Most recent beer to wildly exceed your expectations

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  1. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (474) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    Thas a goood beer!!!
  2. jimmyr78

    jimmyr78 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri
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    Beerhere Nordic Rye (Denmark). This is a rye farmhouse ale. Perhaps one of the best balances of sweet, smoke, roasted malts, and hop. This was a random purchase in my local bottle shop, and I hope to be able to find more.
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  3. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Disciple (357) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    Am I the only one who finds the title of this thread oddly familiar. Kinda sounds like a thread I've seen on here before. "Last beer to blow you away" anyone? Why didn't you just post on there instead of creating another one?
  4. AndrewSmith

    AndrewSmith Aspirant (283) Jan 27, 2013 California
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    Tried Sucks for the first time recently, damn good beer!
  5. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Devotee (454) Nov 12, 2012 South Carolina
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    It is on my to-try list, but not one I can get to easily, unfortunately. Willoughby and Spring House both, but haven't found a SH trade partner.
  6. tronto

    tronto Initiate (84) Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky
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    Westbrook/Evil Twin growler stout. Really solid roasty stout, loved it.
  7. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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    Logsdon Peche n Brett
    Beautiful beer. Wish I had more.
  8. jageraholic

    jageraholic Devotee (408) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    A few of them...
    Smuttynose Durty - great hop aroma and flowery citrus hop taste mixed fantastic with the sweeter malts.
    Boulevard Rye on Rye - great flavor and an incredibly smooth balanced beer, would never guess that bad boy was 12%
    North Coast XV bourbon barreled Old Rasputin. Delicious Delicious Stout. Right up there with KBS. Wish it was cheaper.
    and the best of them all, 2012 Parabola. Something about last years. It was just absolutely fantastic. Incredibly complex taste but well balanced and incredibly smooth. Great mouth feel. I think this took over as my favorite beer ever had. It took the crown with ease during my bourbon barrel imperial stout tasting.
  9. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,176) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Had lots of good beers recently, but the one that stands out as really being waaaay better than expected (even as a GABF gold winner) was Funkwerks Deceit. I absolutely loved it.
  10. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Had tasters from the tap, but just had my first full bottle at home in front of the fire. Wow. What a treat.
    Liquid candy.
    Maybe one of my alltime favorites in any style. Incredible. Need to go buy some more.

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  11. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    LaCumbre Elevated IPA and Hoponius Union! OMG!
  12. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,176) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    ...actually, I almost forgot. Wynkoop's Chancellor. Maybe the best beer I tried all year and it came out of nowhere.
  13. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale. This was within the first five craft beers I ever tried and got me into this whole mess 8 years ago. I haven't had one in well over 4 years. Saw some at the store last week bottled in January. Took it home, poured it into the glass and it was 10x better than I ever remembered. So well balanced and touches on so many styles all in one beer at the same time somehow. Awesome, I enjoyed every sip in amazement, very under rated beer. Not in my 'best top ten' but definitely in my 'favorite' top ten.
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  14. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,110) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Fiddlehead IPA while in Vermont last week.
    Felt like I was drinking a hoppy offering from Hill Farmstead. Strangely, it doesn't score as high as I thought it would.
  15. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,294) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Sierra Nevada's Brandy Barreled Ovila Quad.

    Not really a Sierra Nevada fan at all and I am not consistently into quad's, so went in to this one with little expectations but just felt the mood for it at the bar that day. Stuff was fantastic...
  16. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,330) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Oh, man—Hoponious Union. I'd heard good things, but damn.
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  17. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Devotee (425) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    Two Brothers Cane and Abel Rye - Bought it on a whim in a mixer 6 pack and it blew me away. Pretty unlike most other ryes I have tried.

    Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Prior 8 - I for some reason thought I didn't like Belgians. These two blew me away.
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  18. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (473) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Meantime Naval College Old Porter. Absolutely blew me away, and was easily the star of the show in a beer day which included KBS and Black Note.
  19. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Initiate (55) Apr 16, 2005 California

    Moonlight Reality Czeck. I had it immediately after Pliny the Younger, and I enjoyed it just as much as PtY, which I certainly didn't expect. Obviously a completely different style, but as a Czech Pils I thought it was absolutely spot on.
  20. kilowattcycles

    kilowattcycles Initiate (129) Mar 6, 2011 Illinois

    I just spent the weekend in Florida. On Saturday we went to a state park to checkout the wildlife. I stopped in the gift shop that also served ice cream and some picnic type food. As luck would have it they also had beers on tap. Once of which was Cigar City Marshal Zhukov. Needless to say I ordered it....16oz of it! Stunning beer.
  21. Drew26

