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Beers with which You've had Diverse Experiences

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by zachary80, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. zachary80

    zachary80 Savant (355) Indiana Nov 29, 2009

    Just shared my second ever DFH Fort courtesy of a friend. The first bottle I had seemed significantly more like rubbing alcohol and was brutal to finish (I thought it might redeem itself); it reminded me of the worst qualities of 120 minute. This bottle, which I believe is 18 months old, has significantly more fruit and favorable flavors, with less heat. In the past, I would have suggested that people actively avoid Fort, but now, I'm conflicted since this latest bottle was way better.

    What beers have you recently had two significantly different experiences with?
  2. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Savant (410) Illinois May 18, 2011

    Old Rasputin, Arrogant Bastard, Sublimely Self Rightheous, Noble Pils,Choklat, and Goose Island IPA. All beers that I found hard to drink. Tried them a year later or so. Fuckin fantastic (or very sessionable at the very least). On the opposite end are Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout and Taddy Porter. Loved them when I first had them, but nowadays all I can taste is a metallicness.
  3. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Savant (385) Florida Mar 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    White Oak Jai Alai. Sometimes i drink it and it just tastes like pure dill and i dont understand the love for it. Then other times its a little dill that is followed up by some great juicy ipa flavors and i think it is tasty. Weird as hell
  4. Storm King! I was thrown off when I drank it recently. I couldn't believe how hoppy it was compared to when I drank it last year. Completely different beer. I then realized the SK I drank last year had about 4 years of age on it. Fantastic brew, both fresh and aged.
  5. Youngs chocolate stout. It used to be creamy delish!, now it tastes like iron ( or blood to be all honest) was added to the mix. What gives?
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  6. I agree. I thought I may have just gotten a bottle with a bad seal, but others have tasted the same since. I love the bloody/gamey character in my wines and venison, but not in my chocolate stout!

    Back to the subject, though. One beer stands out to me. I loved Hopslam the first year it came out. Then something happened. It got sweeter. Still to this day, I find myself picking up at least one six-pack, and I'm always left disappointed. I know I'll get a ton of criticism for saying it, but I don't care for Hopslam anymore.
  7. robertc

    robertc Aficionado (115) New Jersey Dec 23, 2004

    KBS. Some bottles from the same year taste so different. One delicious, the next like an ashtray.
  8. Gannon81

    Gannon81 Aficionado (185) Oregon Jan 5, 2012

    First time I had Zombie Dust, thought the hype was unjust. A country mile from spectacular. Glad I gave it another go. Though my money clip since may be inclined to disagree. For me, with this brew, the dead hath risen.
  9. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (595) Australia Jun 15, 2010


    Sometimes a brett Bomb, sometimes really hoppy, sometimes nothing much of anything.
  10. Came in here to talk about Orval. I've had that beer probably a dozen times and each time I drank it, it was a different experience. Sometimes, it is really funky, sometimes real tart, other times really fruity. I kind of like the fact that no two times is ever the same with that beer, but when I saw this topic, Orval immediately popped into my head.
  11. It's all the corporate they started adding to the Sam Smith. Recipe changes blow, man.
  12. starrdogg

    starrdogg Advocate (650) District of Columbia Jun 21, 2010 Beer Trader

    I would absolutely agree. When Orval hits, it's one of the best beers out there, but I'm not sure there's a more inconsistent beer in existence. It's never bad, but the beer ranges from "decent Belgian pale ale" to "phenomenal uncategorizable beer with great hops and tropical bretty flavors" to everything in between without any predictability. I've had two beers from the same batch right in a row and I would've had no clue they were the same beer if I hadn't known.
  13. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (890) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    From strictly the freshness aspect, it has to be Stone IPA in So.Cal or Ranger IPA.

    When fresh both of these are fantastic reps of the bitter/citrus west coast IPA. When they fade, they fall fast.