2013 ~ The Yeer of Beer

Beer Judging Tasters

What a year.

I have tried more disparate varieties of beer this year than in any other year of my life on this planet. Perhaps I will outdo myself one day as a member of the Mars One crew, but until then, this year will have to stand as the greatest annum of potations in my tender, young lifetime.

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Great Divide Brewing Company Truck

Firstly, let’s have a fun, little, statistical rundown of the beers my liver processed this past year.

In all, I tasted 207 different brews in 2013. That’s an average of a little more than 1 new beer every other day.

My most-tried style, and also the most-popular style in San Diego was India Pale Ales ~ 51 kinds

My second-most tried style was all manner of Stouts ~ 45 kinds

My third-most tried style was various types of Belgians ~ 19 kinds

Not a single beer was below 4% and 64 of them were above 10%, including one that was 15% (!) ~ the highest percent ABV beer I have ever had.

In no particular order, these were my absolute favorite beers of 2013:

  1. Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2009 Release) – 10%
  2. Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale (American Strong Ale) – 9.6%
  3. The Bruery Bois (Old Ale) – 15%
  4. Firestone Walker 17th Anniversary Ale (American Strong Ale) – 13.3%
  5. Stone / Farking / Wheaton w00tstout (American Double / Imperial Stout) – 13%
  6. Lost Abbey Deliverance (American Strong Ale) – 14+%
  7. Great Divide 19th Anniversary Ale (Wood-Aged American Strong Ale) – 10.2%
  8. 10 Barrel / Stone / Bluejacket Suede Imperial Porter – 9.6%
  9. Modern Times Fortunate Islands with Grapefruit Zest (India Pale Ale) – 4.8%
  10. AleSmith Decadence 2012 Anniversary Ale (Quadrupel) – 12%
  11. Kiuchi Brewery Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale (Spiced Eisbock) – 9%
  12. Modern Times Neverwhere (Belgian IPA) – 7%
  13. Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Porter Aged in Akevitt Barrels -10%
  14. 2012 Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter aged in Ballast Point 3 Sheets Rum Barrels – 10%
  15. Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine (English Barleywine) – 12.1%

There are plenty more beers listed further down the page, I have emboldened the names of all of my other favorites.

So, here is the detailed breakdown, kind-of sorted by style and in the order I tried them, as the year progressed:

AMBERS – 7

  • Brick Wall Brewing Amber Ale (12 oz bottle)
  • Karl Strauss Amber – ABV 4.5% (12 oz bottle)
  • Port Brewing Carlsbad Chronic (American Amber / Red Ale) – ABV 5.8% (on tap at PizzaPort Bressi Ranch)
  • Modern Times Blazing World Randalized with Mosaic Hops – ABV 6.8% (on tap at Modern Times tap room grand opening – 9/7/13)
  • Modern Times Rorima (100% Brett Amber) – ABV 6.5% (on tap at Modern Times tap room grand opening – 9/7/13)
  • Ninkasi Believer Double Red (American Amber / Red Ale) – ABV 6.9% 60 IBUs (on tap at Slater’s 50/50 Liberty Station 9/26/13)
  • AleSmith Evil Dead Red Ale (American Amber / Red Ale) – ABV 6.66% (22 oz bottle)

AMERICAN STRONG ALES – 8

  • Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale (American Strong Ale) – ABV 9.6% 66.6 IBUs (12 oz bottle)
  • Lost Abbey Deliverance (American Strong Ale) – ABV 14+% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 8/13/13)
  • Great Divide 19th Anniversary Wood-Aged American Strong Ale – 10.2% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 8/28/13)
  • Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale (American Strong Ale aged with American oak wood chips) – 7.2% (12 oz bottle)
  • Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ (American Strong Ale) – 9.9% 51.1 IBUs O.G. 1.100 (12 oz bottle)
  • Stone Double Bastard 2013 (American Strong Ale) – 11.2% (22 oz bottle)
  • Firestone Walker 17th Anniversary Ale (Blended Barrel Aged Beer – Blended from 8/200+ Barrels: 30% Bravo Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Ale
    25% Stickee Monkey Barrel-Aged English Barley Wine
    15% Velvet Merkin Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Stout
    15% Parabola Barrel-Aged Imperial Russian Oatmeal Stout
    8% Double Double Barrel Ale
    4% Helldorado Barrel-Aged Blonde Barley Wine
    3% Wookey Jack Black Rye India Pale Ale) – 13.3% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/4/13)
  • Weins Crowded Anniversary Ale (American Strong Ale) – 10.8% (on tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens 12/9/13)

