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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. CNR76

    CNR76 Apr 18, 2012 California

    I was actually disappointed with '12 Abyss.

    Parabola, BCBS on another level compared to Abyss IMO.
  2. beercanman

    beercanman Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    It was good. I'm gonna revisit it when I can. I would like to lay a couple down for a.year and see.
  3. dbfp210

    dbfp210 Jun 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Nugget Nectar. I want to like it. I really do. But I keep getting a weird hairspray taste. No idea why. I love Troegs so much so if someone can make it taste better I will love you forever. :-(
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  4. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    That's just how it tastes. It's a horrible beer.
  5. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    Pliny The Elder. it was alright, but it didn't blow my mind at all. In fact i found it to be pretty forgettable and average. (yes, i've had it fresh)
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  6. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    I would be curious to know whether you had a bottle or on tap. I am not nearly the fan of the bottle version vs. tap. Always get it on tap at the brewpub.

    And yes, I would take a dreadnaught over a ZD any day.
  7. Andygirl

    Andygirl Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    Hopslam. I just think it's overwhelming and unbalanced.
  8. RockAZ

    RockAZ Jan 6, 2009 Arizona
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    PBR, always had a fond spot for that beer although until quite recently never drank any of it. See, when I was thirteen, a 15 year old summer romance girl at the lake said she would go all the way with me if I could bring a six pack of PBR. She, however, did live up to the hype surrounding her willingness and ability even if the PBR did not.
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  9. Damian

    Damian Jun 1, 2006 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    This sounds exactly like the response I would have given to this question. Actually, I'd agree with you on Pliny if you're referring to PtE. PtY blew my mind.
  10. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    I just like making lists I guess. Most on the list are "decent but not awesome" aka underwhelming. Pretty much every other beer everyone else mentioned on this thread I like:D (with the exception of BL platinum and a few others)
  11. BrownNut

    BrownNut Jul 11, 2011 Florida

    It's a real shame what hype does. When the bar is impossibly high, mild disappointment is the best possible outcome. So after learning my lesson on that bitterly with a number of the really high profile darlings, I've started deliberately lowering expectations to the "above average" level before trying anything acclaimed. I expect to taste a well made beer that I enjoy. When that happens, expectations met. If it manages to go higher, well then I get a bit of excitement. I don't like this technique because it takes some of the fun out of it, but it prevents being repeatedly disappointed by really good beers, which is the much better road to take.

    What I truly love is finding a beer I didn't know was a darling or even wasn't necessarily a darling and then getting wowed by it. That's when you know that no psychology is factoring in. I picked up a Mikkeller calvados-aged beer geek brunch weasel recently on a whim as I impulse shopped through a store in another town, even after having been really underwhelmed by the last Mikkeller I had, and promptly got blasted out of my chair by amazingness. I had heard of the weasels but knew nothing about them. What a find. That stuff was gold. That thrill of finding something of that masterful craftsmanship is what keeps me going on this neverending hunt for great beer.
  12. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Idk. Their BA beers just don't taste much like anything except wood to me. Just had Wookey Jack for the first time though, probably my favorite Black IPA.
  13. bubseymour

    bubseymour Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Sculpin. Seemed just ok, but nothing special.

    Anything by Stone as well although I did like their RIS.
    Southern Tier Chokolat. Love lots of Chocolate in my stouts but both myself and friend who also likes lots of IS's had to drainpour this one. The chocolate was too overpowering and bitter dark.
  14. Derranged

    Derranged Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Northcoast Old Rasputin. Was better than FBS but still not that great.

    I don't know what it is but I have had some bad luck with the past few RIS's I've had.
  15. baha773

    baha773 Oct 17, 2008 Missouri

    For me, the Boulevard Imperial Pilsners they've released were underwhelming and not worth the money paid imo. BUT, I also acknowledge that any pilsner just isn't a style I like.
  16. Puddleduck

    Puddleduck Nov 21, 2012

    PLINY not worth the price the 8 dollar price versus a 3 dollar heady topper
  17. clubarsky91

    clubarsky91 Aug 5, 2012 California

    If pliny costs you 8 dollars, you're shopping in the wrong places
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  18. BrewStew58

    BrewStew58 Mar 29, 2011 New York

    It underwhelmed you because it was overwhelming. Never had it, just thought this was funny word play.
  19. Andygirl

    Andygirl Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I did find it ironic myself. ;) Describing beer I don't like isn't really in my skill set.
  20. velcrowe

    velcrowe Dec 12, 2012 California
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    I had Expedition for the first time last week and it was not aged. I thought it was super, super good. The consensus seems to be that this is not so great without aging, but my experience was deliciousness right away.

