Highly acclaimed brews that underwhelmed you?

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

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  1. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    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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  2. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,138) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

  3. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (501) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    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.
  4. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    Yer I'll go Stone IRS too- had two bottles, one was mediocre the other was hideous.
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  5. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (849) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Pretty much every Stone beer
  6. detroiter

    detroiter Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2009 Michigan
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    BCBVS.... So wish I would've traded that one instead.
  7. Apuzarne

    Apuzarne Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2011 Connecticut
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    Dark Lord. Good, but not great.
  8. pushkinwow

    pushkinwow Initiate (69) Dec 20, 2006 Ontario (Canada)
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    Rare. It was good but not as mind blowing as I had been hoping.
  9. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    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.
  10. Brew33

    Brew33 Crusader (748) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    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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  11. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey

    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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  12. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Indiana

    Founder's Hop Harvest & Backwoods Bastard. I don't get the hype behind either.
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  13. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    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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  14. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    Too bad, try Abraxas from Perennial. It was fantastic.
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  15. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    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.
  16. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey


    Your opinion is bad, and you should feel bad.

    I kid, but really, that beer is amazing.
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  17. thebigredone

    thebigredone Champion (811) Dec 19, 2011 Wisconsin
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    KBS, Pliny, BCBS. All solid brews, but I just can't understand the crazy cult following of these beers.
  18. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (186) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota
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    Supplication...rubbing alcohol passed off as beer
  19. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,241) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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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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  20. JimDH

    JimDH Initiate (60) Feb 7, 2011 Kentucky

    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.
  21. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Meyvn (1,019) Aug 29, 2008 Australia

    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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  22. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,241) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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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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  23. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,121) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
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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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  24. jar72404

    jar72404 Initiate (137) May 31, 2009 Florida

    Speedway stout. Solid but not great.
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  25. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,241) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Honesty? I don't think anything Alesmith has blown me away.
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  26. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas
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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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  27. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    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.
  28. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (849) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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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.
  29. tronto

    tronto Initiate (84) Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky
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  30. thegoon55

    thegoon55 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2012 Massachusetts
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    CBS, great beer but was expecting it to be a lot more complex. Really disappointing.
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  31. geocool

    geocool Initiate (175) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    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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  32. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (352) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    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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  33. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas
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  34. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,322) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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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.
  35. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Aspirant (270) Jul 12, 2012 Utah
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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.
  36. camil1mj

    camil1mj Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2010 Michigan
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    Kate the Great: I can buy better stouts at the local super market.
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  37. ShameAndFailure

    ShameAndFailure Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2009 Texas

    Burton baton for me
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  38. Preluderl

    Preluderl Devotee (458) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania
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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.
  39. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

  40. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Initiate (174) Dec 28, 2011 Texas
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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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