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What beer were you excited to try, but wouldn't trade for again?

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk & Help' started by withoutlimits, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. SeanBond

    SeanBond Advocate (565) Illinois Jul 30, 2013 Verified

    Well, let me put it this way, then: Like I said, Proprietor's is my favorite beer, so I'm really not complaining. With that being said, I didn't get an overwhelming, very superficial coconut flavor from it the way you would a coconut macaroon, coconut paleta (mexican popsicle), etc. So I guess that's what I went in expecting, and probably what a lot of others expected, given the reviews the beer gets.

    The other thing I'll say is that my perception of these types of beers really changes depending on the pairing. I didn't pair Proprietor's with anything, so it's possible that had I, I'd change my tune. For example, I had Pipeworks Pineapple Bling, and didn't taste much pineapple for much of the bottle. Then at the end, I ate some...I think spicy taquitos or something? Then suddenly the beer was bursting with pineapple. Same thing with Goose Island's Juliet; I've read that the Vintage Sisters were meant to be paired with food, and I certainly thought Juliet was better when I had crackers with it.

    Either way, it all comes down to expectations and an individual's palate, so I get both sides when people love Proprietor's or are disappointed by it.
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  2. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Advocate (685) New York May 14, 2013 Verified

    Understood. I'll probably save it for another couple of months, but I'm not going to actually "cellar" it.
  3. raczkowski

    raczkowski Savant (395) Florida May 16, 2011 Verified

    i think it was more perception for me....when I drink a coffee bcs, bramble, backyard bramble, or cherry rye, it is such a hit you in your mouth taste of whatever they put in it (raspberries, cherries etc). I could taste the coconut in in the prop, but it was not an entirely different beer for me. I think b/c the others do have a hit you in your mouth flavor of the variant, I thought prop would be the same thing. don't get me wrong, I loved it like every other bourbon county beer but I would not chase it or trade away a lot of the beers it is requiring to get via trade.
  4. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Advocate (670) Missouri May 11, 2012 Verified

    I don't plan to ever trade for a Bruery beer again, nor do I plan to purchase any of their products when in markets they are distributed
  5. jshusc

    jshusc Poobah (1,020) South Carolina Aug 16, 2013 Verified

    Something about the Bruery rubs me the wrong way. It is completely illogical, and frankly, somewhat unprovoked, but I just have very little interest in supporting or seeking out the Bruery offerings. Weird I know.
  6. mythaeus

    mythaeus Champion (820) Pennsylvania Jul 22, 2013 Verified

    Just wanted to address this portion briefly...
    I have virtually stopped pairing when I drink a while back, especially first time drinking a particular beer and especially if it's a BA stout. I do snack a little on tasting snacks like cheese, cured meat, and crackers. I feel that I get much more "pure" beer this way instead of pairing with food. I usually drink with another friend. We split 2 bottles of something special, with some small fillers in between, over the course of a couple of hours. This was what we did with the Prop.
  7. C20Percent

    C20Percent Savant (335) Virginia Aug 24, 2011

    Oh, yes -- agree with Dreadnaught. And, would throw Live a Rich Life in the pot, too. And, Alpha King while we're at it. Arctic Panzer Wolf and Zombie Dust both worth trades, though.
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  8. ChrisChagnon

    ChrisChagnon Savant (460) Connecticut Jul 9, 2013 Verified

    Black tuesday
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  9. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Advocate (570) Connecticut Dec 8, 2006 Verified

    Very much this.
  10. HeadyTheElder

    HeadyTheElder Advocate (525) Louisiana Nov 3, 2012 Verified

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  11. bsnone

    bsnone Savant (305) Arizona Nov 22, 2012 Verified

    Creme Brulee and Dark Lord. Glad to cross them off but never again.
  12. Kramerbarthomer

    Kramerbarthomer Poobah (1,040) Colorado Mar 22, 2012 Verified

    Yes... Alpha King was just so mediore... not bad... but mediocre... ZD and PF are freaking outstanding though
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  13. itracy63

    itracy63 Advocate (515) Washington Apr 20, 2013 Verified

    This. Abyss has never been that great fresh, IMO.
  14. itracy63

    itracy63 Advocate (515) Washington Apr 20, 2013 Verified

    The first one to pop in my head was KBS, followed by the Noirs from Prairie.
  15. Monkeypuker

    Monkeypuker Savant (315) Texas Sep 4, 2013

    KBS for me for sure
  16. phishphorce

    phishphorce Savant (490) Pennsylvania Aug 4, 2011 Verified

    TG Assassin. Had it a couple of times and wish I traded both bottles after opening them.
  17. I have had a few beers that I was particularly excited for but didn't live up to the "hype". They include; HF Genealogy of Morals, JK Atrial, RR Framboise for a Cure, pretty much every Alpine IPA, Alchemist Petit Mutant, Parabola and '11 Abyss. I've been pleasantly surprised by way more beers though, and drinking those beers helped me to figure out what I do like as I went into them having little to no expectations.
  18. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Poobah (1,160) Pennsylvania Nov 10, 2013 Verified

    Do you not like IPA/DIPAs? Alpine absolutely kills it IMO.
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  19. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Savant (490) Illinois Mar 19, 2012 Verified

    About half of what I've tried from the white whale list. Izzy, Deviation, Brandy Vanilla DL, Roze and the Reed Guezes come to mind. Glad I tried them, and happy to stumble on a pour in the future, but nothing I'd go after now.
  20. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (785) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

    You're doing it wrong, whales aren't for drinking.

