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Best Beers of 2012 | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Sure its a bit late but here is m y list of what I considered to be the top 10 beers of 2012. This is by no means the be all end all of what came out this year but
is only a list based on the beers I have reviewed on the channel. Thanks again for all of your continued support and feedback and I look forward to sharing a lot more
great craft beer with you in 2012! Cheers

10)Flying Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J13P1o_lOYM

FLYING DOGS GONZO PORTER IS ONE OF THE BEERS THAT ORIGINALLY GOT ME INTO CRAFT BEER AND STILL A USUALL SUSPECT IN MY ROTATION. SO WHEN I HEARD THEY WERE RELEASING A BARREL AGED VERSION IT WAS A BEER I KNEW I WOULD HAVE TO REVIEW. IT DID NOT DISSAPOINT, TAKING THE ALREADY CLASSIC GONZO AND IMPARTING OAK AND VANILLA BARREL CHARACTERISTICS TO IT ADDED A LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY TO AN ALREADY FANTASTIC BEER THAT FEW BEERS HAVE MATCHED THIS YEAR. A MUST TRY FOR ANY FAN OF BARREL AGED STOUTS.

9)The Bruery Smoking Wood – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6oWaIPfUM4

ADMITEDLY I AM NOT A FAN OF SMOKED BEERS THAT WAS UNTIL THE BRUERYS SMOOKING WOOD. HUGE SWEET SMOKE CHARACTER COMPARABLE TO STICKING YOUR HEAD IN A NORTH CAROLINA BBQ PIT BALANCED WITH BIG OAK AND VANILLA FLAVORS PULLED FROM THE BOURBON BARRELS THIS ONE RESTED IN. AND TO TOP ALL OF THAT OFF IT HAS A NICE BACKBONE OF SPICY RYE TO BRING THIS BIG ANGRY COMPLEX BEER TOGETHER. ANOTHER PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE BRUERY TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND HITTING IT OUT OF THE PARK. THIS IS A BEER LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER HAD BEFORE AND ONE THAT NEEDS TO BE EXPERIENCED.

8)Founders Backwoods Bastard – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iN1ULjZidc

FOUNDERS HAS SOME GREAT BEERS IN THEIR LINEUP, AND BY FAR ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST UNDER APPRECIATED IS THEIR BACKWOODS BASTARD. A BOURBON BARREL AGED VARIATION ON THEIR YEAR ROUND SCOTCH ALE, BACKWOODS TAKES THE STYLE AND RAMPS IT UP TO 11 WITH MASSIVE BOURBON CHARACTERS THAT HELP TO ACCENT THE ALREADY SOLID BASE BEER. DANGEROUSLY DRINKABLE AND FOR SURE A BEER THAT GETS BETTER WITH AGE SO PICK SOME UP BEFORE MORE PEOPLE REALISE HOW FANTASTIC THIS BEER IS.

7)Firestone Walker Wookey Jack – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkt2ufqIYzg

BLACK IPA’S ARE A DIVIDING STYLE YOU EITHER LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM. WITH WOOKEY JACK FIRESTONE WALKER MANAGES TO BRIDGE THAT CRAFT BEER DIVIDE WITH THIS AMAZING TAKE ON THE STYLE. A BIG WEST COAST HOP PROFILE FOR HOP HEADS AND A NICE ROASTY AND SPICY RYE MALT BILL FOR FANS OF BLACK IPAS.

6)Cigar City Marshall Zhukov – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBq6vlXglSA

FAR AND AWAY ONE OF THE BEST STOUTS BREWED TODAY, CIGAR CITYS MARSHALL ZHUKOV IS A MASSIVE CHOCOLATE AND DARK FRUIT BOMB OF AN IMPERIAL STOUT. POURING LIKE OIL AND LEAVING A BROWN FILM ON YOUR GLASS YOU KNOW THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE OF A BEER. IF YOU ARE A FAN OF IMPERIAL STOUTS YOU NEED TO TRY THIS BEER.

