Beers that blew your mind

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  1. teorn88

    teorn88 Initiate (146) Jun 5, 2010 United Kingdom (England)
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    Several ones were really game changing to me and made me appreciate a previously unknown/ under appreciated style:
    - Franziskaner for weissbiers
    - Westy 8 for Belgian strong ales
    - Founders double trouble for DIPAs
    - FBS for stouts
    - Nogne imperial stout for RIS
    - Fou Foune for lambic
    - Preety Things Once Upon a Time KK for BIPAs
    - JP Madrugada Obscura for sour stouts

    These were not necessarily best in style but definitely impressed me enough to change my perception of said styles.
  2. ChefHopMeister

    ChefHopMeister Aspirant (256) Aug 3, 2010 Virginia

    Here are a few that come to mind and in no particular "ah-ha" order:
    Heady Topper
    Old Dominion Millennium - aged 7 years
    Cafe Royale
    Ten Fidy
  3. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2011 California

    Came here to mention that as well, great beer. Others I thought were excellent:

    BA Darklord (Cognac De Muerte, Bourbon Vanilla)
    Fou Foune
    Stone 15th, Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout & Enjoy By
    Grey Monday
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  4. dachp

    dachp Aspirant (210) Apr 17, 2010 Colorado

    Mountain Standard
    Cuvée des Jacobins
    Sang Royal
    Sang Noir
    Apis IV
    These are just a few that blew me away the first time I had them!
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  5. ant880

    ant880 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2010 New York

    I would say these are the beers that I actually said "wow" after sipping the first time, either because it was something I had never experienced from a beer before, it opened my eyes to a style or it took a style that I thought I knew to a whole different level.

    Arrogant Bastard
    La Chouffe
    Fantome Saison
    Heady Topper that order
  6. ferillo

    ferillo Defender (657) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    There are too many but one that totally hit most recently was Jacks Abby bourbon barrel Framinghammer. It may be bottled soon for the first time.
  7. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    how about the new 3beans from sixpoint........ I am drinking it for the first time right now....... and damn, its good!
  8. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,961) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    I forgot the first time I had Cuvee de Tomme. That was time I had a dark fruited sour and it was great.
  9. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 Florida

    '12 founders harvest. got 1 as a trade. assumed i was trading for a pack. cannot wait for next year. gonna start pretrading in july
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  10. Spaghett

    Spaghett Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 California

    Blind Pig, Ten Fidy, Anchor Porter, Supplication, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale. I wish I could go back in time and revisit those beautiful first sips.
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  11. msween21

    msween21 Aspirant (235) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Hoponius Union
  12. Donbeerlvr

    Donbeerlvr Initiate (124) Dec 21, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Backwoods!!! Even those people who aren't beer drinkers said "Wow"
  13. Steve_Oldrati

    Steve_Oldrati Initiate (86) Nov 1, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Arrogant Bastard
    Backwoods Bastard
    Edmund Fitzgerald
    Heady Topper
    Breakfast Stout

    No particular order, but these beers all had me dying for another sip the first time I had them.
  14. mikeywtc

    mikeywtc Initiate (99) Dec 7, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Society and Solitude #5
    Heady Topper

    I'm sure there's others I could put, but these three jumped to mind first.
  15. Bkoop

    Bkoop Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2012 Iowa

    Bourbon County Stout, Surly Darkness, Stone Old Guardian, Ten Fidy, Westy 12 and Hopslam!
  16. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Devotee (467) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Imperial Biscotti Break
    RR Supplication
    Ballast Point Victory at Sea
    Flying Dog Kujo on Nitro.

    By no means are some of these the best beers ive had, but they're all ones that when I took that first sip on tap, I said to myself, "holy shit, this is tasty!".
  17. Gunboat82

    Gunboat82 Aspirant (200) Jul 3, 2012 Massachusetts
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    I generally prefer stouts, but I'm drinking my first Lagunitas Sucks right now, and I am amazed at how well-balanced it is. I really liked Nugget Nectar, but I love this beer. I have to tread lightly, because it would be easy to knock three or four back before I knew what hit me.
  18. ToddThompson

    ToddThompson Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2012 North Carolina

    The ones that blew me away within the last year are:
    FW Parabola - The best stout I have ever tried
    Alpine Nelson - The nose, the taste was simply epic
    Kern River Just Outstanding - blew my mind good
    FW Wookey Jack - Hands down the greatest Black IPA I have ever tried
    Alpine Duet - In my opinion, almost as good as Just Outstanding
    Backwoods Bastard - amazing
  19. ToddThompson

    ToddThompson Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2012 North Carolina

    Forgot to add the 10th Anniversary Ruination
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  20. BeerBeerBeer

