Most recent beer to wildly exceed your expectations

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  1. corby112

    corby112 Poo-Bah (3,908) Nov 19, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Lakefront Luther. I guess I shouldn't be that surprised because I'm a huge smoked beer fan but I enjoyed this beer way more than anticipated.
     
  2. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (278) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    GI Madame Rose. I figured I'd like it, but the only beers I've had from GI before that were Nut Brown and Big John (which was disappointing for me...not bad, but by no means mind-blowing). That shit really wowed me big time. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.
     
  3. LambicKing

    LambicKing Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Germany

    White Oak Jai Alai - went in with zero expectations since Jai Alai to me is good, but nothing to write home about. Then...BAM! Coconut to the face. Delicious.

    Prior to that...BBPt5. Ridic.
     
  4. frankb34

    frankb34 Initiate (165) Sep 10, 2009 Massachusetts

    lagunitas Maximus. I've looked at it several times but alway decided on something else. Tried it this time and Damn.. had no idea how good it is!
     
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  5. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Aspirant (227) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    Tall Grass 8 Bit APA & Prairie Hop
     
  6. fernz18

    fernz18 Initiate (172) Feb 6, 2009 California
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    Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout. I didn't expect it to be soooo much better than regular Speedway.
     
  7. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,791) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I am fortunate to shop at a store with another customer who buys Maximus by the case, so they are constantly getting fresh deliveries. I gotta say- it's a great one to have in your regular rotation, especially if it hasn't been laying around.
     
  8. AleShark

    AleShark Initiate (74) Jan 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Maine Beer Co.'s Lunch. Stopped me in my tracks. Amazing stuff!
     
  9. csbinva

    csbinva Aspirant (218) Jan 13, 2010 Virginia
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    Alewerks Bitter Valentine, loved it last year, this year, slaps you in the face and tells you to wake up and recognize!
     
  10. Omer4176

    Omer4176 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2011 California

    Two recently:
    50/50 Eclipse Elijah Craig 12
    Had tried the Old Fitzgerald prior to this and was disappointed big time, but this one made up for it by a mile!

    Red Seal Ale by North Coast Brewing Co
    Picked up a six pack for my co worker cause he wants to try new stuff. Took one as commission and will be buying these for myself from now on. Didn't expect it to be as hoppy as it was. Nice find!
     
  11. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Disciple (387) Jan 7, 2013 Colorado
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    Flying Dog Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout (2013 release). Maybe it was because I didn't have huge expectations for it, but holy crap it blew me away. Undeniably smooth, drinkable, sweet, the tiniest trace of alcohol. I could see some finding this brew TOO sweet, but I just downed it.
     
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