5)Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (2012) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOfxHkETwA0

PROBABLY NO SURPRISE TO ANYONE THAT THIS IS ON THE LIST BUT THIS YEARS BATCH WAS EASILY ONE OF THE BEST TO DATE. ALL POLITICS AND BUSINESS ASIDE GOOSE ISLAND IS STILL DOING AMAZING STUFF WITH THIS BEER. ITS ONE OF THOSE BEERS THAT I TRULY FEELS LIVES UP TO ITS MUCH DESERVED HYPE.

4)Firestone Walker XVI Anniversary Ale – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF1ZAe94SNI

IM NOT SURE WHAT MORE THERE IS TO SAY ABOUT THIS BEER REALLY. COMPLEX IS THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE CENTURY, DANGEROUSLY DRINKABLE AND ONE OF THE BEST OF THE FIRESTONE ANNIVERSARY SERIES. FIND THIS BEER WHILE YOU CAN!

3)Founders Curmudgeons Better Half – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkKzZLq4oZs

OLD CURMUDGEON IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BEERS AND JUST A FANTASTIC EXAMPLE OF THE STYLE. TAKING FOUNDERS ALREADY GREAT OLD ALE AND THROWING IT IN MAPLE SYRUP BOURBON BARRELS WAS A DEFINITE WINNING COMBINATION. WHILE MOST PEOPLE WILL SAY THE CBS WAS THE STAR IN THIS SERIES FOR ME IT WAS CURMUDGEONS BETTER HALF BY A LONG SHOT.

2)Firestone Walker Double DBA – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MviTNbCB1yA

TO SAY THIS BEER IS A MASTERPIECE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. SWEET MALTY NOTES BLENDING WITH AN AMAZING BARREL CHARACTER THAT FSW IS BECOMING KNOWN FOR IS JUST THE START OF THIS BEER. AS IT WARMS UP MORE COMPLEX ROASTED NOTES COME OUT AS THE BARREL CHARACTER GOES FROM A TOASTED COCONUT FLAVOR TO SWEET VANILLA. JUST A FANTASTIC BEER AND JUST ANOTHER REASON FIRESTONE WALKER IS ONE OF THE BEST CRAFT BREWERYS AROUND.

1)Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUyKy8SEYSE

LOOKING BACK AT ALL OF THE BEERS I HAVE HAD THIS THIS BEER STANDS OUT AS THE ONE THAT FOR ME IS LEAPS AND BOUNDS ABOVE THE REST. ITS A BEER THAT I STILL TALK ABOUT WITH FRIENDS AND OTHER CRAFT BEER FANS. ITS A BEER THAT WIOUTH A DOUBT TAKES THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IN 2012 AND HAPPILY DESTROYED MY PALETTE WHILE DOING IT. ITS A BEER THAT SHOWED THAT THIS BREWERY IS NOT INTENDING TO LEAN BACK AND REST ON THEIR LAURELS. STONE RUINATIONH 10TH ANNIV IS THE NUMBER ONE BEER OF 2012. THE REGULAR RUINATION IS A CRAFT BEER STAPLE SO TO TAKE AN ALREADY FANTASTIC BEER AND AMP IT UP SEEMED LIKE A NO BRAINER. AND STONE NAILED IT. EPIC LEVELS OF HOP FLAVORS RANGING FROM FLORAL AND TROPICAL TO INCREDIBLY AGGRESSIVE WEST COAST CITRUS THAT WILL PEEL THE ENAMEL OFF YOUR TEETH. ALL TIED TOGETHER WITH A 10% ABV MALT BACKBONE THAT BALANCED THIS INSANITY OUT PERFECTLY. THIS IS THE KIND OF BEER THAT NEEDS TO BE BREWED AGAIN FOR THE SAKE OF HOP HEADS AND CRAFT BEER LOVERS A LIKE!

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