BARLEY WINES – 3

  • Rogue Old Crustacean (Barley Wine) – ABV 11.5% 110 IBUs (tapped keg at Beer-Con 2013)
  • Uinta Cockeyed Cooper (Barrel-Aged Barleywine) – 11.1%  (on tap for Sublime Ale House’s 3rd Anniversary 10/25/13)
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine (English Barleywine) – 12.1% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/18/13 & 12/26/13)

BELGIANS – 19

  • AleSmith Grand Cru (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) – ABV 10.5% (750 ml bottle)
  • AleSmith Decadence 2012 Anniversary Ale – Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale – ABV 12% (750 ml bottle)
  • AleSmith Horny Devil Belgian-Style Ale with Coriander – ABV 10% (750 ml bottle)
  • Straffe Hendrik Bruges Quadruple Ale – ABV 11% (750 ml bottle) De Halve Maan Brewery – Bruges, Belgium – Anno 1856
  • Chimay Tripel – ABV 8% (on tap at The Yardhouse)
  • New Belgium Trippel Ale Brewed with Coriander – ABV 7.8% (12 oz bottle)
  • North Coast Grand Cru Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels – ABV 12.5% (beer judging session at Beer Con 2013)
  • North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale – ABV 9.4% 32 IBUs (tapped keg at Beer-Con 2013)
  • Craftsman French Toast (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) – ABV 10.1% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 8/7/13)
  • North Coast Pranqster Belgian Style Gold Ale – ABV 7.6% 20 IBUs (on tap at Granville Cafe in Glendale, CA)
  • Allagash Victor Belgian Strong Ale Brewed with Cabernet Franc Grapes – ABV 9% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 9/18/13)
  • The Bruery Mischief Belgian-Style Golden Ale – ABV 8.5% (750 ml bottle)
  • Cigar City / De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) Tropical Tripel – 9.5% (on tap for Sublime Ale House’s 3rd Anniversary 10/25/13)
  • Scaldis Noel (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) – 12% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 10/30/13)
  • St. Bernardus Christmas Ale (Belgian Quadrupel) – 10% (on tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens 12/9/13)
  • Mad River 24th Anniversary Belgian-style Quadrupel – 11.4% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/18/13)
  • Brasserie d’Achouffe N’Ice Chouffe (Beglian Dark w/ Thyme & Curaco) – 10% (on tap at Blind Lady Ale House on 12/31/13)
  • Brouwerij Het Anker Lucifer (Belgian Golden Strong Ale) – 8% (on tap at Blind Lady Ale House on 12/31/13)
  • The Bruery 6 Geese A-Laying (Belgian Dark Strong Ale) – 11.5% (750 ml bottle)

BLONDES – 2

  • Saint Archer Blonde – ABV 4.8% 22 IBUs (on tap at Hubcap)
  • Brick Wall Brewing Centennial Blonde (12 oz bottle)

HARD CIDER (not technically Beer, I know…) – 1

  • Red Branch Cider Company Hard Black Cherry – ABV 6.9% (22 oz bottle)

HEFEWEIZENS – 2

  • Black Market Brewing Company Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen Wheat Ale – ABV 5% (22oz bottle)
  • Lightning Thunderweizen Ale – ABV 5.5% (tapped keg at Beer-Con 2013)

