Drain pour tales...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by evilcatfish, Oct 9, 2012.

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  1. MikeEhrmantraut

    MikeEhrmantraut Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Tennessee

    Yeah, the reviews didn't really have me foaming at the mouth to drink it.
  2. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Fresh Oak-Aged Yeti a few years ago...DAMN it's a bit harsh when young...had a 2yr old kegged (and properly stored) version, and it wasn't bad at all...maybe my palate, maybe the beer?

    Also, fought through JW Lees Lagavulin barrel...like JW Lees, love single-malts, but DAMN...barely got it down
  3. BYOFB

    BYOFB Disciple (397) Dec 11, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Stone 16th Anniversary is crap. Lemon Verbena, Lemon Oil and a bunch of Rye Malt.... Just didn't work. Two sips and done. I just saw Stone/IPA/Anniversary and bought two bottles. Perplexed as to what to do with the 2nd one...
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  4. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Defender (613) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Pumking blows. Drain pour the shit out of it.

    Dumped the hell out of DFH Pangaea, too.

    CORKSCREWFISH Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2011 Illinois

    Did exactly the same thing! Given all the people raving about this beer,I decided to revisit it. Bad fking move.It is detestable!
  6. decimator

    decimator Zealot (572) Jun 1, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    I've drained quite a few beers over the years. If it tastes bad, down the drain it goes. Doesn't matter if it was an expensive beer either. I'll try any beer once but I won't force myself to drink something that just isn't enjoyable.

    The highest rated beer I've drained poured is Pumking. (The 2011 edition.) I tried it twice to make sure. Just plain awful on my palate.
  7. MPLSbrewer

    MPLSbrewer Aspirant (202) Dec 7, 2010 Minnesota
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    Indian wells IPA and doppelbock. Do they have quality control at their brewery? How do they let this stuff out the door?
  8. tofuspeedstar

    tofuspeedstar Initiate (185) Jul 12, 2012 Texas
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    Drainpoured ST Jahva.

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  9. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,205) Sep 24, 2008 California

    Should poured it into tomato paste to make an awesome pasta sauce!:D
  10. Cerveza

    Cerveza Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2012 California

    Funny, this specific beer was the one that got me into craft beer. Had one recently that was in and out of the fridge and the taste was cloyingly sweet. Odd how palates change because at first it was a great beer
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  11. Lordquackingstic

    Lordquackingstic Disciple (375) Jun 14, 2011 New York
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    I'm about to drain pour a glass of Old Man Winter Ale from Southern Tier. It tastes like priming sugar...
  12. Beeradelphia

    Beeradelphia Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Anderson Valley has a kegging/transportation problem. We've gotten their summer and winter solstice, which i both love in a can or bottle, in kegs over the last 2 years and 75% of the time we've had to send the kegs back.

    Much of the local bars in Philadelphia have agreed with us. The draft pours tasted either soapy or vinegarish in all bad cases spread across the region.
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  13. nicks6217

    nicks6217 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 California
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    At a tasting last week 3 out of 4 of us drained poured Veritas 03, it has to either be the Angel share or Amazing Grace that made this so horrible.
  14. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Aspirant (200) Aug 10, 2012 Florida
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    Poured a bottle of DFH Festina Peche, bad bottle maybe?? Terrible from the start.
    And sick as it may sound, i love BCBS in the cold to semi cold range of temp. but if it gets to warm, i cannot finish it.
  15. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Ohio
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    I can honestly say I have never drain poured as of yet. This is why I am a big fan of buying single bottles instead of 4/6 packs. I will suffer through one and be glad to move on to something better.
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  16. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (204) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    ME?!? I've been drinking Heineken for like 84 years, bro!
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  17. Wiscobrew

    Wiscobrew Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Nevada
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    Wow, we just had a 2001 JW lees Harvest on a night with KH, MOAS, Abacuas, and Sucaba and it fit right in with them. Wish it were a bigger bottle!
  18. gcamparone

    gcamparone Meyvn (1,303) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Boston beer work's Tenacious traveler shandy. Only drain pour I remember
  19. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Defender (613) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    That wasn't a bad bottle, my friend. How do they call that an authentic Berlinerweiße when the God forsaken Reinheitsgebot says no fruit in beer?! All DFH can piss off. Modern Berlinerweiße as interpreted by someone that knows no history of beer is more like it.
  20. gigaknight

    gigaknight Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2010 Illinois

    Yeah? That beer ruined my credit, screwed my sister, and threw up in the trunk of my car.

    Alright, all three of those were actually me, but the beer is also to blame.
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  21. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,244) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    It is always said that Craft beer is quality beer, and BMC is not.

    300 posts in a drain pour thread.

