Last beer to blow you away?

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  1. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2011 Ohio
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    Parabola. Had it after a Westvleteren 12 (which did not blow me away) and I was floored. I thought it tasted like a less over-the-top Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord, or a perfectly aged Bourbon County Stout.

    Man, I wish I hadn't traded my other bottle :slight_frown:
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  2. kanzlja

    kanzlja Initiate (135) Aug 3, 2010 Florida

    Visited Vermont recently and Hill Farmstead Abner was absolutely phenomenal!
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  3. tigg924

    tigg924 Poo-Bah (4,141) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Tried New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red for the first time this month--unbelievable beer--perhaps my favorite fruit beer ever.
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  4. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (530) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    I was able to try Serendipity by New Glarus this week, damn good!!
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  5. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Aspirant (270) Jul 12, 2012 Utah
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    Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000. Seriously one of the best beers I've ever had. I think I said that around 5 times while I was drinking it. Can't wait for the bottles.
  6. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    Bourbon County Coffee 2010. Last night.
  7. seplo

    seplo Disciple (376) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    my boy Smutty33 and Tomdee74 had an epic beer tasting on saturday, we had the likes of SN hemisphere, DFH punkin, Smuttynose pumpkin, Midnight Sun TREAT, Smuttynose scotch ale, NEBCO gandhi bot, and of course '11 Kate The Great (which i had at Kate Day this past year) but the one that really blew me away was Midnight Sun Berserker, WOW was a great beer, we didnt even get to the '11 Abyss...CHEERS
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  8. gshak

    gshak Zealot (510) Feb 20, 2011 Texas

    Bells Expedition Stout bottled in 09/26/2011, imbibed and floored on 10/10/2012. By far the best non-barrel aged imperial stout I've had; heck as far as my experience with imperial stouts, it's perhaps bested only by Abyss and Parabola, and even so, not by much.
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  9. johncosta60

    johncosta60 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2012 New Jersey

    Ballast Point Indra Kunindra...was not expecting it to be as good as it was considering all the spices they used.
  10. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Surly Brewing Brett Liquor IPA Saturday at Darkness Day. Tea-Bagged Furious on cask was also exceptionally awesome as well as Damien.
  11. mudbug

    mudbug Zealot (595) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Bitter Monk last release and Boneyard Hop Venom
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  12. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    Last week, I had an expo stout bottled 8/28/2012. From reading other posts, I was expecting to be underwhelmed. Wow, was I wrong. I thought it was excellent--just the right amount of bitterness & great consistency. I love their licorice aftertaste (also present in their Kalamazoo stout).

    I've never been able to get this one before and am glad I did. I cellared 3 bottles, but really, it was terrific fresh.
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  13. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (553) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    Bramble owned my soul.
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  14. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,019) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Unibroue's Eau Benite on tap most recently, then Super IPA, St. Fuillien/Green Flash Biere De L'amitie on tap before that. As far as in the past year, Green Flash Tripel on tap, Hopslam, Zombie Dust, The Bruery Tradewinds Tripel and Lagunitas Sucks.
  15. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    After being underwhelmed by their saisons and porters. . .

    Ephraim, Simcoe Single Hop, Society & Solitude #5 were liquid gold.

    Ephraim is a perfectly sound substitute for Pliny the Younger.
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  16. smokeypeat

    smokeypeat Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2010 Maryland
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    I literally logged in just now to post on Ephraim so it's funny you beat me to it. I just had this for the first time on tap last week at Capone's in PA, and its one of the few beers that's blown me away in awhile.
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  17. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,446) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Green Flash Silva Stout and Columbus Bodhi DIPA.. there's more but those 2 standout the most..
  18. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy Devotee (456) May 6, 2010 Illinois

    Founders Harvest
    Three Floyd's Rye'da Tiger
    Surly Wet
    My first Pliny the Elder

    I'd put Shlafly's Tasmanian Style IPA just a notch below the rest of these.
  19. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Savant (994) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    Recently, I'd say Avery Uncle Jacob....super decadent
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  20. CLCardinal84

    CLCardinal84 Aspirant (257) Jan 29, 2012 Illinois
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    Against the Grain Bo and Luke. Amazing. A smoked imperial stout aged in PvW barrels, I died and went to heaven figuratively.
  21. Binger72

    Binger72 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Lawson's Finest Liquid Hopzilla on Tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill about a month ago. Also, picked up a case of HT that same weekend. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

  22. obrike

    obrike Crusader (705) Jun 19, 2009 Texas

    Loved the Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA...tasty as hell.
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  23. Gritch

    Gritch Initiate (160) Dec 26, 2010 Indiana
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    Mendocino Imperial Stout. Had one a few weeks back. Thought it was one of the best stouts I have ever had.
  24. jeonseh

    jeonseh Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2007 Indiana
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    Had my first bottle of Rare and was shocked by how good it was compared to regular BCBS.