INDIA PALE ALES – 51

  • Coronado Brewing Company Islander IPA – ABV 7% 75 IBUs (22 oz bottle)
  • Port Brewing Wipeout IPA – ABV 7% (22 oz bottle)
  • Stone Brewery Enjoy By 02.15.13 IPA – ABV 9.4% (22 oz bottle)
  • Avery Brewing Company Dugana India Pale Ale – ABV 8.5% 93 IBUs (22 oz bottle)
  • Aleman / Stone / Two Brothers Dayman Coffee IPA – ABV 8.7% (12 oz bottle)
  • Stone Brewing Cali-Belgique IPA – ABV 6.9% (22 oz bottle)
  • Green Flash Hop Head Red (Red IPA) – ABV 7% (on tap at The Yardhouse)
  • Sierra Nevada 2013 Ruthless Rye IPA – ABV 6.6% (12 oz bottle)
  • Mother Earth Brewing Company Hop Diggity Double IPA – ABV 8.1% 90 IBUs (22 oz bottle)
  • Saint Archer IPA – ABV 6.8% 66 IBUs (12 oz bottle)
  • Avery 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA – ABV 9.7% (on tap at The Linkery 6/5/13)
  • Aztec Brewing Company Chipotle IPA – ABV 6.6% (22 oz bottle)
  • Maui Brewing Company Big Swell IPA – ABV 6.8% (12 oz can)
  • Coronado Idiot IPA – ABV 8.5% 90 IBUs
  • Manzanita Brewing Chaotic Double IPA – ABV 10.1% 93 IBUs
  • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale (Imperial IPA) – ABV 8% 102 IBUs (22 oz bottle)
  • Coronado Brewing Company Frog’s Breath India Pale Ale Brewed with Spices – ABV 6.6% (22oz bottle)
  • Stone Brewing RuinTen (Imperial IPA) – ABV 10.8% (22oz bottle)
  • AleSmith Brewing IPA (on tap at PizzaPort Bressi Ranch)
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA – 7.3% (on tap at The Old Spaghetti Factory 7/21/13 after Comic-Con)
  • New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA – ABV 8.5% (12 oz bottle)
  • Firestone Walker Wookey Jack (Proprietor’s Reserve Series) Black Rye IPA – 8.3% (22oz bottle)
  • Robert & Ryan / Stone / Rip Current R&R Coconut IPA – ABV 7.7% (22oz bottle)
  • Iron Fist Uprising Belgian Style Trippel IPA – ABV 12% (tapped keg at Beer-Con 2013)
  • Lightning Double Strike (American Double / Imperial IPA) – ABV 9% (tapped keg at Beer-Con 2013)
  • Ballast Point Habañero Sculpin (IPA) – ABV 7+% (tapped keg at Beer-Con 2013)
  • Stone Brewing 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA – ABV 9.5% 102 IBUs (22oz bottle)
  • Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA – ABV 9% 90 IBUs (on tap at Slater’s 50/50 Pasadena 8/17/13)
  • Stone Brewing 15th Anniversary Escondidan Black IPA Aged in Scotch Whiskey Barrels – ABV 12+% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 8/21/13)
  • Flying Dog Pumpernickel IPA – ABV 7% (on tap at Pizza Port Bressi Ranch 8/23/13)
  • Modern Times Neverwhere (Belgian IPA) – ABV 7% (on tap at Pizza Port Bressi Ranch 8/23/13)
  • Uinta Brewing Hop Notch IPA – ABV 7.3% (12 oz bottle)
  • Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA – ABV 9.6% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 8/28/13)
  • Great Divide Rumble Oak Aged IPA – ABV 7.1% (12 oz bottle)
  • Modern Times City of the Sun IPA (draft, not cask) – ABV 7.5% (on tap at Modern Times tap room grand opening – 9/7/13)
  • Modern Times Neverwhere Double Dry Hopped with Citra Hops – ABV 7% (on tap at Modern Times tap room grand opening – 9/7/13)
  • Modern Times Homebrew Winner – Andy’s IPA – ABV 7% (on tap at Modern Times tap room grand opening – 9/7/13)
  • Modern Times Neverwhere 100% Brett IPA – ABV 7% (on tap at Modern Times tap room grand opening – 9/7/13)
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA – ABV 6.5% (12 oz bottle)
  • Hess Deceptio Cascadian Dark Ale (Black IPA) – ABV 8.8% 85 IBUs (on tap at Slater’s 50/50 Liberty Station 9/26/13)
  • Allagash Hugh Malone (Belgian IPA) – ABV 10% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 10/9/13)
  • Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale (Belgian IPA) – ABV 8.8% 72.5 IBUs O.G. 1.079 (12 oz bottle)
  • Coronado Idiot (Imperial IPA) – 8.5% (on tap for Sublime Ale House’s 3rd Anniversary 10/25/13)
  • Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Alimony Ale (IPA) – 6.8% (12 oz bottle)
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop Ale (American IPA) – 6.8% (12 oz bottle)
  • Samuel Adams Juniper IPA – 5.8% (12 oz bottle)
  • Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA – 6.5% (22oz bottle)
  • BJ’s Brewer’s Reserve Double IPA – (on tap at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse)
  • Societe The Apprentice (IPA) – 7.5% (on tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens 12/9/13)
  • Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. Piraat Ale (Belgian IPA) – 10.5% (on tap at Blind Lady Ale House on 12/31/13)
  • Knee-Deep Brewing Co. Simtra Triple IPA (American Double / Imperial IPA) – 11.3% 131 IBUs (22 oz bottle)

