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Beers that blew your mind

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by djrn2, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. djrn2

    djrn2 Poobah (1,250) New Jersey Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    I was just thinking of beers that at first sip made you go "holy shit that's good". Whether it be a new style or a new take on a style, I've come across a few game changers.


    Fantome La Delmatienne
    HF Ann
    RareR DOS
    Flaming Fury
    Southampton BLR
    Beat B3

    After thinking of this list I guess its beers that live up to the hype. Either way they kick ass!
  2. Matt
    Black Cherry Bomb
    Fantome Saison
  3. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Champion (750) New York Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Oak Aged Unearthly
    Cherry Rye
    Tart of Darkness
    Rodenbach '07 Vintage bb#230
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  4. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Subscriber

    Backwoods Bastard
    Burton Baton
    Palo Santo Marron
    Tank 7
    Golden Monkey
    Midas Touch
    Vampire Slayer

    But No. 1 is Hoponius Union.

    I think I'm easy...or don't have much mind to be blown...
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  5. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Odell Mountain Standard. I know it will taste different but I want to see if I like it better than Sublimely as far as Black IPAs are concerned.
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  6. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (675) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    Hill Farmstead- Susan, Abner, Life without Principle #2, Edward, I'm sure more HF if I get to try them.
    Lawson's- Double Sunshine
    Heady Topper
    Zombie Dust
    Pliny the Elder
    Wormtown Be Hoppy
    Flower Power
    Firestone Walker -Double Jack and Parabola
    BCBS and Variants
    Founders KBS
    Pretty Things-Meadowlark IPA
    These are my HOLY SHIT! Beers
    Always looking for the next one!!
  7. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    others have nice lists.
    My responce is: Where do I start!?? :)

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  8. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Champion (750) New York Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    The local beer distributor, perhaps?
  9. Stone Escondidian Imperial Black IPA.

    The aroma coming out of the bottle... it was then that I was certain of brewing as an ARTFORM
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  10. JamesMN

    JamesMN Savant (420) Minnesota Jul 12, 2012

    DFH 90 Min
    Surly Abrasive
    Lagunitas Sucks

    What can I say, official hop head.
  11. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Good start there! :)

    Ok , a short list:

    - Dark Lord
    - zombie dust
    - Mikkeller Chipolte porter
    - RisGoop
    - darkness
    - BCBS
    - BA FFF most variants
    - Hopslam
    - Pliny the elder
    - licher pils
    - half cycle
    - black note ( draft only)
    - pour mans IPA
    - CBS
    - and plenty more.......
    Love this craft beer shit!
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  12. djrn2

    djrn2 Poobah (1,250) New Jersey Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    Forgot to add

    Avery Voltron
    Woodcut 2
  13. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    I also forgot:

    - Baller Stout ( fucking love it)
    - Murda'd out stout ( ^^ x 2)
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  14. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (730) Iowa Jan 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    Love Buzz - Anchorage Brewing.

    Life changing.
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  15. Focusf111

    Focusf111 Savant (340) Vermont Jun 21, 2012

    Lagunitas sucks
    Stone's Ruination 10th anniversary
    Firestone Walker's Double Jack
    FFF's Zombie dust
    SN's Narwal
    I have a particular fondness for stone's lucky bastard and the saison du BUFF colab aswell
    everything i've had from lawsons really blows my shit away too.
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  16. vurt

    vurt Advocate (715) Oregon Apr 11, 2004 Beer Trader

    Three mind-blowing beers:

    Cascade Drie Zwarte Pieten Sang Noir- Before sampling this (at the Portland Holiday Ale Fest in 2008), I didn't like sour beers because all I could taste was sour. And this one did start off more sour than I was comfortable with. But underneath the significant tartness were rich layers of cherries and oak and bourbon. When I focused on those flavors, I started to see how the sourness fit together with the rest of the beer. It was one of those "Aha! THIS is how it's supposed to work!" moments. I spent a good 20 minutes picking that beer apart as it warmed. Then I went back to get more.

    Firestone Walker Parabola- I loved this beer so much that I left the 2008 Stone 12th Anniversary Party early so that I could get back to Los Angeles for the opening of the Blue Palms Brewhouse because I knew they would have it on tap. Complex, immense, nuanced, balanced, perfectly textured, thoroughly satisfying. I have had barrel-aged imperial stouts which were Parabola's equal, but as yet none have bettered it.

    Pizza Port Frank Double IPA- Man, I can still remember my first pint of this. The most amazing Amarillo hop nose I've ever found. Full-bodied and dry, with a terrific hop bite. Ridiculously drinkable.
  17. Focusf111

    Focusf111 Savant (340) Vermont Jun 21, 2012

    I am jealous of you for SO many reasons in this post...
  18. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Champion (800) California Mar 28, 2009 Beer Trader

    There are a lot but Lagunitas sucks right now. I wasn't expecting much then i had it and it was like damn!!! I have about 12 sucks now and I like it more and more each beer.
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  19. megamass

    megamass Savant (395) New Jersey Oct 30, 2008 Beer Trader

    Midnight Sun Artic Devil 2008 drank when was 3 years old
    Alesmith Speedway 09 aged 2 years
    Two Hearted
    Heady Topper
    Bourbon County Coffee
    King Henry
    HF Everett
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  20. There have been many through the years, but here are some of the more recent ones.

