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Beers that met/passed your expectations

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by sokrman14, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. HF Genealogy of Morals. Loved the Madeira and Oak flavors as they blended well with the coffee and rye bitterness and weren't overpowering. Excellent.
  2. nihiloexnihil

    nihiloexnihil Savant (350) Maryland Jan 2, 2011 Beer Trader

    Utopias met my expectations. How easy it would have been for it to fall short, but it didn't.

    GI Big John exceeded them. I thought it was friggin' delicious.
  3. MadTown22

    MadTown22 Zealot (90) Wisconsin Feb 4, 2012

    A new brewery opened in Madison over the past couple months. They had a soft opening a couple weeks ago to work out kinks and advertised through word of mouth. Been in a couple times and Karben4 Brewing completely blew my mind.

    My friends and I got personal tours, and it was opened by four buddies who decided to brew beer after college. They are truly living the life, with a new brewery. A bonus that they make delicious beer.

    They saved the Silk Scorpion to release simultaneously with the grand opening. It is delicious, I bought my first growler of many. These guys deserve all the support they can get!
  4. MadTown22

    MadTown22 Zealot (90) Wisconsin Feb 4, 2012

    Oh the amazing beer (Silk Scorpion) is a black IPA for the record. They have six beers on tap total, so something for everyone. Nightcall, a great smoked porter, just reeks of a good winter beer.
  5. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    After a year of hoping for it to fall into my lap, and weeks waiting to taste it without the hype swilrling around my mind, BCBS blew my mind.
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  6. Shagator

    Shagator Savant (420) Kentucky Mar 17, 2012

    I would say the Zombie Dust held up and exceeded all of the expectations. A few others that surprised me and/or met my expectations were:

    ST Unearthly (Turned me on to craft beer exclusively)
    Schlafly Tasmanian - probably the best surprise and one of my new favorites
    Bo and Luke from Against the Grain
  7. First of all, here are some breweries that weren't even on my radar and now I'm a fan. These more than surpassed my expectations:
    Maine Brewing Co.

    Beers recently that surpassed my expectations:
    Kuhnhenn BBBW
    Stone "Best By"
    Lagunitas "Daytime IPA"
    Bruery Oude Tart
  8. bostonlogga

    bostonlogga Zealot (85) Washington Jan 13, 2013

    Hoponius Union
    Wisdom Seeker
  9. BradStokley

    BradStokley Savant (450) Maryland Jan 19, 2013 Beer Trader

    I gotta agree with you here. After I had my first Rochefort 10 I was blown away. FAR exceeded my expectations. I knew the hype but for some reason doubted it would be all that.
  10. hardy008

    hardy008 Champion (780) Minnesota Jan 12, 2008 Subscriber

    Bell's Two Hearted Ale. It was the beer that got me to love IPAs. Prior to trying Two Hearted, I wasn't too sure about IPAs.
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  11. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    In the last 6 months these come to mind
    Founders-Backwoods Bastard
    Oskar Blues-Old Chub & Ten Fidy
    Willoughby Brewing Co.-Peanut Butter Cup Porter
    Breckenridge-Agave Wheat
  12. divineaudio

    divineaudio Savant (410) Michigan Dec 7, 2009

    I just drank my first Abyss last night (2011 bottle) and I have to say it exactly met my expectations.

    Beers that have made say "Holy f*ck is that good" include:
    Southern Tier Unearthly
    Stone 15th Escondidian Black Ipa
    Hair of the Dog Adam
    Dark Horse BB Plead the 5th
    Founders BB Sumatra Mountain Brown
    Lagunitas Sucks
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  13. jayfro70

    jayfro70 Aficionado (155) Virginia Dec 30, 2011

    I was really surprised by the New Belgium - Lips of Faith Cocoa Mole. Very nice.
  14. BradtheGreat7

    BradtheGreat7 Savant (340) Ohio Jul 22, 2011

    Zombie Dust. Of course I knew it was great going in, but damn did it blow the doors off the phrase great. Dreadnaught is my favorite DIPA, and the notes zombie dust was hitting were on par with it's bigger brother. The zombie king Blew my mind and became my favorite brew to enjoy. Vitus was another. Stone 12.12.12 vertical epic blew me away as well. I didn't have big expectations for it. Narwhal was one I expected to be a good thick mouth coating stout as SN brews always have perfect thickness and for me it was always a must for them to release a big stout and they did a marvelous job with the unicorn whale. Founders imperial stout, and stone's IRS are 2 I have every year and every time it's an awesome experience. FFF Black heart was a well done English ipa and green flash double stout was excellent. These are the recent ones that come to mind
  15. BradtheGreat7

    BradtheGreat7 Savant (340) Ohio Jul 22, 2011

    A lot of people are big on heady topper including some of close friends, but honestly I've had 2 bottles of it fresh and I just can't put it in the same tier as say Pliny the Elder and Dreadnaught. Even Younger which I've never had but it's supposedly a bigger elder. But honestly I consider Stone Ruination 10th anniversary better IMO than heady topper. But hey that's just me
  16. Off the top of my head, in the last few months...