    My reason for this is that if you are drain pouring a Craft beer it may be due to poor quality.
  22. gigaknight

    gigaknight Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2010 Illinois

    Aw, I loved Lion stout. I think it's probably better amidst tasting a variety of stouts, though. I had it at a stout-only tasting and thought it was very pleasantly unique, much earthier and less saccharine than many of the others, and with a touch of licorice.
  23. WynnO

    WynnO Defender (612) Oct 24, 2003 Florida

    Drain pours are merely a violent disagreement between the beer and the individual's palette. I know people who would drain pour a Duchesse. Don't put too much into it.
  24. gigaknight

    gigaknight Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2010 Illinois

    I was given a sample of this last night and was very, very glad I didn't just take the chance and order a full glass sight unseen. Cough syrup and liquid band-aids are right on, might I add that I found it exhibited notes of gross old lady perfume, as well?
  25. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,244) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    One definition of quality is that the product meets customer expectations. I know many of the beers on here were ones that people were not familiar with or did/do not care for the style.

    Duchesse is not one of my favorite, as I taste the artificial sweeteners they use. Give me a Rodenbach Grand Cru over a Duchess. The Rodenbach meets my expectation of what a Flanders Red should be, the Duchesse not so much.
  26. gigaknight

    gigaknight Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2010 Illinois

    I really think a lot of peoples' gripes in this thread could be solved by breweries bottling their bolder and strangers beers in 12 oz portions instead of 22 oz, and include a disclaimer that you still ought to split the 12 oz with someone anyway. I feel exactly that way about pretty much all of the Southern Tier imperial series. I thought both of the beers you mentioned were pretty pleasant, but I was happy with 3 oz of each and that's about it.
  27. Jacobob10

    Jacobob10 Poo-Bah (1,505) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Dogfish Head Immort Ale. It was a few years ago but I can still remember the oak, the smokiness, the vanilla, and the intense, intense, hot, hot heat from the alcohol... Makes me shudder just thinking about it. Only of my only drain pours, probably should have let it age a bit. Lesson learned.
  28. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    I really hate to say this, but I must: Dark Horse Brewing Company's Kmita Kolsh. I think half of it disembarked down the drain, and actually very probably more . It was astonishingly dark, and at least to me, a bit of a puzzler!

    Going down the drain isn't "an often" around here.
  29. TheRealDBCooper

    TheRealDBCooper Aspirant (207) Mar 17, 2010 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
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    Alpine Chez Monieux. Blue cheese in a bottle. At a tasting with 10 to 12 people almost the entire bottle was left at the end of the day. (The taste was milder blue cheese, but cheesy none the less.)
  30. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,078) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I haven't seen any Indian Wells beers in SoCal in months. Not a bad thing.
  31. wvsabbath

    wvsabbath Meyvn (1,388) Apr 29, 2010 West Virginia
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    Victory wild devil was a drain pour. Though this was years ago when i was just getting into craft beers seriously, i will revisit this beer next chance i get.

    Lilja's Hop Nest Monster - Terrible ipa that showed up at local bottleshop. Odd hoppy flavor mixed with sour malts, Bout 2 drinks and it ended up down the drain.
  32. SteinberKimmie

    SteinberKimmie Initiate (124) Apr 18, 2012 California

    Hi Ryan, we're sorry to hear about these experiences. Although there were a few instances this past summer of Summer Solstice kegs being returned with off-flavors, to our knowledge there have been no issues with our Winter Solstice cooperage this season. We take our QA/QC very seriously and work diligently to address issues that come up in the trade. Would you be willing to share specific information regarding these Winter kegs (ie account name, when purchased, contact info, etc)? We love the Philadelphia craft beer scene and would truly appreciate your help in this matter.
    Many thanks and Bahl Hornin,

    Steve Miller (aka Steinber Kimmie)
  33. borderican

    borderican Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 California
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    I never tried the others but Stone Smoked porter is a pretty decent beer. It has to be cold tho.
  34. SteinberKimmie

    SteinberKimmie Initiate (124) Apr 18, 2012 California

    Hi Brian,
    Just wanted to check-in to get more info about your recent Winter Solstice experience. Was this your first time tasting it? Was it from a bottle, can, or draft? Obviously tastes are subjective and not everyone will like every beer, but if you're willing, we'd love to hear from you.


    Steve Miller (aka Steinber Kimmie)
  35. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (265) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    Dogfish Head's pumpkin beer, whatever it's called, is the only beer I've ever drainpoured. It was so nasty after I poured it out I had to rinse my mouth.
  36. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,078) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I am not Brian, but I had a can of Winter Solstice a few weeks ago and it definitely had something weird going on. You can read my review here if you like:

  37. brianthelion23

    brianthelion23 Initiate (0) May 21, 2012 California

    Honestly i wasn't sure if it was the flavor profile that was chosen or a bad beer. it has a strong nutmeg or cinnamon taste mixed with vinegar. i just couldnt finish it. I still love Anderson valley beer a lot .
  38. Brenden

    Brenden Poo-Bah (3,535) Feb 25, 2008 Ohio
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    I want to say you have bad taste, but I think I'm not supposed to.
  39. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Lol, damn man I think you're missing the whole idea behind Dogfish Head.
  40. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Defender (613) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I'm not. I remember when they were an amazing brewery and remember how much light they shed on the world of craft when I was younger going down the shore with my family. They have no rhyme or reason behind their methods, anymore. They've all but ruined their name. Everything is some hippy test, now. It's ridiculous.
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