OLD ALES – 3

  • Hair of the Dog Brewing Company Adam Hearty Old World Ale – ABV 10% (330 ml bottle)
  • The Bruery Bois (Old Ale) – 15% (on tap for Sublime Ale House’s 3rd Anniversary 10/25/13)
  • North Coast Old Stock Ale (Old Ale / Barleywine) – 11.9% (on tap at Sublime 11/13/13)

PALE ALES – 14

  • Saint Archer Pale Ale – ABV 5.2% 40 IBUs (22 oz bottle)
  • Oskar Blues Brewery Dale’s Pale Ale (Rocky Mountain Pale Ale) – ABV 6.5% (12 oz can)
  • Brick Wall Brewing Pale Ale (12 oz bottle)
  • AleSmith Brewing X (Extra Pale Ale) – 5.5% (on tap at Hubcap 7/20/13 during Comic-Con)
  • Modern Times Fortunate Islands (American Pale Wheat Ale) – ABV 4.8% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 8/13/13)
  • Modern Times Fortunate Islands with Grapefruit Zest – ABV 4.8% (on tap at Modern Times tap room grand opening – 9/7/13)
  • Modern Times Oneida Dry Hopped Pale Ale – ABV 5.2% (on tap at Modern Times tap room grand opening – 9/7/13)
  • Cerveseria Cuahtemoc Moctezuma Carta Blanca (12 oz bottle)
  • Stone Pale Ale with Spanish Cedar Spirals and Szechuan Peppercorns – ABV 5.4% (on special Brewer’s cask at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens on 9/27/13)
  • Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA – ABV 6.2% (12 oz bottle)
  • Modern Times Fortunate Islands – 4.8% (pint can)
  • Uinta Wyld Extra Pale Ale (American Pale Ale – APA) – 4% (12 oz can)
  • BJ’s Piranha Pale Ale (APA) – 5.7% (on tap at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse)
  • Green Flash Rayon Vert (Belgian Pale Ale) – 7% (12 oz bottle)

PILSNER – 3

  • Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils (Czech Pilsener) – ABV 5.3% (12 oz can)
  • Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils – ABV 5.3% 40 IBUs
  • North Coast Scrimshaw (German Pilsener) – 4.4% (12 oz bottle)

PORTERS – 11

  • Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Porter Aged in Akevitt Barrels – ABV 10% 32 IBUs (330 ml bottle)
  • Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter – ABV 5.2% (12 oz bottle)
  • Port Brewing Deez Nutz Coconut Porter – 6.5% (on tap at PizzaPort Bressi Ranch)
  • Latitude 33° Vanilla’s Porter on nitro – 32 IBUs, ABV 6.5% (on nitro at Sublime Ale House 9/18/13)
  • 10 Barrel / Stone / Bluejacket Suede Imperial Porter – ABV 9.6% (22 oz bottle)
  • 2013 Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter w/Devil’s Share Whiskey Oak on Cask – 10% (cask at Urge Gastropub on 11/2/13)
  • 2011 Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter w/Mole – 10% (on tap at Urge Gastropub on 11/2/13)
  • 2012 Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter aged in Ballast Point 3 Sheets Rum Barrels – 10% (on tap at Urge Gastropub on 11/2/13)
  • Aztec Cacao Chocolate Porter – 6.4% (22oz bottle)
  • Uinta Crooked Line Sea Legs Baltic Porter – 8% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/12/13)
  • Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean (Limited Winter 2013 Release) – 5.9% (22 oz bottle)

