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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. king75

    king75 Disciple (395) Jul 27, 2010 Michigan
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    I just had a Stone's Russian Imperial Stout that I had aged for a year have to say that it tasted super watery and generic to me. Of course I did have Founder's Imperial Stout the night before and the comparison may be unfair, but compared to the Founders Imperial stout, Stones Russian imperial stout was just bland.

    The other beer that I was not impressed with that was really hyped when I tried it was Cadillac Mountain Stout.
  2. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,914) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    Ruination 10th anniversary

    Tasted like a hop shit in my mouth. Not good.
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  3. grynder33

    grynder33 Devotee (422) Jul 31, 2003 Wisconsin

    Traded for Pliney,had people bring it back from the West Coast,even brought some back from San Diego myself,and finally came to the conclusion that there is about 6-8 Midwest hop brews,I'd prefer to the Elder.And Westy 12,if you ever get a couple bottles of it,do a blind taste test with the other trappists Quads,tell me you blindly pick Westy out as being clearly superior. Both times I had Sexual Chocolate ,both I and the people I shared it with heard the sad trombone in the background. I will put the requried clause that all 3 are fine brews,just not worth overtrading and overspending for
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  4. FEUO

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

    First Heady, now Pliny. Don't get me wrong, it was pretty great. But the hype machine is an unforgiving b!tch and turned what could have been the best beer I ever had into an also-ran.
    I will try to get some more again, but will not overtrade for it. :slight_smile:
  5. AlexFields

    AlexFields Meyvn (1,277) Dec 13, 2009 Tennessee
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    Dark Lord, Nugget Nectar, BA Sexual Chocolate.
  6. Hopportunistic

    Hopportunistic Aspirant (263) Jan 24, 2013 North Carolina

    HA !!!!!
  7. Drew26

    Drew26 Aspirant (217) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Hopslam. It was good, but I was expecting to be blown away based on all the love for it.
  8. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Sucks. It was alright, but nothing to get excited about. I'd rather drink Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.
  9. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Meyvn (1,311) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
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    Over the years I've learned most hype beers are hype, and not worth it.

    Best beers are shelf sitting regulars.
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  10. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    i just had a bottle on 1 year old espresso oak aged yeti and it tasted exactly like yeti. no oak or coffee
  11. JdoubleA

    JdoubleA Disciple (304) Apr 27, 2011 North Carolina
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    Probably Dark Lord.

    To it's defense I had it on a night where I sampled many world class beers and only had a little bit. I just remember thinking... "It's sweet..."
  12. Lethal04

    Lethal04 Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2009 Missouri

    Recently Hopslam and Zombie Dust have underwhelmed me. Both are good, but was expecting a bit more with all the praise and hype they get.
  13. ToddThompson

    ToddThompson Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2012 North Carolina

    Bell's Black Note : Had it on draft but was not impressed. Not sure if it was the sweetness but something was off
    Bell's The Oracle: I expected so much more from the makers of Two Hearted and HopSlam, especially since it was so hard to get
    SN - Hoptimum: Sorry but I could name 50 IPAs that I prefer
    Heady Topper: Don't get me wrong it was a quality brew but I just didn't like it as much as I expected. Maybe it was the can, maybe it was the "floaties" ......... the nose was a thing of beauty though
    Nugget Nectar: Another quality brew but didn't live up to the hype or worth the trouble to acquire
  14. TylerKohlhagen

    TylerKohlhagen Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2010 Wisconsin

    New Holland Dragons Milk, totally does not live up to the hype or the price tag.
  15. HOMEPL8

    HOMEPL8 Initiate (149) Dec 26, 2010 Virginia

    This should be re-named the "don't get me wrong" thread.
  16. adkieffer

    adkieffer Disciple (326) Nov 23, 2010 Washington

    Last weekend did a large bottle share that included '10 &'12 Dark Lord......both a let down after a long time wanting to try these beers. '10 Ivan the Terrible was enjoyed more by everyone at the tasting.

    Tick, tick
  17. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (979) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    I never get any pine from Sculpin to me it's a huge grapefruit bomb. Big Eye is fairly pine forward though.
  18. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Sucaba was definitely worth my $15.
    Of course I wish it was less expensive.
  19. JimSmetana

    JimSmetana Initiate (0) May 11, 2012 Illinois

    Hop Stoopid and Duvel
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  20. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    hmm i remember getting pine. If it was grapefruit bomb for me then i probably wouldnt have listed it here. i love me some grapefruit. maybe i need to grab another and revisit.
  21. anteater

    anteater Crusader (779) Sep 10, 2012 Oregon
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    Kentucky Breakfast Stout wasn't nearly as good as regular Breakfast stout.

