Highly acclaimed brews that underwhelmed you?

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

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  1. JoeDurp

    JoeDurp Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Texas

    Live in Texas like i said we have nothing amazing
  2. endovelico

    endovelico Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2008 Portugal

    Judging by my rating history: The Old Crustacean. I wanted to like that beer so much, but it was just awful. It wasn't even a case of not living up to expectations, it genuinely tasted like it was a bad home brew attempt at a barley wine. :slight_frown:
  3. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    Bourbon Barrel aged Hi-Fi Rye.
  4. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Defender (646) Jul 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Kate the Great was awesome, but it baffles me at people who would pay $300 or more for a bomber of it. I've had other RIS(s) that are about as good.
  5. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Defender (646) Jul 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    The Goose Island Bourbon County Stout was one of the most disappointing/disgusting beers I've ever had. Immediate gag reflex when I tasted that molasses/caramel flavor as it touched my tongue. Gross.
  6. BeerHunter76

    BeerHunter76 Zealot (511) Dec 25, 2010 Texas
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    A friend shared the most recent Kate the Great with me, and for all the hype surrounding this beer none of us were impressed at all. I feel we may have built it up to much for it to satisfy our expectations.
  7. AcE311

    AcE311 Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012

    Haha really hmm, I only had it once and I think i had been drinking other beers before hand. All I remember is that I wasn't impressed ill definitely give it another try though.
  8. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    Dark Lord (PVW BA was amazing mind, but I give higher credit to the bourbon than the beer on that one)
  9. ColonelCash

    ColonelCash Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2011 Tennessee

  10. ynnpar

    ynnpar Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2007 United Kingdom (England)

    Abyss. KBS. St. Lamvinus. Pliny. Westy. All were very good but none blew me away, as talk about them here led me to believe would be the case.
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  11. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    PtE, BA Blackout Stout, Frangelic Mtn Brown, Backwoods Bastard, Black Note....

    ...And the winner is Bourbon County Vanilla

    This one showed up on tap at half a dozen places during Chicago craft beer week, and is far and away my least favorite of the BCBS varieties (its still a very solid brew, just not great). I'll take fresh coffee, bramble, rare, and regular BCBS any year (esp. 2008, 2009) over this one any day of the week.

    I think people are getting carried away with the whole "but.dude.it.was.made.once.and.will.never.be.made.again".
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  12. SadMachine

    SadMachine Meyvn (1,338) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
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    I'd have to say 120 because even though it doesn't have AMAZING ratings on here, there's a ton of hype about it. A solid beer for sure, but nothing I would go crazy to seek out.
  13. SadMachine

    SadMachine Meyvn (1,338) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
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    I tried to edit my last post but was just passed the time limit, so... edit. Also Sculpin kinda let me down for being a "top 50" beer in the world. I must say though that I must revisit it, since I had it after 2 pints of the first batch of Stone's Enjoy By, which to date is my favorite IPA of any kind (single, double, etc.). It was good but I was expecting more, but my palate may have been a bit out of whack or used to the Enjoy By at that point.
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  14. tmm313

    tmm313 Zealot (575) Nov 6, 2011 Georgia
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    North Coast Old Stock Ale and Old Rasputin. Still cringe at the thought.
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  15. MalKen

    MalKen Initiate (179) Nov 9, 2012 Massachusetts

    Nugget Nectar. I just don't get it. I tried the last batch for the first time and was super excited... meh
  16. wde83

    wde83 Initiate (151) Nov 9, 2012 Texas
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    So after reading how everyone on here was having such a love affair with this stuff, I went out this afternoon and tracked down what I am pretty sure is the last six pack of this in town. Tried my first tonight. It was fine, nothing wrong with it really, but I was a much bigger fan of Founder's Harvest than I am of this. Generally would just assume to have a decent fresh bottle of Two Hearted or West Coast IPA which are pretty readily available here as well.
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  17. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    I have to add Celebration too. I buy it every year and I enjoy it but it never lived up to the amazing reputation it has. But I think websites like this lead to overhyping. Just enjoy what you enjoy, don't expect it to be anything special just because everyone on here "loves it". I'd be willing to bet that a lot of people who talk about hyped beers haven't even actually tried them
  18. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Widmer Brothers Reserve Prickly Pear Braggot! An experiment gone wrong!
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  19. goalie33

    goalie33 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2009 New York

    bourbon county vanilla and kbs. neither had the punch that i enjoy in a barrel aged imperial stout
  20. PangaeaBeerFood

