Monday, January 2

My Personal Top 11 Reviewed Beers of 2011

I figured I would go through and post the beers I felt were the best that I had tried in 2011. Many may have tried others I haven't, but like I said, this represents what I have tried and reviewed.

(1) - Port Brewing 5th Anniversary Imperial IPA.

I love this brewer, and I still feel to this day that they brew the best IPA's across the universe. I haven't tried anything out of Mars or Venus.. but they have it down! They make the cake when it comes to true west coast IPA's.

4.6/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(2) - American Brewing Caboose Oatmeal Stout.

This guy used to brew for Pike and others, and really hit the market with a bang. This Oatmeal Stout is amazing and is bottled. It can be found locally around the Northwest.

4.58/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(3) - Sierra Nevada 2011 Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale.

I felt the 2011 version whooped on the others, and I wish I had bought more. Fresh, this beer was amazing.

4.45/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(4) - Midnight Sun Brewing Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA.

As a fluke, I just grabbed this at a local shop to try. Found it to be one of the best double CDA's I have ever had. It's tough competition for Boneyard's Armored Fist.

4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(5) - Walking Man Brewing Walking Stick Oatmeal Stout.

Never had the beer before and recently filled some growlers with it for dirt cheap here in Vancouver at Northwest Liquid Gold. Found it to be one of the best, if not the best, oatmeal stouts I have ever had.

4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(6) - Block 15 Brewing Ferme De La' Ville Provision

What a fantastic sour farmhouse brew... this brewer is fairly new on the scene, and is already popping out the best beers on the scene. Their barrel aging program, and attention to detail is unbelievable. Get their stuff if you can.

4.4/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(7) - Alameda Brewing Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA.

This is a rather local brewpub for me, and they have recently expanded production elsewhere in the city of Portland. I found this to be one of the most underrated imperial IPA's to date. It is a solid drinker, and the price was amazing for a bomber. I still see it in shops, so that means they must still brew it ;)

4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(8) - Boundary Bay Brewing IPA

Had this on tap at By The Bottle here in Vancouver, WA, and found this to be one of the best IPA's I have had recently. So very balanced and drinkable, and I even used it to make some killer beer-battered sea bass. Their beers are solid!

4.38/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(9) - Schmaltz Brewing Co. (He'Brew) Genesis 15:15.

A superb dark and tasty strong brew which I enjoyed thoroughly. Nice that a beer made my top 11 of 2011 from somewhere other than locally.

4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(10) - Breakside Brewing Gin-Barrel Double Wit.

I still can't hype this beer enough. I expressed this to the brewer Ben Edmonds as well. Such a good representation of the style, and the unique steps taken, and risks.. paid off well. This is a beer to remember.

4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(11) - Oakshire Hellshire I Release Bourbon Barrel Barleywine.

I love this style, and this was certainly the best one I had of 2011. I never did get to finding Midnight Suns Arctic Devil because of a lack of production. This was good, and I still have one bottle left thankfully. Like cream soda barleywine goodness.

4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Well there you have it. I liked being able to use my reviews at BeerAdvocate.com (User: Docer) to trim this down for me. It's interesting to reflect and see how my live reviews have played out. Of course there are many others that are favorites, but these are the ones that stood out the most for me.

Cheers to a 2012 full of many more great craft beers!

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