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Most recent beer to wildly exceed your expectations

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by bismarksays, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. bismarksays

    bismarksays Advocate (510) Iowa Dec 7, 2008

    What beer have you had recently that was head and shoulders above what you expected to get?
    Inspired by Summit's Kentucky Common. Holy smokes.
  2. ChrisMon02

    ChrisMon02 Advocate (625) Ohio May 2, 2010

    Coronado Idiot IPA. Finally distributed to Ohio. Wasn't sure what to expect but it was fantastic.
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  3. just started seeing this in northern california, good beer
  4. sukwonee

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

    Black Xantus tonight definitely exceeded my expectation
    Pelican5, Goosey, hilgart1 and 2 others like this.
  5. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Schmatz's Coney Island Barrel-Aged Human Blockhead

    It has just been sitting around in Austin at $10 a bottle... picked on up and DAMN what a delicious beer! Probably one of the best barrel-aged beers I've ever had. It also didn't help that it's aged in Buffalo Trace barrels, which is my absolute favorite bourbon.

    Bought 4 more the next day to stow away for a later date before people figured it out ;)
  6. Although I was pretty psyched when it came out, nugget nectar gives me worlds of flavorful joy I could have never thought possible. Next would have to be leather lips ipa, really delicious and smoove
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  7. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Advocate (640) South Carolina Nov 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    Sweet Baby Jesus by Du Claw

    I had a feeling it was going to be something I enjoyed, but...SWEET BABY JESUS! do I love this beer. And, the warmer it gets, the more predominant that the peanut butter cup comes through.

    ISO: Permanent SBJ trader!
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  8. Schlafly Quadrupel. One of the best Quads I have ever had
  9. PsilohsaiBiN

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

    Dark Horse - Plead The 5th. Best non Bb aged Imperial Stout I've ever had, wow.
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  10. a74gent

    a74gent Savant (450) Massachusetts Mar 16, 2010 Beer Trader

    Quite local, but I have to say Total Eclipse by Brewmaster Jack. A chocolate rye porter that was wayyy good!
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  11. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Savant (420) Massachusetts Nov 18, 2011 Beer Trader

    Stone Cali-Belgique. I'm a huge international beer drinker, and haven't found too many good American Belgian IPAs and didn't expect much from this one but it really hit the spot for me. The hops were present in the nose and taste but not overwhelming and didn't take over the aftertaste.
  12. ferillo

    ferillo Savant (410) Massachusetts Sep 12, 2009 Fest Crew Subscriber Beer Trader

    Just had a HF Fear and Trembling tonight for the first time and was really impressed by the smoke flavor. Not artificial in taste like many others in this style have been.
  13. ironchefmiyagi13

    ironchefmiyagi13 Advocate (660) Tennessee Jan 9, 2013 Beer Trader

    Bought a sixer of Sucks to see what all the fuss was about. Damn near knocked me on muh ass. Gotta go back to get the remaining ones on the shelf!
  14. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Savant (420) Massachusetts Nov 18, 2011 Beer Trader

    Same here. Had it last night. Expected it to be good due to the all talk on here, but I didn't think it would be as good as it was!
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  15. FozzieThaBurr

    FozzieThaBurr Disciple (65) Feb 8, 2013

    I'll go +3 on Sucks. I picked up a sixer before the Boston storm expecting a good beer but daymn, that was a near-perfect IPA.
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  16. beerchick14

    beerchick14 Aspirant (30) Feb 11, 2013

    Where do I get this beer??
  17. pschul4

    pschul4 Advocate (680) Illinois Jan 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    Lost Lake Light >http://www.lostlakebeer.com/page04.html

    Expected to give it a -3/10 but it was really a 4.5/10 Nothing else has ever exceeded expectations by 7.5 points. Long live the triple L!
  18. Lagunitas Sucks. I had it about a year ago and thought it was tremendously overrated and couldn't believe people were debating whether it was as good or better than Hopslam. Then I bought a six pack of each and everything changed. Sucks is just as good and half the price. I'm going to have to buy more soon.
  19. imduffman

    imduffman Aficionado (190) Ohio Oct 22, 2012

    heavy seas siren noire. wasnt expecting much, i believe that makes it even better.
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  20. nogidrew86

    nogidrew86 Savant (260) Nevada Aug 16, 2010

    Hill Farmstead Mary.

