94. TwoGirls’ Best Beers of 2012

It’s that time of the year to do a little looking-back-fondly and pick out the brews we’ve enjoyed the most. Let’s have a look.

Kristie’s List:

1. Lunch – Maine Beer Co.

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One of my favorite beers, not just of this year, but in general. Best hop/malt balance you’ll find anywhere. Our Review

2. Racer X Double IPA – Bear Republic

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This is a hop-heavy beer that doesn’t lack in any area. It’s really got a bit of everything and is incredibly drinkable for an 8.3% beer.

3. Interlude – Allagash

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Fermented with Belgian farmhouse yeast AND a house strain of Brettanomyces, Interlude is then aged in merlot barrels to create a fantastic beer with wine characteristics.

4. Chocolate Stout – Rogue

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A drinkable, yet big beer that tastes like melted milt chocolate. Amazing.

5. Black Chocolate Stout – Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

Dry, roasty, and sweet, this stout is a complex beauty. Our Review.

Ashleigh’s List:
1. Brown Shugga Lagunitas Brewing Company-

Lagunitas Brown Shugga

Lagunitas Brown Shugga

I never wrote about this one because when I drink it I just want to enjoy it, but it’s certainly my favorite hands down. So sweet, and such a high ABV, so I can’t drink as much as I’d want to.

2.2Xmas Southern Tier

This beer rivals Mad Elf for Christmas in a Bottle, but surpasses it just slightly. Already looking forwards to next holiday season so I can have more. Our Review

3. Nitro Milk Stout Left Hand Brewing
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Nitro Milk Stout

Nitro Milk Stout

I’m not a huge stout drinker, but this stout has made me cross over. Look at that subtle off-white head. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has vanilla in it! Our review (first video one!)

4.Fire and Brimstone Cambridge Brewing Company
This beer was brewed just for the pumpkin fest at CBC, but it still makes the list despite not being available in a bottle anywhere. It was one of the most complex and spicy beers I have ever had, and I would love to find something similar. Our review here.

5. Delirium Noël Brouwerij Huygh

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This beer is my favorite one of the year, unfortunately my review of it is sitting in drafts. It’s very complex flavor wise; toffee, spices, yeasts with a bite, fruits, candy sugar. It’s good because you don’t know what comes next.

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