    BeerBeerBeer Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2012 Israel

    Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier, I think it will be my favorite beer for at least two years.
  21. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Hairy Eyeball
    Heady Topper
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Celebrator Doppelbock
    Victory St. Boisterous

    Just to name a few...
  22. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    I'm going to have to go with Bitter Monk. I knew it was going to be good, but I had no idea it was going to be legendary.
  23. ressling

    ressling Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2011 Georgia

    1. Founder's KBS
    2. Founder's Backwoods Bastard
    3. Bell's Hopslam
    4. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
  24. lic217

    lic217 Champion (892) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    I love seeing your list knowingI have ancorage porter and ten fidy in my fridge. Cant wait to try them.
  25. tbonehead1

    tbonehead1 Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2010 South Carolina

    Le Terroir

    I had no idea what it was and wasn't into New Belgium at the time. That was a wonderful beer that seriously changed my views on the brewery and beer in general.
  26. beerranger

    beerranger Initiate (68) Jan 10, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Split a CBS last night with my amazing, craft beer loving girlfriend. Pretty much blew my mind....
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  27. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,674) Aug 15, 2010 Texas
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    Narke Kaggen! Stormaktsporter.
    Cascade Kriek
    Fantome La Dalmatienne
    Pilsner Urquell
    Alpine Exponential Hoppiness
    Odell Friek (2011)
    Bell's Kalamazoo Stout
    Westvleteren 12
    Rochefort 8
    Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb
    Pannepot Grand Reserva
    Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel
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  28. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (582) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Lots of East coast picks....

    A few that made me panic they were so good...:

    Avery Tweak
    Avery Rumpkin
    Achel Bruin Extra
    Dark Lord
    Angel Share
    Red Poppey
    Westvleteren 12
    Odell Myrcenary
    Utopias (More for the shock value than anything)
    Espresso Yeti
  29. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Evil Twin Biscotti Break on draft.... OMG !!!!
  30. ghostly

    ghostly Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2011 New York

    Rochefort 8
    Pliny the Elder
    Allagash Curieux
    Uerige Sticke Alt
    Hill Farmstead Ephraim
    La Trappe Dubbel
  31. sketchpunx

    sketchpunx Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2008 New York

    Pliney the eldar
    Rodenbach gran cru
    Westy 12
    Revolution IPA
    Lagutinas Sucks
  32. Spaghett

    Spaghett Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 California

    Lucky! Either one of them sounds great right now. But hey I have Lagunitas Sucks and Maui Coconut Porter in my fridge right now so I can't complain.
  33. Mando603

    Mando603 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I'm still a rookie but so far;
    St Bernardus ABT 12
    Stone Smoked Porter
    Skull Splitter
    Maredsous 10
    Old Chub
  34. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,534) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock
    Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #4
    Hill Farmstead Everett Porter
    Cantillon Fou' Foune
    Duet IPA
    Rodenbach... just about anything
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  35. BierGartenok

    BierGartenok Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2009 Oklahoma

    Personally, I like ones that toss my salad. I'd probably have to go with Apple Brandy Barrel Hunie, Hunie, Vanilla Bean Dark Lord, BA Dark Lord (Cognac), Vlad The Imp Aler, 06-10 BCBS, Rare BCBS, Westy 12 (at In De Verde), East End Gratitude (Orange Wax), Surly 5, Black Tuesday, BA Church on the Hill, Beatification Batch 5 and Heady Topper
  36. BierGartenok

    BierGartenok Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2009 Oklahoma

    OMG..Sang Noir.....Insane awesome
  37. buffs9

    buffs9 Aspirant (291) Apr 28, 2008 Colorado
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    Bourbon Barrel Tweak
    Kaiser Curmudgeon
    Cherry Adam
    King Henry
  38. king75

    king75 Devotee (404) Jul 27, 2010 Michigan
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    Dark Horse bourbon barrel plead the 5th
    Founder's Imperial Stout
    Founder's Backwoods Bastard
    Short's Cup a Joe
    Short's the Woodmaster
    Bells Blacknote Stout

    I can still distinctly remember how great each of these beers tasted even though I have not had some of them in over a year.
  39. king75

    king75 Devotee (404) Jul 27, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Edmund Fitzgerald was one of the first Craft beers I ever tried and it is still my favorite porter
  40. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    I swear I sound like a broken record on this site....
    cherry rye

    I promise. I drink PLENTY of beers besides bourbon county. But my palate is mainly tickled by BC. Cherry rye was so good that I felt like I was visiting another dimension... and bcbs, which I tried before cherry rye, was so good that I left my family in the living room to bond with my beer alone in the bedroom.
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