    Also, I want to love Orval so badly and I will continue to buy it but I just think that other belgian pale ale's with brett like Goose Island Matilda and Allagash Confluence do a much better job
  22. JDizzle

    JDizzle Zealot (563) Aug 24, 2010 Indiana

    Great Lakes Christmas taste like a shity coke to me.
  23. ChicagoNick

    ChicagoNick Disciple (322) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois
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    Old Rasputin XV. I love all stouts... this was underwhelming. Plus, I didn't realize they used the thickest bottle in the world. An empty bottle feels the same as a full bottle.
  24. emilylee

    emilylee Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2009 California

    Dare I say Westvleteren 12...But I've never been a big quad fan...
  25. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Sucaba for $15 would be totally worth it. What I traded for it, with shipping, was perhaps not.
  26. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    I agree with this. I wasn't overly-impressed with Orval. I mean, it was good. But near the bottom of the trappist ales for me.
  27. emilylee

    emilylee Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2009 California

    Pliny the Elder is best when it's super fresh on tap...Sometimes out of the bottle it's mediocre...When I'm at the brewery I go for Happy Hops which I like better than The Elder...
  28. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Devotee (400) Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    I personally think Yeti is one of the best beers you can buy. It is a fairly hoppy imperial stout. I don't think it improves with age. It's okay aged, but as the hops fades and oxidation occurs it gets a leathery taste that is interesting but not an improvment on fresh Yeti. I prefer strait Yeti without the added oak, coffee or chocolate flavors, but they're all excellant.
  29. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    I've tried almost all of the yetis aged an I still prefer fresh oak aged yeti, that's one hella good beer.
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  30. KingMoomie

    KingMoomie Initiate (130) Dec 6, 2007 Ohio

    Pretty much anything by Rough. Not saying they don't have any good beers, but I have learned to avoid their stuff when I see it on draft.
  31. cnbrown313

    cnbrown313 Disciple (351) May 29, 2012 Illinois

    Lagunitas Sucks.

    It's not bad, but it's probably not even one of my top 10 favorite Lagunitas' beers. Lil Sumpin', Hop Stoopid, Lucky 13, Cappuccino Stout, WTF, Brown Shugga', Censored, etc... are all better IMO. I don't get the hype at all...
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  32. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Disciple (364) Nov 5, 2012 Arizona
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    Paulaner Hefeweizen which was Ok but it was more like a hef lite and I really like their helles beer a lot. Franziskaner is superior and the value for a good hef is unmatched, SN Kellerweis is better, and Weihenstephaner is just one of my favorite beers on earth.
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  33. powz87

    powz87 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Illinois

    westy 12 and pretty much anything except gumball head from 3 floyds
  34. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (282) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    First thing that comes to mind is the extremely disappointing, watery, over-carbonated, no oak tasting Oak Barrel Stout by Dominion that I unfortunately bought a sixer of last night. It had an 89 by the BA members and a frigging 99 by the Bros (I gave it a 2.61, review here)! I thought it was underwhelming to say the least. I have 4 more and I have no idea what I'm going to do with them. Probably give them to friends to see if they like it a bit better. Also...

    Hopslam. Year in and year out, I just do not get the hype surrounding that beer. Yeah, it's good, but there are more than a couple year-round DIPA's that are better, cheaper, and I don't have to hunt them down. You guys can go chase Hypeslam all you want...I'll stick with my Nugget Nectar.

    Gift of the Magi by The Lost Abbey. It was my first (and only, actually) LA brew, and while good, it was a letdown.

    The Bruery as a whole has an out of whack ratio of hype and reverence to quality of product. Not saying they make bad beer, they actually have a few I really love, but quite a few of their beers were merely average to me, and pretty much all of their stuff is overpriced.
  35. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Defender (602) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota
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    Been mentioned several times, but Sucks. It's good, and I'd certainly buy some again, but its comparison to Hopslam is undeserved. Hopslam may also be overrated (and over priced), but it's miles more complex than Sucks.
  36. njhopspop

    njhopspop Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2010 New Jersey

    St Bernardus Abt 12. I normally like quads just fine but I only got through half of a 12 oz bottle before drain pouring the rest.
  37. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    Had Westy 12 and Rochefort 10 for the first time within the last 6 weeks and I just wasn't super into either of them. I'd much rather have St. Bernardus Abt 12. It being way more affordable is just the icing on the cake.
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  38. lookrider

    lookrider Defender (618) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Rochefort 10. It was really decent but I was expecting something transcendant. There are a bunch of BSDA'a and quads that I liked more. But I'd still rate it highly
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  39. DropDead

    DropDead Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2013 Illinois

    Most of the stuff from 3Floyds (except Gumballhead)

    Rochefort 10 tasted very odd to me, maybe I poured it too quickly and drank it with the sediment idk. I've got one more bottle in my cellar that I'll leave for a year or two. For now though it's towards the bottom of my quad list
  40. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Just had my first Double Jack. It was certainly good (4.19), but wasn't mind blowing. Maybe my expectations were too high. But I don't believe it's worth the price tag.
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