Highly acclaimed brews that underwhelmed you?

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  1. tut2528

    tut2528 Initiate (0) Sep 26, 2008 Illinois
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    +1 Speedway Stout
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  2. atoulouk

    atoulouk Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2011 Indiana
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    The New Glarus fruit beers (Serendipity, Raspberry Tart, Belgian Red, Apple Ale) were all very tasty, but other than Belgian Red seemed to have little going on other than just fruit. By no means bad, but just not 90+ beers IMO.
  3. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Disciple (305) Dec 22, 2012 Missouri

    Bells Hell Hath No Fury.... terrible at $16 a sixer

    Founders Breakfast stout..... don't get me wrong, I love stouts, but it just tasted like carbonated black coffee with some alcohol in it to me.... one of my only ever drain pours
  4. bostonlogga

    bostonlogga Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2013 Washington

    Supplication & consecration. Good beers, but definitely not a wow IMO. I'd much rather spend my money on a cascade. the vine, sang royal, you name it
  5. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Poo-Bah (1,506) Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    Zombie Dust.

    Don't get me wrong, it is a good beer. I don't think is even a top 5 beer in the FFF lineup. Its place in the current Top 250 blows my mind.
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  6. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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  7. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    One man gathers what another man spills.
  8. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    FW's best beer for me so far is Union Jack. Double J, Sucaba, DDBA, and XVI were all pretty good, but definitely not worth the price.
  9. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 California

    Just tried Speedway Stout yesterday, was above average but not great.
  10. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Damn! Love both and would never drain pour either...
  11. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Oh come on, this is just getting ridiculous. This beer is epic and is one of the all-time greats that is regularly available. Please tell me you are kidding.
  12. lostandwandering

    lostandwandering Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2009 New Jersey

    Not going to lie, but I though Black Ops was overrated. It was good, but felt it was lacking in the flavor department and a little thin compared to some of the competition. Maybe I just expected to be wowed by the $24 price tag...
  13. corbenlee

    corbenlee Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Indiana

    Gotta be CBS.
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  14. cityofFestivals

    cityofFestivals Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I don't say this with any malice, more matter-of-fact than anything, I just think pretty much everything from Victory is super overrated.
  15. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (2,682) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    In Spokane, before Terminal Gravity's beers began to be distributed locally, their IPA had this super-folkloric reputation, fueled in part by posts from Oregon BAs. When it finally reached my neck of the woods, I found it a perfecty average IPA - not bad, but nothing to get excited about, either.
  16. Barrelsnbeer

    Barrelsnbeer Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2012 North Carolina
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    the subtlety of black ops is one of its best qualities. In the growing beer industry it seems like unless a beer has flavors the come in and hit each and every tastebud like a roided out MMA fighter, then its just meh.

    This continuing thought process bothers me. i try to drink all beers with an open mind. if a beer just shows up on my palate and delivers delicate flavors theres nothing ever wrong with that. sometimes that softness lends to drinkability
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  17. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Disciple (357) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    I'd have to go with Founder's Imperial Stout. To me, there just wasnt a whole lot going on with that beer. Who knows maybe Russian Imperial Stouts aren't really my thing. This was my fourth RIS and wasn't really impressed with it. To me, American Doubles are a lot better.
  18. jrnyc

    jrnyc Savant (942) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    You need to have our taste buds checked.
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  19. dc4three

    dc4three Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2013 New Jersey

    sierra nevada narwhal. it was a decent stout but a lot of people hyped it up to the point where i was looking all over for it.
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  20. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    One thing that I have come to see as fundamentally important with beer is that it's not just subjective on the person drinking it, it's also subjective on that person, how they feel that day, what they ate, what their palate is craving.

    For example, let's say that you had never had BCBS on tap and you walked into a bar where they were offering it for a limited time only. You were really in the mood for a pale ale, not a stout, but you just couldn't pass up the chance to try this beer you had heard so much about. So you try it and it doesn't do much for you and it makes your list of underwhelming beers.

