Highly acclaimed brews that underwhelmed you?

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

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  1. BlackDragon

    BlackDragon Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2013 Michigan

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO a THOUSAND TIMES NOOOOOOO Dark Lord is amazing (never had a bad one) if you don't like it feel free to send me all your bottles.
  2. jbck109

    jbck109 Aspirant (264) May 30, 2010 Michigan
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    Right! I had high hopes for the "King of Beers", and I too was let down;)
  3. khipps16

    khipps16 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2013

    Old Guardian! Got it and couldn't wait to try it. Looked wonderful in the glass, slight sweet smell, a little hop aroma. First , second, and third sip...... Not good. Had many barley wines. This was not one I enjoyed.
  4. BlackDragon

    BlackDragon Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2013 Michigan

    Heady Topper I just don't get it on top of not being that good it looks terrible in the glass and tastes like plastic or metal. Possibly be better if they would put it in a bottle instead of a can?
  5. Noodles

    Noodles Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio

    Bells Cherry Stout was very disappointing. Way too tart.
  6. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Crusader (798) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
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    Agree but... I Had an '08 at Stone in Escondido and it was wonderful. Also their RIS from '06 and it was UH-mazing. Maybe lots of there big beers just do much better over time...
  7. mdanberg

    mdanberg Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2010 Delaware
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    Founders Breakfast Stout for me. Probably went in with way too high of an expectation thinking it would blow my mind, but it turned out to be fairly average.
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  8. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2006 California

  9. powz87

    powz87 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Illinois

    Zombie Dust. it's just not what it used to be, to me anyways.
  10. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Celebration, Brown Shugga, Hoptimum, Ruination, Double Bastard, Celebration, Hop Devil, Celebration, Chimay Blue, Racer 5, oh and Celebration.
  11. SortaAmbivalent

    SortaAmbivalent Disciple (321) Sep 11, 2005 Minnesota
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    Hop Stoopid, although reading recent positive reviews maybe I just got a bad bottle. I love a lot of the other Lagunitas IPAs. I will mostly give it another shot.
  12. SortaAmbivalent

    SortaAmbivalent Disciple (321) Sep 11, 2005 Minnesota
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    Really? Have you ever for a second considered that Celebration just MIGHT be overrated?
  13. time4lunch

    time4lunch Initiate (175) Aug 10, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Not gunna flame you at all, this is one of the most subjective threads. That said, imo darkness, wet, abrasive are indeed their top beers. So dont sleep on these when or if you see them. This years wet was unreal...
  14. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,164) Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    Duvel. Hands down the most overrated beer ever. Can somebody please explain to me it's greatness, And how it is so much different than a Euro Pale Lager? Because it honestly kind of tasted like a glorified Heineken to me.
  15. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (560) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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    Sucks..................what?...this isn't the beer of the year thread?
    I'm sorry...

    Then I would have to say Surly Furious.
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  16. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (560) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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  17. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    You got a bad one... a very bad one. Return it and get a new one.
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  18. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    Good lord, man. You are equating a boozy and refined beer which defines the style of Belgian Golden Strong Ales and has delicious pear esters from their unique yeast to a skunked 5% lager that tastes like butt. Surrender your palate, beer geek card, man card and then go stand in the corner to realize the error of your ways!
  19. bobhits

    bobhits Meyvn (1,108) Oct 31, 2006 Kentucky

    I had the same feelings on expedition when I first had it. Best thing that ever happened to me because those 5 remaining bottles were gold in the years after. I've grown to like it too much to easily put some aside now days...
  20. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Duchesse De Bourgogne. Awful.
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  21. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (559) Mar 27, 2007 Kentucky

    Dark Lord
    Kate the Great
    Event Horizon
    Westy 12 (I still liked it though, but top 3 beers in the world, no.)
  22. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (1,949) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Odell's Myrcenary.

    I love Odell, love their IPA, but just can't get into Myrcenary like I would like to.
  23. bobhits

    bobhits Meyvn (1,108) Oct 31, 2006 Kentucky

    Who wouldn't? But it's also 10 bucks a bottle vs 10 bucks for a 4 pack. And yeah one's damn near perfect, but the other isn't some watery barely coffee flavored beer by any means.
  24. bobhits

    bobhits Meyvn (1,108) Oct 31, 2006 Kentucky

    4.19 for a bomber right? Or for a single bottle? I only had it once, loved it, but haven't a clue what it cost for the trader that sent it to me.
  25. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    I meant 4.19 as in, that was my rating for it lol. Looks like I was wrong though, I only gave it a 4.14.