    PangaeaBeerFood Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2008 New York

    Call me crazy, but Cantillon Geuze. I love Geuze, it's one of my favorite styles, so I was REALLY looking forward to trying Cantillon. It wasn't bad at all, but it was my least favorite of the traditional ones that I've tried. I much preferred Drie Fonteinen, Boon, etc. I just didn't care for the balance... much too acidic and not enough of the earthiness. It was very vinegary.
  21. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (1,883) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Another one that underwhelmed...Framboise de Amorosa.
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  22. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,492) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Backwoods Bastard, ok not earth shaking.. My palate has probably changed with drinking a lot more Stouts.
  23. RangnaR

    RangnaR Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 California

    I would agree about SN Celebration. You can't meander through these forums without reading about the love affair some have with it, but I don't get it... But I had another Widmer Brrr last night and still dig it.
  24. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Disciple (367) Nov 5, 2012 Arizona
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    Is it(Widmer Brrr) less hoppy than Jubelale and Celebration? I like both OK but I'm not always in the mood for a super hoppy warmer. I like the Bell's Christmas Ale a lot and it's only mildly hopped.
  25. kotayk

    kotayk Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    Why should "talk"about the beers u mentioned by some dudes on a site matter. How are they qualified. It's opinion.
    Drink it and decide for ur self.
    It is not only personal taste, but its almost become cool to bash on the established " highly" lauded beers.
    Like oh dude Kbs or pte is so over-rated (what ever the hell that means)
    It's almost a pseudo- hipster culture when it comes to these beers.
    Pliny... So mainstream man, I was drinking HF when no one know about em.
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  26. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Founders Dirty Bastard. Don't get me wrong. This beer was by no means bad, I just didn't think it was all that great.
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  27. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Aspirant (227) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    SN Celebration Ale
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  28. johnsaulrubio

    johnsaulrubio Initiate (197) Dec 2, 2006 Texas
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    *Looks around. Sees tons of awesomeness in beer cellar from trades. Keeps looking around. Also sees Texas surrounding him.*

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  29. vonnegut21

    vonnegut21 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2012 New York
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    Nugget Nectar. I just don't get it. Too sweet, too much resin and a completely unbalanced mess.
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  30. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    First year I had it, I was underwhelmed as well. My gf loved it though so I bought it a case of it the following year, and did a complete 180 on it after having a few. Can't find a better amber in Massachusetts, except maybe Hopback Amber.
  31. Marty91

    Marty91 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Molson XXX
  32. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    I just had my first Abyss and I thought it sucked.

    Just kidding, it was amazing.
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  33. TicoCali

    TicoCali Disciple (346) Jul 25, 2010 California

    Fifty Fifty Eclipse Corn Whiskey
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  34. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Founders Breakfast Stout bottled on 8/6/12. Coffee, hops and kinda watery. Not a hint of chocolate or vanilla whatsover. However, I have seen other ba's complain about the 2012 batch.
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  35. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Thats right, I said it. But without dating on the cans I still reserve judgement. Maybe mine was just a tad old. Hop profile was still sharp, but not sure how a super fresh one may be.
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  36. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    Not that they do not have 1-2 beers in their lineup that I might enjoy regularly, but based on their overall lineup...

    3 that underwhelm me:
  37. WeymouthMike

    WeymouthMike Devotee (455) Jun 22, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I agree with many of the dislikes of these highly regarded beers but this comment is nuts. If you cant find a beer from any of these 3 you dont like beer.
  38. jonb5

    jonb5 Savant (976) May 11, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    Westmalle Dubbel
  39. Corkpuller

    Corkpuller Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Double Sunshine, Greenflash West Coast
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  40. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Big Eddy stuff is another WHIFF by Leinenkugel's, great you made a big beer that's not even sniffing @ Sam Adam's Imperial Series stuff which also is rather hot, syrupy & unbalanced.
    Sixpoint Brewing available here in Ohio, was a let down. With all of them being a variation of the 2 things they have hops & bitter neither of which in any of the variations has done anything but irritate me as to how one dimensional they all were.
    Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Burning River are always a one and done for me, if I can even do that.
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