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Highly acclaimed brews that underwhelmed you?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tectactoe, Nov 9, 2012.

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  1. tectactoe

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    Maybe the hype gets to you early and gets your hopes up way too high. Maybe the beer's just not your style or taste. But I think we've all been underwhelmed by a beer that was supposed to be "amazing" by critics and BA's alike.... So what were some of your underwhelming moments?

    I think for me, one of the biggest was Stone's Imperial Russian Stout. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great beer. But many people were putting this in their top 3 RIS's (and even top 3 stouts in general) and so possibly my expectations were a bit too high. It was almost a touch too sweet for me, with the raisin-fig taste being a bit too overpowering. As I said, still a great brew, but there are many RIS's I take over this one.
     
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    A lot of the vaunted West Coast IPAs like Green Flash, Stone etc don't impress me because I prefer a citrusy IPA with a little balance, like Two Hearted and White Rajah. But I can understand why a lot of people like the aforementioned beers.
     
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    Yer I'll go Stone IRS too- had two bottles, one was mediocre the other was hideous.
     
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    Pretty much every Stone beer
     
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    BCBVS.... So wish I would've traded that one instead.
     
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    Dark Lord. Good, but not great.
     
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    Rare. It was good but not as mind blowing as I had been hoping.
     
  9. LMT

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    Ten Fidy.

    It was pricey and gets excellent reviews here, but I was underwhelmed. For about the same price (actually, a bit less per oz.), I much preferred Bell's Expedition Stout. I enjoyed that bitter chocolate/licorice taste in the expo stout.

    I prefer Old Rasputin, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and Victory Storm King over Ten Fidy...and all of these cost significantly less.

    I think with all of these that I liked, I could actually identify some "taste" (or combo. of tastes)...chocolate, coffee, etc. I really couldn't figure out what Ten Fidy was trying to go for...except $15 a 4-pack.
     
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    Blabaer

    Don't get me wrong, it's very good but there are at least 5 other Cantillon beers I'd rather drink.
     
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    Hunahpu. It was pretty good, but not any different from Marshall Zukhov, which is much easier to find. I had a 2012 fresh, got no flavor from the chilies, and wasn't nearly as mind-blowing as expected.
     
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    Founder's Hop Harvest & Backwoods Bastard. I don't get the hype behind either.
     
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    Most recently, I'll have to go with Bells Expedition Stout. I honestly never thought I would drainpour a beer from Bells, but there I was. I am told with some years on it that it transforms into a different animal, can't wait to see.
     
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    Too bad, try Abraxas from Perennial. It was fantastic.
     
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    Yea I thought ten fidy was below average RIS, its still good but almost all other american examples I've had are better.

    Ipswich oatmeal stout 6pck for 8$ or Ten Fidy 4pack for 15$ hmmmmm.
     
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    :eek:

    Your opinion is bad, and you should feel bad.

    I kid, but really, that beer is amazing.
     
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    KBS, Pliny, BCBS. All solid brews, but I just can't understand the crazy cult following of these beers.
     
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    Supplication...rubbing alcohol passed off as beer
     
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    Wow, I can't believe I'm reading this. Someone that actually agrees with me. I've been saying this for years now, Ten Fidy is overrated and overpriced. I also agree that all of the stouts you listed are heads and shoulders better than TF and I'd drink any/all of them any day before TF.
     
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    I share your preference for citrus flavor but White Rajah underwhelmed me, considering its BA score, because I didn't find it balanced at all. To be fair, Brew Kettle promotes it as a West Coast-style IPA and includes on the label description "malt, take a back seat please." So they aren't promising balance.

    Not criticizing your post--just sharing a much different take on the beer.
     
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    where to start...................
    Dark Lord, Bourbon County Vanilla, Bourbon Country Coffee, CBS, Alpha King, Expedition Stout, and BA blackout. Most of the Midwest stuff I have had has just been very average for the hype it has gotten.
     
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    Hanzo. What specifically didn't you like about the fresh Expedition? I think it's a great beer, maybe sometimes a little hot when fresh, but still a really good beer. I would say if you don't like it fresh, you probably won't like it with age on it.

    So only one thing to do here, send it all to me.
     
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    I'm sure to be in the minority but I was not at all impressed by Pliny the Elder. It was really good, perhaps even among the best... as an IPA. But it just didn't have the body or "oomph" I look for in an imperial/ double IPA.
     
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    Speedway stout. Solid but not great.
     
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    Honesty? I don't think anything Alesmith has blown me away.
     
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    Have to agree with the Rare, CBS, and Blabaer. All solid, but 09 BCBS, KBS, or St Lamvinus all more easily obtainable substitutes.
     
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    Not sure how to describe it, the smell, taste, just was off to me. I am told brewers licorice is used in the beer (assuming that is what makes the unique flavor?) That plus the bitterness just didn't do it for me.
     
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    Hanzo, I didnt like Expedition either for a long time. I recently bought a 6-pack and am enjoying it much more than I did in the past. It certainly needs to warm up a lot before I agree with it, too. I think I'll let a couple sit for a few years to see what that is all about, too. I dont mind the heat on it now, though.
     
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    CBS, great beer but was expecting it to be a lot more complex. Really disappointing.
     
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    Dark Lord for me, too. Though that might have been because I was at a tasting where we also sampled Kate the Great and Chocolate Rain.
     
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    Frangelic Mountain Brown, fail. Founder's dropped the ball big time on that one.
    Pliny, no clue why this beer is so hyped. I found it completely boring as hell.
    And I agree with most anything from Stone. It's either overhopped or just bitter as hell.
     
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    Heady topper. I don't know what I was expecting but it was so hyped I figured I was going to blow a load when it hit The lips... I think zombie dust and alpha king are way better.
     
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    Dark Lord by far. It tasted like someone emptied sugar packets into a bottle of soy sauce. Absolutely terrible. I should have kept the 3 KBS I traded for it.
     
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    Kate the Great: I can buy better stouts at the local super market.
     
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    Burton baton for me
     
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    I'm still new to this so I don't have a ton of options, but Great Lakes Nosferatu has a pretty high score on here and I didn't care for it at all. Drain poured about half.
     
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    Brooklyn chocolate stout. It gets better after a year but even then it's not that great.

    I already know a bunch of people will disagree. It just doesn't hide the alcohol worth a shit for something that's only in the 10ish abv range.
     
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