    Also, was really blown away by Kuhnhenn BA 4D since I did not expect it to be as good as it was.
  25. Shumania

    Shumania Initiate (0) May 26, 2009 Virginia

    I had DC Brau For Others this weekend and it was an amazing DIPA. If only there was a larger supply of Citra hops!
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  26. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Aspirant (270) Feb 26, 2011 Illinois

    Great Lakes Oktoberfest

    Most marzens taste the same so it takes a special kind of octoberfest to rise above the pack. Great Lakes brews such an elixir; the remnant, bewitching aroma seals the decadent experience permanently in the annals of your memory.
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  27. Navalartichoke

    Navalartichoke Aspirant (276) Nov 12, 2010 Virginia

    Dogfish Head P90, or Nunkin,. ... I heard it called by both names.. half Punkin and half 90 min at the Ale House...spectacular!
  28. smutty33

    smutty33 Zealot (585) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    As my good bud seplo said above already......

    Midnight Sun Berserker

    Awesome Brew,Very Well Done.

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  29. Jeffo

    Jeffo Poo-Bah (2,693) Sep 7, 2008 Netherlands

    De Molen Bommen & Granaten on Cascade
    Emelisse Imperial Stout Sorachi Ace Single Hop
    Freigeist Eszett Gueuze

    All were way better than I was expecting. Midnight Sun Moscow Rye would probably take the cake, though I was kind of expecting that.

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  30. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (1,500) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    Just traded for a bottle of this myself. Can't wait to try it, but I'm going to leave it in the fridge for just a few days longer (because the bottle looks so cool).
  31. Gannon81

    Gannon81 Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2012 Oregon

    Had some Founder's Dirty Bastard on draft last night. It gave me significant pause.
  32. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Saison Rue for me. My brother and I were super impressed last Sunday when we drank it.
  33. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (1,500) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    Since I'm still trying so many different beers, I still get blown away quite frequently (at least a half-dozen times in 2012 alone). Most recently, Heady Topper blew me away. It was simply outstanding.

    I have 3 bottles of Marshall Zhukov I'm saving for when it gets cold outside. Given what I've heard about it, and considering my love for Founders Imperial Stout, I expect to get blown away by Marshall Z. The first time I drink it, I'll have to strap myself down firmly and make sure all seats and tray tables are in their full upright and locked positions.
  34. Daemose

    Daemose Devotee (426) Oct 3, 2011 Texas
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    I've never been blown away by a beer. It's a motionless bottled beverage and I am a 200lb man. Unless it was vaporized and blow at me through an aircraft engine, I don't think it's possible.
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  35. tronto

    tronto Initiate (84) Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky
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    I've had all the top tier Bourbon Barrel stouts and I must say Bo & Luke was up there and maybe even better than the majority I've had. I really wish they would've done a small bottling of this kinda like the BBC St. Matthews did with their most recent Barrel aged stout Bomba (I think that's what it's called).
  36. tcanaday

    tcanaday Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2012 California

    Midnight Sun BREWTALITY
  37. BT_Bobandy

    BT_Bobandy Defender (646) Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
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    Founder's Harvest Ale. Its probably my "beer of the year" or something. Got a 4-pack bottled October 14th sitting in my fridge....damn, so perfect.
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  38. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (388) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    This year, Heady Topper, Wookey Jack and 2012 Parabola. Excellent, excellent beers.
  39. DrinkinViking

    DrinkinViking Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Of course this is going to be a brew tried at Dday. So many good ones, but event horizon I tried by lobo's truck with paintball363 and Bstyle blew me the fuck away! That was bright aa hell on my tongue after trying a number of heavy stouts (bcs variants included). I seriously thought it was dancing in my mouth good shit! I forget who busted that out Saturday, but mad thanks!
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  40. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Like a ton of others on here, Heady blew me away. Lagunitas Daytime also blew my mind. So much hoppy goodness at such low abv.
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