Horizon 2011
Oskar Blues Oak-Aged Ten Fidy
Pelican Pub & Brewery Mother of All Storms (2011)
Pipeworks Unicorn v Ninja
Port Brewing Churchill’s Finest Hour (2011)
Port Brewing Older Viscosity
Portsmouth Kate the Great 2012 (11.6oz bottle)
Sierra Nevada Narwhal
Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi
Stone Epic Verticals ’03 through ’12
Surly Darkness
The Bruery Black Tuesday 2010
The Bruery Chocolate Rain 2012
Three Floyds Dark Lord Vertical 2008-2012
Three Floyds Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary
Three Floyds Mikkeller Risgoop
Three Floyds Oatgoop
Three Floyds Zombie Dust (bottled)
Westy XII
Williamsburg Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter

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