    I believe it's in the 9-10$ range, but I could be wrong.
  26. Pinioned

    Pinioned Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Kentucky

    Hopslam wasn't really doing it for me this year. Maybe too hoppy ;)
  27. mkorpal

    mkorpal Aspirant (211) Oct 28, 2007 Colorado

    For me it's always been Orval. I am not a fan of strait brett cough medicine.
  28. bobhits

    bobhits Meyvn (1,108) Oct 31, 2006 Kentucky

    I'll say this.....it tastes like artificial sugars and hazelnut were added. Coffee...I didn't get that. Also the base beer was too sweet before they added the artificial flavors. Then again I've never had coffee with sugar in it....so maybe that is how it tastes?
  29. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,436) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    Good lord. I have a hard time believing you've ever actually tasted Duvel. It tastes nothing like Heineken. Not even close unless "close" means "more like Heineken than an imperial stout".
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  30. bobhits

    bobhits Meyvn (1,108) Oct 31, 2006 Kentucky

    Where to begin...so many disappointments.

    1. CBS too sweet, I hate the maple flavors founders uses. It isn't as good as any of their other stouts.
    2. Chimay Blue: I don't get this one at all.
    3. Chimay Red: I thought this was just a bad beer and I've had it multiple times to verify I wasn't crazy.
    4. Duvel: The triple hop is really good. This stuff is boring as hell, unpleasant to drink due to carbonation.
    5. Squall: I don't like 90 much either, but it doesn't get the love of Squall. Too sweet and thick for what it is.
    6. Bigfoot: Now that it is no longer a steal in price, it's really hot and well meh.
    7. DeuS: Fine I'll say it, Sam Adams did this style better and for half as much. Flame on!
    8. Oak Aged Yeti: Hops and oak just don't work together for me. Yeti is great and when you add espresso you have heaven in a glass. But this one? Not so much.
    9. Saison Dupont: I don't get the love.
    10. Great Lakes Christmas Ale: They can't keep this stuff in stores...I don't understand how anyone kills a 6er.
    11. Zombie Dust: only because it is SO high on the rankings. It's a perfect 4.00, but top 50? Just no.
    12. Parabola: Very good but not in the world class mind blown category.

    Edit: To be clear I do not think Duvel tastes like euro lager swill.
  31. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Savant (984) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    Well to name a few off the top of my head Double Wide, Deviant Dale's, DfH Indian Brown were all beers I was really looking forward to and underwhelmed by all of them (Dale's the least of the bunch I guess).

    For the record I love Stone IRS still to this day.
  32. MarshalHunahpu

    MarshalHunahpu Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2013 Florida

    WHOOAA.. I know you can pretty much pick this up wherever.. but this beer = fantastic imo. Also, theres really not much craze over it so expectations cant be super high to begin with. Again.... imo
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  33. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,164) Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    I'll do that as soon as I have a bottle that doesn't taste like a slightly glorified Euro Lager
  34. MrNate

    MrNate Disciple (302) Mar 5, 2013 Florida
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    Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of ZombieDust.. Just not for me.
  35. MarshalHunahpu

    MarshalHunahpu Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2013 Florida

    AGREED with the Ruffian. The Bros:100 and Ratebeer:99

    Are you serious?
    Def. worth picking up dont get it twisted but rated 100? The Barley wine class must be sSLaAcKiNnGg
  36. BKBassist

    BKBassist Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 New York

    For $5 a bomber even here in NYC, this would have to be a total drain pour to be overrated. I'm sure people are considering the price when talking about HopStoopid
  37. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

  38. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Michigan

    Great Lakes Alchemy Hour. Very high score, and many reviewers indicated big citrus fruit notes and tropical fruit notes which I like. The first bottle of the four pack left much to be desired and left me about as disappointed as I've ever been with a beer.
  39. Cinephile

    Cinephile Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2012 Michigan
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    Threads like this should be renamed, "People have different taste buds".
  40. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,446) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    Yeah I don't get Chimay either but then again I think quite a few Belgians are vastly overrated on here. Duvel isn't anything special eithe IMO.
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