    Drew26 Aspirant (218) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Founders Imperial Stout...awesome.
  22. Chris77McGrath

    Chris77McGrath Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2013 Ohio

    Otter Creek Alpine Black IPA
  23. RattleheadKV2

    RattleheadKV2 Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2011 New Mexico

    I'll echo the Lagunitas Sucks sentiments. We just started getting Lagunitas a few weeks ago, and picked up a 6er of Sucks and was just completely blown away. Stands right up there with the best DIPA's I've ever had, and at $8.99 a 6er an amazing value.
  24. breda7

    breda7 Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    barry island ipa from brains of of cardiff south wales uk. nice full feel and superb smack of hops
    citra from oakham brewery england superb very hoppy and aromatic citra hops really are superb
  25. 7clutch

    7clutch Aspirant (215) Sep 14, 2012 Florida
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    A couple of recent ones:
    Peg's Wine Barrel Aged Stout - Right up there with RareR for me.
    Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - I had their oude gueuze and oude kriek so I expected it to be sour but not this much of a sour bomb. It wasn't the most complex beer but I have no problem at all with over-the-top sour. Also love that it's so easily accessible.
  26. lsummers

    lsummers Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2010 California

    For me most recently I had two beers I really enjoyed, one was at a tasting I was at on saturday. It was kind of an obscure beer for me that I wouldn't have normally picked out called Gavroche by Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestr.

    The other one, I had on sunday. It was the first beer of the day and fit that niche nicely. Green Flash's East Village Pilsner.

    There have been plenty of beers in the past of which I enjoy more than these two, but these are the most recent.

  27. Superdad

    Superdad Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2012

    DuckRabbit Milk Stout . Got my first sixer at Whole Foods and immediately fell in love. I have since emailed the company as well as my local beer store in hopes of ordering a keg for my kegerator.
  28. skinnyb

    skinnyb Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2007 California

  29. nihiloexnihil

    nihiloexnihil Aspirant (233) Jan 2, 2011 Maryland
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    Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged BORIS. I know the rating on here is "world class," but wow-- that beer is world class. I love regular BORIS, but the barrel aging really takes it to another level.
  30. Droogins

    Droogins Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Damn... I knew that was aged on bourbon barrels, but not on Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. Now I'm going to have to hunt that down. You can't get a better fifth for the money than Buffalo Trace, and non-BA Blockhead reminded me in some ways of Insanity, which is my favorite barleywine.

    As for me, the last month has seen the release of Sucks, which is among the top three IIPAs I've ever had, and Founders RIS, which is most certainly the best RIS I've ever had. I was expecting them to be good, but I wasn't expecting them to turn me into a beer hoarder.
  31. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    my friend hooked me up with a bottle of saison dupont a while ago it was just fantastic. i was seriously blown away

    i love belgium beers, absolutely love sours/wild ales/farmhouse ales etc. this is def one of my favorites. if i have the funds i like to try new sours. other then that im usually on the hunt for ipa's, stouts etc
  32. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    Would have to say Narwhal. I mean I knew it wouldn't suck, afterall it's SN, but I had no idea it would kick ass.
  33. CubsJedi

    CubsJedi Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 Michigan

    Dark Horse Perkulator coffee doppelbock. So nice having a coffee brew that wasn't a stout or porter. Refreshing.... And fantastic.
  34. GFish

    GFish Aspirant (266) Aug 4, 2012 Virginia

    Troegs Nugget Nectar
  35. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Crusader (718) Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    Terrapin Wake & Bake. What a great beer and dessert all in one!
  36. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Poo-Bah (2,310) Feb 16, 2012 Florida
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    Probably Epic Big Bad Baptist and Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel 4D. The Kuhnhenn was a 2011 bottle poured this past Sunday. Just unbelievable.
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  37. RobDB

    RobDB Devotee (473) Aug 31, 2009 New Jersey

    For me, Ballast Point Victory at Sea. Awesome beer.
  38. WankelEngine

    WankelEngine Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2011 Illinois

    Firestone's DBA. I just grabbed a sixer just for the hell of it, expecting a mediocre beer, and it turned out to be insanely easy to drink with a great flavor profile. I mean, easier to throw back than BMC. Absolutely love it.
  39. HabiMendes

    HabiMendes Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 Rhode Island

    Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen.

    I thought I would experience a "funky background" smokiness, you know... Instead, it blasted off smoke and ham (!) in the aroma and in the taste - yet being very drinkable. I was surprised.
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  40. Thedrizzle

    Thedrizzle Defender (657) Sep 10, 2012 Florida
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    Heavy seas black cannon. Fantastic
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