    Zombie Dust
    Pipeworks Last Kiss
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout 2012
    2012 Darkness
    Cantillon Saint Lamvinus 2008
    De Molen Hel & Verdomenis
    New Glarus Serendipity
  21. Shakory

    Shakory Aficionado (185) Wisconsin Jan 10, 2013

    Zombie dust
    surly abraisive
  22. I would have to say Lucifer, and duchesse de Bourgogne!
  23. The first to blow my mind was Duvel, I know it's not cool, but I love Belgian golden ales.
  24. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Savant (340) Ohio Mar 10, 2008

    The first thing that comes to mind is Jolly Pumpkin Bier De Mars. I still remember the first time I had it and the first sip simply amazed me.
  25. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    Well, it was a reeeeeeally long time ago (fall of 1982) but I still remember it like it was yesterday; I picked up what looked like a special beer for a special occasion (and it definitely had a special price). It turns out that it was Aass Bock, and the first sip totally floored me- so rich, malty, almost chocolatey- like my favorite beers squared. Maybe any true Bock would've done it, but this was definitely the right beer at the right time; and it subsequently became the first beer that I would actively search for after that moment.
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  26. 120 Minute
    75 Minute
    Hop Wallop
    Nugget Nectar
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  27. Foamfollower

    Foamfollower Initiate (0) Illinois Jul 28, 2004

    Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock...still the most memorable beer I've ever tasted.
  28. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    Ok, going off of the "holy shit that's good" theory...
    La Chouffe
    Paulaner's Salvator
    St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
    Founders Backwoods Bastard, Curmudgeon, Porter & Breakfast Stout
    Great Lakes Blackout Stout & Edmund Fitzgerald
    Mad River's John Barleycorn 2010
    Anchor's Old Foghorn
    Weyerbacher's Old Heathen, Insanity & Blithering Idiot
    Troeg's Troegenator & Nugget Nectar
    Bell's any of the stouts Dbl Cream, Kalamazoo, Expedition. Two Hearted, Porter & Best Brown Ale in cask form
    Left Hand's Milk Stout
    North Coast's Old Rasputin & Scrimshaw
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy & Old Chub
    Thristy Dog's Old Leghumper & Siberian Night
    DFH's Chicory Stout
    Cellar Rats Black Rat RIS
    Jackie O's Dark Apparition
    Grand Canyon's Starry Night Stout
    Breckenridge's Agave Wheat
  29. Heady Topper
    Nitro Aphrodite
    Mean Old Tom
    HF Holger Danske
    HF Genealogy of Morals
  30. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Champion (800) Arkansas Sep 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    No the well traveled beer drinker here as some. But for a novice with limited access to good beer , here is a list of a few who really made me think about the way beer is made

    Founders Breakfast Stout , and I'm not a stout lover
    Bigfoot Barleywine
    A dipa homebrew I made
    Odell Isolation
    Two Hearted ale
  31. Rochefort 10
    Pliny the Elder
    Tart of Darkness
    Love Buss
    Little Sumpin Wild

    But the original mind blower was Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout about 18 years ago.
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  32. divineaudio

    divineaudio Savant (410) Michigan Dec 7, 2009

    I have been pleasantly surprised by many beers, but there are only a few that have really blown me away or far exceeded my expectations. Those being -

    Lagunitas Sucks
    Kuhnhenn's Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
    Stone 15th Anniversary Black IPA
    Founders Barrel Aged Sumatra Brown
    Hair of the Dog Adam
    Southern Tier Unearthly
    FFF Zombie Dust
    Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th
    Founders KBS (on tap)
  33. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Savant (440) New Hampshire Nov 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    Heady Topper
    Breakfast Stout
    Backwoods Bastard
    Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
    Zombie Dust
    75 Minute IPA
  34. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Advocate (725) Arizona Dec 20, 2011 Beer Trader

    10th Anniversary Ruination, CBS, Ivan, FW 16, Soft Dookie and Burton Baton.
  35. Rochefort 10
    Affligem Noel
    Aventinus Eisbock
    Val Dieu Brune
    Pliny The Elder
    Ten Fidy
  36. To name a few...

    FW Parabola
    FW Abacus/Sucaba
    Hoppin' Frog BA Naked Evil
    Hoppin' Frog D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer
    The Bruery Fruet
    CCB Warmer Winter Winter Warmer
    Great Divide BA Old Ruffian
    Great Divide Yeti, Oak Aged Yeti, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, & Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
    Dark Horse Plead the 5th
    Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree
    Les Trois Mousquetaires Porter Baltique
    Flying Dog Gonzo
    Weyerbacher Insanity
    Founders Imperial Stout
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Smuttynose Baltic Porter
    AleSmith Speedway Stout
    Brassiere Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel
    Avery Samael's Ale
    Avery Mephistopheles Stout
    Avery Rumpkin
    Avery Uncle Jacob's Stout
    He'Brew Sweet 16
    MBC Zoe
    Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown Ale
    Lagunitas Imperial Red
    Troegs Nugget Nectar
    Stone Ruination & 10th Anniv. Ruination
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  37. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    Ten Fidy
    Palo Santo
    75 minute
    The combination of Wake n Bake and Moo Hoo

    Waiting to pick my brains up off the floor to try my 2 year old Parabola and one year Oak aged Espresso Yeti.

    honorable mention - BCBS, FBS/FIS , flower power, sucks
  38. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Savant (410) Virginia Jun 21, 2009

    Ninja v Unicorn
  39. dman127

    dman127 Savant (320) Illinois Jul 11, 2011 Beer Trader

    Zombie Dust
    Temptation - never thought I would like sours, now I am hooked.
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  40. RyanGoodman

    RyanGoodman Savant (330) Bolivia Nov 16, 2011

    +1 - Avery Mephistopheles Stout. Elegant perfection. I will never, ever forget the one time I had the opportunity to try it.
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