    BTW, while I haven't had those specifically I have found that most of the hyped up beers I have tried don't live up to the hype.
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  21. TDavis

    TDavis Savant (335) Ohio Jun 29, 2013 Verified

    I think for me it was Bomb. It was not bad or anything, I thought it was pretty good. I think I hyped it up too much in my head before. However, I would buy another if I ran across them in their distribution area.
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  22. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Verified

    The Mocha Wednesday I just got in the mall today. Usually I wouldn't go high volume on something but it just looked too good. Even though I haven't cracked it yet I know I probably wouldn't want to give what I did to get another. Grey Monday on the other hand...
  23. Theortiz01

    Theortiz01 Advocate (590) Texas Jun 7, 2013 Verified

    Prolly gonna get some slack for this, but VSB is waaaaayyyy overhyped. It is absurd that that beer trades the way it does. It is a good beer and I'm glad I got to try it, but no way am I trading half my cellar to get one.
  24. I love IPA's, APA's, DIPA's. I just don't like Alpine's, I prefer Toppling Goliath, HF, RR, FFF for hoppy beers.
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  25. Brew33

    Brew33 Advocate (690) Ohio Oct 24, 2007 Verified

    This. A guy in our tasting group opened one at a tasting maybe a week after it was released and it was good, not great. There were 2 or 3 fruited American Sours I had that night that were better than VSB. Little did he know that a month later it was going to be a whale.
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  26. pmoney

    pmoney Advocate (665) Colorado Apr 15, 2011 Verified

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  27. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (645) Texas Nov 27, 2011 Verified

    Except for Wooden Hell. Dat was fantastic - thanks again!

    I'd probably list just about every GI variant except Prop here. They might have been decent beers, but I walked away from them all disappointed.
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  28. Phoenix2443

    Phoenix2443 Savant (425) Texas Jan 20, 2010 Verified

    I was excited for Pipeworks Careful theres a beverage here, since I'm a big lebowski fan. Poured it fresh and was sorely dissapointed. Pipeworks is really hit or miss. I've had some stuff that I thought was amazing like chai dog, but then you get some garbage in there too.

    Biggest surprise probably against the grain kentucky ryed chiquen
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  29. teledeluxe

    teledeluxe Savant (445) Illinois Nov 21, 2013 Verified

    Jai Alai - decent enough/unique beer but I don't feel the need to trade for more. Flower Power on the other hand - got it as an extra (in the same box) with zero expectations and was kinda blown away.
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  30. huskermike12

    huskermike12 Savant (485) Vermont Nov 14, 2011

    Blaeber and everything from the Bruery.
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  31. lordofthelambics

    lordofthelambics Aficionado (185) Washington Feb 14, 2014 Verified

    Atrial Rubicite ranks high on my list, too. Never understood the hype for this one.
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  32. phishphorce

    phishphorce Savant (490) Pennsylvania Aug 4, 2011 Verified

    Agreed on the Atrial. I had a B1 about 3 months ago and we drainpoured it.
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  33. lordofthelambics

    lordofthelambics Aficionado (185) Washington Feb 14, 2014 Verified

    I actually never traded for it. I had it at the What the Funk? event at GABF. I'm glad I got to try it there. I would have been really disappointed to have given up what b1 was commanding and been that disappointed.
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  34. I have traded for both B1 and B2, albeit I don't feel like I necessarily "lost" either trade I would not do them again. The love for Atrial will forever be a mystery to me, and it kind of turned me off to trying other JK beers.
  35. JayORear

    JayORear Advocate (685) California Feb 22, 2012 Verified

    This is kind of a tangent, but that's pretty much the reason I love Prop, and all of the BC variants--the adjunct is not artificial tasting, at all--it tastes like real coconut, subtle and integrated. BCBCS is the same way, with the coffee perfectly melded with the base beer. They pretty much blow away the Prairie Noir variants--those are enjoyable beers, for sure, but the coffee and vanilla are noticeably artificial and feel "separate" from the base beer.
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  36. SeanBond

    SeanBond Advocate (565) Illinois Jul 30, 2013 Verified

    No, that makes sense. They are all awesomely balanced beers in that manner, you're right.
  37. box_social

    box_social Savant (405) Oregon Mar 6, 2013 Verified

    i will say Huna, Bomb, and Mexican Cake. it is now evident that i don't like stouts with chilis or peppers. Cali Brandy Huna was fucking great, as was Pirate Bomb. maybe i need to try a BA MC sometime.
  38. smurfbeer

    smurfbeer Savant (330) Wisconsin Jan 3, 2008 Verified

    This one is easy for me...HF Damon! Thought it was average at best.
  39. adkieffer

    adkieffer Savant (420) Washington Nov 23, 2010

    Amazing the craziness still around Dark Lord and the mass # of people who don't't like or care for it. Definitley the biggest trade let down early in my trading career. I will take my local Grandfather Raven over it everyday
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  40. AJDePaul

    AJDePaul Savant (330) Illinois Jun 29, 2012 Verified