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What's your "Non-Whale" surprise beer this year?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by henryspam, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. NoLeafClover44

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

    Clown Shoes Porcine Unidragon was excellent. I think it could rank right up there with some of the big boys in the BA stout category.
  2. JamesMN

    JamesMN Savant (420) Minnesota Jul 12, 2012

    Talon Double IPA, caught me by surprise and only $5.99 a bomber. Pretty sure there are only about 7 reviews so far.
  3. sours.
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  4. Marooned on Hog Island oyster stout. Silky smooth and very tasty. A big surprise for me
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  5. watsonmd

    watsonmd Savant (365) Georgia May 16, 2009

    Intensity (This one goes to 11) was awesome!
    dmnielsen likes this.
  6. Revolution straight jacket!
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  7. Titans77

    Titans77 Savant (280) Maryland Jul 21, 2011

    Every year...
    Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter. It's like, nobody even knows or cares that this beer exists, and is amazing...
    Profchaos20 likes this.
  8. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Advocate (720) Illinois Nov 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    AleSmith Speedway Stout. This just popped up in downstate Ill and it may be the best non BA stout I've ever had.
    Drinkable at 12%. Everything I like about Expedition , FIS & Plead the 5th.... in one 750 ml for like $13
    Mitchell57, afrokaze and drgarage like this.
  9. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Champion (840) Illinois Nov 28, 2008 Beer Trader

    Imperial Stout Trooper!
  10. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Savant (425) Missouri Dec 22, 2012

  11. watsonmd

    watsonmd Savant (365) Georgia May 16, 2009

    I agree. Had this one last night. It was a little on the heavy side for BBA, but I like that. Keeping a few to age, and see what happens.

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  12. aasher

    aasher Poobah (1,270) Indiana Jan 27, 2010 Beer Trader

    Crooked Stave Brett D'or was pretty damn good tonight. Thanks Kevin!
  13. drgarage

    drgarage Advocate (525) California Aug 19, 2008

    WAYYYY more expensive, though. Only store of I've sure has stock in SF is $20 for a 375 ml. That's ridiculous.
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  14. BeerNFoodDood

    BeerNFoodDood Savant (270) Colorado Jul 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    Lagunitas sucks
    Mitchell57, Hopsiam14, hoerr and 7 others like this.
  15. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Savant (470) Texas Dec 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Jester King Funk Metal
    Enjoy By
    Deep Ellum Dream Crusher Rye DIPA
    Espresso Yeti
    hoerr likes this.
  16. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Advocate (540) Minnesota Jan 23, 2013 Beer Trader

    I've really been impressed with the Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat. Very tasty!
    DPMomutant and creepinjeeper like this.
  17. Russian River Supplication. Had PtY the same day, but this stood out more.
  18. DPMomutant

    DPMomutant Savant (375) Missouri Feb 10, 2004

    Some great new or "new to me" beers the last year or so:

    Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat (and the vanilla bean version too)
    Schlafly TIPA and AIPA
    Stone Enjoy By
    Boulevard Grainstorm and 80 Acre
    Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche (smoked dopplebock) - The oak makes a big difference
    El_Chupahueso likes this.
  19. masterhoa

    masterhoa Aficionado (235) California Jun 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    Beachwood hop ninja dipa - one of the best new ipas I've tried in awhile
    quetzal013 and kotayk like this.
  20. Goosey

    Goosey Aficionado (240) Missouri Jan 18, 2012

    Did anyone say Tasmanian IPA yet? If so I agree. Also, the meddler, black xantus, and Duvel Rustica.
    DaveAnderson likes this.
  21. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    Rogue - Voodoo Doughnut surprised me in a bad way.
    Short's - The Liberator and Publican Porter in a good way.
  22. Resomcire

    Resomcire Disciple (70) Ohio Jul 30, 2012 Beer Trader

    Alpine Exponential Hoppiness Loved It
  23. jasoncheb

    jasoncheb Aficionado (225) Virginia Nov 23, 2012

    Great call...this IPA absolutely surprised me. I expected an average IPA for the price and lack of real interest.
    Goosey likes this.
  24. 67couple

    67couple Savant (350) South Carolina Jan 31, 2006 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Heavy Seas Siren Noire. Great price as well
  25. BradStokley

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

    Great Divide Hibernation Ale. Love that stuff!
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