5 biggest whale let downs

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  1. Tommo

    Tommo Champion (888) Sep 25, 2014 Massachusetts

    Black Tuesday was Undrinkable

    I also didnt like backyard rye nearly as much as everyone else
  2. DerelictPI

    DerelictPI Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2010 New York

    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.

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  3. yesterdayfaraway

    yesterdayfaraway Initiate (0) May 21, 2015 Missouri

    Founders kbs was a small let down for me. It's good not great.
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  4. MortarPestle

    MortarPestle Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2008 Indiana

    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.
  5. chcfan

    chcfan Zealot (563) Oct 29, 2008 California

    Kate the Great
    Regular Dark Lord
  6. andyctree

    andyctree Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2010 North Carolina

    All of the de Grade Bu's
  7. joberlander

    joberlander Disciple (363) May 30, 2014 Massachusetts

    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.
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  8. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Champion (837) May 28, 2010 Massachusetts

    In no particular order are some whales that let me down
    Blabaer 2011
    Cable car 2012
    Framboise 2011
    Ann b1

    Whales that stood up to the hype
    Homage b1
    50n4e b1
  9. Benjhilmer

    Benjhilmer Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2015 California

    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.
  10. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    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.
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  11. Sweffin

    Sweffin Savant (989) Jun 25, 2013 Wisconsin

    Dark Lord
    Vanilla Rye
  12. browniewithnuts

    browniewithnuts Devotee (410) Oct 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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
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  13. celtic33

    celtic33 Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Minnesota

    Steel Toe Size 11
  14. sbh50

    sbh50 Initiate (82) Feb 6, 2015 Ohio

    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.
  15. NDogg44

    NDogg44 Disciple (392) Oct 21, 2015 Texas
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    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.
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  16. FFFjunkie

    FFFjunkie Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2014 Illinois

    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!

    #56 FFFjunkie, Jan 18, 2016
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  17. Hesscabob

    Hesscabob Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2014 Illinois

    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...
  18. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    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.
  19. ThomasMetal75

    ThomasMetal75 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2009 Massachusetts

    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!
  20. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    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.
  21. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,465) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado

    I agree. I thought it was okay but not worthy of whale status.
  22. halo3one

    halo3one Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2014 Georgia

    Cable Car
    CBS 14
    Derivations (all four)
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  23. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (4,396) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    Dark Lord was ..... interesting.

    So was 120 Minute.
  24. BWood

    BWood Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2015 California

    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.
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  25. algebeeric_topology

    algebeeric_topology Zealot (554) Dec 30, 2014 Florida

    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.
  26. Adrena1ine

    Adrena1ine Aspirant (225) Nov 22, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Velvet...what a damn shame.
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  27. SanDiegoJoe2011

    SanDiegoJoe2011 Initiate (83) Nov 30, 2014 California

    "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.
    #67 SanDiegoJoe2011, Jan 18, 2016
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  28. mctizzz

    mctizzz Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 California

    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)
    BA/reg Abraxas
    Dark Lord
    Prop 15
    Cherry Rye

    I avoid hyped beer now, very rarely is a beer much better than local sours/IPAs or my fridge full of regular Bourbon County.
    #68 mctizzz, Jan 18, 2016
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  29. RayOhioFelton

    RayOhioFelton Initiate (0) May 24, 2011 Ohio

    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!
  30. edd562

    edd562 Initiate (43) Jun 11, 2014 California

  31. ryhayes

    ryhayes Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2013 Ohio

    Thank you. I did not know any of those. So 100% of abbreviations used. But now I know and am in the club.
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  32. amano_h

    amano_h Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2014 Oregon

    King Henry
    Dark Lord 2013
    Westvleteren 12
    BA 4th Dementia
    Mikkeller anything

    ... in that order.
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  33. Shanty76

    Shanty76 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2015 Georgia

    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.....
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  34. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    Dark Lord
    Dark Lord
    Dark Lord
    Westy 12
    Dark Lord
  35. Dactrius

    Dactrius Poo-Bah (1,745) Apr 23, 2012 Netherlands Antilles
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    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.
  36. cejaev

    cejaev Aspirant (212) Jul 6, 2014 Virginia

    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)
  37. RLVineh

    RLVineh Initiate (124) Jun 21, 2014 California

    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
  38. BravoDawg_WS

    BravoDawg_WS Initiate (137) Jun 6, 2014 New York

    Dark Lord
    Cognac Mexican Cake
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  39. Kurmaraja

    Kurmaraja Poo-Bah (2,817) May 21, 2013 California
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    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. ;-)
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  40. ekardz

    ekardz Aspirant (273) Dec 6, 2009 New York

    Dave and M really didn't do it for me.
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