SAISONS / FARMHOUSE ALES – 3

  • Green Flash Saison Diego – 4.2% 20 IBUs
  • Lost Abbey Red Barn (Saison / Farmhouse Ale) – 6.7% (on tap at Hubcap 7/20/13 during Comic-Con)
  • Modern Times Pilot Batch #2 Dark Saison – ABV 5% (on tap at Modern Times tap room grand opening – 9/7/13)

SCOTCH ALES – 1

  • Port Brewing Way Heavy Scotch Ale – ABV 8.6% (on tap at PizzaPort Bressi Ranch)

SPECIALITY ALES / ETC – 17

  • Mother Earth Brewing Company Cali Creamin’ (Cream Ale) – ABV 5.2% (22 oz bottle)
  • Brick Wall Brewing Honey Ale (12 oz bottle)
  • New Belgium Rolle Bolle Ale (Fruit / Vegetable Beer) – ABV 5.5% (12 oz bottle)
  • AleSmith Brewing Nautical Nut Brown (English Brown Ale) – ABV 5% (22oz bottle)
  • Hess Grazias (Cream Ale) – 5.5% (on tap at The Local 7/21/13 during Comic-Con)
  • Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ (American Pale Wheat Ale) – ABV 7.5% 64.20 IBUs OG 1.076 (12 oz bottle)
  • Port Brewing Board Meeting (American Brown Ale) – ABV 8.5% (22oz bottle)
  • Sam Adam’s Imperial Series Double Bock (Doppelbock) – ABV 9.5% (12 oz bottle)
  • New Belgium Pumpkick (Pumpkin Ale) – ABV 6% (12 oz bottle)
  • Iron Fist Dubbel-Fisted w/Coffee Liqueur-soaked Cocoa Nibs (Dubbel) – ABV 8.1% (on CASK at Sublime Ale House 10/2/13)
  • The Bruery White Oak (Barrel-Aged Wheat Wine) – 11.5% (on tap for Sublime Ale House’s 3rd Anniversary 10/25/13)
  • Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale aged in Cabernet Barrels (Chile Beer) – 10% (on tap at Sublime 11/6/13)
  • Haandbryggeriet Bestefar Norwegian Winter Ale (Winter Warmer) – 9% (500 ml bottle)
  • BJ’s Nutty Brewnette (American Brown Ale) – 5.9% (on tap at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse)
  • Kiuchi Brewery Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale (Spiced Eisbock) – 9% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/18/13)
  • Samuel Adams Winter Lager (Bock) – 5.6% (12 oz bottle)
  • Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale (Winter Warmer) – 5.9% (12 oz bottle)

