For my final entry of 2010, I thought I'd look back over the year at a few beers that I tried and really enjoyed. Overall, I reviewed 43 beers this year, not bad considering there are 52 weeks in a year. However, unless you're like me and keep an excel spreadsheet list of what you've been drinking, it can be pretty hard to keep track of them. Unfortunately, many of the double porters and imperial stouts I tried were one offs and limited editions at bars and festivals, so I neither smart enough nor sober enough to write down reviews. But here's a brief stroll my favorites that I was lucky enough to have a bottle of and review this year.
Snake River, Zonker Stout
HUB, Organic IPA
Brasserie d'Orval, Orval
Mikkeller, It's Alive!
Stone/Brew Dog, Bashah
Port Brewing, Hot Rocks Lager
Allagash, 2009 Fluxus
Mikkeller, Nelson-Sauvin Single Hop IPA
Rogue, John John Ale
Sierra Nevada, 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred, and Ken's Bock
And that's it. Not a bad list all things considered. All these beers are four stars and above with the exception of the Fluxus, which I believe I was a little harsh on with three and a half. The John John should get a special mention just for the creativity of using Gin barrels to age the beer, very unique and a great ale. Of these, I'd have to say that Mikkeller's Nelson-Sauvin is my pick of the year. This was just such an awesome beer and worked perfectly with his single hop series. It's the only beer I gave five stars to all year.
That's it for this year of Brews Clues, hopefully you've enjoyed my thoughts, info, and reviews. Have a great New Years party, drink lots of good beer, and look for more posts in 2011!