    The Bruery Fruet
    Hoppin' Frog BA Naked Evil
    Firestone Walker DDBA
    Flying Dog Gonzo
    DuClaw Devil's Milk
    DuClaw Retribution
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Smuttynose Baltic Porter (2012)
    Smuttynose Imperial Stout (2010)
    Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog
    Avery The Czar
    Uinta Cockeyed Cooper
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
    AleSmith Wee Heavy
    CCB Warmer Winter Winter Warmer

    to name a few...
  17. LarryByrd

    LarryByrd Aficionado (120) Indiana Nov 3, 2012 Beer Trader

    For me it had to be Monster 29. I came into thinking it was going to be this huge hop bomb (I am by no means a hop head). Holy cow was I wrong, so delicious and decadent. I really wish I could get my hands on more.
  18. Def Pliny the Elder. KBS for sure. Ruination 10th. Yorkshire Stingo. And hopslam yum. All these are better than their very lofty ratings.
  19. Hop Crisis.
    Had an older can so my expectations were low. Man did it surprise me, pleasantly.
  20. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (665) Washington Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Red Racer IPA really got me into IPAs. It's still great.
  21. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    Some of the more recent ones:

    I went in with super high expectations for BCBS and they were still far surpassed.

    I had last years Deschutes's Black Butte XXIII the other week, I went int thinking itt would be good but found I loved it. I even preferred it to The Abyss.

    Also, gave Breckenridge's Holidale (their Christmas Ale aged in Whiskey Barrels) and given my past experiences with them I expected disappointment, ended up quite enjoying it.
  22. cpsiddall

    cpsiddall Aficionado (140) Indiana Jul 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Heavy Seas- Below Decks (Bourbon Barrel Aged) and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co - Daft (Barrel Aged) Barleywine

    Both of these were less than 9 dollars each, but were drinking like a high end 25 dollar barleywines. These both blew my expectations out of the water. If you see these on the shelf, I would highly recommend grabbing one up.
  23. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Savant (355) New Jersey Aug 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Victory Headwaters Pale Ale

    One of the few Victory beers I hadnt had yet. Amazing. Tasted like a crisp, clean, chuggable, light IPA. I finished the bottle before i knew what happened. good thing i got a 6 pack. One of the most refreshing and tasty beers at the same time. Victory can do no wrong.
  24. primrose54

    primrose54 Savant (395) Ohio Apr 7, 2009 Beer Trader

    Headhunter (flatheads). First west coast ipa in the Cleveland area. Huge hop flavor and aroma! Blew me away.
  25. cleeze

    cleeze Savant (300) Maine Nov 24, 2008

    this years FOUNDERS IMPERIAL stout and S.N's Narwhal. Both killer and solid imperials for the price.
  26. Deschutes Dissident & Abyss
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    SN Narwhal & Celebration
  27. beerranger

    beerranger Aficionado (230) Massachusetts Jan 10, 2013 Beer Trader

    - Heady
    - Lunch
    - Sucks, Brown Shugga Substitute
    - Goose Island BCBCS (sitting on a bottle of Cherry Rye)

    Sorry not more West Coast love - just can't get my hands on and Pliny. :(
    That being said, if anyone wants to trade for some fresh Heady, let me know!
  28. lookrider

    lookrider Advocate (530) Pennsylvania Apr 22, 2007 Beer Trader

    I just got a sixer of Schlafly Tasmanian IPA. I had never heard of it but it was recommende at the bottle shop. I absolutely loved it and would say it's in my top 5 IPA's
  29. DonDrooge

    DonDrooge Aficionado (240) Massachusetts Mar 19, 2011 Beer Trader

    Everything from Jack's Abby and Maine Beer Co. (with the exception of Mean Old Tom)
  30. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Savant (330) Ohio Jan 15, 2010

    Uinta Dubne IPA surprised the hell out of me,didn't know anything about it but found the hop aspect to be on the fantastic side.Will try more from this brewery.Cheers