STOUTS – 45

  • Haandbryggeriet Dark Force Imperial Double Wheat Stout – 9% ABV  (330 ml bottle)
  • The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout (January 2013 Release) – ABV 11% (22 oz bottle)
  • MOA Brewing Company New Zealand Imperial Stout Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels – ABV 10.2% (500 ml bottle)
  • Stone Brewing Imperial Russian Stout – 2013 Release – ABV 10.6% (22 oz bottle)
  • Stone Brewing Espresso Imperial Russian Stout – 2013 Odd Year Release – ABV 11% (22 oz bottle)
  • Maui Brewing Company Aloha B’ak’tun Belgian Stout brewed with Chocolate and Spices – ABV 7% (12oz aluminum can)
  • Victory Storm King Imperial Stout – ABV 9.1% (12 oz bottle)
  • Port Brewing Old Viscosity Ale Aged in Oak Barrels – ABV 10% (22 oz bottle)
  • Mad River Brewing Steelhead Stout – ABV 6.5% (12oz bottle)
  • Brouwerij De Molen Kopi Loewak – ABV 11.2% 23.7° Plato EBC 266 85 EBU (330 ml bottle)
  • Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout – Ale Brewed with Pecans, Wheat & Rye, With One Quarter Aged in Bourbon Barrels – ABV 13% (22oz bottle)
  • Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout – 13% (on tap at The Local 7/21/13 during Comic-Con)
  • North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels 12 years – ABV 12+% (beer judging at Beer Con 2013)
  • Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels – ABV 10% (beer judging session at Beer Con 2013)
  • North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels 10 years – ABV 12+% (beer judging session at Beer Con 2013)
  • Eel River Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout – ABV 9.5% (22oz bottle)
  • Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout – ABV 5% (550 ml bottle)
  • Modern Times  Black House Coffee Stout – ABV 5.8% (on tap at Modern Times tap room grand opening – 9/7/13)
  • Iron Fist Rubus Vigoratus – Stout Brewed with Cardamom & Raspberries – ABV 8% (750 ml bottle)
  • Hess Ex Umbris Rye Imperial Stout – 22.5° Plato, 75 IBUs, ABV 10.2% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 9/18/13)
  • Aztec Brewing Company Noche de los Muertos Imperial Stout – ABV 10.2% (22 oz bottle)
  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout 2013 Release – ABV 10% (12 oz bottle)
  • Port Brewing Older Viscosity Wood-Aged Beer (American Double / Imperial Stout) – 12.1% (on tap for Sublime Ale House’s 3rd Anniversary 10/25/13)
  • Clown Shoes Porcine Unidragon (Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout) – 12.5% (on tap for Sublime Ale House’s 3rd Anniversary 10/25/13)
  • Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Whiskey Barrel Aged – 10.5% (on tap for Sublime Ale House’s 3rd Anniversary 10/25/13)
  • Firestone Walker Parabola (Russian Imperial Stout) – 13% (on tap for Sublime Ale House’s 3rd Anniversary 10/25/13)
  • Port Brewing Barrel-Aged Santa’s Lil’ Helper – 10% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 10/30/13)
  • Brewery Ommegang Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout – 7% (750 ml bottle)
  • Hess Cucurbita (Pumpkin Stout) – 8% (on tap at Sublime 11/13/13)
  • Mendocino Imperial Stout – 10% (12 oz bottle)
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2009 Release) – 10% (22 oz bottle)
  • Avery Czar Imperial Russian Stout – 10.5% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/4/13)
  • Latitude 33° Murder By Death Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout – 13% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/6/13)
  • Belching Beaver Ol’ Dirty Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout – 10.5% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/6/13)
  • BJ’s Tatonka Stout (Russian Imperial Stout) – 8.5% (on tap at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse)
  • Lagunitas Imperial Stout – 9.9% 72.45 IBUs O.G. 1.092 (22 oz bottle)
  • AleSmith Speedway Stout (Imperial Stout) – 12% (on tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens 12/9/13)
  • Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti 2012 (Russian Imperial Stout) – 9.5% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/12/13)
  • Coronado Blue Bridge Coffee Stout with Vanilla Beans on CASK – 6.2% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/18/13)
  • Uinta Labrynth Imperial Stout – 13.2% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/18/13)
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Imperial Stout (2013 Release) – 14.2% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/18/13)
  • Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout – 5.3% (22 oz bottle)
  • Nectar Ales Black Xantus (Russian Imperial Stout) – 11% (on tap at Sublime Ale House 12/26/13)
  • Mother Earth Sin Tax Imperial Stout – 8.1% (22 oz bottle)
  • Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout 2013 – 9.5% (growler)

SOURS – 4

  • Brouwerij Bockor Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge Aged in Oak Foudres (Flanders Red Ale) – ABV 5.5% (beer judging session at Beer Con 2013)
  • Brouwerij Bavik Petrus Aged Pale Ale (Flanders Oud Bruin) – 7.3% (on tap at Blind Lady Ale House on 12/31/13)
  • Brouwerij Bockor Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge (Flanders Red Ale) – ABV 5.5% (on tap at Blind Lady Ale House on 12/31/13)
  • Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition (Gueuze) – 5% (on tap at Blind Lady Ale House on 12/31/13)

WITBIER – 4

  • Dogfish Head Red & White (Witbier) – ABV 10% 35 IBUs (on tap at Slater’s 50/50 Pasadena 8/17/13)
  • Sam Adam’s Imperial White (Witbier) – ABV 10.3% (12 oz bottle)
  • Ian’s Homebrew Belgian Wit (Witbier) – ABV 3-4% (22 oz bottle)
  • Samuel Adams White Christmas Ale (Witbier) – 5.8% (12 oz bottle)

It was indeed, THE YEER OF BEER.

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