    FBS underwhelmed me, but I will say that the overly coffee stouts are not my favorite. I'd rather have a great cup of coffee.
  21. Travisurfin247

    Travisurfin247 Dec 20, 2010 South Carolina

    My only Fat Tire was disappointing. Maybe it was the bar's CO2 setup or it was old, but it was not great. Maybe one day I'll try it in a bottle or at a different bar.
  22. Zimbo

    Zimbo Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Really? I always thought it had a mediocre rep. As for being underwelmed I gotta give you one big thumb up on that one. The Tripel is another matter...
  23. jonb5

    jonb5 May 11, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    Westmalle Dubbel has a high rating on here, so I went by that and was disappointed (also happened to be my birthday the day I drank it) but can't really complain because it cost about 80 cents. As for the Tripel, I picked up a bottle on my last Belgium, not had it yet though.
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  24. FriarTuckInLuck

    FriarTuckInLuck Dec 15, 2011 Arizona

    Yeah, its amazing fresh. I was suggesting that instead of 6 months he wait 2 years so the age will be more noticeable. I usually start Expedition at 55 degrees, but recently I've been cracking them at room temperature. It really cuts the roasty/hop bitterness down exponentially. I just seem to prefer my stouts sweeter, hence aging. Ditto on coffee being an obtrusive flavor in stouts, but still really want to have my first FBS. Breakfast Weasel is another matter entirely. Put that stuff in my veins.
  25. fullmetal1381

    fullmetal1381 Jul 30, 2011 Florida

    All the people saying Ten Fidy and Hopslam on this thread make me want to cry. Ah well, different strokes...

    For me, none of the Yeti series was anything special, but Espresso Oak Aged Yeti was a different beast, in a bad way. I bought a snifter once and had to give it to a friend after two sips (coincidentally, he loved it).
  26. aandresen

    aandresen Sep 21, 2009 Arizona
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  27. WhiteJordan

    WhiteJordan Sep 6, 2012 Washington
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  28. WhiteJordan

    WhiteJordan Sep 6, 2012 Washington
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    I don't disagree about DFH being a disappointment on a regular basis. Often time the descriptions on the bottle sound far better than the execution. I think I've enjoyed Stone beers more often than not. As for FFF I have done all of my adult drinking in the Seattle area so I have yet to try anything.
  29. Thorzdad

    Thorzdad Jul 1, 2010 Indiana

    Fat Tire.
    It's an ok drink until that weird cocoa-ish finish hits. It's so out-of-place. I don't get the hype.
  30. OUJayhawk1799

    OUJayhawk1799 Jan 25, 2013 Oklahoma
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    Funny. The Espresso Yeti was easily my favorite of the bunch.
  31. jsm1289

    jsm1289 Mar 11, 2011 New York
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    I had a ba alpha klaus and thought it tasted like vodka and cherries which is a pretty awful taste to me. Literally did not have more than a few ounces before quitting
  32. josephwa

    josephwa Jun 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Pliny, I'll say it again Pliny!
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  33. tectactoe

    tectactoe Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Lol. No, seriously.
  34. Highbrow

    Highbrow Jan 7, 2011 California
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    not sure about "highly acclaimed", but i think it is pretty well regarded, about a year back i finally tried an Old Viscosity. not sure if the lone bottle i picked up was a fluke or i'm just not a big fan. i didn't really taste anything "off" per say, just found it heavy & straight forward (not very multidimensional). given its asking price, i haven't been back to prove it's a yay or nay for me.
  35. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    my guess is that you don't really like west coast IPAs then... Hopslam is good, but i'd rather have a SN Hoptimum..
  36. SometimesIfart

    SometimesIfart Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    Most recently, Skull Splitter.
  37. johnsaulrubio

    johnsaulrubio Dec 2, 2006 Texas
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    I did. 2 bottles. I drank one, and traded the other for some KBS.
  38. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    Rochefort 6 had one this weekend, I generally really enjoy dubbels, but I waivered between giving it a 3.5 or 3.75. It was the last bottle on the shelf?
  39. MatthewPlus

    MatthewPlus Jan 2, 2013 Florida
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    Bourbon county rare. Delicious, but i thought the other in the BC lineup, (namely coffee and vanilla) were better. Also, and as a Tampan it pains me to say it, but Hunahpu is overrated. That being said, ill still be there 6 hours early on March 9th to get my share.
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  40. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
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    St. Bernardus 12
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