    I am at least guilty of situations like this.

    All that said, someone mentioned Bell's Hell Hath No Fury. I didn't know that this was highly acclaimed, but it was definitely underwhelming. I guess it was highly acclaimed personally because it was a special release from Bell's and Belgian Dubbels are one of my favorite styles. Genuine meh from my opinion. Brewery Vivant produces a top notch dubbel that is available all year long for a fraction of the price. And that's that.
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  21. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    I guess I don't get "in the mood" for a typical kind of beer. I keep my mind open and make a decision based on what is available when at a bar.
  22. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    As much as I had heard about sculpin I was excited to try it for the first time. It was a great piney IPA but I was expecting a lot more.
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  23. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    You've never been 'in the mood' for a particular beer or food? Conversely, you have never had a time when you just didn't feel like having a particular type of beer or an item of food that you would normally enjoy?
  24. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Food - yes. Beer - no. What I was saying is that when I go out to a bar I don't go with any types or styles in mind. Mostly because I don't have any "epic" craft beer bars in this area, so I have to accept what they have. I literally make up my mind once I see the beer list.
  25. RJM

    RJM Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Djibouti

    Goose Bourbon County
    FFF Dark Lord
    Founders KBS

    I can feel the hate already, but I actually enjoy Dragons Milk, Founders regular breakfast, and Port Old Viscosity more than any of these three, and what's better, I don't have to fight mobs of beer geeks to get hold of them.
  26. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    Trappistes Rochefort 8
    wanted to like it... but I walked away thinking "meh". Never bought again. Hate even admitting it, because I feel like my taste buds are dysfunctional.
    (my fav go to beer = speedway, so I am out of synch with several of the above posters in that regard too....)
  27. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    That is what FBS tasted to me as well only add hops. I finished the bottle regardless.
  28. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    Shaun does a lot of things really well (Saisons, IPAs, Porters, etc.) but BA stouts aren't one of them. Also thought Genealogy of Morals was pretty average.
  29. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Poo-Bah (1,506) Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    I knew this would piss a lot of people off. But I see others in the thread that agreed with me.

    I say "Oh come on" when I hear people bitching about availability of a good beer. Never said it was bad, just overrated. I would take a Dreadnaught on tap a thousand times before a ZD.
  30. IPA4LIFE

    IPA4LIFE Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2010 California

    Two Hearted wasn't as good as I expected. Not a bad beer, mind you, but not anywhere in my top 10. Also, when I had Westvleteren 8 I don't remember being blown away.
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  31. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (558) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    Heady Topper, westvleteren, sublimely self righteous. I need to get some fresh heady cause I'm pretty sure it rules.
  32. heyduke

    heyduke Initiate (161) Jan 14, 2011 Colorado
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    Bells two hearted. Yuck!
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  33. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Recent ones include Stone 16th, SN Celebration, SN Narwhal, and BCBCS.
  34. colts9016

    colts9016 Poo-Bah (1,823) Jul 2, 2007 Idaho
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    Simple Hop Slam, was just not what I thought it was going to be. Maybe it was not fresh enough, but the hype is bigger than the beer.
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  35. HoosierBrew

    HoosierBrew Initiate (165) Jan 12, 2013 Indiana
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    Couldn't agree more.
  36. LegalBrew87

    LegalBrew87 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 California

    SN Celebration
  37. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aspirant (217) Apr 11, 2010 Ohio
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    OK, so you have your argument covered with the first sentence. That being said, the thread is Highly acclaimed brews that underwhelmed you and you mention 3 breweries that produce at least a dozen brews a year. This is not making much sense to me.
  38. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,027) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    Definitely Sucks....
  39. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Dark Lord. One of the worst stouts I've had.
  40. BlackBelt5112203

    BlackBelt5112203 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2012 Michigan
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    Firestone Walker Abacus
    Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
    Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
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