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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by cfh64, Jan 17, 2016.
Black Tuesday was Undrinkable
I also didnt like backyard rye nearly as much as everyone else
Someone was kind enough to share one of these last night and I couldn't believe there was any hype behind it. I just don't get it.
Founders kbs was a small let down for me. It's good not great.
I had been searching for Permanent Funeral for what seemed like forever. Although it was good, it was not the life changing experience I was lead to believe it would be.
Kate the Great
Regular Dark Lord
All of the de Grade Bu's
KBS. Very good beer, but not world class and I will not be hunting it down like many people do next year. So many other great beers that are much easier to grab.
In no particular order are some whales that let me down
Cable car 2012
Whales that stood up to the hype
I was really disappointed by SoS. I even landed a second shipment thinking the first was off; nope. Sadly, Zombie has really fallen off lately. Maybe my tastes have changed as I've tried more beers, but it's not worth the hype anymore.
I have to disagree here, I might be a bit of a homer, but I loved everything from them(except 1492). The bombers are quite a bit better than the contract brewed 12 oz.
The term whale in it's meaning is in reference to Ahab in Moby Dick so contextually it is personal rather than what meaning you may have assigned to it so in essence it really hasn't lost any meaning besides to what you may may have assigned to it
Steel Toe Size 11
If you call these whales, I've only had KBS and Permanent Funeral. KBS was great. Permanent funeral was a letdown for me. I even tried it again to confirm. It was okay, just not top tier status. I don't really know if these classify as whales though, maybe for the rest of the country that doesn't get the distro.
I 100% agree. Way too many Beer Advocate members over-abbreviate breweries, beers, etc. I'm guilty of doing it myself, sometimes.
On topic...I was pretty disappointed with Prairie Bomb! It may not be much of a whale, but I feel like it's a bit over-hyped.
I tracked Abraxas down for the first time this year and it is one of the best non BA stouts I've ever had! Cheers!
Not exactly sure why everyone is valuing Regal Rye so highly on their Whale list... It's a too sweet, cherry, salty mess... Least favorite BC variant this year.
Also, fresh Dark Lord (besides BVDL) is not good at all. A three or four year old bottle on the other hand is fantastic.
Saddened by all the Black Tuesday negativity, haven't had either of my 2014 bottles yet, maybe I'll just wait...
The definition of Whale must be different than what I was expecting. Some beers listed are annual release shelf beer that are quite easily obtained. I was figuring were talking DB Huna ,and BA Abraxas level of difficulty to acquire.
Are whales just hyped up beers? If so I've had Heady Topper recently and I went to the Trillium brewery in Canton, MA and got a 64 oz growler of Congress St IPA. Those were awesome!
I'm just here for the Laughs. Yet, I've had some of these "Whalez" and I've been let down by a few. Yet, some are Breath Taking works of Liquid Art. I've pissed out a lot of beer but one of the "Whalez" I've had that I just didn't see was worth it's weight was Westy 12. Is it a fine beer? Sure. Is it better than some of the mass Distributed Belgian Strong Darks? Not even close. I'd rather dome some Pannepot Grand Reserva and call it a night.
I agree. I thought it was okay but not worthy of whale status.
Derivations (all four)
Dark Lord was ..... interesting.
So was 120 Minute.
Black Tuesday. While it was a very good beer I was expecting more. I enjoy Wootsout and Prairie Bomb just as much and those are easily available.
I came here to say the exact same thing. Why do people get so obsessed with this beer?
But one that I keep getting suckered into and have been disappointed by repeatedly is Zombie Dust. I just don't get it.
Velvet...what a damn shame.
"Tier 1" let down: StS and Velvet.
--StS was good, but not great and not worth the hype. Velvet was a hot mess.
"Tier 2-3" Let Down: Last Snow, MBCP, Dark Lord, Abraxas, and KBS.
Not necessarily whales, but were pretty hyped when I tried them and was not at all impressed. Many were probably ground breaking when they were first brewed but just don't stand up against more modern examples of the style.
Pliny the Younger (or 90% of hyped IPAs)
I avoid hyped beer now, very rarely is a beer much better than local sours/IPAs or my fridge full of regular Bourbon County.
Let's remember the level of depth people have gotten into the craft scene. When I first became interested KBS and 120 were really impossible to land. Someone working to land those beers and being disappointed is no less than someone landing a BVDL and being disappointed. I think as long as you shared it with some friends, had a discussion and came up with a conclusion you are doing it right!
The one beer I was disappointed in was SR71. I had some other really good beers that night so maybe that skewed my opinion but it was a let down for me. There are beers from other styles im not a particular fan of the style so not going to mention those as it wouldn't be fair.
Respect beer and others opinions as long as they are articulated in a respectful manner. Just because someone doesn't like a beer you loved doesn't mean they are stupid, just different.
I think most will agree some of the best beer is filled at your local brewery with no lines where you walk away with a growler of gold!
Thank you. I did not know any of those. So 100% of abbreviations used. But now I know and am in the club.
Dark Lord 2013
BA 4th Dementia
... in that order.
Hopslam. I expected a genie to pop out of the bottle and hook me up with a handy....way too much hype and talk for a slightly above average brew. Bomb also failed to disperse the handy dispensing genie as well.....
I think the only beer I've ever had on the white whale list is Surly Two and it was not good; I dumped at least half of my pour out.
I was let down by:
Kane Sunday brunch
Funky buddah morning wood
Westbrook Mexican cake (all heat)
Abraxas and huna on tap ( look forward to trying in bottle though)
Dark Lord, one of the worst beers I've ever had.
Parabajava, really disappointed, Parabola is far better
Heady, just an above average DIPA
King Julius, Julius is better
Cognac Mexican Cake
To be fair ... you are reading a thread about WHALES on a beer nerd forum. You qualify as obsessed and you're reading the whiny ruminations of people (probably) even more obsessed.
Not exactly entry level subject matter. ;-)
Dave and M really didn't do it for me.