  21. Was at City Beer Store yesterday for their cellar sale. They had Wanderer on tap. I knew it would be good, but it may be my most favorite sour now!
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  22. mattdbh

    mattdbh Savant (320) California Feb 21, 2009 Beer Trader

    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta

    I'm not much of a fan of saison's or beers with brettanomyces but I really loved this beer. Completely changed the way I feel about the style.
    starrdogg likes this.
  23. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Advocate (640) South Carolina Nov 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    Maryland only release. Yeah, makes me sad as well. Du Claw brewery.
  24. beerchick14

    beerchick14 Aspirant (30) Feb 11, 2013

    Well I guess I'm just going to have to start trading! I'm not missing out on that Sweet Baby Jesus. Lol
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  25. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Advocate (640) South Carolina Nov 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    It is one fantastic beer. I won't even let my wife have one of my 4 left!
  26. browniewithnuts

    browniewithnuts Savant (485) Pennsylvania Oct 12, 2011 Beer Trader

    Victory Oak Horizontal, great bourbon flavor mixed with sweet caramel, toffee and vanilla. One of the best barleywines I've ever had.
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  27. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Kern Citra. And my expectations were already high to begin with.
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  28. NoLeafClover44

    NoLeafClover44 Advocate (580) Delaware Feb 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    Evolution Lot6 DIPA. They just started bottling it this past month. Grapefruit deliciousness. One of the finest DIPA I have ever had.
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  29. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Savant (455) Pennsylvania Mar 7, 2009 Beer Trader

    Victory Red Thunder!!! Such a complex beer, and all the flavors blend very well. I agree with browniewithnuts that Oak Horizontal is fantastic too. Victory's barrel program has worked out very well so far. Bring on White Monkey next!
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  30. Had a bottle of Deviation last night. We had it on tap last year, and I thought it had dropped off big time--was turning into a kind of one-note lactic sour. The bottle we had last night was fantastic though.
  31. EyePeeAyBryan

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

    Whole Foods had a bottle of Conflux #1 Collage on "sale" for $9.50 (better than $12), so I snagged an additional to drink that night. Holy hell, that stuff is awesome!
  32. teorn88

    teorn88 Aficionado (230) United Kingdom (England) Jun 5, 2010 Beer Trader

    JP Madrugada Obscura. Had no idea what to expect from a funky stout. It turned out to be one of the best beer experiences of my life. Great beer.
  33. BKBassist

    BKBassist Advocate (525) New York Jan 24, 2013

    Maine Beer Company Lil One. I had had Peeper and Zoe and thought they were solid but unremarkable. Lil One was a great complex beast of an ale, classified as an American Strong, but to me was in the vein of a DIPA. Great balance with a nod towards the hops, and this unique fruity sweetness that reminded me of watermelon that I can't remember ever tasting in a beer before (even Hell or High Watermelon!).
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  34. garfscores

    garfscores Savant (310) Connecticut Dec 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Mission Dark Seas. Tasty stout. I was gulping it instead of sipping. Dangerous.
  35. Jester King Gotlandsdricka. Heard nothing but terrible things about it from reviews but it's actually pretty good.
  36. Stone Enjoy by 2.15.13 IPA. I had it side-by-side with a Hopslam and it killed it. It was an utterly perfect DIPA with a phenomenal balance of pine, grapefruit, and just enough malt to allow the sticky hops to coat your mouth. It might have been the best DIPA I have had this side of Heady Topper.
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  37. Fifity Fifty Eclipse
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  38. Southern Tier Un-Earthly.
    I expected just another IPA and I hadent fully read the lable on the bottle saying it was oak aged. That being said the amount of oak flavor and the bitterness of the hops were blended very well both flavors complementing eachother. In all I think I will have to buy it again!
  39. Gift of The Magi and Troegenator.

    Had Gift of The Magi at LA and fell in love immediately.

    Randomly picked up a Troegenator while I was back East for the holidays - sweet malt bomb that I loved.
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  40. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poobah (1,070) New Jersey Dec 1, 2010 Beer Trader

    Actually I got a few bottles at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. If anything I'd classify this one as a beer I had high expectations for that didn't live up. Spring House Big Gruesome was pretty similar but better, had on tap at the same place. I'm a Reese's fanatic and found the latter to be a bit more sweetly satisfying, but really both were dryer and thinner than I'd hoped.

    For me, Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Porter is the undisputed king of peanut butter beers.
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